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Comment Combat Apple Pay? (Score 1) 186

Combat Apple Pay? To what end? Either you have an Android phone or an Apple phone. They aren't competition for each other, in fact, they can help each other out by increasing the userbase to a point where NFC payments are demanded by consumers at all locations.

P.S. those who talk about speed being an issue, if you've ever used Apple Pay it is by far the fastest payment method (about 3-5 seconds tops.)

Comment The author is this character. (Score 1) 561

So, I looked up the author of this particular book, and it appears she lives in San Francisco, and used to work for Microsoft doing exactly the type of work (software product design) that Barbie was doing in the book. I suspect the author wrote a book called "Barbie: I can be a Software Designer" but that the editor, being clueless about job titles in the software industry, decided to change the name to something more marketable. After all, authors aren't the ones who name their books, the marketing team/editors do.

Comment Re:Silly (Score 1) 764

Coming out is actually one of the strategies gays and lesbians have used to achieve legal equality, and social acceptance.

It is "proud" as in the opposite of "ashamed.

The Stonewall riots in NYC is often marked as the beginning of the gay civil rights movement It took place in 1969, a mere 7 years after this documentary film titled "Boys Beware" about the dangers of homosexuals lurking in your midst.

That film contains the line: "What Jimmy didn't know was that Ralph was sick, a sickness that was not visible like small pox, but no less dangerous and contagious, a sickness of the mind, you see, Ralph was a homosexual."

You could tell lies like that in 1961 because people who were gay didn't come out, nobody thought they knew any gay people, today though it is unlikely that you could make that claim, especially if you live in a city. Gays are everywhere, and it is that visibility that has made it impossible for the right to continue falsely claiming that gays are mentally ill child rapists.

Things have changed a lot, and "proud" may eventually go into the dustbin as more and more people feel they have achieved equality.

Comment Re:Colors of computer science (Score 1) 612

I suspect part of the reason why women, Latino-Americans and African-Americans aren't well represented in the science classrooms is because of an over subscription by women, Latino-Americans, and African-Americans to sociology majors like women's studies, Chicano/Latin-American Studies and African-American studies. While these are completely legitimate courses of study, I suspect they are leading women, Latino-Americans and Afirican-Americans away from the more employment friendly science majors.

Comment Re:three responses (Score 2) 562

[IANAL:] Unfortunately you're wrong about this. In Caballes v. Illinois the Supreme Court found that a dog can be run around any vehicle during a traffic stop. If the dog signals, the officer then has probably cause to search a vehicle. The only limitation on this is that if the dog is not on the scene at the time of the stop, that the stop cannot be prolonged to wait for the dog to arrive. They can only hold you for as long as it would reasonably take to conduct the business of a traffic stop.

Submission + - Why You Shouldn't Buy An UHD 4K TV This Year (

Lucas123 writes: While it's tempting to upgrade your flatscreen to the latest technology, industry analysts say UHD TVs are still no bargain with top brand names selling 65-in models for $5,000 or more. And, even though 4K TVs offer four times the resolution of today's 1080p HDTVs, there are no standards today for how many frames per second should be used in broadcasting media. Additionally, while there's plenty of content being produced for UHDs, little has been made available. "You can get more for your dollar going with a good LED HDTV from a top brand," said Veronica Thayer, an analyst with IHS Research. "They're coming out with great prices for this holiday season."

Submission + - $39 Arduino compatible boardset runs Linux on new x86 SoC (

DeviceGuru writes: DM&P Group has begun shipping a $39 Arduino compatible boardset and similar mini-PC equipped with a new computer-on-module based on a new 300MHz x86 compatible Vortex86EX system-on-chip. The $39 86Duino Zero boardset mimics an Arduino Leonardo, in terms of both form-factor and I/O expansion. The tiny $49 86Duino Educake mini-PC incorportates the same functionality, but in a 78 x 70 x 29mm enclosure with an integrated I/O expansion breadboard built into its top surface. The mini-PC's front and back provide 2x USB, audio in/out, Ethernet, and COM interfaces, power input, and an SD card slot. The hardware and software source for all the boards, including the computer-on-module, are available for download under open source licenses at the website.

Submission + - NSA planned to discredit radicals based on web-browsing habits (

wired_parrot writes: New documents leaked show that the NSA was not only monitoring suspected radical sympathizers, but planned to discredit them based on their web-surfing habits. This includes not only evidence of porn browsing and online sexual activity, as well as extorsion and blackmail based on innapropriate use of funds. At the same time, the document leaked notes that very few of contacts noted were associated with terrorism

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