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Comment Re:My network has 100% uptime. 2-0 team is undefea (Score 5, Funny) 234

  It's extremely unlikely that both providers will go down at the same time. It's extremely unlikely that both the Cisco (or pair of Ciscos) and the pair of Junipers will crap out simultaneously.

...says the guy who has obviously never run a Juniper. :-)

Comment Re:Obvious takeaway here? (Score 1) 41

Given thus finding, what does this say about the CIA's goals?

If their algorithms are neural networks trained to find common links to radical jihad videos to recruit *foreign* fighters from halfway around the world, and the problem they're trying to solve is identifying kids developing ties to *local* gangs, using this tool might not be the smartest choice. That doesn't mean the tool is or isn't effective for the purpose of identifying people who are interested in what ISIS has to say.

Comment Re: Four words (Score 3, Informative) 200

Depends on your point of view. If you're a customer, the point of a pod is to make you a cup of coffee. But in Keurig's eyes, the point of a pod was never to make coffee, it was always to make a profit on each pod sold.

However, third parties figured out how to make pods, too, and none of them paid Keurig royalties for doing so. This upset Keurig greatly. So they came out with Keurig 2.0, with a built-in Genuine Keurig Pod Detector (an LED and photo transistor that detects Keurig's invisible ink printed on the pod's foil top.) This invisible ink thwarted the evil third parties pods by reporting to the coffee maker's owner that "no valid Keurig pod was detected". This of course made all the coffee drinkers go back to buying Genuine Keurig Pods, making Keurig profits go up again.

Except it didn't. The day after they came out, enterprising coffee drinkers figured out this nonsense and simply taped an old Keurig label onto the detector, and continued using their third party pods. Some third party pod makers provided a free clip-on reflector printed with the invisible ink that fit over the detector. And all the blogs were atwitter with the Evil that Keurig had wrought with Keurig 2.0. The demise of the company was predicted, buckets of tar and feathers were gathered, and the peasants grabbed their pitchforks and torches.

Except that didn't happen either. Most people got on with their morning coffee, Keurig looked stupid for a while, and the whole tempest in a teapot blew over.

Comment Re:they'll never sell... (Score 2) 200

To paraphrase Thomas J Watson "I think there is a world market for about twenty Saturn rockets."

And that's not just counting the Saturn Vs.

Unimaginative.....If only they'd have kept building them, through economies of scale, we'd have a Saturn rocket in every household appliance by now.

Those F1 motors should heat that kettle up right quick.

Comment Re:flip flops (Score 2) 523

I removed Dilbert from my bookmarks a few months ago when Scott began bringing up politics constantly. If I want to hear more opinions about either candidate's lies or incompetence, I'll bash my head into the wall until the feeling goes away.

I was thinking I'd add it back after the election, but I haven't missed it enough to worry about it.

Comment Re:The new line for the Johnnie Cochran's out ther (Score 4, Insightful) 99

Why should I give up my right to have a secure phone just because some idiot can't keep his sword in his scabbard? It doesn't matter what he's done or if he's alive or dead, I'm not required to have useless encryption on my devices.

Sure, the police have the right to search his stuff all day long. They can disassemble his phone, unsolder the flash chip, clone it, and try PIN after PIN against the image as many times as they want. They can hire Bruce Schneier, they can subpoena Apple, they can send his phone to the NSA, they can even ask Chuck Norris to roundhouse kick it open. They absolutely have the right to try anything to get in to the phone. But they don't have the right to succeed. They don't have the right to make us make this task easier for them.

And despite your most fervent wishing that some middle ground exists somewhere, the fact is no middle ground is possible. This is simple logic we're talking about here -- encrypted data is either secure, or it's broken. It's a boolean, not a tri-state value. And law enforcement and intelligence agencies have proven with every leaked secret that they abuse whatever trust or tools they're given, and the volume of abuse increases over time. They have constantly violated our rights and abused our trust, and every single time they start down that path the leaked data shows they've overextended their reach. It's not only irresponsible to trust them again, it's reckless. We can't trust them with a key escrow system, not even with a court protecting us - they'll just stand up another secret FISA court to get around the rules.

Besides, the existing system worked pretty darn well. Bad guy starts stabbing people, policeman shoots him dead. I don't care what his stupid motives were, because they truly do not matter to anyone. Why should we bother giving his fetid ideas a single extra minute of daylight? Let his defective brain and rancid motives lie buried in the ground with the rest of his corpse in an unmarked grave, and never be shared with the public or media. It's not like learning his motives is useful to anyone. We can't just arrest people who simply share those ideas - people always have the right to think extremely stupid and anti-social thoughts; they just don't have the right to act on them.

