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Comment Good for them (Score 5, Interesting) 191

From the article:
"Among formerly incarcerated Bard students who earned degrees while in custody, fewer than 2% have returned to prison within three years, a standard measurement period for assessing recidivism. This is exceptionally low, when contrasted with the statewide recidivism rate, which has hovered for decades at about 40%."

Sounds like a wonderful program.

Comment Re:Change the name and it's new! (Score 1) 105

Ah, that is neat. Unfortunately, from the reviews, everyone seems to say LoopPay works but is clunky, so until Samsung figures out a way to elegantly integrate it into their phones, it's not ready for prime time. This is sort of what I found with tap-to-pay as well. I don't use it anymore (since I stopped getting paid to use it) because swiping my plastic card is just easier, faster, and more reliable.

What would really cool is not only an elegant implementation but also one that selects the correct cashback credit card based on which one gives you the most cashback at the current store!

Comment Re:Missed opportunity (Score 1) 105

A while back, merchants won a lawsuit against credit card companies, allowing them to offer discounts for cash payments. This is most visible at gas stations:
So in essence, the "revolution" could happen now, yet the cash revolution hasn't really caught on.

Why? I don't know. Maybe the merchants like playing this game of marking things up 3% and then earning extra on the debit and cash users? Maybe people like playing the game of juggling around their cashback credit cards whose 5% cashback categories change every quarter?

Comment Apple is a cloner now too (Score 4, Insightful) 105

NFC pay, large screen size, watch, etc - they are just cloning too. Now they have third-party apps on Apple TV (like Android boxes since day 1) and a clone of the MS Surface. They still haven't caught up in waterproofing their phone. The fingerpoint sensor is pretty much their only "first" in the last several years. Let's face it - Apple has stagnated, and the competition has caught up.

What Samsung did with the S6, though, is just pathetic. The microSD slot, the removable battery, and the waterproofing were what made the previous S5 differentiated. Rather than integrate all the improvements in the market, they decided they'd make a truly worse carbon copy of the iPhone. Any news on that modular Google phone?

Comment Change the name and it's new! (Score 4, Insightful) 105

I had this two years ago on my Samsung S5. It was called ISIS Wallet, and then after the rise of the same-named terror group, was renamed Softcard. Amex had a deal where they'd credit me back $1 per swipe (minimum $1 purchase), up to 50 times per month. Those were good times, if you could figure out where the magic tapping sweet spot was on your phone.

Then, Apple Pay comes out, and it suddenly becomes cool. Except Rite Aid, CVS, etc. changed their machines to no longer accept any of the other payment systems just to block Apple Pay adoption because they planned to launch their own system this year under an alliance led by Walmart (which is still non-existent at this point).

Then, Google bought Softcard, and just killed the service. I guess they just have cash to burn. And now Samsung re-launches the service as Samsung Pay. I feel like I'm back where I was two years ago, except I'm no longer paid to swipe, and there are even less places where I can tap to pay. Pardon me, but *yawn*.

Comment Re:Happens in All Industries (Score 1) 569

Not a good analogy.

The regulations explicitly define what a defeat device is, that's illegal, and the fines associated with using one. This was a clear violation of the law.

When the requirements of the benchmark are clearly violated, the numbers are similarly revoked. What you are talking about is optimizing for benchmarks, and that's different than outright violating the requirements.

Comment Re:The regulations are the problem. (Score 2) 569

Hey, it's the excuse that athletes use when they caught taking PEDs. The test didn't catch it, so not my fault!

The regulations clearly laid out the requirements, and it explicitly defines what a defeat device is, that it is illegal, and the fines associated with using one. The requirements and the test are not the same. You don't get a pass for breaking the law just because a test didn't catch it at the time.

Comment Doubling the max load is a fallacy (Score 1) 207

A larger power supply consuming more power is a common layman's misconception.
A double-the-load power supply being more efficient is a common gamer's misconception that came from a rule of thumb that is no longer true.

For a power supply to get a 80+ gold rating, it must be independently tested to have at least 90% efficiency at 50% load and 87% efficiency at 20% and 100% load. In the past, when I searched for the actual efficiency curves of Seasonic power supplies I was shopping for, I found that in reality, it's a plateau with less than 1% dropoff until almost reaching 100%.

However, the sub-20% load mark is a different story. There is no efficiency requirement here, and most power supplies have very bad efficiency below 20% load. An overly large power supply can cause your idle usage to fall under the 20% mark. If your max load is 500W and idle is 150W, then a 1200W supply is probably at less than 50% efficient at idle (from most efficiency curves I've seen - ymmv), and that's 150W lost. In this case, I would recommend a 600W or 650W power supply. Definitely nothing over 750W.

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