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Comment: Re:fees (Score 5, Informative) 382

I propose that instead, we bring FIBER to a COLO, from where the citizens can CHOOSE (market forces) the options and features they desire from the multitude of companies that offer these services.

That's how we do it in most of "socialist" Sweden. I.e. I have an "open city network" fibre to my house. ISPs are free to sell service on that fibre/network (for a small access fee that pays for the network infrastructure, now less than 10% of my montly fee). So I have a choice of eight different ISPs and pay about $40/month for 100/100Mbps + IP telephony (no subscription fee, but charged calls). I also get cable TV over the same fibre from a different company but that's extra, about $25 for the channels I get.

That's how you'd actually want it organised to enable a free market.

Comment: Re:News (Score 1) 211

by Minwee (#49097135) Attached to: 800,000 Using Were Sent Incorrect Tax Data

-- That's funny, because the various levels of US government has provided me with roads, plumbing, housing, access to safe water, electricity, dial-up and then high-speed internet.

Do you understand the differences between state, municipal, and federal government?

Do you understand how that is relevant to this conversation? If so, please share it with the rest of us.

Comment: Re:News (Score 1) 211

by Minwee (#49097123) Attached to: 800,000 Using Were Sent Incorrect Tax Data

I just don't understand how Slashdot can be flooded with stories of US corporate incompetence and malfeasance at every level, and at everything, and yet people swear up and down they can be trusted with healthcare. No, they cannot. The private sector is filled with bad and/or stupid people. CYA. The US private sector does not have your back. Ever.

Thanks for clearing that up for us.

Comment: Re:Software testing ... what a novel concept (Score 1) 108

by Minwee (#49094495) Attached to: Scotland's Police Lose Data Because of Programmer's Error

This (like many others) is actually management error. Management failed to oversee programmers. Management failed implement test. Management failed.

And Management lost potentially incriminating records which contradicted what Management had stated publicly. Management destroyed evidence of unlawful behaviour carried out by Management, and it can no longer be used against Management. And the worst that will happen as a result of this is there will be a mildly embarrassing story in the BBC followed by an increase in the IT budget, ostensibly to prevent further "mistakes".

Management succeeded . Brilliantly.

Comment: Re:someone explain for the ignorant (Score 1) 448

by lars_stefan_axelsson (#49086507) Attached to: Credit Card Fraud Could Peak In 2015 As the US Moves To EMV

Chip & PIN is a liability shift. You're expected to protect your PIN, so if your account is compromised, you're assumed to be at fault. Britain has had a lot of trouble with this.

Yes, but that was long before chips were ever fielded, in the eighties and nineties. And the setting wasn't credit card fraud but debit card ATM "ghost" or "phantom" withdrawals.

Now, in the US the government said to the banks, "it's your problem, you fix it". In the UK the banks managed to say to the government "It's the customer's defrauding us, we'll nail them". Yes, it was a hard time being a customer in the UK, actually being convicted of attempted fraud for reporting a phantom withdrawal, but it didn't have anything to do with PINs. You used pins at your ATMs as well, and you still do. Using a PIN for a normal transaction would't change your liability laws one iota. You'd still be in the clear (as we by and large are in Europe today as well).

P.S. Cambridge security researcher Ross Anderson has written quite a bit on this subject, he got the policeman that was convicted cleared of the charges on appeal.

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