Pentagon Delays Trump's Military Parade

The half-step before cancellation
August 16, 2018

Missy Ryan and Dan Lamothe writing for The Washington Post:

Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement that the parade, which President Trump ordered this year as a tribute to American military might, could take place next year.

“The Department of Defense and White House have been planning a parade to honor America’s military veterans and commemorate the centennial of World War I,” Manning said. “We originally targeted November 10, 2018 for this event but have now agreed to explore opportunities in 2019.”

Manning provided no reason for the apparent postponement, which came amid a spate of news reports that the event, which is expected to include aircraft, vehicles, period uniforms and symbols of U.S. power, could cost up to $92 million, far more than originally estimated.

I’ll say it now. I’ll bet $100 they end up cancelling it or postponing it “indefinitely.”If that happens, I’ll donate the money to charity.

more about:politics

The Credit Card Skimmer Detector

Crazy this is still a thing.
August 15, 2018

Sean Gallagher writing for Ars Technica:

SkimReaper is aimed specifically at overlays and inserts. It uses a card-shaped sensor with a printed circuit that, when powered, can detect the voltage spikes created by coming in contact with magnetic reader heads. If it detects two or more, there’s a skimmer in play.

When we were in the U.K. a couple weeks ago, I noticed everything had tap-to-pay/contactless/Apple Pay/Samsung Pay capability. Being able to use Apple Pay or just touch a card everywhere was really great and seems like it would defeat the purpose of, at the very least, most of these skimmers.

Coming back to the U.S., I see very few implementations of it. I tried one of my contactless cards (Costco Visa issued by Citi) at a self-service car wash terminal that advertised contactless and Apple Pay and it just wouldn’t work. Apple Pay was fine.

Looking through my cards, I have only one these days that is contactless (that same Visa). Crazy.

more about:banking / security

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