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Comment: Re:I don't see what good unlocking does (Score 1) 77

by rkww (#47537601) Attached to: Compromise Struck On Cellphone Unlocking Bill

If phones were portable between networks, then multi-network compatible phones are actually worth selling and will show up in stores

That's already the case in the UK. Note the 'unlocked' option in the Network dropdown and the premium it brings to the price.

An unlocked GSM phone can be used with a local SIM card (so no roaming charges) anywhere in Europe, and, in the UK at least, you can buy a pay-as-you-go SIM card for less than a dollar.

Or a month's unlimited data for $25. And interestingly (for this topic) a 3UK SIM can be used in a handful of countries without roaming charges - including the USA (but data's limited to 25 gigabytes per month and you're not allowed to tether.)

Comment: Re: ANOTHER DEAD BODY! SWEET JUSTICE! (Score 1) 450

by rkww (#47033565) Attached to: Robbery Suspect Tracked By GPS and Killed

It's the Daily Mail, but... "one of the images shows Adebowale raising his gun at the officers even after he had been shot in the leg and stomach, forcing the officers to shoot him in the hand - blowing off his thumb.

"Once both the terror suspects posed no further threat, E48 used a first aid kit from the police car to treat Adebowale.

"He added: 'Once the threat is neutralised we have a duty of care to all persons to save life, no matter who they are.'"

Comment: Re:ANOTHER DEAD BODY! SWEET JUSTICE! (Score 1) 450

by rkww (#47030313) Attached to: Robbery Suspect Tracked By GPS and Killed

You're a complete moron, in no country will the police not shoot someone who has raised a gun at them.

They don't have to shoot to kill. Here's a concrete example from England - a soldier had been beheaded in the street (my emphasis):

"The two men made no attempt to escape and charged a police car carrying an armed response team when it arrived at the scene about 15 minutes after the killing, according to a witness.

"'The black guy ran at them with a meat cleaver before it stopped and he was right by the car when they shot him,' said Julia Wilders, 51, who lives close by. The second man, who had a gun, was also shot, she said.

"The men were taken to separate hospitals by air ambulance and they were expected to survive despite their injuries, according to police last night."

Comment: Re: This isn't why they had a security breach (Score 3, Informative) 210

by rkww (#46881277) Attached to: Target Moves To Chip and Pin Cards To Boost Security

exactly how do they charge the card then?

The vendor takes the customer's name, postal address and card number, and sends a message to their card processor (bank) saying "I want to charge this customer this amount for this transaction"; the bank sends back a url and the customer is redirected to that page.

The (secure) page (which displays a shared secret known only by you and the bank) asks for your online banking password; the bank processes the payment, and redirects you back to the vendor's thank-you page.

This has nothing to do with chip and pin.

But UK banks also hand out free one-time pad terminals which use your chip and pin card for online identitification.

Comment: Re:Safer phones? Seriously? (Score 2) 184

by rkww (#46738671) Attached to: The Case For a Safer Smartphone

People need to stop distracting themselves while driving. Better yet, make sure that anyone who causes damage, injury, or deaths due to their negligence while driving is fully prosecuted under the law.

You mean something like this ?

It's illegal to ride a motorcycle or drive using hand-held phones or similar devices. The rules are the same if you're stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.

You can get an automatic fixed penalty notice if you're caught using a hand-held phone while driving or riding. You'll get 3 penalty points on your licence and a fine of £100.

Your case could also go to court and you could be disqualified from driving or riding and get a maximum fine of £1,000. Drivers of buses or goods vehicles could get a maximum fine of £2,500.

Comment: Re:Cynicism (Score 3, Interesting) 148

by rkww (#46652115) Attached to: European Parliament Votes For Net Neutrality, Forbids Mobile Roaming Costs

They never thought of ending roaming charges as a way to _make_ money

Except for Three UK who have already ended call roaming charges in eleven foreign countries - including the USA.

And for certain packages they've removed data roaming charges too (subject to limits.)

Incidentally 97 percent of their network traffic is data.

Comment: Re:How does chip & pin work online? (Score 1) 731

by rkww (#46221535) Attached to: Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

Online transactions don't use the pin; you indicate you have the physical card by keying in a three-digit number printed on the back of the card; but you also have to give the billing address for the card, which if you've just picked it up in the street you're not going to have. And if you have got it, it doesn't help since anything you buy will be shipped to the cardholder instead of you.

Online transactions for virtual goods are verified by transitioning to a bank https page which asks for selected characters from a password; it then sends a go or no-go status to the merchant. To prevent spoofing, the bank's page might also include an indentification phrase - 'the cuckoos are loud tonight' or whatever - which you created when you first registered with the bank.

And to log into your bank account, you can use a small handheld identification thingy which takes your pin number and uses it to create a one-time pad passphrase.

Comment: Re:Restaurant (Score 1) 731

by rkww (#46221233) Attached to: Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

The waiter brings you a handheld point-of-sale terminal and asks you to insert your card, which the waiter never touches. Typically (in a restaurant) the terminal show the question 'do you want to offer a gratuity' (which in the UK at least, there's no stigma against selecting 'no' - and indeed, if you're a regular customer, they may well select 'no' before passing you the terminal); the terminal then asks you to enter your (normally four-digit) pin (which since you're holding the terminal, you can do covertly if you wish); and the machine then prints you a recipt, and you retrieve your card.

For online transactions, you need to provide the billing address and a three-digit number printed on the back of the card, which is entirely unrelated to your pin number.

And for low-value transactions it's increasingly common to use a near-field chip in the card, which you just tap on the terminal.

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