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Comment Roll-back as in play-back? (Score 2) 71

Just to confirm...

Rollback means playback, right? Like, they record how the ATM communicates the authentication portion of the transaction, and replay that same communication with the ATM until its stored cash has all been dispensed and it's now empty?

Seems like the people that designed the ATMs and their authentication protocols have some 'splaining to do. This kind of vulnerability should have been anticipated and the software hardened against, given that this is machine-to-machine encryption, not person-to-machine.

Comment Re: We don't hate them because they are perky.... (Score 1) 110

It really depends on where you live. The weather where I live is gorgeous probably 280 days a year, and when it's not gorgeous it's because it's too hot, not because of snow or other things that make the roads impassable. Here, it's common to work 7:00-3:30 in an office job, and starting as late as 9:00am is uncommon for office work. Trades often will start at 6:00am during the summer because of the heat.

Up north, with roads to clear, the northerly latitude leading to a later sunrise, and other problems it seems that a later start time makes more sense.

Comment Re:15000 is low? (Score 2) 84

I think that the article's point, from an American perspective, is that one probably isn't going to get rich hacking, in the same way that one isn't going to get rich robbing banks. Like robbing banks, the more one hacks, the greater the chances one is caught, so trying to get rich is the fastest way to get caught.

It's also kind of interesting to note that both crimes are investigated by the FBI, rather than solely by local authorities. The FBI has a better track record of not forgetting cold cases too, so depending on the statute of limitations one may never be in-the-clear.

Comment Re:Oh those poor hackers! (Score 1) 84

Those two days of work for a hacker are followed by months or years of worrying which of the 40 odd jobs the FBI is investigating. I'd imagine an honest job provides a more enjoyable income than one in which you spend the following 7 years hoping the SWAT team doesn't boot your door in.

That's probably why sustained-effort hacks are called off after a fairly short time, assuming that the article is correct. Even if the FBI or other law enforcement had full authority to go to each compromised system in-turn to analyse the connections to keep tracking back, there's still the issue of finding the owners, finding the system admins, possibly going in to look at paper records for credentials for systems that aren't commonly accessed, analyzing logs, etc. Quite some time will pass for the investigator to work back to the origin, and if the hacker stops and manages to obfuscate his trail several hops out, they probably won't reach him.

Comment Re:Boy oh boy (Score 1) 293

Of course it has. It's very limited in materials. Designs do not come out smooth. Because the material is applied at standard temperature and pressure, there are real fundamental limits as to how the material turns out.

This is why subtractive technologies, extrusion technologies, and other mass technologies still win-out. You can do things to the material before you ever start machining it to give it strength characteristics and other traits that you want. That's why sub-$1000 mass-produced pistols can be stress-tested with 2000 rounds through them as fast as the tester can fire and reload and continue to work properly, compared to a 3d-printed pistol basically melting from the heat.

Comment Re:Please Explain (Score 1) 127

The article still leaves out that designers will apply the logic of the bell-curve to their designs. They don't design for the perfect average, they design for a certain percentage of the area under the curve, based on real-world measurements that the curve represents, and that area is defined by many characteristics including design cost and where their hard, fast cutoffs are.

Comment Re:Lightning Strikes Twice with Entitled Customer (Score 5, Insightful) 339

When I complain about a company publicly, I do so with the expectation of never doing business with them again, or with any future relationships being affected by that public complaint.

If I want to make a complaint that does not permanently destroy or severely harm a relationship with a company, I make that complaint to the company directly. If it's a large company and the division or department or section that I'm having problems with isn't addressing the issues, I see if that company has a public or customer relations group, and I address it through them. The way it works is that those people notify department heads, or directors, or sometimes even corporate officers of the nature of the complaints, and then those individuals deal with the subordinates that have been complained-about. From my perspective I don't care how the company fixes it, I only care that the company fixes it.

I also have something of a minimum threshold before it's worth complaining in this fashion. The last time I made such a complaint, the franchise failed to disclose extra costs, failed to keep me informed of the progress of the work, and failed to create documentation of the work, essentially providing zero proof of exactly what they did and what the original conditions were that they were hired to address. As such, the franchise owner refunded my money, and given how the work done has proven ineffective it's for the best that he did so.

If this guy had a problem with the Tesla event he should have taken it up privately with them first. Given that he already has a history with auto brands I am not surprised in the slightest that they chose to terminate business with him while the issue is very small, as the profit from him as a customer is well offset by the damage that he's proven he will attempt to do if things don't satisfy his expectations, nor will he even attempt to use private means to address problems before he starts a public campaign.

Comment Re:Obligatory (Score 5, Insightful) 668

I like thinking in-terms of systems, in the sense of working or competing within the system, versus manipulation of the system itself.

There are definitely times when the system itself needs modification, because the system natively discriminates. A good example would be the Jim Crow Laws in the American South, where black people and arguably any non-white people were at a statute disadvantage right from the start because the very system was intentionally stacked against them. Minorities could not compete on a level playing-field with the majority population because they were legally hamstrung. That system needed to be changed to put everyone on the same plain, and given how slowly attitudes change, there's a compelling argument for the artificial structures enacted to help those changes become permanent. It took a hundred years post-civil-war to become what it became, I would not be surprised if it took a hundred years post-Civil Rights Act to normalize-out.

What I see with this current crop of arguments about safe spaces, "identification," and other concepts are that people are trying to take a system that starts out mostly on-the-level and they're trying to manipulate it to where it is imbalanced, citing their particular cause as a reason to do so. There are some initial merits to investigating how people are being treated, but the conclusions drawn, ie, safe spaces, are incorrect. Contrasting then to now, the Civil Rights Movement sought to be in clusive, while this current crop of movements seeks to be ex clusive. This approach would seek to further divide people into smaller and smaller groups instead of confronting the behaviors that cause the problems in the first place, and without teaching people how their choices will impact them.

And that leads to another difference, the nature of choice. I am very much against judging others on traits beyond their control or that they were literally born into. Race, gender, a degree of financial means, a degree of physical health, sexual orientation. Those things are either entirely beyond the control of the individual or are initial conditions that can be very, very difficult to change. On the other hand, I do not see a problem judging someone based on the choices that they've made, the company they keep, or their behavior, as all of those are, to a large extent, within the control of the individual. They are not natural characteristics. Even areas of dispute, like intelligence and health, have degrees of choice in how people behave or how people take care of themselves.

Some of the College Campus Movements are based on characteristics beyond the control of the individual, but many of the movements, probably most of the movements, are based things that people have chosen for themselves. The world beyond College is not going to respect the individual and it has no obligation to, and it's not the College's mission to cater to people in this fashion.

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