42 posts • joined Friday 22nd June 2007 13:28 GMT
Spend lots more money....
.... seems to actually increase the possibility of more banks failing?
@ various - the retailer doesn't care
It's not the retailer that takes the hit. The info is used to clone a mag stripe card, which is then used at an ATM somewhere abroad where chip'n'pin doesn't exist yet.
Two solutions - either ban using the same PIN for chip and stripe, or do proper x509 cards with on-chip authentication.
Lewis, with your acronym generating skills, you'd be a top man in just about any IT organisation!
Don't bring them back to Blighty ...
... just sail across the straits and offload them somewhere like Saudi, who will no doubt give them a warm welcome.
Worth a try.....
Paypal are now a bank, regulated in Luxembourg. The regulator is Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier.
See their website, in particular the complaints procedure at
Dunno what would happen if they got inundated with complaints about paypal?
That wasn't the first one, either - back in the late 1800's and early 1900's there were a number of cameras made to look like pistols, and much sought after by collectors. What would happen today if you tried to use one of those in public?
Not to mention the WW1 Lewis gun conversion, used for training air gunners!
The EU is already on the case for interchange fees - but don't expect to see any reduction on your credit card bill, as the merchants will probably just pocket the difference, as happened in Australia.
Someone has actually applied common sense and hard maths to what has been up to now mainly a hot-air (ouch) debate. The guy is going to get abuse from all sides due to entrenched positions and narrow-mindedness, but this seems like the first practical scientifically based analysis.
BAE is the main problem
A couple of things would help no end:-
Buying off-the-shelf stuff that does the job that needs to be done, rather than fancy long-range programmes where the needs have changed competely by the time it's delivered,
A bit more competition in the industry
But I guess BAE would do everything in its power to prevent these.......
Not the first attempt...
A few years ago another company was doing this over London (using a British-built blimp, as I recall) but the service only ran for a year or two (sort of fizzled out rather than went with a bang?).
CCTV cameras are useless for reducing anti-social behaviour unless:
1. Someone is monitoring the things in real-time
2. There is enough police manpower to respond - quickly!
Maybe put the CCTV feeds on the web - then anyone interested can keep an eye on what's going on - and maybe go and join in the rumble if they feel like it ;-)
Also great value....
... compared to a C130J Hercules with a range of 2,000 nm and a payload of 20 tonnes, list price to you, sir, £33 million.
I know it's not that simple, but the much cheaper C130 covers most of the operational requirements, and I assume there will always be a need for the greater capacity of the C17 for extreme lifts, what's the actual market demand for this latest EU vanity product? Probably depends on how much the taxpayer subsidises it.
@Did we join.....
That post must be the candidate for the comment of the week. But why did you post anonymously?
Oh - yes - guess I understand .....
Not necessarily Linux
Who said the alternative had to be Linux?
Vista is still too new for me to be happy to use it - it needs another year or so in the wild for all the bugs to be fixed. If I was getting a new PC I think XP would be a better option at the moment - but how easy is it to buy a PC with XP nowadays?
Is this the first sign of the ROTM plan to render humanity helpless?
Insidiously insinuate themselves into the everyday fabric of life, then deny services at a crucial time once humankind has lost the ability to function without them?
Time for the NLRA to head for the resistance command centre - Oh B***er, the location was stored on my (now defunct) TomTom!
The competition and the expression derive from the same guy - see
Also, maybe we need another entry in El Reg's english dictionary for ginger nuts - for Brits, that's a kind of biscuit.
How long before the boys in Lagos get hold of this one? Watch out for the email!
DNA can determine ethnicity (racial origin) but not nationality - and would probably need to look at many more markers than the current UK database uses. It may be possible to identify the geographical origin or long-term abode of someone by analysing ratios of elements and isotopes in bone or teeth, for instance, but I think this may be a step too far in terms of giving a sample!