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Comment: Re:authenticity (Score 2) 55

by Errol backfiring (#46786219) Attached to: Lying Eyes: Cyborg Glasses Simulate Eye Expressions

I really don't know. Maybe some sex line operator can inform you? Given their abundance, I think enough people like to be fooled.

What is more scary is that this can be used on people who just don't know any better and react to instincts. In other words: babies. Would a baby accept a robot nanny as its mum in the future?

Comment: You can get higher (Score 1) 143

by Errol backfiring (#46602593) Attached to: The Highest-Flying Wind Turbine
You can even get higher if you use staged balloons. At some point, the cable gets too heavy to support its own weight. If you use multiple stages in the cable, you can make it much longer and therefore catch more wind. I don't know what the optimum altitude for such a balloon is (at some point the reduced air density would make the efficiency decrease with altitude). This principle was already demonstrated with staged sailplanes.

Comment: Re:encrypted (Score 1) 150

by Errol backfiring (#46585839) Attached to: Remote ATM Attack Uses SMS To Dispense Cash

Note that the cable might be ethernet,

So there's your attack vector. Note that you may heavily encrypt the output of all the input devices, but with your own device drivers or added hardware there is little you can do about replaying the input signals themselves. Or from "swallowing" the cards and transmitting all the PIN codes.

Comment: Re:Asleep at the wheel. (Score 2) 150

by Errol backfiring (#46574795) Attached to: Remote ATM Attack Uses SMS To Dispense Cash
Actually, they do surf the web (or did. I sure hope they fixed it). That is one of the problems with ATMs. The connection with the bank may be secured, but the devices are still attached to the big bad internet. So if you replace a device driver (or add your own piece of hardware), all communication channels are just waiting for you to be abused.

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