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    I've been finding slashdot interesting of late, and a very recent post really caught my attention. "Your Rights Online: UK Banks Attempt To Censor Academic Publication" concerns a master's thesis by Omar Choudary of Cambridge (he's currently a doctoral candidate). I downloaded it immediately, and am quite impressed. We've known for some time that the chip and pin system in Europe was deeply flawed, and (as usual) the response seems to be that they'd prefer people not talk about it (rather than just stepping up to the bar and FIXING it).

    I'm currently interested in the mathematics behind the big money machines on Wall Street, and the basic difficulties (that I see) in the big four (Chase, BofA, Citibank, Wells Fargo) and their online banking setups. This very interesting paper just adds spice to it all.

    Life remains interesting.