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Comment: Re:I want to be away from people but have everythi (Score 2) 221

by (#49358427) Attached to: Broadband ISP Betrayal Forces Homeowner To Sell New House

Exept the part where he verified service with two broadband providers before buying the house. Both lied then claimed they'd made an error. Error or lie, he relied on their information to his detriment. There's even a phrase for that in the law. Detrimental reliance.

I just went throught this crap last year when I was shopping for a house. I had a wonderful region picked out but had to scrap it completely because nobody down there could tell me what internet service was available. "That's the first question people aske these days." "So what's available at this location?" "No idea." They seemed to think that satellite and 3 meg DSL were acceptable options. I started doing my own research and quickly learned that most providers lie, lie, lie. Frontier was the worst. Every address but one came back as "25mbit fiber". Even the place that was 10 miles down a dirt road. The only one I trusted was the cable company but their footprint was tiny. If I didn't buy a place in town, I was SOL.

I ended up looking closer to The Big City and only requested viewings of places where the cable company assured me they provided service. And the first thing I looked for was the cable company's box on the side of the house with a fat coax line coming out of the ground. If the place didn't have existing service, I didn't bother going inside. Except for that really creepy house that was more of a dare than a serious look. Who puts the kitchen in the basement???

But getting back to the point, good internet service is as important as a good water supply. Without it, the property is useless for most people. I'd even look at a place without electric service before I'd look at a place with no internet. I could set up a solar/diesel/battery system for power but I can't build my own high speed, low latency internet service.

Comment: What's a co-worker? (Score 1) 115

by (#49201971) Attached to: Preferred way to communicate with co-workers?

Email was my favorite. Especially

Subject: Can't send email
Body: I've been trying to send an email all morning and it won't go through.

Clearly, the best way to notify me that email isn't working is to send me an email about it. Spoiler alert: Email was always working fine in these cases. It's almost like the domains .vom .cim and .con don't exist. If only there were some sort of error report given to the sender explaining that.

Comment: Nice policy you've got there. Would be a shame if (Score 2) 116

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) 230

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) 230

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) 230

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) 230

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.

How can you work when the system's so crowded?