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Comment: Re:Aren't these already compromised cards? (Score 2) 269

by Galaga88 (#49275057) Attached to: Fraud Rampant In Apple Pay

On the one hand it's the bank's fault for not speaking up and pressing a vital security issue. On the other hand it's Apple's fault for being an 800 pound gorilla which uses its market clout to force concessions from its partners. Stuff like this is why you always want at least two strong competitors in a given market - so if one makes unreasonable demands of a business partner, the partner is not afraid to tell them to go jump in a lake.

I like the looks of Apple Pay, and think it's a great move forward but even as an Apple fan, it seems bizarre for Apple to move forward on their own payment standard rather than the industry creating one. I mean, I know they did it so that they could skim profits off the top, and that they got away with it because they're worth 700 gazillion dollars and could probably make demands of the ocean, but I really wish this had come about via an industry standard.

Of course then, it'd probably suck.

Comment: Re:Bank problem (Score 1) 269

by Galaga88 (#49274847) Attached to: Fraud Rampant In Apple Pay

Both of the banks and the on CC card I have on ApplePay required I read an email, click a link and login to my account and explicitly authorize the use of the card before it was usable.

You mean there are companies NOT doing this?

I could swear I read this exact article some time ago, before the NYT published it so maybe the "toughened standards" banks talk about were already enacted quite a while back and we're just now hearing about the problem?

Comment: Aren't these already compromised cards? (Score 5, Interesting) 269

by Galaga88 (#49274781) Attached to: Fraud Rampant In Apple Pay

The story doesn't really indicate how this could be much of Apple's problem - it sounds like the cards that are getting used are already stolen?

I guess what's happening is criminals are getting stolen CC info, and are then able to use it in a physical environment via Apple Pay where it previously would have required printing a forged card?

The article mentions that it's easier to get away with fraud in person because the lack of shipping delay leaves less time to catch it, which shows why they'd be so eager to jump to a method like this.

Comment: Good Riddance (Score 1) 210

by Galaga88 (#49149667) Attached to: Lenovo Saying Goodbye To Bloatware

I help students with their computers at work, and I'm shocked at the amount of bloatware I see on the Windows laptops they bring me.

Microsoft needs to crack down on its OEM contracts and help give people an experience closer to what you get with OS X. Every Windows laptop should act the same when you turn it on for the first time.

Comment: Re:Leonard Nimoy is why we have nice things (Score 1) 411

by Galaga88 (#49149643) Attached to: Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83

Oh, I know it was the writers and especially Roddenberry's dedication to a utopian future that put Star Trek on such scientific footing, but Spock was consistently the public face of it - and Nimoy was pivotal in charting the development of Spock throughout the series. He so quickly became the breakout star of the series, and it's hard to picture another actor portraying Spock effectively (other than Mark Lenard, who would have made a suitable sub for Nimoy if he'd left the series as he threatened.)

The writers were definitely the start of Star Trek's scientific agenda, but Nimoy's portrayal of Spock is what made it "click" for the public.

Comment: Leonard Nimoy is why we have nice things (Score 5, Insightful) 411

by Galaga88 (#49148043) Attached to: Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83

Seriously - Leonard Nimoy's Mr. Spock probably inspired more people to enter science, engineering, and intellectualism in general than any other figure in pop culture. He turned anti-intellectualism on its ear by making being a "nerd" not just cool, but even sexy.

Look at any major technology or research company making the world a better place, and I guarantee it was built by people who grew up aspiring to be more like Spock.

Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 108

by Galaga88 (#49094187) Attached to: Scotland's Police Lose Data Because of Programmer's Error

Well, there was a lot of wrong keystrokes in just the right order leading up to this, but it did end in the erroneous pressing of "enter" - without which the prior keystrokes of DELETE * FROM EVIDENCE wouldn't have mattered.

But it was definitely the single, final, erroneous keystroke that is to blame and therefore definitely an accident.

Comment: Re:More liberal than libertarian (Score 4, Insightful) 580

by Galaga88 (#49042757) Attached to: Low Vaccination Rates At Silicon Valley Daycare Facilities

I think it's more common among liberals (which makes me ashamed to call myself a liberal at times) but libertarians have a big problem with vaccines too for different reasons - and Silicon Valley is the kind of place to which libertarians are naturally drawn.

Since it's California and it's filled with both populations, you just have a double-whammy. :\

Comment: Too Late? (Score 4, Insightful) 165

by Galaga88 (#48865345) Attached to: Time For Microsoft To Open Source Internet Explorer?

Isn't Microsoft announcing a new web browser intended to replace Internet Explorer today? Maybe it'll be open source. Maybe it'll even be based on Webkit.

I don't know how much licensed code is in IE that Microsoft would have to untangle the rights to before open-sourcing it, and given the fact that we've mostly figured out how to work around IE's problems at this point, I'm not sure if it'd be worth the effort to do so.

It'd probably be best to just retire IE, let developers continue struggling through the known-workarounds they've been using until its market-share vanishes, and look forward instead of back. The time spent trying to figure out IE's source could be better spent developing/using a better platform.

Regardless, I think every web browser should be open source, since they work on (theoretically) open standards, run cross platform, and are the defacto presentation layer for an increasing number of applications. Developers need to be able to understand the internals of the browser to assure the best quality of their own work. Really hoping that's what happens with whatever MS announces today with Spartan. (I just don't think IE is worth the effort to open source at this point)

Comment: Re:"and they may be bought for their assets." (Score 1) 314

by Galaga88 (#48822591) Attached to: Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

I dunno, we're not a really large town, and we have an industrial electronics distributor who also sells to the public out of their warehouse. It's quite possible we're just lucky - we have a fair number of local manufacturers who they work with, so I imagine that's what keeps them in the area.

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