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Comment: Volume (Score 1) 143

by Sepodati (#46893625) Attached to: Drone Camera Tornado Coverage Raises Press Freedom Questions

I think if commercial use were allowed, the number of drones buzzing around would skyrocket. Every event, from sports to news, would have a dozen different drones flying around looking for that perfect shot. That presents the safety concerns. Some of these quadcopters aren't exactly small and could hurt a few folks if dropped into a crowd.

Although I'm sure it's really just a money issue at the heart of it. There should just be a mechanism to register drones for flights just like they do with helicopters, blimps, etc. I think some of the footage you could get from them would be really cool to see on the news.

Comment: PIN (Score 1) 210

by Sepodati (#46883761) Attached to: Target Moves To Chip and Pin Cards To Boost Security

If someone steals your card, deactivate your card.

Sure, but in the meantime, the PIN prevents the card from being used since the thief doesn't know what it is. It also prevents the card from being cloned (assuming that's possible) and used elsewhere even though you have your card in your wallet. It's the whole "something you have" and "something you know" security model.

Comment: Pain (Score 1) 210

by Sepodati (#46883605) Attached to: Target Moves To Chip and Pin Cards To Boost Security

I agree the Visa and MC programs are a pain. They come up so infrequently that I never remember what the password is. Plus with varying rules as to what constitutes an acceptable password, I can't even count on it using a password I'm familiar with.

If implemented like in Europe,though, you only have to remember the PIN. Which you use everywhere, so that's not an issue. There's a challenge-response part of the online purchase that generates a code to confirm you have possession of the card and know the PIN to validate the transaction. Yes, everyone has to have the little card reader available. I've only made a few online purchases with my European card, but they've all been that way so far.

Comment: Flaws (Score 1) 210

by Sepodati (#46883545) Attached to: Target Moves To Chip and Pin Cards To Boost Security

Do you have any links to chip & pin flaws? The one I saw I thought allowed you to enter any PIN and have it return as valid, so the transaction would be charged. You had to have a programmable card hooked up to a laptop and a valid card, I think. Doable with a jacket and backpack, but not quite clone & go. Curious what else is out there.

Comment: Online (Score 1) 210

by Sepodati (#46883481) Attached to: Target Moves To Chip and Pin Cards To Boost Security

Online sales use a challenge-response system to ensure you have the card and know the PIN. You don't enter the PIN into any website, though, just the little card reader. The challenge-response system is run by the bank, I think. You're redirected there as a part of the sale to verify. Kind of like the Verified by Visa thing, but instead of just entering a password, you do the whole challenge-response thing with your card and reader.

This is how it's done in Europe, at least.

In POS systems, the PIN never leaves the card reader, so it's can't be stored to be stolen later.

Comment: IBM ThinkPad (Score 4, Interesting) 702

by Sepodati (#46791253) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

I was going to say the IBM Thinkpads, too. Like any computer, they eventually get old and underpowered compared to the new stuff, but they keep chugging. Mine is from 05, I think right after Lenovo bought 'em, but it's still the IBM version. One key is missing, case is cracked and there are a few grey pixels, but it still works (typing this on it now). Made it through deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, too.

Is that "long lasting" or is it sad that 9-10 years out of a laptop is considered long?

Comment: Why we can't have nice things (Score 1) 61

by Sepodati (#46791127) Attached to: New Facebook Phone App Lets You Stalk Your Friends

First, why would you have an ex as a friend on FB, still? Second, why would YOU choose to share your location with them?

Put aside the hate for a second and realise this is done right... or at least closer to right. It's opt-in, which solves the first problem most people have. Second, you specifically choose who you want to share with. It's not everyone by default. Yes, yes... you have to tell FB where you're at first. If you have a problem with that, you're probably not on FB, anyhow, so who cares?

I could see this being useful with the group of work friends I have. We all have families, so our plans are usually with them first. If we decided to go downtown, it'd be nice to see if someone else decided to do down, also. Our commissary/store is an hour away and everyone usually makes a trip down there every other weekend or so. Sometimes you run into them, sometimes you don't. Again, it'd be cool to get a little notice that someone is down there at the same time so we can bullshit in the foodcourt while the wives shop.

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