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Comment: Re:And when the "default" is the preferred option? (Score 1) 127

by Fjandr (#49280947) Attached to: Analysis: People Who Use Firefox Or Chrome Make Better Employees

If they were able to distinguish those who made a conscious decision to use IE from those who did not, I'm sure there would probably be a similar correlation to the former as there is amongst those who consciously choose an alternative. Unfortunately, it's much harder to separate that class of IE user from the more numerous default users, and so they are not included in the analysis.

Comment: Re:Aren't these already compromised cards? (Score 1) 269

by Fjandr (#49280855) Attached to: Fraud Rampant In Apple Pay

The same reason why chip & pin cards that do exist are only "suggestions:" It requires merchants to buy new transaction equipment. Since not all banks have moved to chip & pin (Chase is just now getting around to it), requiring new hardware just means someone will use another card when a retailer hasn't upgraded. Banks won't start requiring the new chips be utilized at the point of sale until enough retailers have upgraded. Until the threat of your merchant gateway provider cutting your ability to process credit card sales has some teeth, nobody is going to be the first to make the equipment upgrade mandatory.

Comment: Re:They better be damn sure we're not home... (Score 1) 392

You might not "win," but there have been a number of SWAT officers killed during no-knock raids where the homeowner believed it was a home invasion. Several of those victims (the homeowners, I mean) have survived to be acquitted in court even.

Comment: Re:The rate at which oil prices are dropping ... (Score 1) 248

by Fjandr (#48938103) Attached to: Engineers Develop 'Ultrarope' For World's Highest Elevator

Most of the Arab nations actually have massive diversified investment schemes that will allow them to continue being rich even without oil. Of course, it's easier for the smaller ones like Dubai and the UAE, but Saudi Arabia has been unhitching as many of their economy's horses from oil as they can for a long time.

Comment: Re: Am I missing something? (Score 1) 229

by Fjandr (#48673629) Attached to: GCHQ Warns It Is Losing Track of Serious Criminals

Not true at all. If I witness Bob murder Tom, I know Bob murdered Tom. If, however, Bob manages to destroy all physical evidence of murdering Tom, convicting him can't be done on my word alone.

There are many cases where it is well-known that someone is a criminal, and yet they are not prosecuted for lack of admissible evidence.

Comment: Re:And who will collect the trash? (Score 1) 441

by Fjandr (#48673421) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years

It seems the largest part of the communication problem when talking about libertarian ideas is the misconception that "libertarian" means "no government." There are those who attach themselves to libertarian causes who would like to see "no government," but a libertarian government would exist with the mandate to protect people from exactly the sorts of things you just questioned.

Being against the initiation of force is not, in any way, the same as being against all uses of force at all times.

I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them. -- Isaac Asimov