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Comment: Re:I know I saw the first one (Score 1) 321

by Zontar The Mindless (#48665639) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

I can't recall for sure whether or not I even saw the second one

More likely this reflects the degree of content overload to which you've subjected yourself binge-watching netflix/amazon-prime/google-play/hulu/torrent video for the past two years.

I don't now and never have used any of Netflix, Amazon Prime, Google Play*, or Hulu video. (*I've purchased one app through G-Play, a Chinese character training game.)

You didn't mention YouTube, which I do use occasionally. Although I find myself growing less comfortable with the idea of someone knowing every video I watch...

I probably watch on average 3-4 hours a week. Last 3 things I saw on YouTube that weren't just a few random song videos were Journey To The West (the 1986 version with Liu Xiao Ling Tong, freaking awesome even in Lo-Def and with crappy subtitles), Chicago's 1970 Tanglewood concert, and the original Kung Fu TV series. Current home intermittent video fare consists of the complete Three Stooges in order from 1935 onwards; I think I'm up to 1940 or so. Last 2 films I saw in a theatre were August: Osage County and Grace of Monaco. I occasionally watch the evening news and/or reruns of The Big Bang Theory or The Simpsons on Swedish TV.

Back to the main topic: I fear that my wife is probably going to make me go see this film whether I really want to or not. The things we do for love.

Comment: Re:Why are critical systems connected to the inter (Score 1) 212

by Zontar The Mindless (#48646055) Attached to: Cyberattack On German Steel Factory Causes 'Massive Damage'

Why do banks ... NOT allow me to block access from other countries (and/or identify which country I'm visiting)?

A: You need to change banks.

My online banking allows me to block the use of my card to make in-store purchases or ATM withdrawals within and/or outside the country and/or EU. I can also enable or disable the use of my card for online purchases. I can also enable or disable any use of the card for other than logging into online banking from within the country--that last item takes a call to the bank. (Not sure whether not being able to lock yourself out unless you're overseas is a good or bad thing.) I can also set and change separate limits on in-store purchases, cash withdrawals, and online purchases. Doing any of these things takes about 2 minutes, and I can do any of them any time that it suits me.

Banking online with my bank also requires multiple factors--the card, a card reader issued by the bank, a government-issued personal ID number, and the PIN--and uses multiple challenge/response to confirm login and any monetary transactions, with a time limit of 4 minutes before the codes become invalid and you must start the authentication process over from scratch. I'm aware that there's no such thing as perfect security, but this seems to run pretty close.

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