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Popular PINs

Have you ever wondered how secure your Credit Card or EFTPOS PIN is? We the clever folk at DataGenetics have worked out the most and least popular Personal Identifying Numbers [^], see if you are on the list.

Out of 10,000 possible combination (0000-9999) the top 3 most “popular” PINs (1234, 1111, and 0000) account for almost 20% of PINs used! So for your normal three guesses and it swallows the card Teller Machine, there is a one-in-five chance of “guessing” the right number. Other popular choices are years (19xx) and day and month combinations (ddmm, mmdd), which are probably easy to guess if you know the person.

Leaked PINs

Leaked PINs


Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

… injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured.

Martin Luther King, Jr. “Letter from a Birmingham Jail [^]

Letter From Birmingham City Jail

Stop Searching

I love the sentiment of this, now to put it into practice.create postcard

Via: Chris Guillebeau – The Art of Non-Conformity – Postcard Project & Creative Voyage – Stop Searching and Start Creating

Conversations – Unintended Consequences

Just recently I have been enjoying the Conversations with Richard Fidler [^] podcasts from the ABC. They are generally around 45 minutes of Richard gently guiding his guest through their life story. And it makes for amazing listening – perfect for the drive home.

There is one small problem though, Richard keeps on opening my eyes to new concepts and ideas. The two that I have heard in the past couple of days are “One good thing about being wrong is the joy that it brings others”, and the law of unintended consequences.

The law of unintended consequences is loosely defined to say that the actions of people always have effects that are unanticipated or unintended. Wikipedia gives some good examples of beneficial and detrimental unintended consequences from the real-world. Consequences can also includes perverse effects – where the action delivers the opposite result to the one desired. The most well-known perverse effect is the Streisand Effect; where trying to block personal information online results in even more publicity!

The law of unintended consequences is a realisation we cannot hope to predict all of the possible outcomes from complex, and indeed not so complex systems. Powerful stuff – thanks Richard.

Conversations with Richard Fidler

The President Calls for Help

Apparently Barak Obama, the President of the USA, has asked the Tech World for help. The President has asked for the “best ideas about how to clamp down on rogue Web sites and other criminals who make money off the creative efforts of American artists and rights holders.” This comes after the dramatic backdown  by the supporters of the SOPA and PIPA [^] – proposed legislation to restrict the freedom and openness of the internet.

As Nat Torkington points out perhaps the problem isn’t one of fighting the challenges to intellectual property rights [^]. It’s a case of rights-holders – large film studios, record labels, and publishers – failing to adapt to a changing technological world. Every other industry has had to move with the times – why not publishers? It’s time to stop praying for a sign and start living in the here and now.

The Presidents Challenge

Your customers are demanding changing, they want electronic copies of your goods and for the most part they are willing to pay for them. As Jonathan Coulton says “Make good stuff, then make it easy for people to buy it [^]” should be your anti-piracy plan. Sure there will always be pirates, but they will be there no matter how hard you make if for them; some just enjoy the challenge!