Comment Re:Movie theaters (Score 1) 342

I go to the theater to see the big-name movies when I can't wait a few months for them to come out on BluRay (Star Wars, Hobbit/LotR, etc.), not because I want the "going to the cinema house" experience of an art theatre. I want to see movies that I want to see, in an environment that doesn't suck. That excludes both chain theaters and art houses.

I have found the nearby IMAX has a much more pleasant atmosphere than the commercial chains, so I patronize them when I can (while it costs nearly double the ticket price of the chain theater, it's totally worth it.) But they're limited to what they can show on one screen, and only films that are released on 70mm, so they never show most movies.

Comment Re:Movie theaters (Score 1) 342

If that was the only problem, I'd probably go more often, but that's not my normal experience. Where I go, the other patrons are fine. It's the theater that bothers me.

My main problem is the theater's continual attempt to convert everything about the experience into advertisements and money. The ticket-seller is unsatisfied that I'm only paying for a movie, and wants me to sign up for a free loyalty card. The hallways and ceilings are lined with cardboard cutouts of celluloid heroes, pitching movies I now know I don't want to see. Unplayed video games make loud noises that serve to repel everyone except the very infrequent louder 9 year old kid trying to drag his dad over to them. The ticket taker beckons me to the concession stand, and says something about saving my ticket stub for some offer at a crappy restaurant that would still be overpriced if the food were free. Once I stickywalk down the aisle and finally take my seat, there's a twenty minute before-the-show video advertising stream bleating loudly about upcoming TV shows, sodas, fast foods, cell phones, etc., at the end of which it repeats to me just how awesome those advertisements were. Then there's the 90 seconds of animated popcorn, candy, and soda that incongruously ends with a "silence cell phones" message -- how PSA of them for about two seconds. Then just as the lights are about to dim and we're almost ready to get to the 20 minutes of additional movie advertisements (excuse me, "previews"), some charity passes the hat to collect donations in the name of some long-dead last century Hollywood icon that I was too young to have watched, and never liked anyway.

45 minutes later, by the time I finally get to see the movie I actually paid to see, I'm practically having a claustrophobic panic attack from the continual marketing. Even the best movies are tainted by the pain of the theater experience. Because of this, I see about only two movies a year in the theater. Everything else is much easier to watch on the big screen at home.

I see plenty of room for innovation, but none of my suggestions will make the theaters the extra gravy money. My suggestion is to completely kill off the onslaught of marketing, and see if more people show up to pay for movies when the experience doesn't suck.

Comment Re:Down the rabbit hole (Score 1) 311

I was assuming you were at one of the Evil Corp megabanks already, because none of them support PIN. I got my PIN based card through a retailer.

Since you have a nice credit union already, ask them to add PIN to their cards. Or don't, and don't worry about what happens if the card is stolen.

Comment Re:Down the rabbit hole (Score 3, Insightful) 311

The problem is that the shitty new card readers aren't secure either, because here in the USA we are chip and sign and not chip and PIN. All the same attacks against a stolen card will still work.

Federal law caps your liability at $50, but under the current PCI liability rules if your chip card is stolen and misused your bank is 100% liable for the fraud, because they could have put a PIN on the card but didn't. Neither you nor the retailer is responsible for a dime of the loss.

The chip has all the anti-skimming technology, regardless of whether it requires PIN or signature authentication, and both are equally excellent at preventing cloning full card data.

What all cards (both chip and mag stripe) still suffer from is the ability to steal the PAN and use it for online fraud. Mag stripes have the worst security, and are almost as easy to clone as pushing the green button on a copier machine. Europe's experience has proven that the effect of chips was to move the fraud online. But eliminating mag stripes is the next step in securing credit. None of the other measures can have much of a beneficial effect on security until that weakest link is removed.

And if chip and signature bothers you that much, nothing is stopping you for applying for a MasterCard from a bank that requires PIN authentication. Your current bank may not offer one, but some of the major retail banks do. Take action instead of whining.

Comment Re:Down the rabbit hole (Score 1) 311

Any idea on who pays for the terminal upgrade, it wasn't mentioned in the article?

The merchant pays for the terminal, but the upgrade is not being "forced" on them. If they don't want to upgrade to a secure terminal, they don't have to, but then they take on the risks of the customers' cards being stolen and misused.

So if they think their shitty ancient card readers are secure from hacking, and they're willing to bet the cost of fraud that they're so great, they can keep them. Seems fair.

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