Tagged With "White House"

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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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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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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: 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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Ancients in the White Mountains: Searching for Methuselah

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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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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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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Re: March 24, 2016: Winter Wonderland, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Travel Luver ·
Beautiful photos! Stay warm up there!!
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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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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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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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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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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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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: White-hat hackers get million-mile bonus from United

Jonathan L ·
And then United's systems crashed last week.
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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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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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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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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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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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