* Posts by jonathanb

2294 posts • joined 14 Aug 2009

Contactless card fraud? Easy. All you need is an off-the-shelf scanner

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Re: banks

It has been reported in the mainstream media as well.

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Re: Attack of the clones

Normal pay-by-bonk cards do require a PIN every so often. Apple pay doesn't but requires a fingerprint instead.

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Re: Attack of the clones

Petrol purchases are linked to a photo of your number plate. They can be faked, but if it isn't on the insurance database, you risk getting stopped by the police.

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Universal Pictures finds pirated Jurassic World on own localhost, fires off a DMCA takedown

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Re: Personally....

127.0.0.1 is registered to IANA. Probably they would take them to court.

No joke alert icon because they probably are that stupid.

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Lottery IT security boss guilty of hacking lotto computer to win $14.3m

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Re: Proof of purchase

It is pretty easy to forge a ticket, especially if you can get black ticket stock.

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He should have gone for a couple of smaller wins rather than the jackpot, then nobody would have noticed.

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Jeep drivers can be HACKED to DEATH: All you need is the car's IP address

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Conspiracy theorists would say it is because the manufacturer put a back-door in the software to allow the police to remotely disable the car. Whether or not that is more or less plausible than complete incompetence, I'm not sure.

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Google swears blind it doesn't give SEO advantage to new internet dot-words

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Would surface.microsoft have and advantage over surface.microsoft.com or microsoft.com/surface?

I'm pretty sure the answer to that is no. Any of those sites, if they existed would be the official Microsoft site on the product, and therefore would have a strong case for being the no. 1 slot on the search results.

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UK.gov makes total pig's ear of attempt to legalise home CD ripping

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The RIAA is not the MCPS who are the equivalent body in the UK.

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Your security is just dandy, Apple Pay, but here comes Android

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Re: Multiple cards

There is a separate device account number for each card.

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Retailers don't have access to card info?

Is it true that retailers don't have access to card info? If it was, then it wouldn't work on TFL, but it does, see https://tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/contactless/other-methods-of-contactless-payment/apple-pay?cid=applepay

They know that you've bonked in and out of the network with the same phone/card combination, so they can charge the correct fare for the journey rather than two penalty fares. They know if you bonk back into the network at a nearby station on a different line so they can treat it as a continuation of the previous journey rather than a new one, if it is a recognised pair of interchange stations. They know if you have reached the daily or weekly charging cap and are entitled to free journeys for the rest of the day or week, and they can request a single payment from your bank at the end of the day for every journey you made that day. You can register on their website with your card details to get travel statements showing all the journeys you've made.

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Google, Adobe barricade Flash against hacker hordes – we peek inside

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Re: flash is used by VERY BIG companies...

Try for example using an iPad, which doesn't support flash. Very few sites these days fail due to lack of Flash support.

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Cyber-security's dirty little secret: It's not as bad as you think

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Not a fair comparison

One homicide has exactly one victim plus family friends etc who are impacted by it. One botnet or one security vulnerability can have many victims, and the potential number of victims per incident grows with the population.

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HSBC takes Twitter tongue-lashing over failure to offer Apple Pay

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Re: Why?

Any retailer that supports NFC bonking also supports Apple Pay bonking. There are additional facilities available so that a retailer can know it was paid for by Apple Pay and therefore with 2 factor authentication so they can accept it for payments greater than £20.

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Pray for AMD

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Re: Low end parts

MacBooks aren't adorned with stickers proclaiming that they have components inside so the end users don't know and don't care.

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BT circles wagons round Openreach as Ofcom mulls forced split-up

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My electricity supply was installed when the house was built about 12 years ago, is still perfectly adequate for what I want to do, and is likely to remain so until the house falls down in about 100 years time. 12 years ago, most of us had dial-up internet. Now the vast majority of ISPs have thrown their dial-up kit in a skip.

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Pay TV is very different. There is no natural or legal monopoly. Other companies can and do enter the market, they just don't seem to be able to compete with Sky. Either they enter a niche market that Sky isn't interested in, and that can work, or they sell the channels at a loss which obviously isn't sustainable.

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Bitcoin fixes a Greek problem – but not the Greek debt problem

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But will it work in real life?

