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Comment: Re:Guess I'll have to use google wallet or paypal (Score 2) 34

I can send money from my GMail account.

Well I don't know whether the Amazon one worked outside the US, but the Google one definitely doesn't. But given a choice between Google and Amazon, I'd take Amazon. I find them slightly less intrusive and pervasive.

Comment: Re:Abject brand mismanagement (Score 1) 352

by _merlin (#47894545) Attached to: Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

Yeah, but very basic functionality like actually being able to type your name if you happen to be Japanese requires you to install the OS, then get a combination of strangely-named packages like ibus, im-chooser, anthy, some font packages, etc. and then screw around getting it configured. None of this is documented clearly. Windows or OSX lets you choose a language from a list at install time. Which do you think is easier?

Device drivers are another issue. Linux is simpler if there's a driver in the kernel tree and it works adequately. If there isn't, then it's far more trouble than Windows to find a driver and get it to work. Also, drivers often lack functionality on Linux. For example the Wacom tablet drivers aren't adequately configurable. There are some options in obscure text files that you need root to edit, but there's no simple way to switch mapping on-the-fly or reconfigure your buttons per application. This is all dead easy on OSX or Windows.

Linux may be easier for you, but there are far more use cases than "person with no exotic hardware speaking a language using Latin script".

Comment: Re:Abject brand mismanagement (Score 1) 352

by _merlin (#47886125) Attached to: Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

It definitely doesn't just work if you need Japanese language support. You need to find the necessary packages, install them, configure ibus... Seriously it's a nightmare. On Windows or OSX you just choose it from the dropdown during installation. Every time I do a distro upgrade I have to go through this stupid pain-in-the-arse procedure again, trying to work out exactly which packages I need with no help from any documentation.

Comment: Re:Fairly often, but nothing serious: (Score 1) 231

by _merlin (#47840287) Attached to: Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

You know, I liked the Amiga. But it was a machine of such contradictions. It had preemptive multitasking, but no isolated application heaps. So if an app didn't clean up properly, memory leaked not just until you closed the app, but until the machine restarted. And if an app crashed, all its allocated memory leaked until you restarted. Even the Mac had isolated application heaps from day one. As cool as the graphics system was, it just about impossible to deliver a much-needed new generation without breaking compatibility with everything. They really painted themselves into a corner there. Even things like the filesystem that made DMA read/write impractical. It had so much baggage to work around right from the start.

Comment: Re:Fairly often, but nothing serious: (Score 1) 231

by _merlin (#47839705) Attached to: Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

Nah, seriously, rampant piracy on the Amiga drove developers away and killed the platform. The IBM PC had businesses paying for site licesnses, which more than made up for widespread piracy by home users. Apple had their cult following who were paying for the big-name Adobe, Aldus and Macromedia packages, andfor some reason actually paying money for shareware as well. But there was just no money in developing for Amiga because no-one ever paid for software.

Comment: Re:Why? Nobody uses NFC payments (Score 1) 187

by _merlin (#47799963) Attached to: Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

There's an offline mode that's available in Europe where the card verifies the PIN entered on the terminal. This mode has been shown to be vulnerable to compromised hardware as response for a valid PIN is predictable. The cards in Australia are incapable of verifying the PIN at all - you can set or change your PIN for many cards using an online service without the card present.

Comment: Re:Why? Nobody uses NFC payments (Score 1) 187

by _merlin (#47798859) Attached to: Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

We have NFC credit cards in Australia now. They don't seem to have caused a big uptick in fraud. Also, the worst you could do from a distance (assuming you could communicate with the card for long enough) would be to process a payment of up to $100 - you can't actually copy the card.

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