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Re: Ancients in the White Mountains: Searching for Methuselah

DrFumblefinger ·
The search for the oldest tree in the world! That's quite an adventure, Tim! Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Ancients in the White Mountains: Searching for Methuselah

Travel Rob ·
Incredible Tim! Welcome to TG. I hope we see a lot more from you in the future!
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Re: The Samariá Gorge, Crete

DrFumblefinger ·
Looks like a wonderful walk, but in the hot weather very challenging!
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Re: Lighthouses of Lake Havasu – Part 2 of 3

DrFumblefinger ·
Makes me want to go out, buy an RV and go see all the lighthouses in the world! I love lighthouses, and to have so many in one place, even if they're "just" replicas, is great! Thanks, Samantha.
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Re: Lighthouses of Lake Havasu – Part 2 of 3

RoadWorrier ·
Cool idea, lighthouses all over. Do boaters on the lake count on them, or just for fun?
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Re: Lighthouses of Lake Havasu – Part 2 of 3

Samantha ·
They are cool to see. Some are just for fun, but many of them do actually light up to help the boaters.
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Re: White-hat hackers get million-mile bonus from United

Jonathan L ·
And then United's systems crashed last week.
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Re: Check Your Statement! A Big Hotel Credit Card Breach...

DrFumblefinger ·
You would think the cost of all this fraud would be more than enough to validate new chip and PIN rollout in the USA. Can't quite understand why the US banks are so resistent to this PHeymont. Have you an understanding of what their reasons are?
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Re: Check Your Statement! A Big Hotel Credit Card Breach...

PHeymont ·
It's been a long path. For a long time, observers thought it was because they were committed to contactless (RFID) technology as the next step...but that hasn't advances as fast as some predicted, and it has big security issues, too. Now that MC and Visa have set down a "you must comply or you will be responsible for fraudulent charges" rule for next year, we're seeing motion. BUT...so far most issuers have been sticking to chip-and-signature, not and-PIN, which guts the whole process.
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Re: Check Your Statement! A Big Hotel Credit Card Breach...

PortMoresby ·
I don't quite see why using a pin would prevent fraud of the type we're seeing on a large scale. Presumably, if the hackers continue to target terminals, the pin would be compromised too. Yes, we could change the pin but it would need to be done immediately, before the damage is done. What am I missing?
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Re: Check Your Statement! A Big Hotel Credit Card Breach...

DrFumblefinger ·
As I see it, PM, mostly they are just stealing the data off the magnetic strip. Or the PIN in the card has data that can also be copied, but that's a little hard than just scamming the read off the strip. With a PIN, that data, validated by your unique PIN (which you pick) are encrypted and sent off to the bank for approval. Not just the strip data, but the two together are the key. I have a credit card with a Canadian bank (chip and pin) which I prefer to use over the swipe and sign USA...
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Re: Check Your Statement! A Big Hotel Credit Card Breach...

PHeymont ·
In the most secure system, the PIN is known to you, the user, but is not in your records at the issuer. That's why if you forget your PIN, a new one can be generated, but no one can send you your "lost" PIN the way that passwords can be. In the PIN system, the first communication takes place at the terminal. The terminal reads the PIN from the chip on your card, and asks you to enter it on the pad. If it matches, the terminal does NOT send the PIN to the clearing house or merchant...it only...
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Re: Check Your Statement! A Big Hotel Credit Card Breach...

PortMoresby ·
So, if I understand it then, even if the hackers can read the entered pin keystrokes from the terminal keypad which we enter, it cannot be used without the card with the unique chip, which cannot be duplicated as a magnetic strip can be duplicated?
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Re: Check Your Statement! A Big Hotel Credit Card Breach...

PHeymont ·
That's correct. It is, of course, not totally impossible to create a duplicate chip, but it takes major equipment, not $5 worth of RadioShack parts...and it would also require much more information than can be harvested easily. The relative security (and it is relative) has driven over 80% of the world's credit card fraud toward the U.S. as other areas become more difficult. And once everyone is on board, the Trojan Horse mag stripe can come off the card as well.
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Re: Borneo: Last Stop, Kuching

MAD Travel Diaries ·
In all my travels to SE Asia, I haven't made it to Borneo yet. You describe it just as I imagined it to be.
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The World's Largest TeePee

DrFumblefinger ·
Situated on an overlook at the outskirts of Medicine Hat, Alberta, the Saamis teepee is the largest of its type in the world.
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November 1, 2017: White Storks at Rust, Burgenland, Austria

Professorabe ·
Always a memorable sight on the rooftops of Europe, Professor Abe shares his experiences with the storks of Rust, Austria
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May 11, 2017: Spring Ice Storm, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Ottoman ·
It's spring, and if you live in the Great White North, you never know what type of weather Mother Nature will spring on you.
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Visiting Key West and the Hemingway House

Stephanie Kalina-Metzger ·
Stephanie shares a visit to the Key West, a highlight of which was exploring the Hemingway home.
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January 19, 2020: Lewes, Delaware

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L took advantage of a day in Lewes, Delaware to work on his B&W photography
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United to hackers: earn miles by breaking in

PHeymont ·
Could he be on his way to a million MileagePlus miles?                Photo: Wikimedia / wwward0   United Airlines has launched a "bug bounty" program to reward computer-adept people who find security flaws...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 19, 2015: Rabbit out of a Hat

PHeymont ·
  Neat trick!   We didn't get to visit the store, which was closed, but we did stop to admire the  sign.
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White-hat hackers get million-mile bonus from United

PHeymont ·
United Airlines, which has been plagued by computer glitches over the past few years, some of which have led to disruptions of flight schedules, has given two computer hackers a million MileagePlus miles each for helping find security glitches in...
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B&W in LA, July 25 - August 2 Only.

