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Comment Re:Re-what? (Score 1) 139

You do that. Meanwhile, we don't use the mag strip in Australia, so I'll happily prevent my card from being compatible with the less secure USA methodology.

We certainly have a mag strip on our cards and it's to allow them to be used in countries that don't have chip and pin.

While the RFID doesn't duplicate the chip, it can provide enough information to an attacker to duplicate the mag strip and the info on the front of the card, so that they can send that overseas to an accomplice to write on a dummy card and shop for easily sold goods.


Comment Re:Best sunscreen... (Score 1) 112

The first places to burn on me are my nose, cheeks, ears, and back of the neck, in that order. The stuff typically covered by clothes are usually just fine. A wide brim hat might help a little but really doesn't work well when you are swimming. I hate sunscreen especially on the face but clothing really doesn't work well on the face.

Australian scientists have tested wide brim hats and they give an effective sun protection factor of about 5. The fabric itself has an SPF in the hundreds but reflections off glass and pavements and atmospheric refraction of UV, plus the user looking up and around from time to time give added exposure to the face and neck.

Comment Re:This affects everybody (Score 1) 494

The only people this really affected were the shareholders.

Wrong. It affects customers, shareholders, management, employees, suppliers to VW, taxpayers, regulators, dealers, the German economy and pretty much anyone else even remotely connected to VW. It will probably even have spillover effects to other auto makers selling diesel engines.

It basically affects anyone who breathes. (cough)

Comment Re:Anti-Sunscreen (Score 1) 210

Waiting for the protests from the folks who believe Sunscreen actually causes cancer (chemicals in the lotion vs the sun's rays).


But it used to: "When exposed to light, aminobenzoic acid (para-aminobenzoic acid or PABA) absorbs UV light and emits excess energy via a photochemical reaction that may cause damage to DNA. Because DNA defects contribute to skin cancer, aminobenzoic acid is no longer widely used in sunscreen formulations."

Comment Re:Shouldn't have said anything (Score 1) 65

She/He is an idiot because she/he used CC instead of BCC. Something that riles me in general.

This is also a fault of the particular implementation of the CC function. When selected it should put up a warning that all the addressees details will be included in every email sent and ask "Are you sure?" before it goes ahead and sends.

Comment Re:Shouldn't have said anything (Score 1) 65

I think you'd have a pareto-style 80/20 split between "patients with HIV" and "other parties", and that's good enough for strong inference to be drawn. HIV is the poster child for sensitive data, so yeah, it does matter.

It's trivially easy to do, and trivially easy to screw up: a classic infosec trap.

I believe this clinic deals mostly with sexually transmitted diseases, so being revealed having some variety of the clap won't be much of an improvement in many people's eyes.

Comment Re:Done to _gouge_ the customer better (Score 2) 379

Yea, he can totally go to one or 2-3 identical companies with identical products that do the exact same thing.

Except that NO other companies do this. And if people actually abandon Xerox, and HP, Epson, etc. see Xerox losing customers, they will not adopt the same policies, and Xerox is likely to reverse their decision to adopt regional encoding.

There is no need for government regulation here. The market will fix this.

Until they end their customer hostile policies, I will not buy from Xerox. But I have never bought anything from Xerox anyway, so that isn't saying much.

Except HP did this probably 10 years ago. A genuine HP cartridge bought in Asia refused to work in a HP inkjet printer in Australia. I don't know if that still happens as I refuse to go near HP and I bought a B&W laser printer instead.

Comment Reporting (Score 4, Insightful) 268

Bezos says

But if you know of any stories like those reported, I want you to escalate to HR. You can also email me directly at Even if it’s rare or isolated, our tolerance for any such lack of empathy needs to be zero.”

. . . but probably best to do so anonymously, or with someone else's email account. We all know how large companies love whistle blowers.

Comment Re:Oblicatory (Score 1) 397

With all due respect, I'd rather eat Ramen and take a vitamin pill than consume the current Soylent formulations and fart all night long.

According to an Ars Technica review the extreme farts are gone with the latest versions.

If you don't like the real thing, there are a bunch of DIY recipes that you can try for yourself.

Comment Experienced test pilot? (Score 1) 83

You're an experienced test pilot of a rocket powered ship and you have to be specifically trained to anticipate the effects of slamming on the brakes while traveling at supersonic speed?

I suspect he knew full well the likely outcome but just had a brain fade. Probably what was missing was some kind of hardware interlock so that this couldn't have happened, or else it required both pilots acting at once to enable it.

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