Using bitcoin to get money out of Greece would work if you have someone who owns some bitcoin, and is happy to exchange them for Greek Euros. You could just as easily go to a Bureaux de Change and buy some Swiss Francs, British Pounds or US Dollars with a debit card, if the exchange owner is willing to do that.

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iPod dead? Nope, says Apple: New Touch has iPhone 6 brains

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It's also a lot cheaper than a phone - 16gb iPhone 6 is £539, 16gb iPod Touch is £159.

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Account at HSBC? BAD LUCK, no iPhone bonk-banking for you

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Re: No Coop / Smile ApplePay Support

I was able to set up Apple Pay in about 3 minutes this morning while on the bus, and use it to buy breakfast when I got off the bus. The other offerings require you to set up new accounts, load them with money, get special SIM cards or sticky tags and things like that.

I'm not sure that I'll use it again for shop purchases, but being able to do on-line purchases without entering my card details certainly seems like a useful feature.

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If you read the TFL stuff about Apple Pay - https://tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/contactless/other-methods-of-contactless-payment/apple-pay?intcmp=29634 it seems they do know which card you used to pay. They know if you have done loads of journeys with the same phone in that day/week and therefore are entitled to get the rest of the journeys that day/week for free. You can also enter your card details on their website and get details of the journeys you made and how much you were charged for them.

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Re: Air 2

You can't pay-by-bonk with an iPad, however you can use Apple Pay to do online payments. For example if you are doing some on-line shopping, you can pay for it using Apple Pay rather than type in your credit card details.

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Union confirms two-day strike over Universal Credit's pisspoor IT

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It is 100% of eligible users, those being single people, not disabled, who have previously had a job and live in a specific benefits office district.

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It will be more profitable because every £ you earn will always mean extra money in your pocket after paying tax/NI on it, and taking into account the reduction in your benefit entitlements.

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Re: Did I read this right?

"Could they not just take 20+ each and phone them up?"

I think that is pretty much what's happening. And they have to calculate the claim manually (or at any rate on a Spreadsheet).

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Ofcom mulls selling UK govt's IPv4 cache amid IPv6 rollout flak

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Re: Does anyone trust Ofcom to handling any IP addressing?

Reading for example went from 0734 to 01734, then about a year later to 01189. London went from 01 to 071 and 081, then to 0171 and 0181, and after that to 0207 and 0208.

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What? EMEA PC sales dropped by HOW much?

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Re: I'm curious...

The Macbook Air is a premium ultra mobile. The HP Stream is a non-premium ultra mobile.

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What do you MEAN, 'Click on the thing which looks like a Mondrian?'

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Re: Call me a cab . . .

Or "at the roundabout, take the first exit", which happens to be a farm track that isn't on the Satnav map. OK, you might notice something wrong there very quickly. How about when it asks you to take the second exit, which is a plausible road, but it actually means the third exit, because the farm track isn't on the map.

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Google says its AI will jetwash all traces of malodorous spam from your box

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Re: hmmm

I would be surprised if the % of email that is spam is anything like as low as 75%. More like the high 90s% spam.

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A quarter of public sector IT workers have never used the cloud

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Re: What about the rest?

Hotmail is definitely a cloud service, and that has been around for 19 years.

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It means the same as using the internet, or, in the case of a "private cloud", using the local area network, or "personal cloud" - using things over bluetooth.

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Osbo PRINTS first Tory budget in 19 years with his BARE HANDS

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Re: No mnetion of...

Unchanged as far as I'm aware. He didn't mention it.

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Apple fanbois to be empowered to bonk each other

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Typing in a 4 digit number isn't hard, but it does take time. A contactless card transaction on Transport for London services takes 0.5 seconds to complete, 0.3 seconds if it is Oyster. A PIN transaction would probably take about 5 seconds. 4.5 seconds may not sound like a major inconvenience, but multiply it by the hundreds or thousands of people in queue waiting to get into the station, and it makes a huge difference.

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North America down to its last ~130,000 IPv4 addresses

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Re: value of class A network on resale market

Sure, but you need to persuade me why I should upgrade now rather than wait until these unspecified new services are available. If I'm going to spend money and effort on it, there needs to be a tangible benefit that I get in return. That's why I'm proposing a new thing that is in the pipeline be available only on IPv6.

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Re: value of class A network on resale market

The average person doesn't know what "multicast-based services" means.

The most common use-case of multicast is live video streaming to lots of people at the same time, eg internet TV or video conferencing. But you can do that over IPv4, and lots of people already do.

