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Comment: Re:Another failure (Score 2) 392

by djdanlib (#49225457) Attached to: Does USB Type C Herald the End of Apple's Proprietary Connectors?

AMD went full-on for DisplayPort as well. The EyeFinity system uses mini DisplayPorts to give you that many ports on a 2-slot card.

My HP monitor has it and lacks an HDMI input.

Many laptops have a "DP++" connector that is a dual-function DisplayPort + HDMI depending on what you plug into it.

Not a failure in the least...

Comment: Contactless may be the future, unfortunately (Score 4, Insightful) 82

by djdanlib (#48973359) Attached to: Samsung Set To Launch Mobile Payment System With Galaxy S6 At MWC

The biggest problem with these contactless payments, bigger even than trust, is that it separates you mentally from your money. It makes it easy for people to fail to develop and maintain responsible financial habits. It softens the blow of spending money. If that blow doesn't hurt, then you can imagine what happens to the thought of security. The closer you are to the cash, the more you pay attention to its security! Someone takes $20 out of your wallet, you get upset. Someone skims your card, you don't even notice, and if you ever find out, you hope the card company will just reverse the charge. What incentive do you have to care anymore?

When you pay cash, you see the actual money leave your hands. A check is still symbolic in that you're giving them something permanently. When you pay with a debit card, you start to really lose the connection to your money. You put it back in your wallet when you're done. We have had contactless payments for a while and when you use it, you don't think, just buy. I used to have a Paypass enabled debit card and all I had to do was wave my wallet towards the payment terminal to pay. Or if it was in my coat pocket, just wave my coat at the terminal.

The overwhelming message from retailers is: Don't think about your money, just spend it! We'll make it easy! Consumers like easy.

Of course any mobile device manufacturer is all too happy to get involved with that. If banks made cell phones, they would be playing in this space too.

Comment: Re:Will the training really matter? No. (Score 1) 388

by djdanlib (#48804487) Attached to: UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

I'm preaching to the 4-digit choir here, I know. Let me issue the disclaimer that I am not a teacher but a bunch of my friends are, and my job does depend on staying up to date.

You're right, the gap cannot be mitigated. It's how kids' lives and brains work. We were the same way at one point, too. You'll never have as much time to learn new stuff, nor the same neuroplasticity, as you did when you were a bored junior high schooler with all those summers and weekends and snow days and such. It was nice to be so free from responsibility that I could drop a whole week's evenings into writing a DOS game in BASIC or C or assembler, or whatever else, learning while I did it.

Staying ahead of the kids requires a LOT of effort and an independent adult with all of the relevant things to take care of might not be able to stay ahead of the most dedicated ones. You may have the wisdom and specialization of years of experience (I'd like to see those kids build a robust enterprise network, or spec out an IVR soup-to-nuts) but being up to speed on all of the new stuff? Forget it. Grading assignments and planning lessons around an existing curriculum takes a lot of time and you just want a break when you're finally done at 10pm. You have time for some of the new stuff but not all of it.

I do think there should be in-service days, decent salaries, ongoing education benefits, etc for computer teachers. Attract some real talent.

After all: The new hires we work with today were those kids in a computer class just a couple years ago, so maybe schools can make better coworkers for the rest of us.

Comment: Re:Hospitals are a stupid target (Score 2) 130

by djdanlib (#48689167) Attached to: 2015 Could Be the Year of the Hospital Hack

Coming soon to headlines near you:

The number of STDs this celebrity has will shock you! Now with the names of the partners they got it from!

You'll never guess who has herpes! Online dating, now with health background checks (including identifiable previous partners) on each potential match.

Parents, find out if your grown children have had a pregnancy test with this one tool.

Media leaks from the hack suggest that my opponent has mental health issues, so clearly you should vote for me instead.

Sorry, we can't hire you. HR investigation pulled up your medical records and told us to invent a reason not to hire you, because they think with your conditions you will be taking a lot of medical leave.

Comment: Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (Score 1) 572

by djdanlib (#48222177) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

The problem with that, as I understand it: On Windows, you can change the drivers' INF files to use PID 0 with any text editor. You could do something similar on any OS. The problem is, the OS won't even try to load drivers for devices with PID 0. So you can't write a driver for that unless you intend to write a new driver for the USB chipset itself that remaps PID 0 devices to something else.

The meat is rotten, but the booze is holding out. Computer translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."