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Comment: Re:I dont see the need for this feature... (Score 1) 95

by cbeaudry (#49280421) Attached to: Facebook Introduces Payment System

The only thing in the e-mail is a link to a central transferring site (interac), from there you choose your bank, logging to your account and choose which account you want to transfer it into. Its very secure. Never heard of any fraud in Canada from this method.

The e-mail basically contains no information and the link itself either.

In Canada we still get gauged on ATM fees. Even if you pay the monthly, if you use an ATM that is not from your bank, you'll pay from 2$ up to 5 or 10% (with a limit) depending if you use a 3rd party ATM in a business like a club.

If Im not mistaken in the UK they have forced CAPS on ATM fees of 0.50cents (or pences or half a pound). We need laws like this very badly.

Comment: I dont see the need for this feature... (Score 4, Interesting) 95

by cbeaudry (#49278541) Attached to: Facebook Introduces Payment System

Also 2 day delay will instantly kill this feature.

I dont know if this is available in the USA.

However here in Canada, from any bank I can do an Interact e-mail transfer.

Recipient receives the e-mail in 20-30 mins, followings instructions and cash is transferred bank to bank instantly.
Cost is $1.50. which is less than ATMs charge to withdraw your cash.

I pay my rent this way (as there is an electronic log), and transfer money to the ex for child related things, again because of electronic log.

Comment: Re: Here's how I would implement it (Score 1) 108

by cbeaudry (#49258525) Attached to: The Internet of Things Just Found Your Lost Wallet

I'm not thinking of anything. I know exactly what I am talking about because I sell, design and install security systems all day long.

NFC is a set of technologies for smartphones, that uses standard RFID frequencies.They can typicaly read 13.56Mhz RFID which is smartcard technology (Mifare, desFire, etc...) found in newer access cards and bank cards.

RFID is a generic term. Specific technologies and frequencies are whats important.

Regardless of any of this, read your link carefully, it doesn't say that you can read a tiny passive tag at 1-3m.

- To read at more than a few inches you need something in a high frequency range. 433mhz to 2.4ghz.
- Your tag needs to be relatively big (2-4 inches, like these stickers
- It has to be positioned just right, wont be reading it sideways
- The reader needs some good power and a good size (

This can be increased if the RFID tag has a battery, then however it is no longer Passive, it is active. And thats a hole other ball game.

Only reason RFID tags put on clothing in stores can read from several feet is because the readers (those large SENSORMATIC devices at the exits) have copper rings that are 2-5 feet high) which increases the read range of the tiny RFID chips with tiny cooper rings.

Also, you wont be doing inventory with RFID chips that read up to 20-30 feet. That would be crazy expensive RFID chips on your cheap merchandise and also, you wouldnt be able to figure out where your inventory is, as you can read it from across the room. Doesn't make much sense.

So... basically, my point was just, you cant have a tiny key chain as an RFID reader, read tiny chips, on tiny objects around you. Just wont work.... with currently technology.

Unless you use tiny batteries :)

Comment: Re:Here's how I would implement it (Score 1) 108

by cbeaudry (#49256045) Attached to: The Internet of Things Just Found Your Lost Wallet

Passive RFID doesnt have a range much bigger than a few inches.

Also range is dependent on the size of the cooper ring (antenna) or the passive device and/or the active device (reader)

Unless your keychain is 4 feet long... you aint going to be reading any passive devices around you. Also, orientation is important, so you might, with your 4 foot long key chain, find devices directly ahead, however, if they are a few inches to the left... they might as well not exist.

Comment: Re:Attack the messenger... (Score 1) 394

by cbeaudry (#49143551) Attached to: Lawmakers Seek Information On Funding For Climate Change Critics

Unusual, no.

The fact that you do not like the answer has nothing to do with the price of tea in China.

But of course, there is no way for me to stop you trying to spin this into something is not and try as hard as you can to discredit him because you do not like his research.

And to warp up, what makes money from the fossil fuel industry so dirty when its tied to papers that disagree with AGW but clean as white snow when its given to the AGW camp side? Because I'm sure you know that there is just as much, if not more money given by big energy to the AGW camp, from Shell, to Exxon, Koch and others.

Its a double standard and it has no bearing on the actual research.

Comment: Re:your little corner of the northeast... (Score 1) 394

by cbeaudry (#49140859) Attached to: Lawmakers Seek Information On Funding For Climate Change Critics

However, there is no such thing as a global temperature.

Averaging of all local temperatures is a completely meaningless tool for evaluating if climates are being affected by rising CO2.

Climates are regional, they are NOT global.

Besides, 0.02C +/- 0.09C does not make a year the WARMEST on record. It makes it pretty much flat with the rest of the last 18 years.

The trouble with the rat-race is that even if you win, you're still a rat. -- Lily Tomlin