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Comment Re:And... NO CONTRAST (Score 2) 272

Jesus H. That's like the anorexic fashion show of editors. There's nothing of substance there.

VIM: Whatever my terminal is, which is white on black.
Emacs: Whatever my terminal is, which is white on black.
Notepad++: Black on white.
BBedit: Black on white.

That covers all of them I think, over Linux, Windows and MacOs. Nothing else matters.

Comment Re:Who should we blame? (Score 1) 175

Also blame the engineers who didn't put in some interlocks, e.g. no requests from outside the LAN until the default password has been changed or simply force the user to change the password the first time they log in.

Can you do that? How can a device know a request comes from outside the lan? If I'm not mistaken, unless you use IPv6, in order for an outside request to reach a device on the LAN, you need to NAT it, and then, from the point of view of the device, the request comes from the router, from a local ip.

uPnP comes to the rescue and allows your camera to open a path in from the outside. Yay uPnP!
Disable uPnP in your router.

Comment Re:shit post (Score 1) 284

The terminals support several payment schemes.

So what? Terminals can be bulletproof, but you still need software to talk to those terminals, and that's where the problem usually lies. ApplePay wouldn't prevent any of those security problems at all.

That's where PCI-DSS steps in as an utterly stupid spec that doesn't enable secure communication with PoS systems while leaving the card data within the PCI security boundary. This is in part so they can charge a bucketload of money certifying every PoS terminal that doesn't need to be within the PCI security boundary.

Comment Re:shit post (Score 5, Insightful) 284

The NFC terminals were paid for by the merchants. The terminals support several payment schemes.

It is in my interests as a person who pays for things and as a merchant who pays for and uses payment terminals that IPhone based NFC payments remain as secure as possible and letting thousands of different banks mess with it with thousands of different applications is counterproductive.

Look beneath the surface and you will see that this is about grabbing a larger share of the merchant's fee.

Comment Banks Like Money (Score 4, Interesting) 284

>Yet, this infrastructure was built and paid for by Australian banks and merchants for the benefit of all Australians."

Bullshit. The infrastructure was paid for by merchants buying the equipment.

Banks have shown themselves incapable of passing on the reduced costs of electronic transactions to consumers and incapable of deploying secure payment schemes. This particular scuffle is everything to do with banks wanting to keep all the 2-5% transactions fees rather than share it with a phone vendor who has developed moderately secure payment hardware that is in the hands of millions of people.

Comment Re:And now for something completely different (Score 1) 31

Had this been a OneNote flaw, it would have read:

Microsoft has sent an email to users warning of a critical flaw in multiple version of Microsoft's OneNote that can cause a severe loss of data, the extent of which is not entirely known. Microsoft refuses to acknowledge the severity of this issue, claiming that only "a small number of people" are affected. Those who have received the email may be able to install an update to repair the flaw, but the efficacy of this "fix" has not been confirmed. Regardless of the "fix", the users data has been lost irrevocably. The glitch has been occurring for many months but this is the first response Microsoft has provided.

Top tip. Don't use Microsoft products on MacOs. It won't end well.

Numbers is fine.

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