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Comment: Re:Wow, this *IS* old... (Score 1) 171 171

Guest: Hey, what's your wifi password?

Me: It's "foobarmoo"

App on guest's phone: "All your base are belong to us!"

(or any other cheap IP camera, network TV, network TV dongle, XBox/Playstation game, app on your computer or anything else on your local network :( ) ...yes I have a guest wifi but I haven't gone to the trouble to isolate every other piece of hardware on my local network from my Windows box from which they are streaming stuff.

Comment: Re:Great, make the Internet even more infantile (Score 0, Troll) 104 104

Or we could just be being inclusive of other cultures that have been using emoji for > 15 years

Or are you suggesting the world should be ASCII only? Oh wait, I get it. You want to be the one to decide which characters get added. Will Chinese be included? How about Thai? What about all those BBS/ANSI characters from zillions of documents from the 80s?

Comment: Re:Never had such issues (Score 1) 325 325

I have a 2012 Retina MBP. It's the HOTTEST laptop I've ever owned. It runs so hot it burns to touch it. I have to be careful typing. If I touch the keys fine but if I touch the metal between keys OUCH!

Note: Under "normal" use (browsing mostly static webpages) it's not hot but run any game and it gets arguably too hot. (or as in my case, develop games which means running them). Pretty much any WebGL demo will also make too hot.

Comment: Re:I can't stand closed floor plans (Score 1) 420 420

I'm with you on that. I don't like isolation either. I like to see what others are doing around me. I like to overhear conversations. My most productive times are when I'm collaborating with someone not when I'm alone. But I also know that's a personal preference. I can certainly understand some need isolation.

+ - Girls 'better than boys at making computer games', study finds. 1 1

Esteanil writes: Researchers in the University of Sussex's Informatics department asked pupils at a secondary school to design and program their own computer game using a new visual programming language.
The young people, aged 12-13, spent eight weeks developing their own 3D role-playing games. The girls in the classroom wrote more complex programs in their games than the boys and also learnt more about coding. The girls used seven different triggers – almost twice as many as the boys – and were much more successful at creating complex scripts with two or more parts and conditional clauses. Boys nearly always chose to trigger their scripts on when a character says something, which is the first and easiest trigger to learn.

+ - Taxi Medallion Prices Plummet Under Pressure From Uber writes: Most major American cities have long used a system to limit the number of operating taxicabs, typically a medallion system: Drivers must own or rent a medallion to operate a taxi, and the city issues a fixed number of them. Now Josh Barro reports at the NYT that in major cities throughout the United States, taxi medallion prices are tumbling as taxis face competition from car-service apps like Uber and Lyft. The average price of an individual New York City taxi medallion fell to $872,000 in October, down 17 percent from a peak reached in the spring of 2013, according to an analysis of sales data. "I’m already at peace with the idea that I’m going to go bankrupt,” said Larry Ionescu, who owns 98 Chicago taxi medallions. As recently as April, Boston taxi medallions were selling for $700,000. The last sale, in October, was for $561,000. “Right now Uber has a strong presence here in Boston, and that’s having a dramatic impact on the taxi industry and the medallion values,” says Donna Blythe-Shaw, a spokeswoman for the Boston Taxi Drivers’ Association. “We hear that there’s a couple of medallion owners that have offered to sell at 425 and nobody’s touched them."

The current structure of the American taxi industry began in New York City when “taxi medallions” were introduced in the 1930s. Taxis were extremely popular in the city, and the government realized they needed to make sure drivers weren’t psychopaths luring victims into their cars. So, New York City required cabbies to apply for a taxi medallion license. Given the technology available in the 1930s, It was a reasonable solution to the taxi safety problem, and other cities soon followed suit. But their scarcity has made taxi medallions the best investment in America for years. Where they exist, taxi medallions have outperformed even the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index. In Chicago, their value has doubled since 2009. The medallion stakeholders are many and deep pockets run this market. The system in Chicago and elsewhere is dominated by large investors who rely on brokers to sell medallions, specialty banks to finance them and middle men to manage and lease them to drivers who own nothing at all. Together, they’re fighting to protect an asset that was worth about $2.4 billion in Chicago last year. “The medallion owners seem to be of the opinion that they are entitled to indefinite appreciation of their asset,” says Corey Owens, Uber’s head of global public policy.. “The taxi medallion in the U.S. was the best investment you could have made in the last 30 years. Will it go up forever? No. And if they expected that it would, that was their mistake.”

+ - Hackers Breach Payment Systems of Major Parking Garage Operator->

wiredmikey writes: Parking garage operator SP+ said on Friday that an unauthorized attacker gained access to its payment processing systems and was able to access customer names and payment card information. The company, which operates roughly 4,200 parking facilities in hundreds of cities across North America, said the attack affected 17 SP+ parking facilities.

According to the company, an unauthorized person had used a remote access tool to connect to the payment processing systems to install malware which searched for payment card data that was being routed through the computers that accept payments made at the parking facilities.

Parking facilities in Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Evanston were affected by the breach, though a majority of the locations affected were located in Chicago.

SP+ did not say what type of malware was found on the systems. Earlier this week, a new strain of point-of-sale malware targeting e-kiosks and ticket vending machines was uncovered by intelligence firm IntelCrawler. Dubbed 'd4re|dev1|', the malware is hitting mass transit systems, and acts a backdoor that gives attackers remote administration capabilities.

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