* Posts by Charles 9

6865 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

PHONE me if you feel DIRTY: Yanks and 'Nadians wave bye-bye to magstripe

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Re: PIN

They must expect you to use it ONLY at Target. Target happens to be one of the few places that have turned on their Chip readers (Walmart is another).

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Actually, many do, especially the big retailers. They just haven't turned them on yet. Ingenico iSC250 and 350 models, both of which are NFC- and Chip-capable (it's in their datasheets), are popping up all over the place, and the other manufacturers are keeping up. Walmart has already turned their Chip readers on, for example. Even the third-party CC handlers are starting to encourage smaller retailers to swap out their PIN pads for newer chip-capable ones, again for liability reasons.

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Re: US Rules...

In most banks, adding a PIN to your chip is at your discretion, usually if you're going abroad as you're more likely to need one. Otherwise, as you said, the US will transition to PINs in time. The hard part (getting Chip-reading PIN pads installed) is in progress, and the Chip helps defeat cloning and replay attacks which are the current major headache for credit card companies (online theft requires the CVV code which most shoulder surfers normally won't see, and the paranoid can tape it over after memorizing it).

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Re: Choose your poison.

"(I expect to see Marshmallow sometime in mid-2016.)"

Marshmallow's rolling out RIGHT NOW.

And the CVS number's not on the magstripe, meaning you have to contact the card issuer (the only other source of the CVS) to verify the card. That's why they're used for "Cardholder Not Present" transactions.

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Re: US Rules...

They will pretty soon. Rules are going into effect now and will be enforced at the beginning of the year. Once that happens, first link in the chain that isn't toeing the line gets the fraud bill.

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Re: Redundancy

ONLY for those terminals that won't take chips. Otherwise, the regs state that if you swipe a chip card, the pad's supposed to prompt you to use the Chip instead.

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"How do you get money out of ATMs then?"

Chips are only being applied to credit cards (actual ones) at the moment.

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How long does it take an NHS doctor to turn on a computer?

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Then again, the coffee maker only has one plug. It's not like the monitor plugs into the tower which in turn plugs into the wall (some power supplies have a piggyback capability, but practically no one ever uses it). A close analogue would be a video game console or 80's-era computer hooked to the TV. One doesn't expect to be able to turn that on and see anything without turning on the TV first.

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Ad-slinging rootkit nasty permanently drills into Android mobes, tabs

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Just curious. What kind of measures does this malware take to prevent itself being removed?

Does it usurp any su programs and apps?

Does it break the recovery partition to prevent restoring a nandroid?

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Re: What to do

You gotta root the phone first and rooting can break stuff like your warranty and Android Pay.

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Mozilla to boot all plugins from Firefox … except Flash

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This isn't so much a WON'T FIX as CAN'T FIX. Google has essentially inked a deal with Adobe to personally maintain Flash exclusively for Blink-based browsers like Chrome. The code is proprietary and mercurial and tied specifically to Blink; meaning there's no real way for Firefox to cope. Even if it claims it's using Pepper, odds are it's using undocumented features, rendering a translation unlikely.

So basically, barring a success on Shumway, Google has stolen the march on Mozilla regarding Flash on Linux, and there's nothing right now that Mozilla can do about it.

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Only one problem: they're planning to drop both NPAPI andXUL.

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4K catches fire with OTT streamers, while broadcasters burn

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Re: Content is everything

I don't know. I've seen stores that intentionally tune their HDTVs to sports channels. It's popular so it draws attention. I don't think I've seen a lot of 4K sport demos yet, but I think I've seen one or two, and they weren't relatively tame motion sports like golf or tennis. Though I admit I haven't seen them do an auto race with a lot of car-following movement.

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Re: Not interested

"they are talking arse, images are just upscaled, unless you use a tripod and film the same thing at 1080p and 4k with industry camera`s"

Didn't the article mention 6K cameras, meaning 1080p and 4K are both downsampled from the 6K raw source?

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Re: Waste of time and money, you can't break the rules of biology.

"Higher resolutions will mean less noticeable artefacts:-)"

ONLY if you give it enough corresponding bandwidth to compensate. Otherwise, you force it to cram and create even larger artifacts that offset the resolution improvement.

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Search engine can find the VPN that NUCLEAR PLANT boss DIDN'T KNOW was there - report

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Re: Jobsworths

And then you come to the realization that balance is impossible, because you reach the UNhappy medium where you're too old to keep up yet not old enough to be properly familiar with the system.

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AD-NNIHILATION: Apple-approved iOS tool blocks ALL ads in apps, Safari, Apple News

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Re: Newer model?

I had given some thought to that, too. Apple doesn't get much out of ad networks, so by breaking them and forcing them back into the paid-for model, Apple goes back to getting a 30% cut out of everything. Unlike Google, Apple doesn't need ad networks to survive.

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Re: No ad blocking on droid?

