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Comment: Re:I despise the people that say NO TV. (Score 1) 244

by cookiej (#49029031) Attached to: Over the past 10 years, my TV-watching has..
You omitted the second date. So... maybe a trip to the Highbröw Bar and Grille or maybe the Stuffed Shirt competition at the Hipster Vapor Pub?

Look. My issue (and I think that of others here) is that the people who "Don't do television" feel the need to extoll the virtues of their choice while attempting to diminish or belittle those of us who feel differently. Any time a topic with the word "television" in the text comes up, the anti-TV gang crawls out of the woodwork to parade their elitist viewpoint.

It just gets old.

If you don't enjoy television, great! I'd rather hear about your tango-coptering which DOES sound like some serious fun.

Comment: Where's my option? -1! (Score 1) 244

by cookiej (#48979765) Attached to: Over the past 10 years, my TV-watching has..
Being the elitist snob I am, I proudly proclaim my superiority over them asses, er "The Masses" by flaunting the fact I, do not dirty myself with the white-trash media known as "television."

Notice how I proclaim how my world view is so vastly superior to yours with my commentary. "I actually go outside!" or "My brain is not rotted!" or even "My family hasn't watched television in 20 years and now we're all brain surgeons."

Sure it's hackneyed and trite but it's SO true!

Yes. I don't watch TV and I need everyone to know my personal choice means my life is better that yours.

Comment: Excerpt from BSG (Score 2) 343

"Galactica is a reminder of a time when we were so frightened by our enemies that we literally looked backward for protection..."

... and, of course ...

"... But I will not allow a networked, computerized system to be placed on this ship while I am in command."

We live in a world of Cylons.

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

by cookiej (#48246433) Attached to: Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet
Really? You're comparing someone stealing your credit card number to this?

No solution is completely secure because humans have to interact with it. The best solution balances the needs of security while promoting ease of use. Credit cards are easy to use but wildly insecure. Applepay is easier to use and MORE secure. Even if we had Chip+Pin active last year, it would not have stopped the (Target, Home Depot, Neiman Marcus, etc.) breaches. The POS terminals were hacked, so the PIN data was sent to the bad guys along with the credit card data.

Since the only thing the POS terminal gets from Applepay is a one-time use token, the hacks would have been ineffective had Applepay been in use.

Comment: No incentive = why would they want it anyway? (Score 1) 558

by cookiej (#48241329) Attached to: Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet
They should want it because WE want it. It's a customer-focused system that is more secure and convenient for the customer.

My only issue with google's system is storing my data in the cloud. I'm old enough to not trust the cloud to keep my data secure. Apple is showing up at *exactly* the right time as thousands (millions?) of people are being hacked due to the antiquated systems currently in place. Apple pay is a disruptive technology and will change the way brick-and-mortar transactions are handled.

I'm putting CVS and RiteAid in the "Ballmer" classification of forward thinkers.

Comment: My solution: (hint-it's cold, and it's hard...) (Score 1) 558

by cookiej (#48241245) Attached to: Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet
Yes, yes. You are a much better, nicer and more intelligent person than I because you use cash. I'll bet you're a Vegan and only watch PBS telethons.

Cash is simply inconvenient and risky. If I lose my wallet or am mugged, I can't just "turn off" my cash. It's gone and yes, it's completely my fault for losing the wallet or getting mugged. I've tried several times to put my cash into the DVD slot on my PC when buying off of Amazon. It just never works!

Transaction by NFC (at least apple pay) at this point in time, is far more secure than cash.

Comment: Re:I don't blame the retailers (Score 1) 558

by cookiej (#48241127) Attached to: Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

Apple doesn't get a penny from the end user or from the retailer

So they're doing this out of the goodness of their corporate heart?

If you believe this, then I have a bridge to sell ya'.

Well, that and selling iPhones.

I'll take that bridge. What? You don't take Applepay? Never mind.

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

by cookiej (#48241027) Attached to: Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet
OK. From a purely physical perspective, I rarely carry my credit card alone in my pocket. So, I have to bring out whatever I keep it in, open that up, then swipe the scanner. My phone is in my pocket all the time. Bring it out, thumb the scanner and transaction done.

Now, that in and of itself isn't enough to sell me on apple pay. What IS enough is that no one can steal my credit card number. I no longer type in a pin anywhere (except Costco, damn it) due to the POS hacks that have gone on recently. Before you throw out your "whoppee", take a moment to be informed and realize that the apple pay is far and away more secure than using a credit card. Add in the fact that my personal data (what I bought) is not initially shared outside of the retailer.

I will admit, though, having an NPC to swipe your credit card would be convenient. Although I'd make sure to check his alignment, first.

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

by cookiej (#48240853) Attached to: Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet
OK. So your comment betrays a profound lack of knowledge of how Applepay (and society in general) works.

First, I'm far and away NOT a teenager and I have my phone with me all the time. I keep my drivers license in my phone case as well as one extra credit card. Wallet comes with me rarely.

The process for an apple pay transaction is this:

Cashier: "So, that'll be $9.27"
Customer: Smiles, says "OK." Pulls phone from pocket, puts it up to the scanner. Presses fingerprint scanner until she feels the confirmation vibration. Store terminal confirms transaction.
Cashier: "Thank you!"

No unlocking. No Pin. No typing. No "futzing".

This isn't about being an obedient customer. It's about being an informed customer.

+ - Kid's Self-esteem When Sibs are Smart 1

Submitted by cookiej
cookiej (136023) writes "So, we've got an issue and while I was trying to come up with a place to put this, it occurred to me that other slashdotters might have wrestled with this particular issue.

I have a son, 5 who is very bright and a daughter, 6 (1st grade) who is also bright but is proceeding at a more normal pace when it comes to reading and math.

My son starts kindergarten in the fall. His reading is pretty close to surpassing hers. He does math in his head and gets concepts that are baffling to many his age... you get the idea.

While I don't think he'll be going to MIT for summer school, I expect we'll see our share of AP classes before his school career is ended.

The issue I'm facing is finding a balance between nurturing and fostering my son and not making my daughter feel as though she's being left behind. She's a great 1st grade artist, however, as much as we gush about her artwork (and we have at least one of those framed on the wall) she hears most adults ooh and ahh when my son starts talking.

I'd love to hear from others who've been here.

Thanks in advance, Slashdot!"

Comment: Re:ipads in the classroom (Score 1) 223

by cookiej (#39693695) Attached to: Do Tablets Help Children Learn?
Ah! I thought you were one of the teachers. My apologies. Not sure that HP would have gone for that one. Getting the tablets alone might have been workable but the "work to integrate them" is that mysterious box on the flow chart labeled "then a miracle occurs". No one in their right mind would go for that deal--it's HUGE. Ask anyone who's had anything to do with PowerSchool and the like. I agree completely with the ridiculous lack of planning on the BoE's part. Hopefully one of the teachers could take the lead -- maybe having you advise them. Educationally, iOS is far ahead of the pack. Android is getting some traction but to my knowledge, nothing serious yet (more of an afterthought, meaning "Oh, yeah. Let's do an Android app as well.") If you had to pick one device to "throw at the wall, hoping it'll stick" -- the iPad is probably your best bet. HP WebOS? That'd really be a bundle of work. Good luck!

Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?

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