Free Public WiFi
Who, in their right mind, would ever connect to anything with a SSID like that?
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"Of course there are many ways to soundproof your flat and if the precise technical details of the vans were ever to get out into the public domain it wouldn't take much brains to produce a device similar to noise cancelling headphones which sticks onto your windows."
IIRC, it's even easier than that. I'm sure I recall reading a novel, many years ago, where the protagonist circumvented directional laser mic eavesdropping by simply gaffer taping a vibrator to the window...
PH because - well it's obvious, isn't it?
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After all, one of the main the ISP arguments has been "What if it's not the subscriber, but one of their kids or a stranger using their open WiFi."
Well, it would appear to be fine with BT for your kid, or even a stranger using your open WiFi to opt you in to Phorm.
So, under the well known legal principle of what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, should we expect BT to introduce 3 strikes you're out in parallel with this scabrous bag of puss?
"I can see a new UK law coming into force, with the line between insult and criticism being very blurred or at least open to interpretation."
It very nearly did, a few years ago, as part of Rome II (harmonisation of non-contractual undertakings, iirc). Briefly, people would have been able to bring defamation cases in the English courts, under foreign law. For example, French law, where the truth is not a defence if the complaiant is a head of state.
We managed to stop it, though :)
"These fat-cat bankers have utter blind-faith in chip-n-pin. "
Perhaps. But I suspect that you're thinking of C&P as a flawed anti-fraud technology. OTOH, it might make perfect sense to have faith in it as a risk transfer technology...
And so on. Sometimes, it's a good idea to work out what exactly people are trying to do, before criticising them for doing something completely different badly.
Your title reminded me of "The Game of Rat and Dragon" an excellent short story by Cordwainer Smith. Humans and cats, partnered up to fight aliens, which the humans see as dragons, but the cats see as rats.
As for politicians - just feed them to a giant kitten, perhaps a lion or a Bengal tiger...
You're right-ish, mate, but you're not quite precise enough.
You wrote: "all it tells me is that was able to persuade the issuing authority that he should be allowed to carry it."
In truth, all it tells us is that *somebody* (who may or may not be the bearer) was able to persuade *somebody else* (who may or may not be the issuing authority referenced on the card) to manufacture it.
"We have always had an idea in this country for example that it is better to steal than to beg, where other peoples might believe that it is better to die than to steal."
Speak for yourself, you thieving pikey bastard. Nobody in the UK, today, is so poor that they need to steal to eat.
"I am particularly annoyed with the parents who move house to gain better catchment areas for their children, rather than committing to their local community."
Well, I hope that those heartless bastards feel properly chastised by you. I mean, how dare they try to better the lot of their kids?
Are you real? Or am I feeding a troll?
Especially as all they really needed to do was put a few pdfs with fillable fields on a web server somewhere.
Which would have cost them (ie us) sod all.
And which would have been pretty good, in terms of privacy, as all the data would be saved locally on the user's machine, preventing it from being left on a train or in a taxi, or posted to some guy in St Petersburg.
And which is something which the USA's IRS, BCIS etc have been doing for years, incidentally.
Christ! I'm depressed now.
I'm off to lie down in a dark room.
(a different Rob than the one who said Grrrrrr...... )
It's about collisions. I've had a look at the company in questions website. They claim to have detected roughly 60,000 fraudulent CNP transactions a month in both May and April.
The article says that based on a sample of 50 cases, over a month or so, where there was an AVS collision, they have concluded that crims around the world have collaborated to build a super-dooper AVS subverting database.
What's more likely? A global fraud-facilitating DB or that 50 collisions out of 60,000 were the result of random chance?
And if that's the acme of their scientific rigour, why would any sensible company trust them to do anything more challenging than wiping their own arse?
First off: AVS is, and has been, a broken piece of crap which works spottily at best. Especially, but not only, when using cards in a country other than their country of origin.
Second: "the use of social engineering tricks to *intimidate* call centre staff into handing over details,". Intimidate? Yeah, right. Ever tried to be assertive with a call centre moron? Any social engineer who managed to surmount the langauge barrier would be far more likely to persuade or cajole, rather than intimidate.
Third: Oooh, the conspiracy! They're collaborating with each other and sharing data! Help me, Flash Gordon!
So what do we know? We know that a so-called "credit card fraud protection specialist" has put out a press release making much of the fact that in a sample of probably thousands or tens of thousands of fraudulent CNP transactions, they found 50 or so cases where the numbers in the shipping address happened to match the numbers in the billing address. In London. A city where, because of the way the postcodes are structured, numbers tend to repeat quite often: N1, EC1, W1, WC1, SE1, SW1 etc etc etc...
Fair comment, old chap, but you missed one motivator. A significant proportion of reports come from for profit sellers of counterfeits, seeking to use anti-piracy organisations to eliminate (or at least inconvenience) the competition. It's not new, drug dealers have been grassing up competitors for years.
Thanks Chaps, now I finally know what an MBA consists of.
Seriously, I was looking at Masters courses, reading up on the course descriptions and trying to decide which one to do. Every single course explained what you'd study, what you'd learn etc. Except the MBAs. Without exception, every MBA summary I read was just a load of apparently random buzz words or phrases strung together in a meaningless fashion.
I concluded that the B stood for Bullshit and opted for an MSc.
is that there seems to be a view that longer is better. As a result, short, pithy responses to nasty vitriolic screeds (often from greenies, oddly enough) along the lines of "Are you mentally ill?" or "Why don't you just top yourself?" tend to get moderated out.
At least I think that's why ;-)