Remote control your ride

This either represents an apogee of convenience engineering, or says something deeply unsettling about paranoia and material possessions – you can now sign up to an online service that allows you to unlock, start, locate, disable or alarm your car. Without, you know, actually being there. All we need now is a way to drive the things without being in them … thanks to Bruce Schneier for the link, who quite rightly points out that it’s a system that just howls to be hacked.