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Comment Again with this? (Score 5, Informative) 47

Plenty to dislike about Trump. But why keep making stuff up? He didn't call for Russia to hack Clinton's email. He made a very tired joke (it's been made here and elsewhere for weeks) about maybe the Russians, if they can find her email in the stuff they already have, could turn it over to our FBI, who couldn't find most of what she deleted. Go after him for his abundant riches of nonsense, but don't make crap up. Makes this site look sillier than usual.

Comment Re:What's the big problem? (Score 1) 498

"Using hyperbole" is just "being false and intentionally misleading" in stories about factual situations

Every newspaper story is this (except the sports section). The amazing thing is, people read that one story where they know the truth behind the story, say "hey, this is a bunch of BS", turn the page, and believe what's written on it. Newspapers are fiction - only the sports section will have factual reporting, because that's the only place the readers actually care.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 55

That wired story reads like fiction, and doesn't really explain anything.

The first link is interesting - it's not a "bug" in VMware code (which thus far has only had a couple of exploitable bugs in its history), but an extremely clever remote exploit that's only loosely related to virtualization. Certainly a design flaw in VMware Workstation, though, since they allowed it to happen.

By printing to the host's printer from the guest, which by default is Microsoft's bizarre fake printer, you can exploit Microsoft's almost insane level of stupidity with Word and printing.

Comment Still an early prototype. (Score 3, Insightful) 59

I have looked at this several times. No way this thing can survive being outside 24/7/365. It's not waterproof where it counts, it needs a whole lot of refinement to make it to an actual 1.0 release device that can last outside through all types of weather for at least 3-4 years. The gantry is not self cleaning or sealed in any way, same for the tracks.

It's a great idea. and a fantastic early beta. but they need some industrial robotics guys to show them how to make it survive weather.

Comment Australia's System (Score 1) 498

As an Australian, we did away with mag stripe many years ago.
For transactions under $100, most cards/retailers use contactless 'pay wave' transaction using RFID.
A pin is required for larger transactions.
Signatures are not used anymore
For larger retails, the transaction takes about 2 seconds; for smaller retailers still using dial up, it takes 10 seconds.

Comment Re:How the ransom works (Score 1) 15

Currently that is very close to the Polycom Scam...

Buy Polycom Video Conference device.
Wait 3 years and need an update to fix a security hole Polycom had in their software.
Pay EXTORTION FEES of 4 years of Support contract to access that download. The current year and the previous 3 years.

Pray they dont alter the deal any further, and kiss the ring of Polycom Don.

Cisco and other big companies like them need to have their executives punched in the taint.

Comment The fault lies.... (Score 4, Insightful) 498

Completely at the feet of the banks. They needed to get off their asses and spend a tiny bit of their immense profits to fucking switch over. The banks could send every retailler a new chip reader for every register for free and STILL make record profits every quarter.

So blame the Banks and the Greedy assholes that run those banks.

I'm for bringing back all the heavy handed bank regulation from before 1980. Fuck the bankers.

Comment Transition costs retailers lots of money (Score 2) 498

It's not that there's "no rhyme or reason" to the experience at the register - it's that the purchase of chip-capable readers doesn't mean that the retailer's point of sale system, back end accounting platform, security reviews, and everything else that comes in the wake of this have been completed. Getting chip-capable devices at the register is the easy part - they're often leased anyway, and the processing companies are simply replacing older units, as they fail, with newer units that meet the new specs. But there is a lot of behind the scenes work to do. It's easiest for mom-and-pop retailers who don't have a lot of integration, and it's relatively easy for the very large chains that have big IT departments. But the mid-sized operations, owner-operated gas stations, etc., have to take on considerable expense. And it cannot break, or they're expensively down and out.

I have indeed noticed the significant increase in processing time. Even at a bank-owned ATM, where I know the branch has a nice fast pipe back to the mothership, it's pretty shocking how long it takes the ATM to complete the extra crypto dance before it even gets down to business with you on the user interface. If nothing else, they need to have the ATMs give a better sign of life as that handshake is taking place - many users will be baffled by what doesn't appear to happening.

Comment Re:Type 3s? (Score 1) 87

It would still give off the same total energy, shifted into the IR...or much lower. I wonder if they detected longer wavelengths.

I also wonder if thjs impacts the estimate for total number of galaxies at 100 billion.

Good questions.

No, this being a ground-based instrument, they could not look at the infrared wavelengths you are thinking of. The James Webb Telescope will be the perfect instrument to investigate this when it is launched in two years.

Yes this will gave some impact on estimated galaxy counts.

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