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Comment: Was expecting something inventive (Score 1) 216

by babtras (#43339383) Attached to: FTC Awards $50k In Prizes To Cut Off Exasperating Robocalls
Isn't blacklisting / whitelisting a bit of an obvious solution? I'm sure someone could have come up with that without opening a competition. I was expecting something more inventive like scoring callers based on frequency of calls, number of different and type of numbers called (residential vs business), attempts to manipulate or block call ID, etc.

Comment: Re:Waves (Score 1) 230

by babtras (#42280289) Attached to: Cassini Discovers First River On Another World
Why would that be obvious? Waves mean there's something working on that liquid mechanically. Titan is tidally locked, so they wouldn't be tidal waves, and if they were visible in this particular image, then they would need to be very large waves. It would be far from obvious to expect to see waves in such an image.

Comment: Re:Fermis paradox (Score 1) 228

by babtras (#41913463) Attached to: Study: the Universe Has Almost Stopped Making New Stars
Civilizations likely have a greater chance of appearing now than in the past. The earlier universe had many more doomsday events such as GRBs and supernova and a metalicity too small to form many rocky planets (though there were some undoubtedly). The current universe is much more suitable to life as we know it and we are probably arriving just in time for the golden age of civilization birth.

Comment: Re:All the more reason to use a VPN (Score 1) 122

by babtras (#37477822) Attached to: Google Prepares Fix To Stop SSL/TLS Attacks
All you'd be accomplishing is changing which part of an untrusted network your traffic is carried by. As long as the traffic traverses Internet infrastructure that you don't personally control, it is untrusted and is subject to monitoring. Unless you set up a VPN tunnel to each website you frequent, this will remain a problem. VPN is no answer.

Comment: Re:Diebold (Score 1) 122

by babtras (#37222510) Attached to: Coordinated, Global ATM Heist Nets $13 Million
The breaches are happening at the ATM processor, which in the ATM's point of view is a trusted network. It's not usually the ATM's fault. However, retarded ATM deployers often leave the ATM's management password as default and don't bother changing the physical locks from the generic one-size-fits-all key, which makes compromising an ATM easy, it's just not nearly as profitable as compromising a whole network all at once.

Comment: Re:every-24-hour coordination (Score 2) 122

by babtras (#37222436) Attached to: Coordinated, Global ATM Heist Nets $13 Million
Not any more it isn't. WAY back in the past, there was a PIN "Offset" stored on the card, which relies on an ATM having the correct "PIN Verification Key" from the financial institution to validate. However, that's no longer the case. If you look at the track 2 data on any card today, the numbers in the offset field are either random or '0000'.

I never cheated an honest man, only rascals. They wanted something for nothing. I gave them nothing for something. -- Joseph "Yellow Kid" Weil