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Tinba Trojan Targets Major US Banks

Pinky's Brain Re:Why are so many banks doing it wrong? (55 comments)

The devices/methods I reference are not really two factor. Two factor doesn't help when you don't know what you're authenticating.

With mTan you don't need any new device, just a mobile phone. It should be the primary method of transaction verification in this day and age.

5 hours ago
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Tinba Trojan Targets Major US Banks

Pinky's Brain Why are so many banks doing it wrong? (55 comments)

Did anyone not see these local MITM attacks coming from a mile away? We already have existing options which do not allow these attacks ... why do so many banks persist in doing it wrong?

https://www.ebankingabersicher...

mTan and Mobile ID are mostly immune (phones can still be owned of course, but if you don't use a single phone for both banking and verification the odds of pulling off an attack are very slim). Flicker/Photo TAN are almost completely immune (unless the attacker can find a buffer overflow in the TAN devices). Everything else on there is antiquated crap which made sense when criminals were less sophisticated and when making TANs with larger LCDs and smart-phones was expensive ... those days are not today.

8 hours ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Pinky's Brain Re:they will defeat themselves (875 comments)

If we didn't need oil it might happen, but we do. So we will do what the Saudi King tells us to do ...

yesterday
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Early Reviews of Destiny: Unfulfilled Potential

Pinky's Brain Re:Looks promising (93 comments)

It's not a waifu simulator and it has no memorable personalities.

It's also a last gen shooter optimized for graphics, expect corridors ...

5 days ago
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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

Pinky's Brain Re:Kickstarter's Problem (211 comments)

Still bullshit.

5 days ago
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Kickstarter's Problem: You Have To Make the Game Before You Ask For Money

Pinky's Brain Re:Kickstarter's Problem (211 comments)

Bullshit.

5 days ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Pinky's Brain Re:One bad apple spoils the barrel (1134 comments)

They're busy redefining gamers into a dirty word, so I don't know how long parroting the half of gamers thing will be PC ...

about two weeks ago
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XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months

Pinky's Brain Re:Ummm.... (169 comments)

One in a couple dozen strips has a fair bit of research behind it ... on the other hand stick figures.

The kind of jokes he makes on those research strips is fairly unique, but overall the amount of work he puts into the strips isn't anything special.

about two weeks ago
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

Pinky's Brain Re:Maybe it would be good if the Ayatollah wins? (542 comments)

Who cares if they are moderate? They won't be able to run the country after a civil war ... and after it collapses in on itself the warlords will take over and the extremists will float to the top any way.

about two weeks ago
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

Pinky's Brain Re:The key bit (542 comments)

It's an act of trying to reinstate the regional power balances ... Saudi Arabia's mental image of Iran as the big bogey men (which the US loyally spread to the world) has been shattered by reality.

They thought they could fuel Sunni uprisings without it endangering themselves, they see now how fucking moronic that was now given their own cushy positions and popular image. So all hands on deck to reverse the course set with Islamic spring and bring some stability back, including the stalemate between Sunni and Shia, strengthening Iran a bit is not a problem and minimizes costs.

about two weeks ago
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Hacker Disrupts New Zealand Election Campaign

Pinky's Brain Re:Left wing hitjob (75 comments)

"Hacked emails appear to show Hotchin secretly paid bloggers Cameron Slater and Cathy Odgers to write attack posts undermining the Serious Fraud Office, its director Adam Feeley"

The blogger takes money to tell only one side of the story in the first place, you say the hacker has is ideologically inclined to tell only the the other ... how is this not slightly balanced at least?

about two weeks ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

Pinky's Brain Re:And? (289 comments)

Can it swerve across the side walk when necessary? Can it make a blind turn past an obstacle just having faith that opposing traffic goes slow enough so they can stop in time? Can it turn on a single lane road in unison with lots of other cars when the road is blocked, judging the sides of the road accurately so it doesn't get stuck?

I can go on and on and on, just like any normal person who often drives in urban environments. Even the motorway isn't safe from the sort of shit which would make anything we could program today barf. Something simple like temporary lanes indicated by obstacles and traffic wardens can occur in so many different ways that it becomes impossible to handle. Or lets say we get directed through narrow bits of the shoulder for road works or an accident and the car decides to stop because safety margin aren't met, lets just make hundreds of people wait. Best not have a small car, or some very helpful folks might park your car in the ditch for you once they understand the cause of the hold up.

It's a pipe dream until we have human level AI.

about three weeks ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

Pinky's Brain Re:Baby steps (289 comments)

He said you would need AI with human levels of improvisation ... he didn't say that kind of AI was impossible. I for one agree, anyone who thinks anything short of human level AI could succeed on the road either doesn't drive much or has no concept of how AI programming works.

about three weeks ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

Pinky's Brain Re:Baby steps (289 comments)

You're talking like the car stopping isn't a problem ... just stopping the car where you aren't supposed to is dangerous.

about three weeks ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

Pinky's Brain Re:It's OK to attack mythology and superstition... (266 comments)

When I hear someone call that a hologram I instantly know their use of language rules out any possibility they could accurately convey technical information.

about three weeks ago
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New NRC Rule Supports Indefinite Storage of Nuclear Waste

Pinky's Brain Re:central storage or n^x security guard costs / s (191 comments)

Outside of the US the fast reactors keep leaking and fuel can only be reworked once for only a fractional reduction in waste. Ignoring pie in the sky reactors significant volumes of nuclear waste are still a necessary by-product of nuclear power.

about three weeks ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

Pinky's Brain Re:No it will not. (375 comments)

Worked so well for Argentina.

about a month ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

Pinky's Brain Re:No it will not. (375 comments)

Current account has gone down the shitter though, but can't blame Labour for North Sea gas decline any more than you can praise Thatcher for it's rise and the consequent results.

about a month ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

Pinky's Brain Re:Here's the interesting paragraph (375 comments)

I find it funny how much all that sounds like the UK exit "plans" from the EU.

about a month ago

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