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Comment: Re:How could they? (Score 1) 179

by adamstew (#48825143) Attached to: Marriot Back-Pedals On Wireless Blocking

Except this wasn't done with them posting some sign and a guy at the door making sure no one brought it beer. This was done with a pretty advanced technological system that you simply can't buy off the shelf. A system that can tell the difference between their own hotspots and "rogue" hotspots. Someone actually had to do research on how to do this and set it up.

Comment: Re:And? (Score 1) 448

by adamstew (#48759877) Attached to: Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For

"I have to fly, and airlines have a monopoly there, so can exact a brutal vengeance upon all passengers."

I don't think you understand what a monopoly is? That's like saying "I have to drive a car, and automobile manufacturers have a monopoly there...". A monopoly is when a single entity controls all of the supply of something. You can't take an entire industry, which has dozens of competing providers, and lump them all together as a single entity to call it a monopoly.

There is actually quite a lot of competition in the air travel space. About a dozen major national air carriers and over 100 regional and specialty air carriers that do passenger service. I assure you, the cost of airfares are set at what the market will allow. Chances are good that your local cable company or phone company has a monopoly on internet or video services where you are...There is almost certainly not a monopoly on air travel.

Comment: Re: Apple Pay (Score 4, Informative) 355

by adamstew (#48161953) Attached to: Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

your understanding is incorrect. Apple has explicitly stated that the transaction is 100% between The Merchant, Your Bank, and you. Apple does not receive a copy of the transaction, they don't know who you've shopped with, and that they don't know that any specific transaction has happened.

The only thing Apple does is act as the facilitator to getting the device-specific account number in to the phone. So Apple could know which credit cards you have setup in your device and that's about it.

Comment: Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (Score 1) 504

by adamstew (#47940211) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

I'm not actually sure if this is entirely correct. I don't think the fingerprint chip actually has the encryption key. Whenever you power-cycle an iPhone with a passcode/password, you are required to unlock it the first time with the full password. You can't unlock it with just your fingerprint.

My guess is that it needs the passcode to decrypt the contents of the databases, and then it uses the fingerprints as a quick-unlock feature when the device was put to sleep, but the keys are still in memory.

Comment: Re:Downloading music for free? Scandelous! (Score 4, Informative) 323

by adamstew (#47917771) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

You never needed to give apple any money to get the music for free. All you needed was an iTunes account/password and you got the album for free. No prior purchase was necessary. In fact, if you sign up for a free iTunes account before some day in October, you still get the album for purchases required.

Comment: Re:Not good enough (Score 4, Informative) 323

by adamstew (#47917731) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

They can not. The only people who had the album pushed to their device are those who turned on the flag on their devices to download new purchases. The only thing Apple did was flag that album as purchased for all iTunes accounts. The device then dutifully did as it was told by it's owner and downloaded all purchases.

The album never showed up on my devices because I don't have that flag turned on.

Comment: Re:Scan here for a free 'whatever' sucker. (Score 4, Insightful) 730

by adamstew (#47865471) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

wow. really? If someone steals my phone and hacks off my thumb, then one of the last things that i'm going to worry about is them going to a McDonalds and hold up a bloodied iPhone and dismembered finger up to the payment system to buy a cheeseburger.

Comment: Re:Legal pemission? THEY GIVE IT! (Score 1) 368

by adamstew (#47655207) Attached to: Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

Depends on how you interpret the semantics of their statement/recording.

"This call may be recorded for quality assurance" is vague. That may be their notification to me that they are recording the call, but it could also be interpreted as "you may record this call for quality assurance". Either interpretation fits the statement of "This call may be recorded for quality assurance".

Comment: Re:They're Monopolies (Score 1) 368

by adamstew (#47655169) Attached to: Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

I would think that, since they are effective monopolies in the areas they serve, that their franchise agreements don't let them just ditch customers that are troublemaking. I know this is up to each individual municipality, but I would hope there would be conditions in there on who they have to serve and the reasons that are allowed for them to not serve someone.

The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you've got it made. -- Jean Giraudoux