PortMoresby ·
  July 25, 2014:   Until recently I lived in a small Arizona mountain town, rescued by artists when the copper mine shut down.  There were a surprising number of world-class photographers and from time to time I'd organize a show and an...
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Borneo: Last Stop, Kuching

PortMoresby ·
  The impetus for my trip to Borneo came, as it often does for me, from a casual reference or suggestion, in this case both.  First was a phrase I’d seen in passing, "White Rajas of Borneo".  Then the simple statement by a...
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Ancients in the White Mountains: Searching for Methuselah

Tim Newcomb (Guest) ·
In his first post on TravelGumbo, Tim Newcomb visits the oldest trees in the world in the White Mountains of California
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The Samariá Gorge, Crete

Ian Cook ·
The Samariá Gorge is a National Park in Greece (since 1962) and is situated on the island of Crete – a major tourist attraction of the island – and a World's Biosphere Reserve.
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Sydney to Brisbane Road Trip

Liam Smith ·
Few people would argue that Australia is one of the best possible destinations out there for any traveler: it has both interesting cityscapes and natural sceneries of a lifetime. And if you like the freedom of stopping whenever and wherever you wish to in order to marvel at the beautiful view, perhaps a road trip is right up your alley. One of the most popular roads for such a trip in Australia is the one taking you from Sydney to Brisbane: the Legendary Pacific Coast. This road stretching...
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Gumbo Pic of the Day, Dec. 8, 2013: Horses in Hats

PHeymont ·
These equine fashion plates are waiting for tourist passengers outside Vienna's Albertina Palace/Museum, one of the many remnants of Habsburg rule in Vienna's central city "inside the Ring," a reference to the circular boulevard that traces the route...
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Check Your Statement! A Big Hotel Credit Card Breach...

PHeymont ·
White Lodging, which operates hotels under a number of major brands including Westin, Marriott, Sheraton and Holiday Inn, has acknowledged a major theft of customer credit card information including names, numbers, security codes and more. The breach...
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March 24, 2016: Winter Wonderland, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Ottoman ·
When you live in the Great White North, you never know what Mother Nature may throw your way.
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December 7, 2018: White Ibis, Florida

DrFumblefinger ·
During a recent visit to Florida, DrFumblefinger discovers that White Ibis are nearly as common as chickens at KFC.
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Re: March 24, 2016: Winter Wonderland, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Travel Luver ·
Beautiful photos! Stay warm up there!!
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Medalta, Medicine Hat (Where Gumbo Was #392)

DrFumblefinger ·
Gumbo was visiting the Medalta factory in Medicine Hat's historic Clay District. It was at one time the largest producer of dishes and clayware in Canada.
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Re: Medalta, Medicine Hat (Where Gumbo Was #392)

Marilyn Jones ·
I always enjoy understanding manufacturing processes, especially ones like this that show the history. Very interesting article and great photos.
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Red Rock Coulee Nature Area, Alberta

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger visits the seldom visited but interesting rock formations of Red Rock Coulee in southeastern Alberta.
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Re: Red Rock Coulee Nature Area, Alberta

George G. ·
I've always been fascinated by geological rock formations ever since I signed up for a college course in Geology that was my final course allowing me to graduate before being drafted in the US Army.
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Ontario Beach Park, Rochester NY

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L brought Gumbo to visit Ontario Beach Park in Rochester NY
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Whitemouth Falls Provincial Park, Manitoba

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger visits a small provincial park in eastern Manitoba.
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Pelicans, Whitemouth Falls Provincial Park, Manitoba

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger spots these large American White Pelicans in eastern Manitoba.
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Lighthouses of Lake Havasu – Part 2 of 3

Samantha ·
With Samantha as our guide, we continue the tour of Lake Havasu's unique attraction: large-scale replicas of famous lighthouses.
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Thunderstorm over the Prairies

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger talks to take in the sight of this impressive prairie thunderstorm in southeastern Alberta.
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Re: The World's Largest TeePee

sslangat ·
Hey! I really love your pictures of the Medicine Hat teepee. I am making a presentation for an interview and was hoping I could get your permission to use your pictures in the acknowledgment section of my presentation. I want to honor the territorial land of Medicine Hat. Could I use your pictures as long as I cited your blog?
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Re: The World's Largest TeePee

DrFumblefinger ·
Yes, you can use the photos for your presentation. I'm glad you enjoyed Medicine Hat, an underrated community.
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White Springs, Florida

Travel Rob ·
Travel Rob discovers Florida's original tourist spot and shows us why it's so much fun to visit.
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John Henry Graham Memorial Park, White Springs, Florida

Travel Rob ·
Travel Rob finds a small park with an unusual story in White Springs, Florida
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Harry S. Truman's "Little White House," Key West

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger visits the winter vacation/working residency of President Harry S. Truman, located in Key West.
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The White House

Jonathan L ·
Jonathan L offers some views of the White House
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