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Comment: Because you can get the pin thru social engineerin (Score 1) 210

by aepervius (#48930973) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States
US card can be more or less copied at will and have no security whatsoever. In which case you can copy the card, leaving the user thinking he still has it and will not report it stolen, and using pads, or social engineering or plain peeking, get the pin. results : since there is no encryption chip and the card can be copied, the ONLY security is the pin. With encrypted chip the additional security is the encrypted chip is far harder to copy.

Just a guess.

Comment: You simply the problem far too much (Score 1) 222

by aepervius (#48921963) Attached to: Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

Our civilization has been prevented from leaving the earth by our own silliness

Bullshit : energy and distance requirement belie this.

Look at the energy we have to expand to get out in LEO now. Even counting that and assuming you have a refuelling station , look at those requirement to go at 0.1%c speed and have enough fuel to brake. Even getting something like 0.1% C would be difficult. And at the distance we are speaking 0.1% c means thousand of years of travel. At such timescale, the GRB would still be able to wipe full quadrant out. Let us not get misty eyed, there is a lot of obstacle to going out there, and IMHO many people vastly underestimate the requirements. Technology helps us access more better energy source, and utilize that energy better, or make stronger material, but it does not remove the time length and energy requirements.

Comment: Invalid comaprison (Score 1) 333

by aepervius (#48912113) Attached to: Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!
They are taking the average net worth in the world then apply it everywhere. You are not "rich" or even in the "10%" with 77K$ net worth in the USA or most of western europe. You have to compare against the LOCAL 1% and 10%. Not the global one. As such , there are far fewer of the 10% or 1% on slashdot than you would think.

Comment: go ahead do your worst (Score 4, Insightful) 390

Making it worst for 1 or 2 persons or even a hundred (realistically, how many people can you break into home and put a bug) will make it better for the privacy of a few dozen million. Go for it do your worst. Bug the shit out of those few houses. Physically. Like you used to. And like you probably already do as anyway computer communication is only 1 form. Woopy-doo.

Comment: No it is a combo of 2 factors (Score 1) 351

by aepervius (#48898421) Attached to: Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

1) people nearly always want to answer a question rather than admit "i don't know" if it is a question which is knowledge oriented.

2) if you frame a question in about "do you think people should be informed about substance A being in consumer product B" many people will simply answer Yes no matter the substance. Try it with something innocuous : it works nearly always.
So the study is not really about that specific question, but about a known psychological pitfall.

Comment: Most probably forums password (Score 1) 197

by aepervius (#48859315) Attached to: The Most Popular Passwords Are Still "123456" and "password"
Most important password institution including banks , have strong password policy which would reject "123456", and "password" (heck bank even have a second factor where you use the bank card decoder device but I have no idea on how secure it is). Those password are most probably email or forums password. And as secure as i want to be, I do the same. Email not linked to a bank account and used for spam registration or whatnot => weak password like "jodie123" like my slashdot password. Bank account and email linked to it get something more like "bY7&!-;+#ASumn)(". Yeah sure you might find my jodie123 password leaked. So what ?

Comment: don't believe the hype (Score 3, Interesting) 98

by aepervius (#48840625) Attached to: Silicon Valley Security Experts Give 'Blackhat' a Thumbs-Up; Do You?
1) still take a very good looking guy able to go into "action scene" mode as heroe (not to count all trope which comes with it rsp the female lead)

2) the hacking is... Well as hollywoodian as ever

3) the film villain reach is unebliavable and cartoonish

4) it ends with ana ction scene.

Let us get real a real hacker film would be boring for your average hollywood audience. But that does not excuse the rest above which is your average poor heroe trope full film with just "hacking" thin coated over.

Comment: Because it does not work (Score 2) 219

by aepervius (#48839631) Attached to: European Countries Seek Sweeping New Powers To Curb Terrorism

In particular, devoting some educational effort towards eradication of irrational beliefs

If that worked religion would have disappeared a some tiems ago with the itnernet. But it does not, because you cannot use rationality to convince people (rare exception may happen) that belief they came to in irrational way are wrong. Try thisd : go into a creationist forum and try to argue that radiometric dating works and explain why. Good luck with that. So if we are not even able to get ride of creationism in the west , a domain (natural selection) where there is a lot of supportive and solid science, what chance do you think you have with other irrational belief ? I will tell you what, as soon as the GOP accept as a whole global warming I will give you a smmmmaaal bit of chance.

Comment: Re:Coddling = Fail (Score 1) 784

by aepervius (#48831471) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

In the absence of obvious abuse, the simple test should be: is the child fed, clothed, sheltered, and schooled?

Actually science has given us evidence to think that simplistic thought wrong. There were studies made on monkeys which showed the monkey child would prefer a "caring" mother to a feeding one which is uncaring. Further study IIRC showed that placing kids in a big home where they are all feds but not "cared" for make a lot of fucks up.
Take this with a grain of salt naturally as i am not a psychologist, I just read that.

Comment: provocation versus no provocation: (Score 1) 894

by aepervius (#48821163) Attached to: Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression
"There are so many people who speak badly about religions or other religions, who make fun of them, who make a game out of the religions of others," he said. "They are provocateurs."

here is a non provocation "you are going to hell because you do not believe, suicide is a mortal sin and you land in hell, gay and lesbian are doing a sin"

Here is a provocation :"god does not exists, you have no evidence for this, and what is written in your holy book about bashing male baby head against rocks, or how slave should be handled is immoral."

basically all they believe told to others => not provocatif because it is their belief. All they do not believe told to them => provocatif.

I used christianity as an example but frankly all those who feel blasphemed or insulted or provocated function on the same level.

Bunch of goddamn hypocrite, that's why they like to have "limit" or freedom of expression : because they count on THEIR speech to be the one as being recognized as unprovocative, as they are the majority. But if you limit freedom of speech to what is not provocatif... Then you ain't a shit worth freedom of speech.

Comment: Extreme speech detection tool: (Score 1) 319

If you preach that XYZ needs to be : * lose right they have now
* ened to be "eliminated", "purged", "kicked out of the countries"
Then your speech is most probably extreme.

Most Left political ideology in the US did not meet those criteria. In fact witch hunt from holywood and the FBI *did* meet that criteria.

Finally in europüe we have many hate speech law. I may be wrong, but they are speaking not of new law, which already cover the case, but rather speed up enfrocement.

Comment: Intersex and time travel (Score 2) 254

by aepervius (#48764639) Attached to: Heinlein's 'All You Zombies' Now a Sci-Fi Movie Head Trip
The novel was incredible for the time (that and "Friday" it was called, the one with the intersex assassin?). Spoiler below:

In the novel in the end practically all protagonist are the same persons on different point of the time line, in a very paradoxical way (e.g. , the main protagonist his himself, herself before the sex change, and her own daughter).

Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success. -- Christopher Lascl