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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.

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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!

Comment: Re:Key word: "excess" (Score 1) 223

by cookiej (#39626689) Attached to: Do Tablets Help Children Learn?

I liken this to the state family-services programs. We went through foster training on a long road to adoption and it blew me away just how terrible some of these foster homes are. Some are excellent, certainly, but WAY to many of them are just in it for the cash.

During the training, I broke into my "WTF?!" moment and the trainer simply said, "Yes. It sucks. But it sucks less than having them in the 'system' or on the street."

So, to me, a tablet can follow that same logic. There will always be idiot parents who suck and not much to be done about that until we start birth regulation. (Heh. Think of trying to pass THAT test down at the DMV.) But tablet is certainly better than a TV with much more of an upside to where it might take a kid.

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

by cookiej (#39626567) Attached to: Do Tablets Help Children Learn?


Our elementary school had dilapidated playground equipment that they couldn't afford to fix up. Then a state funded a program came in to add secure entryways to all schools--which resulted more or less a new "wing" added to the school that included new offices for the administrators.

But the playground equipment was still dangerous. And yes, I brought it up in the PTO meetings.

In your case, I'd wager that Apple offered a discount to the state to make it look like a great deal that could get through the legislature. Often monies are earmarked for one category (statewide tech budget) and aren't allowed to be spent elsewhere (local bus service) which is an attempt to ensure even bad budget management doesn't result in catastrophe. In this economy, that sort of thing becomes glaringly painful.

The software just isn't there yet for the tablets to become an adjunct tool for daily classwork. And since you only have five per classroom, you can't effectively use it for anything but remediation. However, the tablet does EXCEL at providing great remediation, provided (and this IS a big one) you have the content to back up what you've been teaching. The quiz app seems ridiculous. I don't know what levels you're teaching but at the elementary level, there's a website called "raz-kids.com" and they offer a pretty decent listen/read/quiz suite that is assigned and tracked by the teachers. The major failing of raz-kids is that it is flash-based. It can, however, be used with the flash-enabled iOS browser called "Rover". Rover has a "not ready for prime time" feel to it. The interface is non-intuitive, you can't easily manage bookmarks (you're forced to wade through their picks for websites) and it's significantly slower than say, Safari. But once you get to the flash, it works like a champ.

raz-kids even has an iOS app but it requires two separate subscriptions, which our school (and frankly, it pisses me off, too) is not amenable to being squeezed for.

Were I in your shoes? I'd take those iPads the other teachers are foisting on you, figure them out and be the "go-to" person on tablets. Then leverage that into either higher pay or a new job at a private school. Or maybe become a consultant for some small educational software company. My brother was the marching band / music teacher at his high school. Apple gave them a budget to build a small video studio but the "arts" staff had no interest. He took the money and developed it into one of the most respected and award-winning video production programs in the state, now his full-time position.

Comment: Re:Look at adults first. (Score 1) 223

by cookiej (#39569149) Attached to: Do Tablets Help Children Learn?
Here, here. Just finished a trilogy last night on the tablet. I use it when I'm cooking (allrecipes.com has a great recipe screen!) I use it to keep track of the family schedule (it usually sits on a refrigerator mount in the morning, with the daily schedule opened.) I was diagnosed as ADHD long ago but I don't find the tablet enabling me any more than my laptop. Perhaps less!

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