Derive Systems, parent company to popular aftermarket tuners Bully Dog and SCT, has been awarded a civil penalty of $300,000 for manufacturing and distributing over 363,000 products that violate the Clean Air Act. In addition to the penalty, Derive Systems will be forced to spend as much as $6.25 million in order to ensure compliance of all future and existing handheld tuners named in the lawsuit. The lawsuit, lodged by the DOJ and EPA, alleges that the handheld tuner company has been selling products that facilitate the removal of mandatory emissions equipment, including resetting the parameters of an oxygen sensor to allow for removal of a catalyst or diesel particulate filter, for example. The resulting penalty is an out-of-court settlement. The settlement further entails that Derive must limit access to certain key emission control parameters in their software tuners. All marketing efforts by Derive subsidiaries must be scrubbed of any information on subverting emissions controls. … [Read more...] about Aftermarket Software Tuners SCT and Bully Dog Forced to Pay Significant EPA Penalty for Dirty Tunes
Environment and nature
The Colombian Amazon is now legally a person, and a group of Colombian youth—ages 6 to 26—made it happen. Camila Bustos is one of them. She was in high school when she realized the severity of climate change. Now, Bustos is 25 and doing legal research for Dejusticia, an international human rights organization that’s made environmental justice one of its pillars. That means taking the Colombian government to court over its response to climate change and the deforestation of the Amazon, which contributes to the global crisis. Miraculously, when she and 24 other youth plaintiffs did just that in January, they won. The Colombian Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Colombian government must create a plan to combat deforestation in the Amazon, as well as climate change impacts in the country overall. With just four months to do so, the court has ordered the government to take a community-oriented approach and work with both plaintiffs and the country’s most-impacted … [Read more...] about The Colombian Amazon Is Now a ‘Person’, and You Can Thank Actual People
Job Details Trust is the #1 company value at Salesforce. Salesforce.com hosts web services and applications written by thousands of internal developers and tens of thousands of customers to provide the largest SaaS platform on the planet. Description: You are a seasoned, experienced, fully functioning member of the security operations team. You have knowledge of a wide variety of security concepts, practices, and procedures, and can resolve a wide range of issues in creative ways. You may mentor others on the security or technology team. You fully own security patching identity and access system operations, security operations projects or teams. As part of owning identity and access management (IAM) security operations or projects, you are starting to, with guidance from your manager, learn how to successfully delegate parts of a project or task and collate results. In this role, you are part engineer, analyst, and advisor. Expect around 10% travel. Decision Making / Discretion: … [Read more...] about Sr. Identity and Access Management Security Operations Engineer – GeekWork
The last few years have seen the rise of closed platforms — operating systems that only allow you to install software approved by the operating system’s developer. However, many popular platforms — even mobile ones — are still open platforms. Platforms with app stores can be considered open platforms if they allow you to install apps from outside the app store, a process referred to as “sideloading.” Even if a platform has a restrictive app store, sideloading could allow users to exit the walled garden if they so choose. Under the US DMCA and similar laws elsewhere in the world, jailbreaking to escape a closed platform and install unapproved software is considered a crime. It’s the same law that makes it illegal to watch DVDs on Linux. (The US DMCA actually makes an exception for jailbreaking smartphones, but not tablets or other devices.) Windows Desktop: Open on Intel, Closed on ARM The Windows desktop is the most popular open computing … [Read more...] about Which Computing Platforms Are Open, and Which Are Closed?
“Hiking. What you’re describing is hiking.” That’s the basic reaction I saw on Twitter to the latest buzz around “forest bathing,” the practice of leisurely, meditative nature walks. Yes, it’s sort of like hiking, in that you’re walking in nature. But unlike hiking, you’re not exerting much energy, and unlike a scientific nature walk, you’re not analyzing or trying to learn about your environment. Instead, you walk slowly and concentrate on sensory input, letting all other thoughts go. You can stare at things, touch them, hear them, smell them. If they’re not poisonous, maybe taste them. The goal is to observe a relaxing environment in order to relax yourself. And there’s scientific evidence that it’s effective. Forest bathing was developed in the 1980s in Japan, where it’s known as shinrin-yoku, as part of a larger movement of forest therapy. The government-affiliated Forest Therapy Executive Committee … [Read more...] about I Went Forest Bathing in Central Park and It Didn’t Feel Like Bullshit