does 'certified for iDevice' even matter anymore? I could see it being a concern for the average consumer about a decade ago but so many products, uncertified mind you, exist for the apple to channel audio from soundcard to headbone that the logo itself seems of little merit.
I only really worry about not using knock off cables/adapters when it's connected to 110 volt power or higher, cheaply made cables that break easily are also easily replaced; cheaply made power adapters without proper insulation and air gaps can cause fires and electrocutions. That being said I use Apple EarPods because I find them comfortable.
I think you missed all the subtly in my comment.
subtly... This is slashdot, we don't do subtly here.
Are you implying that ALL US intelligence is "ill-gotten"?
I don't think it matters what percentage of the intelligence is tainted, we won't be able to tell the difference; so from the public perspective all intelligence can be viewed as tainted.
Absolutely. Contactless is pointless and expensive as fuck for merchants. I can't imagine many businesses where the "neat-o" factor from a few phone enthusiasts to be able to pay with their phones is going to outweigh the costs.
Sometimes it comes down to offering convenience to your customers, there are 2 'corner' stores near my place, store a is a five minute walk, store b is a seven minute walk. I walk and drive to store b more often because I can use tap on my credit card to pay, store a requires chip and pin.
Five centuries of work before that never perfected heavier-than-air flying machines either, until one year, presto, all the necessary preconditions were finally met and airplanes became a reality. There's nothing linear about progress.
The most intelligent comment I have read on Slashdot in years (possibly ever), if only I had any mod points.
I mean, the fuck happened that people need to willingly give up the right to control their own data to be able to work??
"Confound these ancestors.... They've stolen our best ideas!" - Ben Jonson