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Comment: Re:CurrentC doesn't have competitors (Score 1) 251

by jedidiah (#48263215) Attached to: Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Breached

> The credit card companies and issuing banks can see every transaction, thus, they have the capability to create a very sophisticated anti-fraud system. They could easily identify a pattern indicating fraud

You mean like American Express.

The strange (don't even know what to call them) shills like to whine about AMEX fees but they are actually rather diligent when it comes to trying to detect fraudulent spending patterns.

Merchant accounts are "such a burden" that even single person operations can manage to accept the major credit cards.

Comment: Re:It's Ironic... (Score 2) 251

by jedidiah (#48263157) Attached to: Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Breached

> Secure? I have no problems keeping on me credit cards with $30k spending limits. Would you keep that amount in cash on you all the time with no fear of getting robbed?

Cash equivalents are readily available in those amounts and they can be secured if stolen.

Although it's dubious that you actually require the ability to make a $30K payment. You probably wouldn't get authorization for such a thing even if you attempted it.

Of course what you are describing there is not your actual spending power but your total line of credit.

You are confused and you are muddling terms you don't seem to understand.

Comment: Re:How about we hackers? (Score 2) 819

> That is exactly what systemd does, without all the hacks of the script.

That "hack" is simply a program. If it looks like a "hack" then that's simply the complexity required for the task. If that complexity is unnecessary, then the end user can create something simpler and it will all be a simple matter.

If the task is complex, you aren't making it any simpler by hiding it in a black box. Hiding the details only makes things look deceptively tidy. It doesn't actually make them tidy.

Comment: Re:How about we hackers? (Score 3, Interesting) 819

I shouldn't be forced to suggest improvements on systemd. I shouldn't be forced to deal with it at all. It's a wannabe core system service. IT needs to prove itself first.

The champions of mindless change are the ones that need to prove their point. They have perverted the normal rules of rhetoric when they demand that it's the conservative voices that need to justify themselves.

It's those that demand change that need to justify themselves. This is basic, standard change control doctrine. So it's not surprising that you see an alleged rift between those that manage other people's expensive systems and "everyone else".

Although I am skeptical of the notion that "laptop users" even care.

As a desktop user, I am certainly not clamouring for an init replacement.

It's about the single least of my worries.

Comment: Re:I'm all in favor... (Score 1) 403

by jedidiah (#48245067) Attached to: Black Swan Author: Genetically Modified Organisms Risk Global Ruin

> of extensive testing, trials, heck, even labeling. But after 20 years of GMO products, and absolutely no significantly measurable negative ecological/human impacts,

Actually, we are currently in the middle of a population crisis with our bees. So just blissfully assuming that there have been no consequences is probably just wishful thinking on your part.

Comment: Re:Boys are naturally curious... (Score 1) 599

by jedidiah (#48241231) Attached to: Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

I would say that probably everyone has been discouraged from getting into or staying in CS or Engineering. This is especially true of Engineering which will chew you up and spit you out if you aren't ready for it.

The idea that people are discouraged from something isn't just about "the man keeping the brother down". It's also about how the brother reacts to that and whether he breaks or carries on.

If a listener nods his head when you're explaining your program, wake him up.