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Comment: Re:It only takes one ... (Score 1) 381

by RobertM1968 (#48161031) Attached to: How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

Nigeria is known for it scare tactics, I don't see our governments try the same tactics without getting trouble back.

Don't worry, Faux News is more than making up for it by trying to scare with the actual facts, and then going the extra mile (or twenty) by trying to scare with outright nonsense, lies and bull$hit.

Comment: Re: Oracle (Score 1) 146

by RobertM1968 (#48104607) Attached to: Google Takes the Fight With Oracle To the Supreme Court

" The API itself allows for NO creativity"

Have you written any complex api? I am in software industry for 28 years and in every projects that I have worked, I spend more time on api design than implementation. It requires lots of ingenuity and creativity to come up with a set of api. Not much different than coming up with a plot for movie with intricate relations between characters and their personalities.

You need to re-read what ShangaiBill wrote. I will expound on it in parens.

The creativity should be what lies behind the API (call/name), not the API (call/name) itself.

Comment: Re:Inter-species communication (Score 1) 152

by RobertM1968 (#48104233) Attached to: Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

The summary at least says "imitate".

Sure, making noise is some limited form of communication (a dog barking is 'telling' you something). But unless TFA goes into more actual detail, this isn't true inter-species communication, but mimicry. Is a parrot "communicating" with you when it says "Polly want a cracker?"

Actually, that's speculation on your part. Because WE don't understand it, it doesn't mean it's mimicry. Since dolphins do indeed seem to have language, names and definitely can understand sentence structures (as we do), it's more likely your speculation is wrong.

Comment: Re:Competition (Score 4, Insightful) 907

by RobertM1968 (#47995417) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Wrong - T-Mobile, who doesn't act like a traditional carrier, is SINGLE HANDEDLY driving down rates.

Before they went on their marketing blitzes to let people know, AT&T and Verizon kept raising rates, or suckering people into plans that they'd then drop and replace with more expensive things at the earliest contract excuse.

Not every market has a T-Mobile. The insurance industry is one such market.

Comment: Re:Oh good (Score 1) 907

by RobertM1968 (#47995325) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

If they employ these methods, their risk should reduce significantly, as well as repo costs, and therefore be reflected in nice big loan rate drops. OTOH, if it enables a person who otherwise would not qualify for a loan to get one, it could be argued as a 'good thing'. I personally shudder at this level of what feels invasive.

Or increase, when someone can no longer go to work and loses their job.

Comment: Re:Bill Belichick (Score 1) 405

No such luck. The tablets have replaced the black and white printouts of player positioning and play development. Turns out those pictures were provided by the league itself to both teams - it's not something teams do on their own.

So if Belichick doesn't want the tablets to view those photos, he won't have any photos to see.

Comment: Re:Won't work with new chips (Score 2) 78

It varies. A lot of retail workers won't care, but some will. Especially the ones who are smart enough to be aware of credit card fraud but not so knowledgeable they know about Coin.

I don't think someone would have to be turned down from a purchase many times before they threw the thing in the garbage. It doesn't have to happen often.

Comment: Won't work with new chips (Score 5, Insightful) 78

All the major credit card companies will be rolling out soon-to-be-mandatory chip systems for their credit cards. The point of this chip is specifically to prevent copying of credit cards. Coin is dead in the water.

Beyond this, how many register monkeys will decline the transaction because it's not the original card? I was trained at my old retail job by an actual Mastercard representative never to allow use of a credit card without a signed back, much less a card that's literally a personal copy.

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