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Comment: Re:How about Russian roads without pot holes? (Score 3, Insightful) 226

by fraxinus-tree (#49343891) Attached to: Russian Official Proposes Road That Could Connect London To NYC
Generally, this is exactly what Russians really propose: pay us to fix our roads so you can, sometimes, having a lot of money and time, drive on them. The whole "proposal" consists of roads that currently exist. Outside Russia, they are even in a good state.

Comment: Re:Insecure (Score 1) 130

by fraxinus-tree (#49198381) Attached to: Schneier: Either Everyone Is Cyber-secure Or No One Is
At least in Bulgaria where I live, CC is never mailed. You have to go in person to a bank office and show a state-issued ID card (or passport, if you are not local), to get one. IDs are generally hard to forge (crypto-enabled coming soon here and already usual in other EU states), have your photo printed on them, last usually 10 years and are mandatory.

CCs became themselves crypto devices some 15 years ago and a lot of them do not have a magnetic strip now - good luck cloning them.

It is not that we do not have bank fraud, it simply is not at such an entry level.

Comment: Wrong kind of metric... (Score 4, Interesting) 280

by fraxinus-tree (#49136577) Attached to: Drones Cost $28,000 Per Arrest, On Average
The metric "$ per suspect catched" is pretty much meaningless. If they have 1 suspect for the whole year and do arrest him, the cost per arrest will be their yearly budget - and guess what? The border still needs to be guarded. The important numbers would be the the cost increase/decrease vs drone-less operation and the percent of trespassers missed.

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