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[3]: Ahh... the "rejsekort"
by Fennec_Fox on Tue 6th Sep 2011 13:51 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Ahh... the "rejsekort""
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I've been in Riga (Latvian capital) about a year ago, and as far as I remember, you have a pre-loaded card that you swipe on the reader on entry only.

The trick is, that unlike similar systems elsewhere in Europe, Latvian transit does not differentiate tarriff - it's exactly the same no matter the distance travelled. And you cannot get a "free" transfer - once you exit the bus/ trolleybus/ tram, you have to swipe it again on the next connection.

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RE[4]: Ahh... the "rejsekort"
by Lennie on Tue 6th Sep 2011 14:13 in reply to "RE[3]: Ahh... the "rejsekort""
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That is also how it works in Toronto, Canada when I was there a couple of years ago.

Independently of how you pay ofcourse.

Edited 2011-09-06 14:14 UTC

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RE[4]: Ahh... the "rejsekort"
by stripe4 on Thu 8th Sep 2011 09:10 in reply to "RE[3]: Ahh... the "rejsekort""
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Yeah, that's the way it works. A ride costs the same no matter which bus, trolley bus or tram in Riga you take and how far you go.
I also remembered another issue. One can buy single ride ticket only at the bus driver which is a bit more expensive (approx. 1 EUR) than buying 3 rides ticket at a kiosk (which costs approx 0.7 EUR per ride). The single ride ticket is printed on paper and the higher cost is to discourage people from buying tickets from the driver. The 3 ride ticket, however, is an electronic card which obviously has higher production costs and offering a single ride electronic card just isn't cost effective.

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