Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Sep 2011 22:26 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption So, people from within Iran have hacked the Dutch company DigiNotar, allowing them to issue fake certificates so they could listen in on Iranian dissidents and other organisation within Iran. This is a very simplified version of the story, since it's all quite complicated and I honestly don't even understand all of it. In any case, DigiNotar detected the intrusion July 19, but didn't really do anything with it until it all blew up in their face this past week. Now, the Dutch government has taken over operational management of DigiNotar... But as a Dutch citizen, that doesn't really fill me with confidence, because, well - whenever the Dutch government does anything even remotely related to IT technology, they mess it up. And mess it up bad.
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RE: Comment by abstraction
by Neolander on Tue 6th Sep 2011 06:42 UTC in reply to "Comment by abstraction"
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Your country (or at least Uppsala region) does electronic tickets on an NFC card ;) I know, I was there !

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cyrilleberger Member since:

Only for regional transport. For national line, it is paper or sms, bought online or at a shop. And for regional transport, the quality depends on the area, for instance in Göteborg, you have to press a sequence of button in a certain order to get your ticket (with no documentation on board), and if you go out of town, and forget to validate at exit it will charge the full content of your card. And in Östgötaland, the system is not too bad, but it is slow as hell, it can takes more than 10s before the machine validate your ticket.

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Neolander Member since:

There's some mysterious ergonomy in Uppsala too. When you enter the bus, you must press a button stating which tarification you use (full tarification, children, etc...). The only thing which labels the buttons is a digit. Thankfully, the driver is here to explain you, but when she doesn't speak English and you don't speak enough Swedish, it remains an awkward moment.

Past this painful learning step, it works perfectly.

In national trains, what does this SJ card (called SJ prio IIRC) do ?

In France too, national trains don't use NFC tickets. Guess it doesn't matter so much, because the regions are so large around here that only few people use national trains frequently. The implementation of regional tickets also varies on a per-region basis, but I have to admit that I haven't travelled enough outside of Ile-de-France to tell you if it changes a lot.

Edited 2011-09-06 07:32 UTC

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