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Comment: Nice policy you've got there. Would be a shame if (Score 2) 94

by (#49193217) Attached to: Anthem Blocking Federal Auditor From Doing Vulnerability Scans

According to this article, Anthem is citing "company policy" that prohibits third party access to its network...

Sounds like y'all'd better beef up your security because, if they manage to access your network, you've violated company policy by allowing it to happen.
The government isn't bound by your company policy.

Comment: Re:Lack of appropriate options gripe: (Score 1) 229

by (#49191991) Attached to: Will you be using a mobile payment system?
Your payment information always has to be exposed to at least one entity unless you pay for everything with cash. But it's far easier to effectively secure one entity than all the entities. And, if by some terrible turn of fate, Google's payment system is compromised, I still only have to enter my new account info in one place (once they've fixed the security breach).

Comment: Re:Lack of appropriate options gripe: (Score 1) 229

by (#49191931) Attached to: Will you be using a mobile payment system?
You misunderstand how it works. Your DAN is part of the data Apple uses to identify you and Apple pays your debt to the merchant. Apple then charges that amount to whatever method of payment you've linked to your ApplePay account. Apple most certainly has your payment information stored on their servers. That's how they get their money. What they don't do is provide your payment information to the merchant.

Comment: Re:Lack of appropriate options gripe: (Score 4, Informative) 229

by (#49177687) Attached to: Will you be using a mobile payment system?
The advantage is Google Wallet and ApplePay don't expose my payment account information to the vendor. If the payment terminal is compromised (i.e. Target's multi-million account debacle), I don't have to get a new credit card. I don't have to change my payment info at every online vendor. I don't have to change the automatic billing set up with my utilities. I don't have to memorize a new 16 digit account number.

Comment: Lack of appropriate options gripe: (Score 1) 229

by (#49168689) Attached to: Will you be using a mobile payment system?
Where's "I already use one or more"? I just wish it was more widely accepted. Home Despot's payment terminals show the "tap and pay" logo and the process begins but doesn't complete. The last time I tried it, the clerk was all excited because she thought it was going to work but it didn't. I occasionally use google wallet at a grocery store but I have to pass several other grocery stores to get to the one that accepts google wallet. Other than a few trips to that grocery store, it hasn't been very useful. Not because I don't want to use it but because it's not an option.

Comment: Re:Get ready for metered service (Score 1) 631

by (#49142049) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules
Then they can do what some electric companies do. Offer a discount to consumers with a router that throttles the connection during peak demand and let them suck up all the data they want when consumption is low. I'm pretty sure that's a broad-stroke version of the model DirecWay currently uses for their satellite internet service. The FAP throttles you during the day and you get a window of a few hours in the early morning when the shackles are lifted and you can download without penalty.

Comment: Re:Get ready for metered service (Score 2) 631

by (#49140025) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules
I don't understand why that's so evil. That's how electric/water/gas works and the world hasn't stopped spinning. You pay a fixed amount for the capacity of your connection and a per-unit charge for what you consume. While I certainly prefer the flat rate unlimited pricing model, I can see why metered service would make more sense.

Comment: Re:Nice for a RV mini-NAS (Score 1) 60

My RV's storage array was 32tb. Went over 11,000 miles without a hitch. (Not powered up while I was driving, of course.) As for a DC-DC converter, there are universal 12v DC laptop power supplies with a bundle of tips. There's probably one that will match this device.

Comment: Re:Media streamer? (Score 1) 60

The rpi-2 is also under $50 delivered with a case. Even more not the same target market. That's my "I'll buy one just to play with it for a few days" threshold. I installed OpenELEC and it seems to do fine with my 1080 material. Tho I still find it quicker to just play content off my laptop. Only real gripe I have so far is the move to MicroSD. Full size SD cards are cheaper and there was plenty of room on the old board. I don't see the advantage of moving to the smaller, more expensive format. Especially when the big selling point is the low cost of the board.

Comment: Unnecessarily complicated and inefficient (Score 1) 101

by (#49128601) Attached to: Amazon Files Patent For Mobile 3D Printing Delivery Trucks
Just put the fabrication equipment in a commercial building and ship the finished products. Next day delivery infrastructure is already in place. Why does it need to be fabricated in my driveway? If there turns out to be a demand for same-day delivery, set up regional production facilities and deliver the product via courier. Amazon, feel free to PayPal me a huge consulting fee.

Comment: Re:Turns out agencies don't really work like that (Score 4, Interesting) 145

by (#49118587) Attached to: Attention, Rockstar Developers: Get a Talent Agent
That's not the only model for agents and managers. I have a friend who works on the production side of TV and movies. For a while, he hit the bricks between every project to line up future work. Then he was making enough to afford to pay someone 10% to do that for him so all he had to do was sign a contract and show up at the next gig. Then he got popular enough that the offers were coming in without the agent's effort so now he lines up his own work again but doesn't have to pound the pavement to get offers. Some day, he may be popular enough that he needs an agent again to "filter out the crap".

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