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Comment: Re:Total nonsense (Score 1) 629

by R3d M3rcury (#48257743) Attached to: Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

I'll admit, I don't know the truth. But I'd kind of doubt it.

First, we're not talking about one or two stations, we're talking about every gas station in a 5 mile radius does it. Perhaps more--I haven't checked. Second, we're not talking about "Joe's Gas & Sip"--these are Shell, Mobil, Chevron, and 76 stations.

I think somebody found a loophole.

Comment: Re:There's a reason why... (Score 1) 439

by R3d M3rcury (#48257671) Attached to: Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

I believe it was. I was watching NASA TV this morning and they were talking about how Orbital's craft would be arriving on Tuesday and there were some "consumables" for various experiments on board. I found an article here that mentions it as well.

I don't believe there was anything in there that was critical for space station operations--the astronauts won't starve or anything. There's also a Progress launch planned in the next few days.

Comment: Re:This was no AP. (Score 1) 339

by R3d M3rcury (#48254981) Attached to: LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

And real terrorists would broadcast they are in the vicinity by stating so loudly, of course.

While I agree, remember that the guys who tried to bomb the World Trade Center back in the '90s were caught when they went back to pick-up the deposit on the rental trucks they used as bombs.

Sometimes people make stupid mistakes which gets them caught.

Here's a fun one to try: Set up a Wireless Access Point with an arabic name and see if people freak out.

Comment: Re:Apple doesn't sell personal data to third parti (Score 1) 145

by R3d M3rcury (#48246739) Attached to: Here's Why Apple Rejected Your iOS App

Well, the lie is the same for Google.

The reality is that neither of them sell personal data to third parties because the data is pretty damn valuable. What both of them do is sell access to you to advertisers who have products or services that those advertisers believe you might be interested in.

Comment: Re:Meaningful Competition? (Score 1) 97

I would totally vote to have an entity that is (at least lightly) accountable to citizens/voters in order to put a little competitive pressure on the current crop of duopolists.

Actually, where I live, there is at least a city employee who is responsible for collecting complaints about the cable & phone companies to whom the city has granted rights. I once sent this person an e-mail with TWC issues and received call-backs from TWC a few days after e-mailing that person.

Comment: Re:Good luck with that. (Score 1) 554

by R3d M3rcury (#48236749) Attached to: Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

I don't know why CVS or Rite Aid would be so bent out of shape about this.

Mostly because they still have to pay a credit-card processing fee. They would far rather you pay for things with a debit card or cash, which is cheaper for them. If you note the companies involved with CurrentC, many of them compete on price so paying the credit card companies 2% or so on the transaction can be their whole margin right there.

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