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Comment: Re:NSA... (Score 1) 192

by houghi (#49093199) Attached to: How NSA Spies Stole the Keys To the Encryption Castle

OK, now we have established that. Now what? And none of this "It is illegal according to what some dead people wrote 200 years ago.", because we just established that.

What acctions must be done? Writing your representatives? Suing them en masse? Electing 'the other party' every 4 years?

It would be nice to know what actually will work.

Comment: Re:What about the online use of these cards? (Score 1) 448

by houghi (#49086805) Attached to: Credit Card Fraud Could Peak In 2015 As the US Moves To EMV

I have 3d secure. There are several ways to go about it. Sending an SMS with a code to a pre-destined number, login and password outside of the merchant, card reader that gives a number.

It is still not 100%. A card I never use or have ever used before has been hacked. Fortunatly the bank saw this happening, blocked the payment to verify and contacted me. Others I know have been payed back in full when abuse of external parties was obvious.In other cases it depends.

Comment: Re:US: Welcome to the present (Score 1) 448

by houghi (#49086667) Attached to: Credit Card Fraud Could Peak In 2015 As the US Moves To EMV

They still use paper checks to pay things. I have not seen a personal check in (I think) 20 years or so.

The only downside I see in Belgium is that when you transfer money to a business account it takes 2-3 working days. This due to the fact that the US wants the time to save the children and read everything first.

In Belgium from person toperson it happens on the same day. It is working days, because computers can't work on weekends. :-/

Comment: Re:someone explain for the ignorant (Score 1) 448

by houghi (#49086427) Attached to: Credit Card Fraud Could Peak In 2015 As the US Moves To EMV

Each case will be decided upon. One case will not be the same as another. If somebody puts a gun to your head asking yout PIN will be treated differently to somebody who writes the PIN with a sharpie on the card.
And then there is skimming. That will still happen (just as fraude from mearchands, customers and others.)

What you should NOT do is give your PIN to anybody. Not your kids, not your spouce, nobody, because that could mean that you will be held accountable. Just get them their own card with their own code. The kids who can't have a card could get a pre-paid card, if it is needed.

You should NOT even know the pin code of your kids, to teach them the PIN, just like any other password, is personal and should not be shared.

I just hope many would drop the 4 number PIN code and go to the 6 number one.

Comment: Re:Coerced false conffesion (Score 1) 102

by houghi (#49069717) Attached to: Kim Dotcom's Lawyer Plays Down Megaupload Worker's Guilty Plea

So my lawyer suggests we offer to plea in exchange for a suspended sentence.

And that is a problem. It turns people who are not judges into judges.
It takes out the juridical part out of the juridical system.
Punishmnet (or getting off free) should not be the result of how god each party is at bargaining. It should be blind to that.

And how that that fight start where you grabbed a bottle? Where I live it would not be anything you would go to prison for anyway. But questions that should be asked would be: what started the fight? How did the fight eveolve? What happend after the fight? Are there any other things that bight have an influence? Were y ou cooperative? Did you show shame and/or guilt during the trial.

That all will then make the decision into what sentense should be given if found guilty. Even if you admitted all the way, it must be still up to the judge on what sentence you get.

Comment: Don't add Internet to everything. (Score 4, Insightful) 267

by houghi (#49059091) Attached to: What Your Online Comments Say About You

Just talk to people and you will se the same thing. Be it in a meeting, in a pub or wherever. Countries are based on the priciple that they are lead by people who know what they are doing,. while in the end it is more about who said it best.

So it happens in the real world. It has happend since ages. Why would it surprise anybody that it happens on the Internet?

Comment: Banks were hit before Internet by fraude. (Score 1) 131

by houghi (#49058861) Attached to: Bank Hackers Steal Millions Via Malware

Before Internet, I know of one group who used fraude to take only a few million USD from different banks by leaning money from one bank, falsify the papers on that loan and use it as a warranty to get a bigger loan at another bank.

They were caught because they tried to kill one person who then talked to the police.

What amazed me was that this was possible. If I have a warrenty against a loan, they will check it 27 times and then decline the value. They added some zeroes and because it was from a bank, all was well. (Ok, simplified, but still).

Seems that banks have always been less cautious compared to what they let the public believe.

Comment: Re:Meta scores and user's meta scores (Score 3, Informative) 135

by houghi (#49031671) Attached to: Are Review Scores Pointless?

Scores by themselves are useless in many cases. I once was heavily involved in a customer service survey. It was basically "From 1 to 10, how do you like the service." What we noticed what that Nordic countries gave a complete different number compared to Mediteranian countries.

First they thought it was because the service was much better in some countries compared to others. Looking into it and asking customers we found nothing.

We then started asking a second question: "What service did you expect." and then measure the difference. So if you expect a 6 and you get a 6 it is much better then expecting a 9 and getting a 7. So a 6 can be better then a 7.

The issue was that the first time we did not have a base to start from. In school-tests the base is pretty easy. 100% is perfect without any errors.

Compare it to Americans and Enlish where one would say "Wow, this is AMAZING. It is the best I have ever seen." and the other would say "It's not bad." (I jope you get what I mean.)

When I look at at scres for movies, restaurants, books or whatever, I read the comments to know WHAT they thought about it.

Comment: Re:Close, but the answer is encryption. (Score 1) 239

by houghi (#49024275) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Will It Take To End Mass Surveillance?

Encryption is not enough. It will stop what you say, not who you tolk to and when. It also does not stop telling where I am.

Big brother is here. We can stop being paranoid, because we know we are being followed.

The people with the alu foil hats were right and it is even worse then what ,ost of them thought.

A formal parsing algorithm should not always be used. -- D. Gries