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Comment: meanwhile here in London. .. (Score 1) 186

by MarkH (#49120811) Attached to: Google Teams Up With 3 Wireless Carriers To Combat Apple Pay

I have a chip based debit card ( pretty much all cards in uk in past 2 years ).

I can buy in pubs, coffee shops etc with just a swipe ( most chains ) otherwise pin number.

On London underground you just use card over reader and it works out best ticket ( so if you spend more than 28 pounds in week it buys one weekly pass for last 7 days ).

Not sure how apple or Google add value to this. Rather wave my card around at random strangers and devices than an expensive phone.

Comment: Re:Often we do this to ourselves. (Score 1) 294

by MarkH (#47032325) Attached to: Fixing the Pain of Programming

"Most programmers think something should be a certain level of difficulty. And when a project turns out to be easier than they think it should be, they add artificial complexity until it reaches the expected level of difficulty"

I like this. seen it a lot never seen it expressed so clearly. mind if I re-use?

Comment: Re: I think people just won't own these cars (Score 1) 140

by MarkH (#45606715) Attached to: Nissan Leaf Prototype Becomes First Autonomous Car On Japanese Highways

shared insurance liability could be a great way of getting over what are likely to be a small number of high profile law suits in early days of adoption. as you say works great for vacination.

on side note people always quote the deaths from auto accidents. don't forget to multiply the figure by about 3 for accidents resulting in serious injury where long term care and support needed.

Comment: same rule i always apply (Score 1) 453

by MarkH (#45305681) Attached to: 20-Somethings Think It's OK To Text and Answer Calls In Business Meetings

1) I call meeting in which case have screen up and lasts no more than 30 min to get clarity
2) big 'status meeting' leave when last action with my name on comes on.
3) get bored or have something to do so walk out.

got called out on 3 loads of times never actually harmed career.

A good supervisor can step on your toes without messing up your shine.