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Comment: Re:Nope they are clever (Score 1) 302

by Fnord666 (#47944047) Attached to: Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

And, if you want to look at the causes for Visa and MasterCard's decision... the biggest single factor was almost certainly the deployment of Google Wallet, which moved NFC payment in the US from a "someday" possibility to "people are using it now". At the end of the day, Apple Pay will owe most of it's success to Google.

The biggest single factor was the shift to chip and PIN in Europe. That drove a large volume of card fraud to the US where card swipe and track 2 authentication was still the norm.

Comment: Re:Spot on (Score 1) 132

by Fnord666 (#47942763) Attached to: Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

I buy damn near everything over the internet. I get exactly what I want from a competitive marketplace. Why can't I buy a car to my exact specifications direct from the manufacturer? If Amazon can deliver almost anything to my front door, why can't GM, Ford and Toyota deliver a car to my door?

In your scenario your going to hate it when you need warranty work and the dealers tell you that you need to take it to an authorized warranty repair center for directly purchased cars. BTW that service center is three states over.

Comment: Re: Great one more fail (Score 1) 587

by Fnord666 (#47902883) Attached to: High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

The only problem i have with this tech is that there are already states having laws that say that when this kind of tech is widely available that it will be the ONLY kind of gun that it will be legal to buy ... thereby eroding the 2nd amendment further.

Next they will require a 3g connection and a "kill switch" that will allow the "authorities" to disable a firearm as needed. I guess that would actually be a "no kill switch".

Comment: Re:10 and 2 is for older cars (Score 2) 324

by Fnord666 (#47900297) Attached to: Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

I remember learning to drive on my grandfather's farm in his old Willy's truck. You had to double clutch because there was no syncro-gear and if you hit a deep dip or ditch the wheel would spin beneath your hands. It was vital for the survival of your thumbs to ensure that they were NEVER curled around the steering wheel or risk having them broken or torn off completely.

I was taught the same thing in the Army while learning to drive off road vehicles at high speed. Thumbs outside the wheel always when off road.

Comment: Re:What are the bounds of property? (Score 1) 163

by Fnord666 (#47898835) Attached to: Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

Out in the western United States you may well not own below your surface soil, you may well not own your mineral rights, you may well not own your water rights and you may well not even own the rain that falls upon your land. Check your deed and your state laws.

This. I got roped into a sales presentation one time in Las Vegas where they were trying to sell land in some no-name town that supposedly had an aquifer under it and the land was going to be very valuable very soon. The minute I mentioned mineral rights the sales team whisked me out of there so fast it took my hat 5 minutes to catch up. Clearly the deal was not actually going to include the rights to the water, if any, and they didn't want me anywhere near any of the other victims^H^H^H^H^H^H customers.

Comment: Re:What are the bounds of property? (Score 1) 163

by Fnord666 (#47898801) Attached to: Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

and guns are legal in most of the USA so i can shoot someone's drone out of the sky if it's spying on my property

The gun you are looking for is called a HERF gun. A HERF gun is a form of directed energy weapon. Think of it as an aimed EMP. The drone just drops out of the sky completely dead.

Comment: Re:No no no... (Score 1) 85

by Fnord666 (#47886685) Attached to: Mining iPhones and iCloud For Data With Forensic Tools

Still, that's not really an exploit of iCloud's service. If they chose security questions that someone could find the answer to, I wouldn't consider that an iCloud exploit. I do think that the use of security questions should be reevaluated, but they're a pretty standard practice these days. Even if someone forces a reset of your password, under normal circumstances you should notice that the password has changed the next time you log in.

What people don't seem to understand is that you don't have to answer those security questions honestly. It just has to be something that you will remember of something that you can store in your password manager application.

Comment: Re:WRONG! (Score 1) 65

by Fnord666 (#47865071) Attached to: Satoshi Nakamoto's Email Address Compromised

Every major DNS registrar has a privacy service. These days you could also use a 3rd party escrow in a different country, and buy the domain using BTC.

So you're saying that the inventor of bitcoin should have used bitcoin to purchase a domain before he had invented it? Shades of Emmett Brown man, what were you thinking?

Comment: Immediate Loss of 10% of the Market (Score 1) 730

by Fnord666 (#47864973) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments
With the watch crown as a control device, this will probably be a non-starter for most left handed people. Most lefties that I know wear their watch, when they wear one, on their right wrist. This means having to reach across the watch and will require a fairly awkward movement to not obscure the screen while fiddling with it.

Comment: Re:Question (Score 1) 230

by Fnord666 (#47859253) Attached to: Comcast Using JavaScript Injection To Serve Ads On Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

Sometimes when I log into Yahoo mail (https log-in page), the secure icon in Firefox changes from padlock to exclamation mark. Same problem on Twitter, the https turns into an exclamation mark. This is a permanent problem on Google Image search. The worst thing about this problem is in Yahoo. When I press tab and am about to fill in my password, the caret jumps from password field to username field, which means part of my username now has appended to it part of my password. I only notice that after hitting Enter and the screen returns an invalid login error. My suspicion is that my ISP has somehow managed to inject a tiny Java script into my https log-in page. In Facebook, sometimes my first login attempt doesn't even register, so I have to hit Enter again. Is that me being too paranoid?

I suggest that you take a look for yourself.

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.