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Comment Authorisation is only half the process.... (Score 2, Informative) 126

The poster obviously doesn't understand how credit cards word. Sure, we can do an offline transaction for whatever value we want, provided the merchant doesn't fall into any of the various restricted merchant category codes, like gambling companies and so forth. Even then, you've got an offline authorisation for almost a million dollars... you think you've stolen a million dollars? Nope! Firstly the point of sale system must upload a file containing the authorisations it's performed. The bank takes this, and generally a night, through a process called settlement, moves the appropriate funds around. A lot of the settlement processes are still performed with ALOT of human supervision. For one company I used to work at, which processed billions in credit card payments every year, there were 3 hardy engineers, ensuring the process went off without a hitch. Catching large or fraudulent transaction happens at this stage too. Most cards have an upper transaction value also, so when submitting a file containing a value over this, the entire batch would be rejected, and an engineer would have to regenerate a new file, minus the transactions and submit. The file submitter would get an automated report of what transactions failed to settle correctly, and from there they could investigate fraud...

Comment I've moved to Mikrotik (Score 5, Informative) 427

I've moved over to a Mikrotik RB2011 series device and I have to say I'm loving it. Has all the features I need, and even though the hardware is 3 years old at this stage, it's still alot faster than the older WRT devices. Interface and command line are a little whacky, and hard to get used to, but once you do, you'll never go back. http://routerboard.com/RB2011U...

Submission + - Getty Images makes 35 million images free for non-comercial usage 1

kc123 writes: In an effort to deal with copyright infringement Getty Images is launching a new embedding feature that will make more than 35 million images freely available to anyone for non-commercial usage. Anyone will be able to visit Getty Images’ library of content, select an image and copy an embed HTML code to use that image on their own websites. Getty Images will serve the image in an embedded player – very much like YouTube currently does with its videos – which will include the full copyright information and a link back to the image’s dedicated licensing page on the Getty Images website.

Submission + - Corpus of 147 million quasi-relational Web tables released for public download (webdatacommons.org)

Robert Meusel writes: The Web contains vast amounts of HTML tables. Most of these tables are used for layout purposes, but a fraction of the tables is also quasi-relational, meaning that they contain structured data describing a set of entities.
A corpus of Web tables can be useful for research and applications in areas such as data search, table augmentation, knowledge base construction, and for various NLP tasks.
The WDC Web Tables corpus has been extracted from the 2012 version of the Common Crawl (http://commoncrawl.org) , the largest Web crawl that is available to the public. The corpus contains the subset of the 11 billion HTML tables found in the Common Crawl that are likely quasi-relational.
There are similar corpora at Google and Microsoft, but our corpus is the only one of this size available to the public.
Beside of being a good test bed for your Search Join engine and a great resource for enriching DBpedia, the tables corpus might also be useful for some of the people in the group working on NLP tasks.

Submission + - GnuTLS Bug Breaks x509 Certificate Validation (arstechnica.com)

mysqlbytes writes: Ars are reporting that a bug introduced in GnuTLS, makes it trivial for attackers to bypass SSL and TLS. The bug relates to how the code handles the validation of TLS certificates. The coding error may have been present since 2005, meaning that the blast radius for this bug could be huge. "Attackers can exploit the error by presenting vulnerable systems with a fraudulent certificate that is never rejected, despite its failure to pass routine security checks. The failure may allow attackers using a self-signed certificate to pose as the cryptographically authenticated operator of a vulnerable website and to decrypt protected communications."

Submission + - Stanford Team Tries for Zippier Wi-Fi in Crowded Buildings (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: Having lots of Wi-Fi networks packed into a condominium or apartment building can hurt everyone's wireless performance, but Stanford University researchers say they've found a way to turn crowding into an advantage. In a dorm on the Stanford campus, they're building a single, dense Wi-Fi infrastructure that each resident can use and manage like their own private network. That means the shared system, called BeHop, can be centrally managed for maximum performance and efficiency while users still assign their own SSIDs (service set identifiers), passwords and other settings, according to Yiannis Yiakoumis, a Stanford doctoral student who presented a paper at the Open Networking Summit this week.

Submission + - Cyber Criminals Steal $1m of Bitcoin from Danish Exchange (ibtimes.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: One of Europe's largest bitcoin exchanges has been robbed by cyber criminals who helped themselves to more than $1 million worth of the virtual currency.

Called Bips, the Denmark-based exchange and online wallet service was first attacked on 15 and 17 November, before a third attack this week saw 1,295 bitcoins stolen, with a value at the time of publication of around $1.13 million (£700,000, €836,000).

Submission + - Fusion Reactor Breaks Even 2

mysqlbytes writes: The BBC is reporting the National Ignition Facility (NIF), based at Livermore in California, Has succeeded in breaking even — "During an experiment in late September, the amount of energy released through the fusion reaction exceeded the amount of energy being absorbed by the fuel — the first time this had been achieved at any fusion facility in the world."

Comment Consider a Microtik Router? (Score 5, Informative) 193

I recently got a Microtik router running RouterOS, and I have to say I love it functionality at it's price point. Even supports BGP if you are that way inclined. My DSL was annoying me, so I turned it to bridged mode, and now the new router does everything else. NAT seems faster, with pings being 3ms quicker which I was astonished at. My other idea was an old desktop running linux, but I worked out the pricing for hardware vs electricity. And within a year (in Ireland) I am going to save money with the Microtik router. The router uses about 7W fully loaded, whereas my desktop would be churning 250 watts fully loaded... This is my one: http://routerboard.com/RB2011UAS-2HnD-IN
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Submission + - Free Software NVIDIA driver now supports 3D acceleration with all GeForce GPUs (h-online.com) 2

aloniv writes: The reverse-engineered free/libre and open source driver for NVIDIA cards Nouveau has reached a new milestone. The Nouveau driver in the current Linux 3.8 development branch has recently acquired everything that's necessary to support the 3D acceleration features of any GeForce graphics hardware. Together with a current version of libdrm and the Nouveau 3D driver in Mesa 3D 9.0, this allows Linux applications to use 3D acceleration even with the most recent GeForce graphics cards.

Submission + - SPAM: Belden Acquires PPC for $515.7M

Techno2012 writes: Belden Inc., a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, has acquired privately held PPC, makers of broadband connectivity solutions such as the popular brand PerfectPath, for $515.7 million.

The acquisition brings Belden into the higher-end cable market, which combined with its marketshare in the signal transmission area, will make it a formidable option as part of the Belden Broadcast Solutions platform.

According to details from Belden, PPC has an operating margin above 22 percent, which made it “accretive to Belden’s consolidated operating results” and for its stock price.

PPC, with 2012 revenues of approximately $238 million, made a splash in the custom electronics market when it came out with an HDMI locking connector.

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Comment Isn't this what VPS are for? (Score 2) 206

Personally I have a VPS in every country I want to get content from. I have a US VPSs, for Netflix, Pandora an whatever else. I have a UK VPS for BBC iPlayer, Channel4 and so on. Cheap as chips generally. I think my UK one cost $30 a year! Sell the service to my friends, and bingo I've made my money back, and I don't have to worry (too much) about some third party stealing all of my traffic

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