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Comment Re:Don't buy the cheapest cable (Score 1) 391

The cheapest cable is frequently not even close to good enough. I've seen numerous $0.99 Chinese cables that actually have a loop of the conductor that obviously was laying flat against the side of the mold when the injection process happened. As a result, it sticks through one of the molded connector walls. Just a bit of rubbing and you've got bare conductor exposed.

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

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

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

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

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.

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