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Comment Re:So the bureaucrats have solved all the problems (Score 1) 296

Your general message is sound, however I think your numbers might be quite off. For instance in the Paris region, 44% of the commuting is done by public transportation, and 43% by car. I'd be surprised if it was so different in industrialized areas of the Netherlands (I've been there a few times, and as you say, the trains are packed full).

Comment Is there really a paradox? (Score 3, Insightful) 210

As written in the summary:

My personal favorite: password paradox. "The survey revealed that the majority of respondents understand that their digital behavior puts them at risk, but do not make efforts to change it," reports Help Net Security.

But among all the accounts that people have, how many of them are really worth of effort to reduce the hacking risk? I'd think a lot of people reuse the same passwords on many sites, because they do not really care if they are hacked on most of their accounts. Actually, this is kind of hinted at in TFA:

Additionally, consumers prioritize their password strength based on which accounts they believe need to be the most secure. Respondents indicated that they create the strongest passwords for financial (69 percent), followed by retail (43 percent), social media (31 percent) and entertainment (20 percent).

That would seem to indicate that if people reuse many passwords, they still don't use the same one for their bank and for facebook... It is strange the TFA asked people if they thought their accounts had values to hackers, but didn't go as far as asking the surveyed people what value they perceived themselves in their accounts.

Comment Re:Fairy dust and unicorn dreams. (Score 1) 308

Unfortunately, you are wrong. This kind of devices is very well capable of damaging the USB interface, provided the capacitance and the pumped voltage are high enough. You say that the human body is a big capacitor walking around, but that is not totally correct. In fact, the human body is often modeled with a 100 pF capacitor, which is not that large. Common ESD protection is not sized to protect against intentional attacks.

Comment Re:DoS by design (Score 1) 163

I would have never thought that the security community formally used the word pwn. I will have learned something today. Still, it looks like to me totally unnecessary to use pwn instead of own: words have different meanings in different contexts, and nobody would have understood "own" as "gaining ownership of the device in the legal sense" in your previous sentence.

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