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Comment: Re:this is one more reason (Score 4, Interesting) 136

by khchung (#49156583) Attached to: Under US Pressure, PayPal Stops Working With Mega

banks should not be free to decide who they can do business with. If a baker cant decide they dont want to do business with a couple they disagree with, a bank should not be able to do so either.

It cut both ways.

Are you saying that banks should also NOT refuse to open accounts directly for terrorist organisations, drug lords, government of Iran, and North Korea?

How about their representatives? Or known associates? Or some front business that don't seems to do transactions like the business they claimed to be, but more like they are just a front for the drug lords?

How about just some normal foreign rich people (e.g. from the US, or China) who had no other business in that country (e.g. Switzerland) but wanting to put millions of dollars (in cash) into the account? BTW, through a company registered somewhere else (e.g. some country in South America)?

How about some no so rich foreign people doing the same for just a few hundred thousand dollars?

How about some random business (e.g. Mega) that the US government just told you not to (or else your bank's will feel their pressure... *hint* *hint*)?

Yes, it is a slippery slope. So, where do you draw the line?

Comment: Re:Give up the source? Ain't gonna happen (Score 2) 127

by khchung (#48943847) Attached to: Tech Companies Worried Over China's New Rules For Selling To Banks

China can ask for the source, but I don't see any US firm agreeing.

Sure, that automatically disqualifies them from selling to any China banks, which means all the money that would have gone to foreign software companies now go to local Chinese software companies, thus kickstarting their growth and eventually they will grow big enough to compete outside of China.

It would not surprise me if that was the real goal here.

Comment: Since when did unknown == paradox?? (Score 5, Interesting) 231

by khchung (#48870863) Attached to: The Paradoxes That Threaten To Tear Modern Cosmology Apart

Perhaps the most dramatic of these paradoxes comes from the idea that the universe must be expanding. [...] yet nobody knows how this can occur.

Since when did "paradox" became a synonym for "unknown"?

Yeah, nobody knows how space expands, but how does that make it a "paradox"?

Comment: Do you also do real life security drills? (Score 1) 124

by khchung (#48799771) Attached to: Do We Need Regular IT Security Fire Drills?

Do your company also do real life security "fire drills," supported by executive management should be conducted regularly in organizations, in order to understand the appropriate course of action in advance of a physical security breach. This includes recovering evidence, identifying and resolving the root cause of the incident (not just the symptoms), and undertaking a forensic investigation?

No? Then perhaps you don't need to do IT security fire drills for the same reason.

Comment: Calling it fraud could stop identity theft (Score 5, Insightful) 110

by khchung (#48624103) Attached to: RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft

You know what could completely stop identity theft? Holding banks responsible for the loss when they were tricked by some thief pretending to their customers. You will see them tightening their authentication and fraud detection overnight.

You know why some countries don't have any identity theft at all? They held banks and companies responsible when they were defrauded, and won't let them pass the loss to their customers by claiming "identity theft".

Comment: Re:AI + organisations will be the real problem (Score 1) 688

by khchung (#48616307) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Now this might come as a surprise to some of the technokids out there - but some of us actually *like* driving and don't want a computer doing it for us.

Then, in the future you described, you may continue to do so in "driving parks" dedicated for human driving or some restricted area where human driving is specially allowed. I.e. much like what you have to do now to enjoy riding your horse around.

Comment: Re:Craigslist already does this... (Score 3, Insightful) 84

by khchung (#48540399) Attached to: US Treasury Dept: Banks Should Block Tor Nodes

I'm not sure why banks don't, but Craigslist already blocks almost all Tor nodes--despite its comparatively meager resources (vs. banks')...

Simply because the banks are not responsible for the losses?

The summary said "nearly $24 million in bank account takeovers by hackers", see? The banks simply pass the loss to their customers by calling it identity theft! Hey, you account has been taken over by hackers! Your loss.

In countries where the banks themselves are responsible for these losses (they called these, rightly, fraud against the bank), you see banks taking measures to stop these thefts. In the US, the banks simply don't care.

Comment: Slashvertisment (Score 3, Informative) 91

by khchung (#48518919) Attached to: <em>Dragon Age: Inquisition</em> Reviewed and Benchmarked

It certainly reads like one.

I got the game and played it for some 30-40 hours now, certainly did see any "fundamentally different approach" in the gameplay so far, compared to, say Kingdoms of Amalur, or Farcry 3, or the Fallout series, etc.

Not the say the game isn't fun, but not really groundbreaking either.

Comment: Re:What do they spend the money on? (Score 1) 161

by khchung (#48439117) Attached to: Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

Stupid features and interface changes no one wants are landing in the code and bugs from real users go unresolved.

Because that's how large corporation lead by non-tech management works. Two developers, one said "I added a new feature X", the other said "I fixed Y number of bugs", guess which one got more bonus? Guess what would developers flock to do after that?

Comment: Re:Sounds like movie reviews (Score 1) 474

I don't understand why publishers are so interested in preorders.

Perhaps because of the huge logistics advantage and cost efficiency of fulfilling preorders compared to normal orders?

With preorders, you knew exactly how many boxes you need to make, and where to deliver them to, and exactly how much revenue you are going to get. That's basically pure profit.

Compared to guesstimating the how much you will sell through retail, and guesstimating how many to send to which retailer, and how many each one might sell, and worrying if the game would be a dud and the boxes would go to landfill, while also worrying if the game would be too big a hit and you can't make them fast enough... preorders is a logistics heaven!

So, if you were a game publisher, wouldn't you try to get people to preorder?

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