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Comment: Re:Pebble? (Score 3, Insightful) 230

by Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (#48628557) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Can I Really Do With a Smart Watch?
I'll second the Pebble. The latest update gives it most of the same abilities as Android Wear devices. It's nice being able to archive or spamify emails the second that I get them. You can setup tasker for automation. I also use Pushover and Pushbullet a ton. If one of my servers goes down, a backup fails, or I get a hack attempt noticed by fail2ban, I get notified at an instant. I live in a pretty cold climate and it's nice to be able to dismiss messages without digging my phone out through multiple layers and taking my gloves off to get to the notifications bar.

Comment: Re: Slashdot, once again... (Score 5, Insightful) 289

by Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (#48485243) Attached to: Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way
And this (extremely insightful) explanation is why so many United Statsians are so terrified of our own country. We are seemingly just a few votes away from a tyranny of the vocal religious minority. Give a fundamentalist a few thousand nuclear missiles and the most expensive army the world has ever known, and brown people around the world start to get nervous. But we have to do it, because terrorists, or freedom, or something!

Comment: Re:Bootstrapping a cell phone as the second factor (Score 1) 130

by Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (#48313105) Attached to: American Express Seeks To Swap Card Numbers For Secure Tokens
Same way Google does it I suppose. A list of single-use codes that you keep offline, and you can verify from the same device that you initiate the purchase from...in theory. It seems like the U.S., as a society, wants to completely eliminate every sort of risk in the world. What we should really be concentrating on is mitigating them to an acceptable level.

Comment: Re:Evolution of payments (Score 2) 130

by Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (#48312901) Attached to: American Express Seeks To Swap Card Numbers For Secure Tokens
How about just basic 2-factor authentication?
  • I initiate a purchase online, Amex gives a probationary okay and sends a 5 digit code to my mobile device
  • The vendor prompts me for that code
  • Once I confirm that I am in possession of the device, the transaction can be completed

It may not be perfect but it seems a bit better than the honor system that we're on now.

Comment: Re:anyone who has your 16-digit card number (Score 5, Funny) 130

by Mordok-DestroyerOfWo (#48312871) Attached to: American Express Seeks To Swap Card Numbers For Secure Tokens

Actually CVV values are located in the track data which only proves you either have a copy of the card or the original. The second "fix" was CVV2 values which are printed on the back of the cards. This was to prove the card is in the hands of the person, but if that number has been comprised (which is darn easy) then all bets are off.

AMEX uses a 4 digit value printed on the front of the card.

In a few years once somebody figures out how to implement a 5 digit value on the back of a card, our worries will be over!

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