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Replicant OS Developers Find Backdoor In Samsung Galaxy Devices

WyrdOne How remote is remote? (126 comments)

How remote is remote? Are we talking over the internet/sms or are we talking if you control a cell tower?

about a year ago

Will Toys-R-Us Carry Spy Drones?

WyrdOne Re:Rhetorical or Not? (189 comments)

When you sign HoA or CCR paperwork you are legally granting them the right to invade your privacy in upholding the contract.

Same thing is true if you signup for one of those Car insurance plans that monitor your driving habit by plugging their device into your ODB-II connector. It wirelessly reports your speed, location, etc directly to the company.

more than 3 years ago

Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

WyrdOne Well earned break (1521 comments)

This is where you take some time, do some traveling, see the world and not be stuck behind a desk.

Enjoy the much needed vacation. Wherever you end up I'm sure we'll hear from you again.

more than 3 years ago

I back up personal files...

WyrdOne Continuously (266 comments)

Continuously to QNAP-659 via a rsync script for linux and XOSoft on windows.

more than 3 years ago

Deposit Checks To Your Bank By Taking a Photo

WyrdOne Re:security? (494 comments)

As close to real-time processing as possible.

Also, if you don't trust the person your accepting the check from, don't accept it.

And there is still a paper check, just that you the consumer now has it instead of it sitting in a branch, being shipped to a check processing facility and likely it has just two fingerprints on it now instead of the hundreds between the time it left your hand at a branch and final processing.

more than 4 years ago

Deposit Checks To Your Bank By Taking a Photo

WyrdOne Re:Say hello to mega fraud... (494 comments)

Hmmm lets see.

1) Nice of you to deposit a fraudulent check to your account. Mr FBI Agent will now place a lock on your account and seize all funds pending a several month if not year+ long investigation. You have to have an account that allows this type of deposit. That $1000 you just attempted to steal has now tied up all your funds. Additionally, most banks aren't allowing someone to use remote deposit technologies till they have been a member for at least a few months.

2) Is Mr Victor Timothy named the same as yourself?

3) How is it you have access to said check?

Remember, checks are not legal tender. They are a promise that X's financial institution will transfer available funds to Y's financial institution based on a whole fleet of criteria (avaiable funds, account in good standing, etc). The FDIC keeps records of check transactions so you can't simply deposit it via this system and try and deposit the paper copy at another bank/account.

more than 4 years ago

Deposit Checks To Your Bank By Taking a Photo

WyrdOne Re:Photoshop? (494 comments)

Simple, funds really aren't in your account till money is transferred from the check writers account. If you, the consumer, is accepting a check it's your legal obligation to trust the person writing it.

Checks are a form of "I trust that you have the money in your account and it will be transferred from your financial institution to mine in a timely manner." If you don't trust the person writing you a check, don't accept it and only accept cash.

more than 4 years ago

Deposit Checks To Your Bank By Taking a Photo

WyrdOne Pentagon Federal Credit Union (494 comments)

We are in the process of rolling out this same sort of program at our company as well (as I've been building about a dozen servers to support it). We've had the ability to deposit by mail for ages and this is the next logical step.

With most of our userbase being military and deployed to locations where they cannot access any branch services at all. Our userbase has become tech savvy enough to support a system like this. The largest impediment to implementing a system like this has been having the tech easy enough to use a "non-geek" can perform the tasks necessary without needing a large amount of training.

To those saying "What if I want to deposit counterfit checks". Well several systems are in place to prevent or at least mitigate that damage. You are only allowed to deposit up to a certain amount via the system (and have funds immediately accessible), the checks are processed real-time and won't be accepted without several validity checks passing and the account money is being collected from also happens as close to real-time as possible. Remember, just cause you deposit a check doesn't mean it can't bounce, that money is not truely in your account until funds are transferred from the check writers account. If you have those funds available for use immediately, it's because your financial institution trusts you to now deposit bad checks.

The the comment above about "great, just what I want, images of checks on my phone". The application itself handles taking the photo and no local copy is retained on the phone after the process is completed. (The image of the check is still available on the company's servers for review just like if you mailed in checks or deposited them via our branches.)

more than 4 years ago

The 10 Most Absurd Scientific Papers

WyrdOne Wired is 15 years late..... (127 comments)

The Annals of Improbable Research, a published journal, has been doing this since 1995. http://improbable.com/

- Current Subscriber
-- Has been since 1995
---Has every issue published since the start
---- Homemade zygotes. Just like Mom’s. BOX 48.

more than 4 years ago

Google's Experimental Fiber Network

WyrdOne This has happened before...Blacksburg, VA (363 comments)

Back in the misty reaches of antiquity (at least in net terms) of 1993, there was a collaboration between Virginia Tech, City of Blacksburg and Verizon. What resulted was something called "Blacksburg Electronic Villiage".

They wired the entire town with fiber, and residents could get a 100mbps Ethernet connection to a Internet connected municipal network.

Made frontpage news on Wired and other computer related publications of the time (remember this was at the dawn of the internet and .com boom) as the "Most connected town in america" and even made it into Guiness world record as such in 1998.

However, project mismanagement and cost overruns by Verizon caused the project to fold in early 2001. A local ISP has taken over portions of the network once maintained by the project and continues to provide 100mbps ethernet services to some of the community.


more than 4 years ago

How Do I Make My Netbook More Manly?

WyrdOne NextStep 3.2 (993 comments)

Nah, load NextStep 3.2 onto it. (Yes it can be done.)

more than 5 years ago

Tribes 1 Returns In-Browser At GDC Next Week

WyrdOne Time to fire up my old server again! (55 comments)

Tribes 1 with Chivalry mod v2 with addons. (No clientside install required.)

Lets get some parabolic disk jumps going!

more than 5 years ago

Jurassic Web

WyrdOne In 1996.... (430 comments)

I already had my first webserver up and running via a 115200kbps ROLM phone network connection.
I was using ICQ (I was one of the first users of ICQ. 565xxx number) and it *wasn't* owned by AOHell.
IRC is where you got warez from as well as pr0n. Undernet and Alternet were usual hangouts.
I bought my first Seagate 1GB harddrive. ($250 at the time)
19" CRT monitors were the big boys at the time. (With the exception of a few high end graphics stations in the media labs.)

more than 5 years ago

Review: Wrath of the Lich King

WyrdOne Re:D.E.H.T.A. (545 comments)

Ahh yes, the bunny & girl escort quest.

"Hey little girl, there is a frikken road RIGHT OVER THERE WHERE THERE ARE NOT WOLVES and BEARS!"

Sometimes they put quest npc's in dumb locations.

Wyrdone - Shadowsong-US, Alliance.

more than 6 years ago

Astronaut Loses Tools While Performing an EVA

WyrdOne In other news...... (445 comments)

...a young woman was killed by a de-orbiting tool today. Where she has joined the ranks of the undead in helping procure souls from people to help them pass beyond death. Later to be made into a great TV series by Showtime showing Gen-Y apathy and angst.

more than 6 years ago


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