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Comment Re:Motorola used to have rules against that, IIRC (Score 1) 190

I just flew out of KL last night on a Malaysia Airlines flight (another 777), less than 24 hours after MH370.

I think they've tightened things up a little - forgot a couple of coins in my pocket at the first screening and set off the detector, got the full pat down. Then at the gate they were screening again immediately before boarding and doing it thoroughly. First time in this part of the world I've seen them making people take off watches & belts.

Seemed to be a few more uniformed guards around than usual, even a few between the gate screening and the airbridge which I don't recall seeing before.

Other than that everything seemed to be business as usual.

Comment Re:FUD (Score 1) 273

The merchant can make a transaction without the CVV, but they will almost certainly be charged a higher fee by the card company for doing so. Also, asking for the CVV goes some way towards reducing fraud since it eliminates any bad guys who only managed to get the PAN & expiry date, e.g. by swiping the track data since CVV2 isn't on the magstripe. This is very much in the merchant's interest since generally they are the ones who lose out if the transaction is fraudulent.


Submission + - Military given go-ahead to detain US terrorist sus (

L4t3r4lu5 writes: I'm not sure why I've not seen anything like this on /. yet.

From TFA:
"Barack Obama has abandoned a commitment to veto a new security law that allows the military to indefinitely detain without trial American terrorism suspects arrested on US soil who could then be shipped to Guantánamo Bay.

Human rights groups accused the president of deserting his principles and disregarding the long-established principle that the military is not used in domestic policing. The legislation has also been strongly criticised by libertarians on the right angered at the stripping of individual rights for the duration of "a war that appears to have no end".

The law, contained in the defence authorisation bill that funds the US military, effectively extends the battlefield in the "war on terror" to the US and applies the established principle that combatants in any war are subject to military detention.

The legislation's supporters in Congress say it simply codifies existing practice, such as the indefinite detention of alleged terrorists at Guantánamo Bay. But the law's critics describe it as a draconian piece of legislation that extends the reach of detention without trial to include US citizens arrested in their own country."

Submission + - Skype crippled by "supernode" failure ( 1

zebadee writes: Skype's communications network is suffering downtime due to failures in its "supernodes", which sometimes help Skype applications find and establish lines of communication with other computers and phones, Skype said in a blog post this evening.

Skype's communications networks relies on "millions of individual connections between computers and phones to keep things up and running", but when a Skype application has trouble connecting to another computer or phone it will turn to a supernode to find the addressing details of the desired connection.

"Unfortunately, today many of [the supernodes] were taken offline by a problem affecting some versions of Skype. As Skype relies on being able to maintain contact with supernodes, it may appear offline for some of you," Skype wrote in the blog post.

Skype is working to fix the problem by creating what it terms "mega-supernodes" to help bring the communications network back online, Skype wrote.

No mention on which versions are effected or whether it is country specific but my version here in New Zealand is down.

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