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Comment: Re:Dueling Banjos (Score 1) 28

by Ken D (#46467845) Attached to: Calif. Court Orders Preservation of Disputed NSA Phone Records

You're kneejerking. Just because the whole FISA system is bogus doesn't mean that you have to invent facts that don't exist. The FISA order explicitly stated that in the absence of any court ordered retention, the records could not be retained longer than authorized. That is the FISA court ordered the NSA to follow the (bogus) law and not try to bend the rules any further than already (bogusly) allowed.

The fact that there is now a court order requiring some preservation of records is explicitly not in conflict with the FISA order as written. Or did you not read it?

Comment: Re:Dueling Banjos (Score 1) 28

by Ken D (#46464313) Attached to: Calif. Court Orders Preservation of Disputed NSA Phone Records

There is no conflict at all.

One court told the NSA that they could not keep the records beyond the law's specified 5 years "just in case" they were sued, i.e. they can't keep it longer merely because they feel that they should.

The other court involves the NSA being sued, and ordering them to keep material for the lawsuit.

Can't you see the difference?

Comment: Re:much ado about nothing (Score 1) 506

by Ken D (#46370139) Attached to: Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

You put words in my mouth. I said nothing about English and the Olympics at all.

You argued about a position you imagined for me. In fact a complete ad hominem attack on an imaginary me and my family. A me that happens to be of French Canadian descent, raised by a French speaking Canadian citizen.

Comment: Re:much ado about nothing (Score 1) 506

by Ken D (#46367109) Attached to: Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

What kind of blinders do you have on? Your head must be inside a cave like area, or perhaps you just like living in areas where the straw is piled high to make straw men out of.

Did I not say that Chinese has a better reason to be included? The topic of conversation was why french culture / society is always pushing for required french language inclusion. It was not about English, or the merits of it.

Comment: Re:much ado about nothing (Score 1) 506

by Ken D (#46359943) Attached to: Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

I always find it amusing that somehow it is described as the French "defending" their culture against the English "cultural imperialism" when it is the French who use the strong arm tactics to force people to use French who otherwise don't want to.

My son was bemused when the Russian Olympics featured French announcements. Why not Spanish or Chinese which have each have more speakers than French?

Comment: Re:The court is right (Score 1) 427

by Ken D (#46346391) Attached to: YouTube Ordered To Remove "Illegal" Copyright Blocking Notices

On the flip side, works coming into the public domain after a limited time of exclusivity, as the law was originally envisaged, isn't happening either.

Copyright wasn't intended to grant corporations an infinite lock on culture (literature, music, art). Copyright isn't working, there's no quid pro quo, so why shouldn't the public just walk away and say "screw this"?

Comment: Re:Where I live, that's normal weather (Score 1) 290

by Ken D (#46238163) Attached to: Massive Storm Buries US East Coast In Snow and Ice

...and what kind of road congestion does Canada have?

The whole nation of Canada has 35m people. Metro Boston has around 5m. Metro NYC has 20m.

In Boston on a good day the roads are jam packed and your commute takes way longer than it should. Throw in an accident along the way and your commute can be a major pain.

Now consider dramatically slower travel speeds, a mere handful of fender benders. That commute is just not worth it. What's the point of having your 1hour commute turn into 2 or 3? each way.

Comment: Re:Who wants another ^&#$ thing to remember (Score 1) 731

by Ken D (#46228183) Attached to: Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

overdraft protection is another loan sharking thing here in the US, outrageously expensive, and why should you incur that expense over a fraudulent transaction?

Debit and Credit are not the same vis-a-vis consumer protection.

Someone racks up a $10K fraudulent charge on your credit card? You call the card company and they can't make any attempt to collect it, it's as if it doesn't exist, until they investigate it.

Someone makes a $10K fraudulent debit on your bank account? Maybe you've been charged for overdrafts (incurring a fee), maybe you've had transactions fail (incurring a fee), sure the bank will investigate. Meanwhile you're out $10K and even if they eventually reverse the transaction, they don't have to do anything about any fees you've incurred while the money was missing.

Consumer risk and cost for debit fraud is much higher than for credit fraud. Which is why all the banks want their customers to use debit. It's better for them, not for you.

Comment: Re:Who wants another ^&#$ thing to remember (Score 1) 731

by Ken D (#46222841) Attached to: Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

Even if you don't use checks, you can't pay an electronic debit / transfer without having a positive balance.

I think its a sad commentary that some of the posters on my comment have basically admitted that they have a debit card / account (that might get cleared out fraudulently) and another different (more secure) account that they keep cash in for their important payments that need to be made.

Might as well have one of those prepaid credit cards if you're going keep your money segregated like that into money you can be defraud of, and money you plan on keeping.

Comment: Re:Who wants another ^&#$ thing to remember (Score 1) 731

by Ken D (#46218507) Attached to: Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

Anyone who uses a debit card is a fool. Whether or not you are protected from a fraudulent transaction is fairly meaningless while you watch all your checks bounce and you have no cash because your account is empty.

I guess you didn't read the article I linked to. With Chip & Pin the banks claim there is no possibility of fraud (which isn't true), therefore when fraud happens the customer gets the shaft. Chip & Pin shifts the risks onto the customer, even if the overall occurrence of fraud is lower, the risk is higher for the customer with C&P than without.

Comment: Who wants another ^&#$ thing to remember (Score 2) 731

by Ken D (#46217137) Attached to: Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

Chip & pin has never been about security. It's about the ability for CC issuers to eliminate the repudiation of fraudulent transactions by claiming that their authorization system is fraud proof and therefore every transaction is a priori an authorized transaction: http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/m...

Comment: Re:So it can authenticate by sending a text (Score 1) 293

by Ken D (#46093511) Attached to: Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?

Reading the codes for all your other two factor authentication accounts. Like your bank account, or your brokerage account.

There, didn't Facebook make life easy?

SMS to your phone isn't such a secure channel for two factor authentication if every other app has access to it.

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