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Comment: Re:The biggest challenge? (Score 1) 185

by The Good Reverend (#49116005) Attached to: Google Teams Up With 3 Wireless Carriers To Combat Apple Pay

ApplePay is just the method of payment (akin to your physical credit card) - the system still uses the credit card network and uses a number that is passed from the device to the credit card company. The token is used in place of your credit card number during the transaction but Apple isn't "involved" in the payment itself.

Comment: Re:The biggest challenge? (Score 1) 185

by The Good Reverend (#49115717) Attached to: Google Teams Up With 3 Wireless Carriers To Combat Apple Pay

Not sure about the Google and Android solutions, but you don't need a network or cell connection to use ApplePay - everything is handled by the chip in the phone. It offers other advantages as well, most specifically the use of a unique token that's NOT your credit card number, meaning it isn't vulnerable to the large store data breaches like we've seen in the last few years.

Also, I dunno about you, but I always have my phone in my pocket, just has handy as my wallet, but with my wallet, I need to remove a card, swipe it, and usually either sign or enter a code. With ApplePay, I just have to hold the phone next to the terminal, and that's it. It's not a huge difference, but it's certainly not more difficult than using a card - typically it's one or more steps easier.

Comment: Re:Crap (Score 1) 105

by The Good Reverend (#48981831) Attached to: Staples To Buy Office Depot For $6.3 Billion

There's this awesome invention called "the internet", where you can find exactly what you're looking for and purchase it without ever having to go into a store. It works especially well for times you're looking for specific products instead of just browsing. There's even a great deal of competition and independent sellers that help keep prices down.

Comment: Re:if not collecting the data (Score 1) 75

by The Good Reverend (#48693321) Attached to: Apple Pay For the UK

Any company that contracts out their POS terminals and accepts credit and debit cards (so, just about everyone) can get a terminal that accepts NFC payments.

My local large grocery story (Albertson's, in southern California) has accepted Apple Pay from the start, even though their terminals don't look any different than anyone else's, and don't have the typical separate plastic thing that you're supposed to touch your phone to. The whole thing is built into the user-accessible terminal, and Apple Pay just works.

Stores don't own these terminals, and the companies that provide/service them can either turn on the functionality (if the terminal has it built in) or replace the terminal with a newer model (which happens regularly anyway). It's not a matter of having to run new lines out to the boonies - if they take credit cards, they can likely accept NFC payments.

Comment: Re: Good luck with that. (Score 1) 558

by The Good Reverend (#48250519) Attached to: Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

Except that I'm going to have my phone with me anyway - it's not just for making payments (so the theft/damage argument is irrelevant). And I can still lend a card to my wife, and still use it myself. But now I also have a quick, secure option with my phone that's worked 3 out of the three times I've tried it.

Comment: Re: Good luck with that. (Score 1) 558

by The Good Reverend (#48247885) Attached to: Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

That article mentions the ways Apple Pay is better than credit cards, then goes off the deep end mentioning a bunch of generic studies about the possibilities of connecting data-mined information to individuals, then somehow implies that Apple Pay is specifically victim to these problems. Troll article.

Comment: Re:Congressional Pharmaceutical Complex (Score 4, Informative) 217

by The Good Reverend (#47793251) Attached to: States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

Given legalization is extremely new, the conclusion of the article and study is grossly premature. Making matters worse in my opinion, is that the study only looks at a single element of drugs, and not the complete impact.

California legalized marijuana 18 years ago, in 1996. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

Comment: You know... (Score 5, Insightful) 403

...it's hardly even started filming yet. Maybe wait until it's released to worry?

Or better yet, don't worry. Skip it entirely if you can't hold "sequel" and "rose-tinted memories of the originals" in your brain at the same time. No one's ruining your childhood if you just stay home...

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