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Comment: Unlikely to make a big difference (Score 2) 10

by Harlequin80 (#49144769) Attached to: Patent Trolls On the Run But Not Vanquished Yet

It will just change some of the risk profiles taken on by the trolls. In the end they are staffed by lawyers where as their targets have to retain a lawyer, so their targets have to fund their defence right from the beginning and hope to win to get their money back. What you will see is an increase in out of court settlements ie. we will stop litigating you if you agree to settle this now for no money out of court. This would be very very tempting option if you saw the likely hood of thousands and thousands of dollars of legal costs ahead.

Comment: Re:Ummm - Use a commercial pasta machine.... (Score 1) 62

by Harlequin80 (#49142999) Attached to: 3D Printers Making Inroads In Kitchens

Maybe - but the TFA talked about things like stadiums where it is all about volume.

My experience of commercial kitchens has all been about doing your preparation early so you do as little cooking as possible at service time. So that means at 2 in the afternoon the junior chefs are doing one identical thing after another, be it making the pasta, or some fancy crystallised rose petals.

Comment: Re:Razer Forge TV (Score 1) 147

by Harlequin80 (#49142819) Attached to: The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era

I've used it fine for quite some time now. But the games I tend to play aren't too twitch intensive so perhaps that is why. I'm not using wireless either and have a managed switch that I put some tweaks into for steam.

I don;t notice the input lag even when playing fps games. But that could just be me getting old.

Comment: Re:Easy of porting over is the key (Score 2) 147

by Harlequin80 (#49142795) Attached to: The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era

While Windows remains the dominant platform Valve will continue to see that as a risk. As you stated the decision with 8 to include an app store sparked the rush to develop steam for linux and steam os. However there is no guarantee that win 10 won't come with an app store either pre-installed or pushed. As such it remains a risk profile to Valve.

The only solution to this is to fragment the market enough that steam becomes the only cross platform option. My steam for linux gets updates almost weekly. I think it is far from abandoned.

Comment: Re:New design (Score 1) 62

by Harlequin80 (#49142701) Attached to: 3D Printers Making Inroads In Kitchens

Hi Soulskill,

Not sure if it is intentional or not, but none of the buttons are visible unless I am mouse over - ie the preview, quote parent but most importantly the Post and Load All Comments button are only visible on mouse over. The text on the Post and Load all is only marginally lighter than the green of the banner so it is very hard to see.

System is Linux Mint 13 running Chrome - Version 38.0.2125.111

Comment: Ummm - Use a commercial pasta machine.... (Score 1) 62

by Harlequin80 (#49142661) Attached to: 3D Printers Making Inroads In Kitchens

There is no way this would replace a commercial pasta maker in any kind of large scale restaurant.

For a start no one makes dough on a bench if you are making quantities of pasta. Either you buy the pasta in or you use a machine. You feed your mixer the ingredients and then collect the dough later. This goes double for you extruded pasta and your filled pasta. Have a look at a Raviolatrice. That is what you use if you are making large amounts of ravioli.

If you want large quantities of extruded pasta you would use something like a Bottene PM80 which will make 15kg of pasta an hour.

 

+ - Apple loses patent suit to the tune of $532 million->

Submitted by Harlequin80
Harlequin80 (1671040) writes "Apple has lost a patent law suit in the US District Court, Eastern District of Texas. Smartflash brought a suit against Apple in 2013 in relation to its payment system tied to the iTunes account. Smartflash appears to be a patent holding company with no actual products themselves.

from the article "SMARTFLASH said that the patents cover a portable data carrier for storing data and managing access to it through payment information rules."

Apple have indicated that they plan to appeal."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 78

by Harlequin80 (#49099419) Attached to: Australian ISPs To Introduce '3-Strike' Style Anti-piracy Scheme

This is standard practice though - apply pressure to an industry to publicly self regulate so that the government doesn't have to expend resources and political capital doing it.

We saw a similar thing with motorcycles when the zx-12 and hayabusa were released. Having top speeds over 300 and easily affordable caused bad press with people clamouring for the government to do something. In response the motorcycle manufacturers agreed to a 299km/h speed limit so they could show they were doing something and the government could say there is no a code of conduct.

Comment: Re:Black Hat 2014: A New Smartcard Hack .. (Score 1) 448

by Harlequin80 (#49091625) Attached to: Credit Card Fraud Could Peak In 2015 As the US Moves To EMV

This was on a chip and pin card. It occurred 18 months ago with a Westpac visa card. Apparently I signed for the credit card payment in person somewhere in spain despite living in Australia. It was because they knew from other transactions that that was almost impossible it got flagged.

I don't know how they got the credit card details but the person I spoke to said it happens regularly, that there is usually 1 or 2 small transactions that are most likely to a small charity before 1 big transaction is put through. In my case it was exactly that, 2 under $5 transactions to random micro charities then 2 days later $25k.

Apparently they use the charities because they tend to be poorly managed or policed.

Comment: Re:someone explain for the ignorant (Score 2) 448

by Harlequin80 (#49091609) Attached to: Credit Card Fraud Could Peak In 2015 As the US Moves To EMV

No idea. What do they do for people that are blind currently?

All I know is that you can't sign any more and have to use a pin. Also I wouldn't have though numeric dyslexia would stop you entering a pin in the same what normal dyslexia doesn't stop you writing. The challenge comes in the reading.

Comment: Re:Black Hat 2014: A New Smartcard Hack .. (Score 1) 448

by Harlequin80 (#49085493) Attached to: Credit Card Fraud Could Peak In 2015 As the US Moves To EMV

Not all of that fraud figure is credit card. And I am also well aware that the cost of the losses are socialised across all people. And I am ok with that. I know that I am paying an insurance premium when I use credit cards, however that cost is acceptable to me for the convenience of using credit cards.

As for cash discounts I absolutely make use of them. Cash is great for transactions with individuals, especially service providers over goods sellers. In those instances I use cash. But those make up the minority of my transactions because my grocery bill, my phone, electricity, petrol, etc are not open to a cash discount. My local butcher on the other hand is, but it is a small % of my overall bill.

As for more convenient. Not in a month of sundays. Cash requires either you to receive cash directly for a service or to go to an atm. I don't need to do that to use a card AND paywave / paypass is a lot faster than cash. 95%+ of the places I frequent use the contact payment method and those that don't accept card anyway.

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