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Comment: Pretty much no service providers catch things... (Score 3, Interesting) 233

Like this.

AT&T also declined to elaborate on whether AT&T's billing system is capable of spotting unusual charges and, if so, why it doesn't routinely do so.

I had my own issues with our local phone company. Several years (yes years) after I bought and moved into my house I got a visit from the Police. Hearing a knock at the door at 10pm on a Saturday night scared the hell out of me... I have a gated yard, so it meant someone jumped the 4ft wall just to come up and knock. The said they'd gotten a 911 hangup. I've never had my land line hooked up in this house, and no phones plugged into any lines anywhere. They shrugged it off. A couple weeks later, more police visiting mid day, same reason. I called the phone company and they had no record of service at this address, the police (supposedly) also called, and everyone figured it was fixed.

Nope... 3rd visit from cops, even they were getting annoyed at this point. This time I spent nearly 2 hours on the phone with phone company. They finally kicked me over to another department (tech guys I think) who found that a previous tenant, years earlier, had the emergency only (life-line) service. It had been "disconnected" in the system in every way as far as billing and such were concerned, but wasn't actually physically disconnected. The tech guys were finally able to fix it.

This is a case where you'd think their system would be able to detect that calls were being placed by a residence that had no service. Nope.

Comment: Re:Aren't these already compromised cards? (Score 1) 269

by Miguelito (#49280155) Attached to: Fraud Rampant In Apple Pay

the card is placed in a mechanical imprint device along with a carbon-copy receipt, and the merchant then slides a roller across it to imprint the face of the card directly on the receipt

hah.. yes, I am actualy old enough to have paid that way a few times myself when I was younger. I was always taught to ask for the carbons and rip them up in such cases too.

Also had them whip it out at Fry's once when the computers crashed (and the cashier was a complete idiot that had no idea how to fill out the form, add numbers together and compute tax) but thankfully the computers came back just before I simply walked away due to annoyance.

Comment: Re:Why don't i believe them (Score 1) 188

My suggestion to the owner of the "Smart" TV was to get a Roku, Amazon Fire or some other stand alone device and ignore the TV's smart features.

Hah.. that's exactly what I've done. I have an AppleTV just because I've already got a pretty large iTunes library. When I wanted my current TV, I got a Samsung "Smart" one, only because it was the one of the size, quality and price I wanted. I played with the "smart" stuff for a few minutes, then basically never touched it again.

Damn good as a TV... beyond useless "Smart" features.

It's also go a camera with an attempted xbox kinect-like control features that (just like the rest of the "smart" stuff) was buggy at best. Thankfully said camera is a small module on the back that pops up and can be kept down so that it isn't on nor can actually see anything even if it were. I haven't popped it back up since the first days after I got the TV over a year ago.

Comment: Re:thanks (Score 1) 211

by Miguelito (#49098195) Attached to: 800,000 Using HealthCare.gov Were Sent Incorrect Tax Data

But hell, I will at least admit the DMV does tend to get its mailings out on time and in proper fashion.

Here in CA, especially around the LA area, this hasn't been so true this year. There have been a few news reports about how people are finding that they can't even get an appointment inside the (usually) 3 month window the mailer gives them, because the DMV is so overloaded. So, to make the deadline (what I saw reported was for license renewals) people have to go in without an appointment and usually waste an entire day. I had to get mine renewed (birthday 1/26) and my appointment made online (mid December) was about 3 weeks out. Even then the place was packed on a Saturday, and it took about 90 minutes (no test, just redo thumbprint, eye check, new pic).

Some won't directly say it, but it's basically due to the massive increase in requests for new licenses, since the new rule kicked in to give licenses to illegal aliens in CA.

Comment: Re:Captial One started awhile ago... (Score 1) 449

by Miguelito (#49084503) Attached to: Credit Card Fraud Could Peak In 2015 As the US Moves To EMV

I was referring to Apple Pay in that line, which has not been hacked in any way that I've read. At the very least, not by simply sniffing your phone via the NFC bits since it's tied into the AppleID fingerprint reader to authorize a payment, using a token on the phone vs your CC info.

Comment: Captial One started awhile ago... (Score 1) 449

by Miguelito (#49083967) Attached to: Credit Card Fraud Could Peak In 2015 As the US Moves To EMV

The next time U.S. cardholders receive a new card it will probably be equipped with an EMV chip, and most likely be contactless.

When I got my 2nd new card in a year (Target & Home Depot hacks) it came with the chip. Also the numbers are no longer the pressed-in type and are on the back. Every time I've used it I have to let the person know the last 4 numbers are on the back.

I'm still hoping more NFC in terminals and more support for Apple Pay. The handful of times I've used that, it's been much faster and it is more secure.

Comment: Re: Nosedive (Score 0) 598

by Miguelito (#48742669) Attached to: Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

I always laugh at the hate for iTunes.. Yeah, I wouldn't mind something less "everything in one program" setup, but as a single point for media, I get it.

I've got 6.25TiB of data in my library, mostly video (obviously) and a pretty good mix of ripped vs purchased (I dropped all but basic cable and get season passes for the few shows I care about and don't want to wait until after the season is over) and it works fine for me. I've never had any real issues with it really. For rips, I use iFlicks to update the metadata (especially with TV show imports) when I import and things ripped vs bought look pretty much the same.

I sync to/from it all the time. I do probably 85% of my TV/Movie watching using it and it works. Once in awhile I need to reboot an appleTV because it seems to have an issue talking back to itunes. That takes 10seconds and only happens every 2 weeks or so max, but that'd be my one gripe these days.

Comment: Re:3-digit /. UID? (Score 1) 82

by Miguelito (#48622911) Attached to: Manufacturer's Backdoor Found On Popular Chinese Android Smartphone

Ah.. really classic gaming.

The Colecovision baseball that had the specific controllers was a lot of fun.. until we learned the pitch that was a strike but couldn't be hit. Then games became a challenge of who could continue to pitch that exact pitch without making a mistake.

Man the intellivision had some great games though... B-17 bomber was awesome with the voice module. Tron Deadly Discs was a marathon game if there ever was one. My friend was the best at TDD and could play for hours until it finally got crazy hard.

Comment: I use a virtual host as an MX relay.. (Score 2) 405

by Miguelito (#48379853) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

When the entire RoadRunner residential IP spaces were blocked, I just got a virtual server (now a Linode) and simply run that as my MX. Helps on inbound mail as well for any times my home connection goes down.. it'll queue up there. I use trusted certs for relaying from home and send mail via authenticated SMTP (TLS required) for mobile devices, via the same virtual host avoiding issues with connectivity to home (which was rare, but now I don't have to worry). I also have the connections between the VM and home box use a port other than 25 to avoid any blocking of port 25 by my ISP (which, for San Diego at least, hasn't happened in years).

It comes down to $20 a month for the size of vm I got (I also started using it for a few other things too). I also do my greylisting and other anti-spam measure there before it even tries to deliver to my server at home.

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