Neither are available on the Play Store, and IIRC both require root access, which is not allowed on most phones without voiding the warranty (it also breaks Android Pay as of present).

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GCHQ's SMURF ARMY can hack smartphones, says Snowden. Again.

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Re: Tune in next week when

"...and the aliens had 4 fingers on each hand?"

Um, WE have four fingers on each hand. Biologically, it's only a finger if there are TWO joints on the part projecting from the palm. The thumb only has ONE such joint, so it's not really a finger.

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AdBlock blocker biz bought

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Re: One thing that people seem to be missing

There are only so many mainstream sites, and once found they can be whitelisted so they can't be poisoned again.

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Feds want a phone smart enough to burn itself if it falls into the wrong hands

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Re: Less sensors - pure stateless client?

Also useless if your job regularly puts you in no-zones such as out in the boonies or inside Faraday cages. These require offline data.

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Eight cores good, ten cores better: MediaTek resumes Qualcomm multi-core war

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What the customer really really wants is a phone they can hold in their hand comfortably for long periods at a time without aching their wrists. Thus, the lighter the better. Battery life isn't a big concern as long as it can last a day under average use, and power users just bring battery packs and know where to find charging stations.

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Diskicide – the death of disk

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Re: I love that last graph

"It's inevitable that mechanical storage will be finished sooner or later, but that is likely to be due to some completely new technology which doesn't depend on etching a billion perfectly-formed semiconductor gates on a single piece of silicon."

What makes you think they won't find a way to do exactly as you describe much easier? Is there some physical limitation that precludes improving the process?

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332M Kick Ass pirates get asses kicked by scareware ass-kickers

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Re: Kick ass fake links

Not necessarily KickAss, but many so-called "torrent mirrors" were really just fronts to download malware. Same for sites touting exclusive downloads that required "agents".

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Dear do-gooders, you can't get rid of child labour just by banning it

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Re: Intern slave labour

I guess you do not view apprenticeships (internships are basically another form of apprenticeship) in a positive light, either.

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I'd read that number some time back, but the desire for males IS quite strong because of traditions (as noted, only a son can inherit the family name). CNN covered the story some time back.

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Re: Child?

You note an exception in urban overcrowding, but the Pope has a point, too. Why can't young people curb their instincts?

Anyway, once you get out to the provinces and more agrarian areas, the convention comes back into play.

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Re: Left and Right and Politics

"See all those people who are ill due to smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise; a small amount of money invested in a public education programme would greatly reduce these problems and increase national productivity."

As a comedian once said, "You can't fix stupid." Yet societal sensibilities demand we try to save what lives we are capable, else we be denounced as heartless. So how do you deal with the rejects of society who don't want to learn while maintaining society's good image?

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VW: Just the tip of the pollution iceberg. Who's to blame? Hippies

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Re: VW's fines and costs...

"Will be following with much interest when the first one gets hijacked by pirates near some remote coast of Africa..."

Lookup "microreactors" and you'll see they won't have enough fuel to make stealing it worthwhile.

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Official: North America COMPLETELY OUT of new IPv4 addresses

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Did you know it's actually easier to type the loopback address in IPv6?

::1

How much simpler can you get?

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PETA monkey selfie lawsuit threatens wildlife photography, warns snapper at heart of row

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Re: Joke suit

If B12 is essential AND can only come from meat, where do herbivores get it?

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How much of ONE YEAR's Californian energy use would WIPE OUT the DROUGHT?

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Unfortunately, being rights, they can't be taken due to the constitutional prohibition on retroactive laws, which basically guarantees grandfathering. As long as the rights holders assert their rights, they can argue in court their rights can't be taken away without breaking Article I, Section 9.

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Top QLD sex shop cops Cryptowall lock; cops flop as state biz popped

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It wouldn't matter. This sounds like spear phishing as the infected e-mail looked convincingly like business correspondence (an application), which meant the only way to be sure is to see it, and since the mere seeing of it can trip the exploit...

And yes, HTML is becoming more and more necessary for e-mail as there are some things that just can't be conveyed easily through variable text that can appear any sort of way at the other end. Now, if e-mail clients were restricted to low-version HTML and no remote components, we can still enjoy most of the cake.

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CHEAT! Volkswagen chief 'deeply sorry' over diesel emission test dodge

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Re: Diesel A3

"New York (where I live) and California both have the most stringent stateside emissions regulations in the US."

And you wonder why "California Emissions" packages are so noteworthy over there. Because of the high pollution potential of Los Angeles (not just the high population but also a thermal inversion zone that prevents pollutants escaping the area), pollution standards are probably the strictest in the country: stricter even than federal standards which is why when California amends its pollution standards, car makers pay attention. New York has its tough standards due to New York City (which is both old and very dense, meaning lots of cars in a very small area).

I believe London has the same issue as New York and has similar kinds of restrictions.

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Ad-blocking super-weapon axed by maker for being TOO effective

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Re: Why ?

