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Five Fact Friday #17

Five random facts for Friday:

Of the ten least populated counties in the United States, four are in Nebraska and three are in Texas. The least populated county is Kalawao County, Hawaii with a population of 88 people. – World Atlas

In 2020, North Carolina had an inventory of 9,200,000 hogs and pigs, third most in the United states and just behind second place Minnesota’s 9,300,000. Iowa has the most with 24,600,000 Statista

The National Hot Dog & Sausage Council estimates that Americans consume 20 billion hot dogs a year, which works out to about 70 per person. – NHDSC

At 248 minutes Cleopatra (1963) is the longest wide release Hollywood movie ever made. – World of Reel

The heaviest current production car is the Rolls Royce Phantom – 6,052 pounds. The slowest, in the United States, is the Nissan Versa Note which can get from 0 to 60 MPH in a leisurely 10.3 seconds. – Autowise

Who Wants Their Car to Be a Rolling Windows PC?

This story in the New York Times (h/t to BookofJoe for the lead) shouldn't have surprised me since I regularly have to re-boot the one late-model car I own, but with paragraphs like these it's hard not to be shocked:

The scientists say that they were able to remotely control braking and other functions, and that the car industry was running the risk of repeating the security mistakes of the PC industry.

“We demonstrate the ability to adversarially control a wide range of automotive functions and completely ignore driver input — including disabling the brakes, selectively braking individual wheels on demand, stopping the engine, and so on,” they wrote in the report, “Experimental Security Analysis of a Modern Automobile.”

We're so very hosed.