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Comment: Re:$7142.85 (Score 1) 379

by Plumpaquatsch (#47565653) Attached to: A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

Are we talking "design" as in which logic gates go in which circuit, or are we talking "design" as in rounded corners? Because I thought Apple doesn't do IC design.

So in other words: Apple, unlike almost all other "hardware makers" does make its own hardware. Because they sure as hell do their own IC design.

Comment: Re: Wow ... (Score 1) 379

by Plumpaquatsch (#47565469) Attached to: A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

Visa/MasterCard make $0 off of interest. They charge a fee for the convenience of not having to use cash. They're not in the "loaning money" business at all, and of course TFS talks about debit cards, not credit cards.

BULL-FUCKING SHIT.

I have NEVER been charged a fee "for the convenience of not having to use cash". That fee is the couple of percent cut they take from each transaction, and the merchant has to eat the cost.

IOW it's not a fee you have to pay, it's a surcharge every customer has to pay, including those who pay cash. Because the merchant sure as hell won't eat the cost, thank you very much.

Comment: Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 379

by Plumpaquatsch (#47564661) Attached to: A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

This was just straightforward grift (a con game), not some glaring flaw in the banking system. The sales clerks got suckered, perhaps due to lack of training by Apple, or perhaps the con-man was just that good.

Yeah, the fact that an override code is just any random n-digit number without even a CRC is not a flaw. Not at all.

Comment: Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 379

by Plumpaquatsch (#47564611) Attached to: A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

The way it's supposed to work is that the store calls the issuer and requests an override code, and then keys it in themself. The bank can then tally the auth code against the store's call at the end of the day and process the charge. I have never seen a situation where the customer calls up the bank themselves.

And the con man's solution to that is a man in the middle attack. And the store still has to pay.

Comment: Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 379

by Plumpaquatsch (#47564541) Attached to: A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

I understand the long-running and much-honored Slashdot tradition of not reading TFA, but couldn't you at least have read The Fucking Summary?

When his debit card was inevitably declined by the Apple Store, he would protest and offer to call his bank — except, he wasn't really calling his bank. So he would allegedly offer the Apple Store employees a fake authorization code with a certain number of digits....

There was ample dumbshittery (and liability) to assign here, but it's all on the Apple Store drones. No bank involved.

Nope, its all on a system that accepts random numbers of a certain length with the only safety "feature" being that the store clerk is supposed to call the bank himself so they can tell him a code that he can make up on his own. IOW that override is seriously broken. And has been used to defraud for ages, because the criminals know how it works.

The only reason this is "news" is because one guy hit one chain of stores. No, wait, it's because that chain is Apple.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/c...

"It does not actually matter what code the merchant types into the terminal," the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey stated publicly in February after a similar case there. "Any combination of digits will override the denial." (The Tampa Bay Times is withholding the number of digits so as not to inspire anyone.)

Comment: Re:Radicalization (Score 2) 801

by Plumpaquatsch (#47560105) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Yet in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, almost those 4.4 million people are under Palestinian civil administration, while only about 0.1 million people in the West Bank are in the Israeli civil administration. Perhaps the Israeli have an undue influence over a part of the West Bank, what with their security operations there, but claiming that "Israel rules Palestine" seems rather overblown. I might as well claim that the US rules Iraq and Afghanistan.

Yeah, and Vichy France was a completely independent state.

Comment: Re:Answer is an App..Not halting falling ipad sale (Score 1) 26

by Plumpaquatsch (#47558685) Attached to: Apple Acquires "Pandora For Books" Booklamp For $15 Million

The iPad has lost momentum already, even though the tablet market continues to grow. IDC's Latest figures http://www.businesswire.com/ne...

Isn't it odd that Amazon doesn't even show up in that list? Looks like it's time for a Fire Sale. Oh, and drop the DRM already Amazon.

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