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Comment: Re:Under US Jurisdiction? (Score 1) 269

by houghi (#48601859) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

Good that there are privacy laws, because we know how much the US Agencies and especially the NSA respect the law.

The time of paranoia is over. You don't have to THINK that your could be cvomprimised. You must act as if it IS compromised. Almost all companies are stillin the 'let's protect our data' but have NO clue what to do if that fails. "Yeah, but the IT guy said that if we change the password every 30 minutes, it would be safe."

Comment: Itr should not be an issue (Score 4, Interesting) 184

The issue is that the SSN is used for identification. In Belgium we also have a national number. Pretty easy. in Dutch yet this only links to you and does not identify you as such.

Everybody above 12 needs to have an ID. Checking vadility is free and the chip on it is opensource

Oh and if you are a financial company, you can do verification at the national bank where you can check if you are allowed to give people a credit or not and add that you gave people a credit.

With just the number, you can do nothing. You would at least have the (valid) ID card as well.

Comment: Re:Hard to say (Score 1) 345

Panic. I have seen it many times. People quit after a takeover because of panic. The best you can do (at least in Belgium) is wait it out and see if they pay you to leave or if there are options in the future.

I mean, why quit now? You can quit in a week or a month or anytime you want, yet still people panic and think thye will have some advantage by leaving now.

Comment: Re:As a parent... (Score 1) 39

by houghi (#48537233) Attached to: Make a Kids' Power Wheel Toy Awesome for $500 (Video)

Well, why would this be a bad thing? Just hear me out.
For the religious people it is Gods wil. For the Atheists, it is darwin and evolution. So everybody wins.

This is also why I am against any trafic rules. If we would get rid of them, in only a few hundred generations, we would have drivers who have extremely fast refelxions on avoiding accidents as well as pedestrians who can jump out of the way with enourmous speed. (and with a bit of luck, we gfot rid of the cyclists in the process)

This is already happening as driving has become safer and safer over the years Less accidents per mile.
So as it is already clearly proven, people are already adapting to cars.

Comment: Re:Every 30 days. (Score 1) 247

by houghi (#48531931) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?

You laugh, but I once advised a friend to write (most of) her passwords down on a slip of paper and carry it in her wallet

I once had to change my password every week for a project. I wrote it down.

My father writes his pincodes down as part of a phonenumber. e.g. have it as "John Doe 1-212-555-1234" where John Doe is a real sounding name and the phonenumber looks real. The last 4 are the pincode. (Could be any of them in any order. Also will depend on the country. e.g. the real pincode here could be 3215)
He has done that for number codes since at least 60 years.

He uses some sort of Monoalphabetic encryption which uses only one word and is even simpler as VigenÃre cipher as he can do it without any paper. And no, it is not Caesar cipher or anything like it. It is based on one word. Not sure what it is. He explained it to me when I was a kid and I forgot most of it.

This all from a time where he used (and still uses) paper agenda's and no access to anything electronic.

I personaly have 5 passwords. Work, Bank, Personal machines, Unsafe Internet, Safe Internet. The issue is that I often need can't remember my login as often you can not select your own login.

At one company I had 17 different logins with variations of my name, company or combination because the systems were handled by different companies. (Also had 3 digipasses.)

One had such a 'secure' system that we had the process (including the 3 differnt logins and passwords that were send to us each month) printed out and hanging next to the dedicated PC for all to see.
Yes, they were stupid enough not to give individual logins and/or digipasses, but insisten on a group password.

Comment: Re:5th Admendment? (Score 1) 446

by houghi (#48510423) Attached to: 18th Century Law Dredged Up To Force Decryption of Devices

Yeah. So?

Seriously, I keep seeing people quoting the constitution, the amendments and other stuff as if it means something outside of discussions.
As long as nobody takes any action, it is just words and utter meaningless. Just like the North Korean constituations claims it is a democracy.

Comment: Re:Cash (Score 1) 375

by houghi (#48508117) Attached to: The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

I luckily live in a country where they can not link my purchases to my credit card.
The store does only hold the last few numbers and a transaction code in their adminitration. The credit card company only holds the price and the store type, but not the amount. Here in Belgium they are not even allowed to analyze the data to see e.g. if you use your card more for online shopping or for buying gas (or whatever).

The moment I use a bonus card, ir will be clear what I bought in the past at the store. Otherwise? Nope.

I basicaly use cash when I go easting or drinking with some friends, because it is easer when you split the bill to just give money. Although sometimes one of us pays with a card and the others transfer the money. Not a real issue as that is free of cost.

Comment: Don't pretend to be something your are not (Score 1) 139

by houghi (#48507969) Attached to: Want To Work For a Cool Tech Company? Hone Your Social Skills

If you are not the social type they are looking for then they are not looking for you and you dio not want that job.
Perhaps you can lie and fake your social skills (or anything else), but at some moment they either notice you are a liar or you become extremely unhappy playing something you are not.

In the end you do not really know what they are looking for.

It could very well be that you have a serious lack of social skills. Working on that will help. Not to get a job, but to get a better life. (if you have problems with it)

But do not lie. The moment they know you lied, you are done. I have terminated interviews the moment I noticed they were lying. One I remember was a person who lied about a skill we did not ask about nor needed. My reasoning: if he lies about this, he will be dishonest about other things as well.

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