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Comment Re:Magnetic strip? (Score 1) 222

You do know that bank transfers are not a europe specific thing :)

I just bought something and the payment was divided in 3 equal payments... on multiple occasion, I don't personally want to give my bank information each time I make such a purchase. It creates a more serious problem, as if you give your bank information to each merchant for that kind of transaction then you have in effect recreated the same problem with your bank account.

At least with a credit card number, it is a lot easier to change it and there is an expiration date

Comment Run an intrusion detection system (Score 1) 279

It depends on how much efforts you want to put into this. The best way to detect these kind of weird behaviors is using an intrusion detection system/ deep packet inspection at the router level. You can limit the damage they would do with a few firewall rules. As was mentioned, Having an additional layer behind your internet router can slow people down and at least prevent people from harming your local network.

The problem is a lot of these IOT devices, is they can roam freely and some automatically connect to multiple public wifis... so if they are vulnerable they go across networks.

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We Risk Programming Inequality into Our DNA (vice.com) 367

An anonymous reader writes:Imagine having a chip in your brain to boost your concentration, or pumping artificial blood into your veins to improve stamina. With gene editing, this may be possible. Scientists are pioneering the ability to tweak our DNA to wipe out disease and maybe even allow us to choose desirable traits in our unborn children, like height or intelligence. None of these technologies have moved out of the lab, but Americans are already uncomfortable with them. In a survey from Pew Research Center, almost half said they wouldn't want to edit their baby's genes -- whether it were to combat disease or shop for traits. Nearly 70 percent of survey participants also said they were more worried than enthusiastic about the possibility of synthetic-blood and brain-chip implants. They saw these options as "meddling with nature," even though we've been using technology to enhance our lives for thousands of years.

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