Discoveries at Jamestown

Archaeologists have uncovered human remains of four of the earliest leaders of the English colony that would become America, buried for more than 400 years near the altar of what was America’s first Protestant church in Jamestown, Virginia.

The team identified the remains of the Rev. Robert Hunt, Jamestown’s first Anglican minister who was known as a peacemaker between rival colonial leaders; Capt. Gabriel Archer, a nemesis of one-time colony leader John Smith; Sir Ferdinando Wainman, likely the first knight buried in America; and Capt. William West, who died in a fight with the Powhatan Indians. The three other men likely died after brief illnesses. They were buried between 1608 and 1610.

Pretty incredible, and right in my backyard (not literally, but close as the crow flies). Via Wavy News.

Remotely hacking a Jeep, while in motion..

Here’s something that I never thought I would say, or see in writing.. If you own a late model Chrysler, it’s time to update your software. A couple of astute hackers have figured out a way to leverage the cellular connected entertainment dashboard to take over control of your ride.

This is especially disturbing since it comes only months after another recent news story about a commercial aircraft passenger supposedly hacking into the planes controls via wifi, and altering the flight trajectory.

Via Wired.

I think the bottom line is, don’t connect critical controls to anything that can be controlled remotely. And if this is somehow absolutely necessary (though I can’t seem to find a use-case) then don’t make it available to the internet at large. That’s just security 101, protect your assets..

Actor Ian McKellen (Gandalf) on NPR’s Fresh Air

But he’s been acting in film, theater and television for more than 50 years and is so highly regarded in England that he was knighted in 1991. Among his other films are “Scandal,” “Six Degrees Of Seperation,” “Richard The Third,” “Gods And Monsters” and three “X-Men” films. McKellen, who came out in 1988, has been a prominent gay rights activist in the U.K. and was co-grand marshal of this year’s Gay Pride march in New York.

Probably best known for his role as Galdalf in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movie franchises, Ian McKellen gave a pretty fascinating interview on NPR today. At 76 years of age and half a century in the entertainment business, he’s led quite an interesting life. Really enjoyed listening to this, I learned a lot.