If you are to persuade people to upgrade to a new technology, then you have to demonstrate that it can do something they can't do already, or it is better in some way, eg faster, more reliable or whatever. "Upgrade to IPv6 to get Ultra-HD video" is a simple, easy to understand proposition. They already understand for example that Netflix isn't going to work on a dial-up connection, they need something a bit better, and you need the best connection for the best video quality. Of course there are many people who are perfectly happy with normal HD, or even Standard Definition video, but it is something to run with. At the moment we have nothing.

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Re: value of class A network on resale market

The problem is that until everyone else converts over to IPv6, there's no point, because there are no benefits from doing so.

One thing Google, Nextflix et al could do is make Ultra HD video available only on IPv6. Then people would have a reason to switch, and ISPs could sell it as a premium service.

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Re: Another scare tactic to charge more money

That may actually be a better idea than IPv6, though the problem, as with IPv6, is getting all the hardware manufacturers to add support for this. The IP address is a 32 digit binary number, so while the extra binary digits could be represented as a letter, that might not be the best way to do it.

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I have devices on my local network that I do not want to be routeable from outside. NAT means I don't have to worry about them. Also, if I switch ISPs, the external IP address changes, by my LAN setup stays the same.

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Another day, ANOTHER Windows 10 build for us Insiders

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El Reg readers will know what an ISO file is, but the average member of the public will not.

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Assange™'s emotional plea for asylum in France rejected

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Re: Even if..

And anyway, the European Arrest Warrant is equally valid in France, so he would still end up in Sweden.

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It's all Uber! France ends its love affair with ride-sharing app

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Re: Worried about their safety !!!!!

The local councils that give them their licences do vet them.

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Cash-strapped Chicago slaps CLOUD TAX on Netflix, Spotify etc users

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Re: Chicago-based hosting

The EU has a similar tax, called MOSS, you may have read about it here at the end of last year/beginning of this year. In the case of the EU, the answer is no, if you supply to someone outside the EU, you don't charge MOSS VAT, but you may have local taxes you are required to collect, such as the Japanese consumption tax or this Chicago tax.

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Cambridge boffins: STOP the rush to 5G. We just don't need it

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So maybe 5G needs to focus on getting better performance in marginal signal areas?

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Hey, Sand Hill Exchange. Shouting 'blockchain!' won't stop the Feds

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Re: Who stands to gain from such an Exchange being created?

The problem is that while there almost certainly would be a market for products based on for example the Halifax house price index, there would be for a product based on the price of your house. That is made of of several components. The general market condition as reflected by the index is one of those. Then there are regional and local factors, based on changes in local facilities and pollution sources, and factors specific to your house, such as its state of repair, and any improvements you make to it.

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Samsung caught disabling Windows Update to run its own bloatware

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Re: Windows Update is a nightmare

I set Windows Update to download and notify, then I can plan the update for when my computer isn't doing something.

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THEY WANTED OUR WOMEN: Neanderthals lusted after modern humans

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Re: Bloody Neanderthals...

I thought the Neanderthals were here first, and the modern humans came over from Africa.

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RBS sticks it to customers once again as IT woes continue

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Re: Consequence

Most send a status code every month, so your record should read - 0 0 0 [repeat 36 times] to show that you have been on time every month for the last year. If the payment doesn't arrive one month, then they will automatically send a '1' to say you are 1 month late.

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Microsoft sez soz over Windows 10 'freebie' balls-up

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Re: Pricing Structure...

OSX is only supposed to work on Apple hardware, so they get the money that way. While you can by Microsoft branded computers, most people install windows on computers made by other companies, so Microsoft only get the the money from Windows licences.

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Uber app will soon maybe track you 24/7, cry privacy warriors

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Re: Price

Über are not particularly cheap compared to other minicab firms in London, some of which have their own apps that work in a similar way to Über's. The big difference with other minicab firms is that they will quote a price before sending the car to you, and that is the price you pay regardless of what happens on the roads afterwards. There are also apps that will give you quotes from a selection of different minicab firms along with an ETA, and you can pick the one you want.

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Taylor Swift boycotts Apple Music over no-pay-for-plays shocker

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Re: I'm with Ms. Swift

No they are not forcing her to take part, and she is telling everyone why she has chosen not to get involved.

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