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Comment: Re:Add noise (Score 1) 82

by gweihir (#48936887) Attached to: Georgia Institute of Technology Researchers Bridge the Airgap

It is not. A Faraday cage is great for shielding a static E field (for this, it is perfect if made form a perfect conductor or you wait infinitely long), but it does exactly nothing for shielding the B part. Hence a Faraday cage _weakens_ electromagnetic radiation, but it does not block it completely. What you need is proper EM-shielding, which can be accomplished with any conducting material, but effect is dependent on thickness.

It is fascinating though that you think a Faraday cage would give you 100% reliable protection, when it does no such thing. This exemplifies the real problem with IT security: Too many people that think they know what they are talking about, when in fact they have no clue.

Comment: Re:Positive pressure? (Score 1) 345

by gweihir (#48936841) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

And hence the proposed solution does work even less. You seem to have completely missed what I was talking about and that the UEL is completely irrelevant for my argument. "WTF" indeed.

But you know, UEL 100% nonsense. Wikipedia seems to have copied a rather obvious error. Looking it up, it turns out to be 80...82% and that explains why it is used in this fashion: It has an extremely wide working range as a fuel-air explosive.

I do stand corrected on the UEL though, even if that has zero impact on my point and your claim is just as wrong.

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LibreOffice Gets a Streamlined Makeover With 4.4 Release 103

Posted by samzenpus
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TechCurmudgeon sends word that LibreOffice 4.4 has been released. "The Document foundation announced availability of the latest version of LibreOffice on Thursday, which it says is the most beautiful version of the open source productivity suite yet. LibreOffice 4.4 also fixes some compatibility issues with files that are saved in Microsoft's OOXML formats. LibreOffice 4.4 has got a lot of UX and design love," Jan "Kendy" Holesovsky, who leads the design team for Libreoffice, said in a statement. LibreOffice 4.4 is currently available for Windows."

Comment: Re: Positive pressure? (Score 1) 345

by gweihir (#48934205) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

Oh? Ever saw an ATM crash and display a BSOD? Quite often these are industrial PCs and they cannot take much more temperature as the CPUs are the limiting factor these days. And the mechanics have an even worse high-temperature behavior. It is not that things immediately stop to work, it is that every 10C halves the lifetime of components, and ATMs are _expensive_.

Comment: Re:For all of you USA haters out there: (Score 3, Informative) 345

by gweihir (#48934053) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

It seems you cannot even read the articles you quote: "In simultaneous and independent efforts, engineers in Japan, Sweden, and Britain developed their own cash machines during the early 1960s." and "An experimental Bankograph was installed in New York City in 1961 by the City Bank of New York, but removed after six months due to the lack of customer acceptance.".

So not only was that 1961 in the US, it was a failure as well.

Comment: Re:For all of you USA haters out there: (Score 1) 345

by gweihir (#48934007) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

That assumes the US was first in these areas. It was not. It is just behind and has been for a long, long time. Why do you think the US government spends so much effort into drumming it into every US citizens head that the US is "world leader" and "best country", etc.? Because if the majority of the US population would realize how badly behind the US is, there would be civil war.

Comment: Re:For all of you USA haters out there: (Score 1) 345

by gweihir (#48933977) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

Indeed. In particular the whole US banking system is from the dark ages. In Europe, I have not used any any checks for two decades now and nobody does. Interbank-transfers are so cheap you do not even get billed for them anymore and all regular payments are electronic. The US is at least 2 decades behind in that area.

Comment: Re:Positive pressure? (Score 1) 345

by gweihir (#48933899) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

You really have no clue how these attacks work. If you steal/clone a primitive obsolete card as used in the US, you can clone it cheaply and just try the pin on any number of not-online ATMs until you have it. (Many rural ATMs are not online over the weekend.) Then you clone a few more and go on an ATM tour, and this time they can be online. That does not work at all with chip-based cards.

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