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Comment: Re:Two Simple Rules (Score 1) 251

by hieronymus (#32898978) Attached to: More Gas Station Credit-Card Skimmers
Bravo. Credit card fraud is not the same as identity theft. If your credit card gets skimmed, you are not going to be liable for the fraudulent charges. The only "cost" to you is going to be having to call the card company and maybe having to wait a couple days for a new card. The card issuers (issuing banks) are the people who bear the most cost for fraud and theoretically the group which should be most concerned.

Comment: Re:Lottery, Stock Market, Gambling--All Sucker Gam (Score 1) 223

by hieronymus (#29083961) Attached to: BetOnSports Founder Pleads Guilty To Racketeering
Sports betting is not a "sucker game" if what you mean by that it is not beatable. Betting on sports at 11-10 odds (Bet $110 to win $100) as is normal for most sports bets involving a point spread requires the bettor to win 52.5% of his / her bets to make money. While most people do not, the game is beatable. Doing so online involves risks like the government seizing your payouts and other stuff that raises that hurdle. Poker is another game that is also played online that is very beatable by skilled players.

Comment: False outrage does nothing (Score 1) 156

by hieronymus (#23610115) Attached to: Bank of NY Loses Tapes With 4.5 Million Clients' Data
Despite the near monthly occurrences of these incidents, the fact is that they have very little material impact to the companies who perpetrate them. If consumers, rather than venting on message boards, would in some numbers actually act in such a way that really affects these organizations (like moving their accounts to another bank) you would see more attention. In fact, so few do that there is very little economic disincentive to take any real action by the banks. Send out a contrite press release and be done with it. We saw this week that very little seems to have changed in the security culture at TJX after their breach. Why should it? Their revenue has increased since the incident happened.
Education

+ - Schools Say iPods Becoming Tool for Cheaters

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Billosaur
Billosaur writes "In addition to allowing easy access to audio and video files, add to the list of iPod functionality the ability to cheat on tests. According to CNN, the iPod is the most recent in a long list of tools used by cheaters. Mountain View High School in Meridian, Idaho "recently enacted a ban on digital media players after school officials realized some students were downloading formulas and other material onto the players." Whether loading on audio files containing valuable information or hiding notes in the lyrics files, the newest generation of cheaters has already adapted technology to their needs, forcing school administrators to play catch-up."
Media (Apple)

+ - Ballmer: iPhone isn't going to get marketshare

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coondoggie
coondoggie writes "This is one of those statements that just may come back to haunt — if he indeed can haunted — Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. In a wide-ranging interview with USA Today, the big man, when asked about Apple's passions and its iPhone said: "There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance. It's a $500 subsidized item. They may make a lot of money. But if you actually take a look at the 1.3 billion phones that get sold, I'd prefer to have our software in 60% or 70% or 80% of them, than I would to have 2% or 3%, which is what Apple might get. http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/1467 0"
Privacy

+ - RIAA Secretly Tries to Get ISP Subscriber Info

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NewYorkCountryLawyer
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "The RIAA secretly went into federal district court in Denver, Colorado, the home town of its lawyers, and — in an attempt to change the rules of the game — made an ex parte application to a federal judge there, asking him to rule (pdf) that the federal Cable Communications Policy Act does not apply to the RIAA's attempts to get subscriber information from cable companies. ("Ex parte" means application was secret, no one else — neither the ISP nor the subscribers — were given notice that this was going on.). They were, in effect, asking the Court to rule that the RIAA does not need to get a court order to be able to force an ISP to disclose confidential subscriber information. The Magistrate Judge declined to rule on the issue (pdf), but did give them the ex parte discovery order they were looking for."
Nintendo

+ - Analyst: Wii Shortages Could Last Until 2009

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njkid1
njkid1 writes "Commenting to Home Media Magazine on the recent NPD results for the first quarter of 2007, IDC analyst Billy Pidgeon made some interesting remarks about Nintendo's Wii. The Wii sold 259K units in March, but the general consensus seems to be that it would have sold far more if its supply wasn't so badly constrained.http://biz.gamedaily.com/industry/feat ure/?id=15925&ncid=AOLGAM000500000000025"
Security

+ - 1and1 servers attacked

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An anonymous reader writes "Servers of 1and1 web services have been attack. There are thousands of websites that are being redirected."
Space

+ - SETI finally finds something!

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QuatumCrypto
QuatumCrypto writes "SETI(at)home is a distributed processing client from UC Berkeley that installs on the vounteers' home computers and harnesses their processing power in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Anyways, nothing worthy has comeout of that massive project... that is until today! One of the voluteers was able to track down his wife's stolen laptop using the IP address that SETI(at)home client reports back to the server. After getting back the laptop his wife said, "I always knew that a geek would make a great husband.""

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