Espen got a parking ticket for his Tesla, and he's pretty sure he can exonerate himself, if only the company would give him access to his car's data, but they won't.
That's the thing about a computer that's sold as a "service" (even a computer with four wheels that you sit inside of) -- if you were allowed to get into its lowest levels, you could disconnect yourself from the service and go to a rival, or start your own. Remember, if you can't open it, you don't own it.
And this is where it gets interesting (and where I stop caring about the parking ticket and start caring about principles): Norway has a Personal Data Protection Act, which dictates that if a company is saving data about you, they not only have to tell you what they save, but you also have a “right of inspection” (something I confirmed with a quick call to the Norwegian Data Protection Authority). Furthermore, I am vice chairman of Digitalt Personvern, an association working to repeal the EU data retention directive and know some of the best data privacy lawyers in Norway.
So I can probably set in motion a campaign to force Tesla Norway to give me access to my data, based on Norwegian law. Tesla’s policies may be American, but their Norwegian subsidiary has to obey Norwegian laws.
Elon, I want my data!
Charles Platt’s growing series of electronics books are the best I’ve come across. He explains concepts very clearly, and his illustrations are excellent. His latest book in the series is called Easy Electronics. It covers voltage, resistance, capacitors, transistors, integrated circuits, and more. No tools are needed to complete the projects in this book.
The Lego masters at The Brick Wall built this fantastic contraption to crank out tapas. Technical details: 19 Lego PF motors 5 BuWizz Bricks 4 weeks of hard work
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