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Comment: Thanks NSA and others (Score 4, Insightful) 57

by houghi (#48940245) Attached to: Tech Companies Worried Over China's New Rules For Selling To Banks

This is what you get for spying on each and everybody and infiltrating everything. So now they distrust everybody and (rightfully) are asking for the source.

The result will be that they then will have the source and will do their own improvement and not coming back for more. This basically means that they can do one more deal by selling the software and then they will start selling the software themselves (including the backdoors)

So the wise thing would be NOT to sell anything. However if just one company will sell, they are all lost.

I am not even worried about the backdoor, because that was in there already.

The next will be that they ask the source code for other software as well (Microsoft anybody?)

Comment: This will be fun (Score 1) 53

by houghi (#48939763) Attached to: US Wireless Spectrum Auction Raises $44.9 Billion

I remember when they held sales in Belgium and the rest of Europe over the UMTS licences. That did not go over well for some companies. Fun times loosing my job because they needed to make good on that money they spend. Well, not just me, in the end 50% of the company and it went downhill from there.

The reason I am against this is that even though it is extra money for the government, it will mean that people will still have to pay for it, so in reality it is a tax.

It also removes any real option of competition.

Comment: What data was left? (Score 1) 88

by houghi (#48938689) Attached to: 'Anonymized' Credit Card Data Not So Anonymous, MIT Study Shows

I read the article but I did not find what was left. In Belgium (Perhaps Europe) all that remains is the transaction number and the last 4 numbers of the card. The card company will only see the amount and will have no idea what is bought.

So if the last 4 digits are 1234 (And about 1 in 10000 will scream) they know if I pump gas, take out some cash, eat in a restaurant and buy at a supermarket that they know who I am?

I would really, really, really try to test that claim.

I assume some other data has been left.

Comment: Re:Manual config (Score 1) 60

by houghi (#48937967) Attached to: D-Link Routers Vulnerable To DNS Hijacking

I just run my own DNS server pdnsd because it is easy to configure. That way I have access to sites that are blocked otherwise by law (Torrent sites) and I do not give Google even more information then what they already get.

I can also easily add the domains from mvps and others to block. Bit of scripting and it is done.

Comment: Re:Positive pressure? (Score 4, Informative) 352

by houghi (#48931867) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

The chip requires a PIN to be entered. If you don';t do that correctly within three times, the card is rendered useless.
And this does not have to be three consecutive times.

So even if you have the card, you are unable to do any purchases with it. And obviously you need to do them before the card is noticed to be stolen.

In Belgium the Card Stop number is on every ATM. You call them and the card is blocked. Any Belgian card. Loose your walled with 10 cards? One number to call. The number is even on every new sim-card in Belgium.

Comment: Re:For all of you USA haters out there: (Score 2) 352

by houghi (#48931645) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

I have to assume it is more cost effective to take the losses than to chip all of the cards.

No, it isn't. Especially not if you do it over a fase of say 5 years. That way the moment somebody needs a new card, either because the old one expired or it was lost or stolen.

The extra cost for the card is minimal as it is produced in such vast numbers. Sure, if you replace all cards before their end of life, then it becomes expensive.

The problem, I believe, is that investing money is almost seen as a loss for the company. In Europe and the rest of the world the same issues have arisen and the same questions have been asked by the same companies. And somehow they arrived at different answer?

Also the money that you looses is not all. You also need to spend time in the investigation. You get false positives and false negatives. It all becomes a LOT easier when you have a chip.

This does not mean abuse is not possible. People will lie that their card is stolen. Other ways of abuse will happen as well. These are on top of what already happens with the cards, not instead of.

Comment: Re:For all of you USA haters out there: (Score 1) 352

by houghi (#48931577) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

Spending money is true, but is was a mere investment that has been profitable.
There are now several banks in Belgium that block your credit card (MC, Visa) for the USofA, because of the risk.

As the usage of cards in the US is much higher, the return on investment should be sooner in the US as well.

In Europe it is now the standard. Both debit and credit cards use it and I have seen some pre-paid cards that don't even have a metal strip anymore. Readers still have it as a backup, but cheaper ones without it are available.
In Belgium even the ID card has it (Open source) and can be used to sign digitally.

Comment: Re:Well I guess it's a good thing... (Score 1) 195

by houghi (#48931057) Attached to: Adobe's Latest Zero-Day Exploit Repurposed, Targeting Adult Websites

"People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you're not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you."

"You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity."

"Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It's yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head."

"You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don't owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don't even start asking for theirs."

--- banksy

Comment: Drones? (Score 1) 158

by houghi (#48930357) Attached to: Drone Maker Enforces No-Fly Zone Over DC, Hijacking Malware Demonstrated

To many people drones are military. That is the reason they are called quadcopters or the like.
So I was a bit surprised to learn that the drones were made in China, as I associate them with military devices.

Using model planes or quadcopters without a GPS is the standard, so these have NO idea where they are flying, yet can be easily flown long distance with goggles.

Comment: He must obey the law in a country (Score 2) 226

by houghi (#48923637) Attached to: Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

He must not be available in a country. Just point to a page explaining why you do not allow access anymore. Close shop there and be done with it.

And the explanation can be written in such a way that it is purely factual and will not offend anybody. e.g. Facebook is no longer able to operate in Turkey due to requests made by the Turkish government. We are sorry for this and hope to solve this as soon as possible.

Not admitting anything. Not offending anybody.

OTOH I would be jealous to not be living in a country without facebook.

Comment: When Lobying becomes bribery (Score 3, Insightful) 77

by houghi (#48923007) Attached to: Comcast Pays Overdue Fees, Offers Freebies For TWC Merger Approval

This is so obviously bribery it isn't even funny anymore. Obviously nobody will do anything about that. There will be no investigation. There will be nobody actually trying to stop it.

The merger will go on and I would not be surprised if they did not even pay out their bribery.

I can imagine that some of the big shots will get a much larger bonus when the merger goes through.

Comment: Re:Implement locally? (Score 1) 145

by houghi (#48922943) Attached to: How One Small Company Blocked 15.1 Million Robocalls Last Year

I never have to pay for incoming calls (unless I am roaming in another country) here in Europe. So there is no cost. Yet I have NEVER received a cold call on my phone.
Not once in the probably 10 years I have the number.

Either I am lucky, or cold calling is just not an issue in Belgium. I guess the reason is that calling me costs them money, not me. And the same price for them would happen if it were a mailbox or an actual call.

I can not speak for my land-line, as I do not have a phone connected to it. Just an ADSL modem.

Exceptions prove the rule, and wreck the budget. -- Miller