Bill Wood’s – Some Things You Should Know: 11-04-21


Here are some Things You Should Know:

Apple faced questions on Wednesday about the security of its iPhone and iPad after a report that the devices regularly record their locations in a hidden file. The report came from a technology conference in San Francisco, where two computer programmers presented research showing that the iPhone and 3G versions of the iPad began logging users’ locations a year ago, when Apple updated its mobile operating system. After customers upgraded the software, a new hidden file began periodically storing location data, apparently gleaned from nearby cellphone towers and Wi-Fi networks, along with the time. The data is stored on a person’s phone or iPad, but when the device is synced to a computer, the file is copied over to the hard drive, the programmers said. The data is not normally encrypted; although users can encrypt their information when they sync their devices, few do. Here’s more:

And here’s another piece on Cnet with a map showing location data gleaned from one iPhone: And another piece on Fox News:

Racer and blogger Roger Green samples a 500bhp-plus Grand Am racing car at Silverstone. This is the 2007 Crawford DP03 Porsche, which was driven that year by Eddie Cheever, Christian Fittipaldi, Sasha Maassen and Emmanual Collard. It boasts a 4-litre flat-six developing somewhere north of 500bhp. Here’s more:

Legendary rally and off-road driver Rod Millen was among the crowd at the Global Rallycross in Washington last weekend. He just celebrated his 60th birthday with his invitational Leadfoot Festival in New Zealand two weeks ago on his Coromandel property in New Zealand. This is Rod’s Pikes Peak Celica going up a hill on the property. Alastair Ritchie was there with his camera.

Here’s a Rover V8-powered Ford Escort at it nails it up the track at the Leadfoot Festival hill-climb in New Zealand.

This is Paul Dallenbach at the Leadfoot Festival Hill Climb.

And for those of you who may not remember, Rod Millen took this Toyota Tacoma to within sight of the finish at Pikes Peak in 1994 when the car failed him heartbreakingly short of the ten minute barrier no one has yet broken. Here is the car/truck 503e powered Tacoma at Goodwood in 2008. Watch him try to avoid the Range Rover at the top all while fighting for traction on the road!

Corvette Racing will participate in the Le Mans Test Day on Easter Sunday, April 24. This one-day outing on the legendary French circuit will play a key role in the team’s preparations for the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 11-12, 2011. The stand-alone test day had been suspended for several years. Its return to the calendar in 2011 posed a logistical problem for teams competing in the American Le Mans Series, which hosted its second round in Long Beach, Calif., last Saturday.

This video is from the 2008 Le Mans at 05:45 AM, riding with the #63 Corvette C6.R of Ron Fellows. You gotta love that engine note.

Corvette Racing’s four full-season drivers – Tommy Milner, Olivier Beretta, Oliver Gavin, and Jan Magnussen – will attend the Le Mans test, along with key Corvette Racing personnel. At the top of the to-do list is the requirement to qualify Milner to race at Le Mans after a three-year absence. He went to the 24-hour classic in 2006 and 2007 with the Panoz team.

“I’m 25 years old, I’ve been to Le Mans twice, and yet it’s been so long since I’ve raced there that I have to do 10 laps to qualify again to drive,” Milner said with a laugh. “I’m looking at the test as a briefing on what it’s like to drive at Le Mans in a Corvette C6.R. It will be a great opportunity to get comfortable in the car and to get seat time without the pressure of the race week.”

This is a very Rare 68 Corvette Le Mans L88 during a June, 2003 hillclimb. Nice sound from those side pipes1Mountain Race in June 2003, he chases the Corvette the Mountain top. The Vette is preety fast and what a nice side pipes sound.

This is the premier episode for a new video series BEHIND THE SMOKE by http://gtchannel.com. It will look into the real life of professional Formula Drift driver, Daijiro Yoshihara. In this episode Dai introduces us to his passion, drifting and also his team mates.

What Do You Think this week? If you could drive – and win – any of the following events, which one would you choose? Monte Carlo Rally, Monaco Grand Prix, Rally Great Britain, 24 Hours of Le Mans or Rolex 24 at Daytona? You can vote at www.ByBillWood.com. GET BUSY!! Take a minute to vote. Learn something about yourself! http://www.bybillwood.com/online/


CNN Opinion contributor LZ Granderson recently wrote a column criticizing parents who dress their little girls like tramps. Here’s more on the column. And here’s more on the response to the column.

Granderson writes a weekly column for CNN.com. A senior writer and columnist for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com, he has contributed to ESPN’s “Sports Center,” “Outside the Lines” and “First Take.” He is a 2011 and 2010 nominee and the 2009 winner of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation award for online journalism and a 2010 and 2008 honoree of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association for column writing.

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