Month: January 2023

Opening A Safe With A Stepper Motor And DIY Auto-Dialer

What do you do when you happen to come into possession of a safe of which the combination is lost to the sands of time? If you’re someone like [eNBeWe], you grab a stepper motor with driver module you had lying around gathering dust, an ESP8266 for the brains and a few other pieces to build your very own auto-dialer to crack that safe combination. The software has been made available on GitHub for those interested.

While other auto-dialers used with the fun hobby of safe cracking can generally find the combination in a matter of hours if not less, it took [eNBeWe]’s contraption two days to crack the combination. Much of this was due to the hacked together nature of the structure, with the glue joints among other weak points that’d probably not take too kindly to a lot of abuse. Since there was no particular rush to get into the safe, this worked out fine.

As an impromptu auto-dialer thrown together with parts that were lying around it seemed to perform just fine for the task, and we presume that this is the beginning of a beautiful new lock- and safe-picking hobby.


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Colorado considers using AI to spot wildfire smoke

In an effort to prevent the spread of destructive wildfires, Colorado lawmakers are considering investing in artificial intelligence technology to monitor video footage and warn firefighters when smoke is detected.

The Colorado Senate Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources unanimously passed a $2 million bill Thursday that would establish one or more remote camera technology pilot programs that “may include the use of artificial intelligence technologies.”

The bill advanced to the Colorado Senate Appropriations Committee for further consideration.

If approved, a pilot program would install 40 camera stations and six mobile stations that could be moved to monitor active fires. The results of the pilot would be used to evaluate whether the technology should be implemented more widely across the state.

The pilot would be run by the state’s Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting. The Center of Excellence is a research and development group within the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, which was created by state legislators in 2014 to monitor the efficacy of aerial firefighting methods.

At the state Senate hearing Thursday, the center’s director, Ben Miller, expressed interest in the technology but said it would not immediately reach full efficacy.

“The more you train the model, the better and better it gets,” Miller said.

Western states including California, Nevada and Oregon are already using AI to monitor live footage from networks of cameras in forests and mountains for signs of smoke. Sonoma County in California, for example, contracted the South Korean AI company Alchera, Inc. in 2021 to monitor its existing network of cameras, many of which are mounted to cell towers.

Some mountainous Colorado counties have also begun investing in similar technology. Boulder County issued a contract last September for three wildfire cameras.


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Technology and style boost Hyundai’s value

Kevin Reilly, Hyundai National Dealer Council chairman, said the brand is well along in its journey to what he calls a valuable brand.

“The way Hyundai provides value to customers is not so much having a lower transaction price,” said Reilly, “but what it gives customers in terms of styling and content for that particular dollar.”

He said Hyundai’s 10-year warranty has been instrumental in wooing customers from Toyota, Honda, Nissan and others.

Reilly, whose father opened one of the first U.S. Hyundai stores in 1986, doesn’t think the company’s move upmarket will leave the door open for new value brands to establish a foothold.

He is not worried it will present China’s rising auto industry — which is now selling globally in Europe, South America and Asian countries — with an opening.

“I would say emphatically no,” Reilly said. “Just knowing the passion that drives the whole Hyundai network, from Korea to America, and how forward-thinking they are, they never sleep.

“I can text [Hyundai COO] Jose Muñoz on a Sunday and he’ll text me right back,” he said. “They work 24/7 and they are committed to delivering the best product in the marketplace.”

Hyundai’s long winning streak has transcended market segments, trends, price brackets and, more importantly, perceptions.


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Surrey man charged in connection to fatal New Westminster motor vehicle collision

LAST year, the New Westminster Police Department began an investigation into the cause of a motor vehicle collision that resulted in the death of a pedestrian, Eric Stonehouse, at Royal Avenue and 4th Street. Patrol officers, the Forensic Identification Unit, the Collision Analysis Reconstruction Team, and the Traffic Unit assisted in this lengthy and thorough investigation.

On January 16, Crown Counsel approved one charge for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death against 37-year-old Francisco Brooks of Surrey.

“Eric brought out the best in people by making those around him feel special and valued. He is greatly loved and missed,” said Stonehouse’s mother Giselle Stonehouse.

“Eric was very well known in the community and I want to again offer our condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time” said Deputy Chief Constable Paul Hyland. “I also want to thank all the investigators who worked diligently on this investigation to bring it to the charge approval stage, and our Victim Assistance Unit staff who have provided support throughout the process.”

The accused is scheduled to appear in court on February 6.

The Stonehouse family has requested privacy at this time.