"You need a reality realignment."

No, mine's aligned just fine. It's their stuff; their rules, no exception.

If you have to jump hoops to get to stuff, then you either jump or walk away. If this is the standard model of the Internet, then you can either suffer quietly or unplug. And if that means denying yourself access to the exclusive content found no other way...then your funeral.

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Re: Sorry el-reg

It's already here. The truly powerful run their own private networks separate from the Internet (Google, for example).

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Re: Swings and roundabouts

Still, it raises a conflict of interests since Ghostery's parent is also in the demographics business. Thus you wonder why its tracking features are opt-out...

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Boffins crowdsource web for TREE of LIFE. What could possibly go wrong with that?!

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Re: Genesis

"And on the eighth day, God created Beer."

- T-shirt.

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Internet Doomsday scenario: How the web could suddenly fall apart

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Re: Yawn

Then what do you propose as an alternative solution to DNS Hijacking, which has already been exploited in the wild by malware?

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Bible apps are EVIL says John McAfee as he phishes legal sysadmins in real time

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Re: Bible apps?

"...with a little Koine Greek, in modern variations of "Old Testament"."

I think that refers to the Septuagint, which when put together with the New Testament basically gives you your earliest combined Bible in a unified language. Thus it's AKA "Biblical" Greek: the language of tradition for the Greek Orthodox Church.

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And in any event, these do nothing for apps that can do "side business" with the apps they have to use anyway (like with the camera bit for, say, a barcode scanner or a chat app). Android M is unfortunately going the wrong direction with regards to this new permission model: simplifying rather than adding more specific permissions so that, say, the front camera is a different permission from the back camera.

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Microsoft throws crypto foes an untouchable elliptic curveball

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Re: Snakes

Kerckhoff's principle states that an encryption system must be able to withstand the enemy knowing the system. If the NSA have gamed the system such that they've left a back door, they've subverted the principle by hiding a backdoor in plain sight.

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Amazon reveals $50 Android-ish Fire tablet it will axe in two years

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And what kinds of extras will these tablets contain? Will they have things like GPSand Bluetooth for two things?

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'To read this page, please turn off your ad blocker...'

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Re: Humax PVRs (Youview flavour)

"I've been told that home-recorded content also gets the "no skipping adverts" treatment. Clarification welcome."

I haven't seen this yet with cable-box recorders. With On-Demand, yes, you can't fast-forward. But with home boxes like Hauppauge recorders and anything that records to a standard, non-DRM format, you can always edit the commercials out later.

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Re: And so it begins.

"The adblockers simply have to let the website think it's loading all the crap, and silently replace the advertisement before it is rendered in the browser.

At the moment all the stuff is simply blocked, but it should not be too difficult to beat any adblockerblocker, Google and friends already lost this fight."

But one of the reasons for ad blockers is to conserve metered bandwidth. The only surefire way to fool the ad-blocker-blocker is to spend the bandwidth to download the ad, which is counterproductive.

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There's also the realization that the mere requesting of that information (not the actual retrieval, just the requesting) can fill demographics. So just enabling the ad can become an invasion of privacy.

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Re: I wonder if he has ever changed a TV channel

You will find that changing the channel doesn't help much these days, as the ad spots are commonly clustered together so that changing the channel to dodge an ad simply dumps you into another one.

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Re: And so it begins.

Which are in turn challenged by putting exception rules to the exception rules...or simply switching to an "untouchable" ad-blocker that sticks to unconditional rules and lives outside the ad men's reach.

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And so it begins.

The all-out war between ad-blockers, ad-blocker-blockers, ad-blocker-blocker-blockers, and so on until everything on the Internet slips behind either a mandatory adwall or a paywall, with full registration and credentials required just to get past them.

And of course, all the ad kings will station themselves in countries like China who will only be too glad to respond to complaints with one finger and two letters (the second being "U"). It'll be Take It or Leave It no matter where you go, meaning bend over or abandon the Internet. Meanwhile, the real world is still flooded with spam calls, junk mail, and radio and TV ads carefully timed so that no matter which channel or station you tune, the ads are still there.

Forget being the product instead of the customer. We're just gristle for the mill, and if we disappear, well, there are more where we came from. Take advantage of your fellow man before your fellow man takes advantage of you, and if you can't do that, too bad, game over, better luck next life...

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Intel's 6th gen processors rock – but won't revive PC markets

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Re: Obsolescence in PCs was always assured.

"Obviously, Skylake can manage this is software very easily but I'd rather not have a box under the telly with a stressed CPU so I'm going to wait for Kabylake next year which will do 10 bit HDR in hardware:(. "

Wanna bet by the time that happens some improvement in H.265 (or even a full-blown successor) will come along that your hardware will not be able to do? The tradeoff with a general-purpose processor is that it's not a consummate master of any specific tech, but it's flexible enough to be much more future-resistant.

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