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Comment: Re:retail management (Score 1) 81

by Whiteox (#49773299) Attached to: Attackers Use Email Spam To Infect Point-of-Sale Terminals

Ermmm... This guy should not be modded down. What he stated is default in most smaller shops. There are variations like the POS program talks to a CC swipe machine to send item totals and receives receipt information.
What got me was that in one particular case, they fired the whole IT support who set up the initial VPN Intranet and the new IT moved everything to internet. Really dumb.

Comment: Re:E-mail client? (Score 4, Informative) 81

by Whiteox (#49773269) Attached to: Attackers Use Email Spam To Infect Point-of-Sale Terminals

Email is there in Win XP and later. These POS terminals are full computers with a cash drawer underneath, merchant banking device and card swipe periperhals. They are networked to a local printer and mainly controlled by IT through remote desktop. They are typically in smaller shops with 2 or more terminals. They do stock control, daily cash calculations etc as they replace traditional Z type cash registers.
Emails are sent by head office to all managers. Intranet and internet are available as well. So yes, they can be infected with spam emails.

Comment: Re:Geolock Porn (Score 1) 225

by Whiteox (#49771955) Attached to: Leaked Document Shows Europe Would Fight UK Plans To Block Porn

Ahh yes. That takes me back. I think they were called 'Rugby Songs' and the only thing I remember was:

The men of this water
Had a charming little daughter
and the hairs on her dicky di-do
hung down to her knees.

The result of which was that I could never listen to Dido (the female singer: without giggling,
and by now, that the charming little daughter would be a hairy Welsh BBW as you say.

Comment: Re:Why not just kill them all? (Score 1) 147

by Whiteox (#49771359) Attached to: Sex-Switched Mosquitoes May Help In Fight Against Diseases

So we get a bunch of gay mosquitos?
I did hear once that the female's buzz is there to attract males who don't buzz. Unfortunately the males are deaf.
On a more serious note, the egg, larva and pupa are eaten by fish, frogs, birds, spiders so their absence will be significant. Using genetic switches would only be local and thus effecting the local populations only.

Comment: Typical (Score 1) 126

by Whiteox (#49767009) Attached to: Microsoft Reportedly May Acquire BlackBerry

I've never read so much crap from the anti-microsoft brigade for a long time.
I bet that all of them hadn't tried Windows phone 8 and so they feel that they can run it into the ground because it's MS.
The phones are great. The OS is excellent and works well on low end phones too. The Windows store is better than you think and the gui and general operation is easy to use esp with One Drive. Cortana is brilliant. Hands off answers my sms-s with voice recognition.
It all a matter of choice and preference. You like android with all that confusing muddle of updates that stuff things up? Go for it. Like your Apple phone? Then make sure you've got an iPad or Mac to go with it to take full advantage.
Just look up the specs of the newest Lumia 640XL - all for around $300 unlocked. Manufactured in ex Nokia factories, great battery life and a whopping 5.7" screen.
MS will win this. Give them a few years.

Comment: Re:Germany should pay war reparations for WWII (Score 3, Interesting) 719

by Whiteox (#49766483) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

German war spoils were forcibly taken back. Their country was divided in two and all the property gained by them taken away. This resulted in genocide in the newly created nation states whose political borders did not follow ethnic borders. Take Yugoslavia as an example. Or for that matter the Israeli Inquisition on Germany and their allies is still going on 60 years afterwards.
This was a repeat of WWI and was even worse, especially for their Axis allies. The Ottoman empire was effectively dismantled, the Austro-Hungarian Empire ripped apart to the devastation of everyone concerned. Again, the new geopolitical borders did not follow ethnic borders. That's why you have faction strife in the Middle East now, why countries like Hungary lost 75% of their land.
After WWII: Forced emigration - over 3 million Germans had to resettle, raging communist thugs, purges (Tito for example) of their own people, ethnic xenophobia. You name it. Yeah the Allies really stuffed it up badly causing isolation and terrible political unrest.
Those war reparations destroyed Central Europe and they're only just starting to recover.
Now some of you have the educated opinion that Germany should repay Ally losses? That is cruel and unreasonable.
Now Greece wants 303 billion dollars as full reparations when the matter was already settled on the eve of unification in 1990.
Greece's problems are relatively new and are not the result of WWII. It's just a money grabbing attempt by Tsipras.
Even if Greece and the EU can forgive the debt fully, Greece still needs to show that their economy is good enough to support themselves. So far there is no sign of that.

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