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South China Morning PostEU joins US in ‘depriving China of the most advanced chips’, official says“We cannot allow China to access the most advanced technologies. … exports of high-end semiconductors and chip-making technology to China..3 hours ago

South China Morning PostEU joins US in ‘depriving China of the most advanced chips’, official says“We cannot allow China to access the most advanced technologies. …
exports of high-end semiconductors and chip-making technology to China..3 hours ago

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Motor Mouth Podcast: Canada’s flawed Zero Emission Vehicle Mandate

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You’ve read his Motor Mouth column for years and now David Booth is bringing his sharp intellect, vast experience and pull-no punches criticisms to the podcast world as today Motor Mouth begins a new era, in which you’ll be able to listen to David’s unique takes on an industry that is undergoing seismic changes in Canada and around the world. He’ll still be writing his weekly Motor Mouth column, and this podcast will see him expand on the topics and issues he raises in those writings.

In this first episode of the David delves into Canada’s just announced Zero Emission Vehicle mandate. Not surprisingly, he’s not impressed. The mandate sees the federal government outlaw the sales of passenger cars powered by fossil-fueled internal combustion engines as of 2035. And the road map to that goal calls for automakers to sell at least 20 per cent EVS of their annual volume in 2026, 43 per cent by 2029, 60 per cent by 2030 and 83 per cent by 2033.


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Fenghua Advanced Technology Expects Up to 71% Fall in 2022 Profit

MT Newswires 2023


Sales 2022 3 924 M
578 M
578 M
Net income 2022 509 M
75,1 M
75,1 M
Net cash 2022 133 M
19,6 M
19,6 M
P/E ratio 2022 38,8x
Yield 2022
Capitalization 20 363 M
3 002 M
3 002 M
EV / Sales 2022 5,16x
EV / Sales 2023 3,65x
Nbr of Employees 8 684
Free-Float 66,6%


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Mean consensus BUY
Number of Analysts 3
Last Close Price 17,60 CNY
Average target price 16,35 CNY
Spread / Average Target -7,10%


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Morton College Offers Top-Notch Automotive Technology Programs – Shaw Local

If you’re interested in a career in the automotive industry, Morton College offers a variety of programs to help you achieve your goal! “We offer three Career Certificates, including Maintenance and Light Repair, Automotive Service, and Automotive Technology,” explained Don Sykora, Automotive Technology Instructor for Morton College. “These certificates lead to an Associate in Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology.”

According to Sykora, who has over thirty years of automotive experience and is an ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician, students can expect to receive a combination of classroom theory and hands-on practical learning. “This format allows students to become familiar with how a vehicle functions, and how to properly perform diagnoses and repairs as needed,” he said. “Desired credentials are earned throughout the curriculum, and include certifications from industry-recognized names like the Ford Motor Company, Subaru of America, ASE, and SnapOn Tools.”

With the increasing demand for automotive technicians, there are a variety of opportunities available to students. “Current advances in technology create an exciting atmosphere, and provide a rewarding experience for technicians in the workplace,” added Sykora. “While in our program, many students are actively recruited and hired by our Ford dealership partners through hiring events. Students typically work part-time while completing their academic work, and become full-time employees upon completion of their certificates or degree.”

Morton College’s Automotive Technology Program is accredited by the ASE Education Foundation, which ensures all components of the program align with current industry standards. “All of our instructors have decades of experience in the field, and they focus on equipping students with the skills needed to be successful in the automotive industry,” said Sykora. “New technologies are driving the industry, and Morton College is taking the steps to provide students with the knowledge and understanding they will need to embark upon successful careers.”

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BBCVehicle thefts and carjackings spike in major US cities – reportThe Council on Criminal Justice (CCJ) data found motor thefts doubled in eight of the cities surveyed. The average increase between 2019 and….11 hours ago

BBCVehicle thefts and carjackings spike in major US cities – reportThe Council on Criminal Justice (CCJ) data found motor thefts doubled in
eight of the cities surveyed. The average increase between 2019 and….11 hours ago

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Transcript: Why Corporate America Still Runs on Ancient Software That Breaks

Southwest Airlines had a disastrous holiday season, thanks in part to a software bug that left crews out of place and grounded thousands of flights. But Southwest isn’t alone in having software in the headlines lately. The New York Stock Exchange recently had a software error that caused weird pricing on stocks and the FAA had its own computer issue that grounded planes earlier this month. So what’s the deal with corporate software? Why do these crashes happen? And why does the user experience typically leave something to be desired? On this episode of the podcast we speak with Patrick McKenzie, an expert on engineering and infrastructure, who writes the Bits About Money newsletter and recently left payments company Stripe after six years. We talked about the challenges of keeping any software system alive after years of upgrades and updates, the distribution of tech talent across industries, and whether non-tech companies can close the gap with Silicon Valley. This transcript has been lightly edited for clarity.

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