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Ashley, OH (via Ottoville, OH)

Member since 25 October 2012 | Blog


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Comment 3 hours ago

I proudly wore my cargo shorts for both of my flights to and from Texas last week.  So convenient and so comfortable..

Comment 15 Aug 2016

Don't want to burst anybody's bubble, but hacking an ATM isn't as easy as these articles make it out to be.  I've been in the industry for 10+ years now and I've worked for the top 3 manufacturers.  Here's why you only ever hear of these attacks in under developed countries..

1) all of the major banks in the US have disabled almost all read/write access for USB ports on the machines

2) all XFS commands to dispense cash that don't come within a certain sequence and aren't sent from the host, require device level encryption to be disabled (usually by opening the interlock on the safe door)

3) hard drive encryption

4) network encryption

5) windows shell overrides that prevent any kind of windows explorer level file transfer.  Furthermore, there is NO write access in the default user account.

You may be able to hack some of the cheapo gas station ATMs, but you aren't going to get much reward for the risk and time necessary to pull it off.  They typically don't carry much cash.

As for EMV, Visa mandates (the 'V' in E(uropay) M(astercard) V(isa) takes effect 10/1 for shift of liability.  So while the US still supports fallback to magstripe, it won't be for long.  This is a risk we all knew was coming.  When the US was the only player left on the market that still supported magstripe, obviously the rats would scurry to high ground on the sinking ship.  Now this only applies to ATMs.  I can safely say that all new card reader hardware on ATMs in the past 5+ years is EMV capable.  It's just a matter of turning it on, which from the bank's point of view is somewhat complicated.  Point of sale locations on the other hand have a long way to go.  Any swipe readers obviously need to be replaced, but most dip readers (think gas pumps) are incredibly old and the cost to replace is astronomical.  For example, Chase has 17,000 ATMs.  To replace every card reader with a motorized EMV capable model would cost around $50MM.

Sorry for my rant.  It's not often that I get to be the expert in the room.

Comment 11 Aug 2016

The best two days you'll ever have:  The day you buy it, and the day you sell it...

Seriously though, what are the best boating options around Columbus?  I know the obvious ones, but is one better than the others?  I'm about 10 minutes from Delaware State Park and my parents just bought a boat..

Comment 03 Aug 2016

I hate that analogy though because Bosa didn't pick that restaurant, the restaurant picked him.  That restaurant knew coming into this that they were getting a carnivore.  If you don't want to serve meat, don't pick at No 3.

Comment 12 Jul 2016

I bought a couple of fire sticks.  Deals actually look pretty good this year..

Comment 08 Jul 2016

I stream prime music and video on my phone at work.  At home, we got a handy fire stick and we can stream anything we want to our TVs.  Their original series are great and they keep coming with more.  I see the prime video only getting better in the future.

Free 2 day shipping is a big plus, but we also use it for the monthly subscription discounts on things for the kids (diapers, wipes, vitamins, etc.) that we'd have to buy anyhow.

I'm into year 2 with prime and I don't think I'll be cancelling any time soon.

Comment 07 Jul 2016

I got a Bosa championship jersey from aliexpress.  Worked out ok but the neck hole is wayyyyy too big.  Looked good in the pics so it was hard to tell.  But I think I might try to find another that's a little more comfortable to wear.

Comment 05 Jul 2016

is there any other kind of GS fan?

Comment 01 Jun 2016

I'll start with the shows I've watched all of the way through:

How I Met Your Mother


The Walking Dead

Shows that I started but need to catch up on:

Breaking Bad (I know..)

The League

The Wire

A new series (Amazon Prime) that the wife and I got into:

The Man in the High Tower