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Comment: Re:Every time I hear the word 'lobbyist' I feel si (Score 1) 485

by kenshin33 (#48302461) Attached to: Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans
how about all encounters be public record. Say a group of people (as the example given above) has a concern that a new legislation might alleviate. They pool their resources (hire a lawyer or something, let's call that person lobbyist), draft a bill send to the office of said politician (or a special office that deal with that sort of things), somebody review it, an invitation is sent to said lobbyist to assist in a committee to defend the case/concern/drafted legislation, all before everybody (no secret meetings). And when/if the said legislation is debated the lobbyist is invited again to clarify/defend it again if need rises.
or something along those lines anyways.
The problem with the system as it is now, is accessibility (not everyone is treated equally. And bias saw it with what the then Minister of heritage (or industry I can;t recall) James Moore when the copyright reform bill in Canada was debated, he outright sided with "the industry" on principle, especially on draconian DRMs and anti-circumvention a la DMCA (may be worse). And finally secrecy and backroom deals (which in a way sums up the previous points).

Comment: Re:don't use biometrics (Score 1) 328

And that's enough, to make your life a living hell for a certain amount of time (be it brief or long, doesn't matter).

You know this from first-hand experience or from anecdotes and hear-say?

I've had dealings with police, courts and lawyers, both professionally and privately, on both sides (though not very often as defendant). In all my life there was one event that was really stressful and that was professionally.

Maybe we life in different countries or societies, but by and large, I've not seen this "ruin your life" part actually happen in cases on the level of "they ask you if they can check your phone". They happen, but mostly in the "they break down your door and arrest you for child porn" cases. Yeah, innocent people have been convicted of the highest crimes, and that does ruin your life. That is living hell, not having to deal with the justice system over some phone records.

Again, maybe we have different experiences and backgrounds, but most of the times I've dealt with police and judges, they were professional and while the results were not always what I wanted them to be, I cannot seriously complain about their behaviour. Maybe I've just been lucky, or maybe my own behaviour influences what I get back, or maybe the USA really has become this horrible police state.

Personal experience: I was stopped because I was on a bike on a sidewalk at 4 AM, the reason I was went there was to avoid getting hit by the same police car, they found a Swiss army knife on me I got fined $300, and accused/threatened with all sort of things so that I would feel lucky to get of with just a fine. I went to court and I won - I didn't get back my knife though, they LOST it-, it was a waist of my time, theirs and the judge's. But that's irrelevant). The premise is : if you look hard enough, you'll find something (bogus may be, but still). From a probabilistic stand point, what I described is bound to happen, question is when! I not saying all cops are like that, some are nice, approachable and reasonable (anecdote: few nights before the incident, in the same neighborhood, a friend of mine cut his leg on a glass door, we hailed a cab to go to the hospital -5 minutes ride- he refused, a police patrol was there, they saw us and offered us lift to the hospital) , some are simply assholes with a power trip, you're bound to encounter one of those a some point in time.
Ruin your life may be an exaggeration on my part, but my point still stands, as it is still a hassle that CAN ruin your life!
The anecdote above was in Montreal/Canada. I lived once in Algeria and more often that not we were harassed by the police for the mere fact of being there (but they had an excuse : power with no accountability, and they didn't actually give a shit about what the law actually said).
To finish, we're all judgmental assholes occasionally (quick, reaction without all the facts, and there could be a lot of reasons behind that, good or bad is irrelevant to this discussion), the difference with a normal person and figure of authority (cop for example) is that the normal person doesn't have the authority to act on it! And the way the laws are written, is just a mine field!

Comment: Re:don't use biometrics (Score 1) 328

Sure they can find something that with enough creative interpretation someone could see as hinting to a crime, if they only squint strongly enough. But something that passes the giggle test? Share your wisdom.

And that's enough, to make your life a living hell for a certain amount of time (be it brief or long, doesn't matter).

Comment: Re:Not a chance (Score 1) 631

by kenshin33 (#48267359) Attached to: Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay
if the card itself is stolen/lost, usually you notice it right away (at max a day?) and you can always cancel it (all it takes is phone call). As opposed to a cloned card, you want notice it until it's too late.
Besides, even the chip is not 100% safe.

I'm curious what shops you go to. I've never been cloned.

You're lucky (figure of speech). Usually the cloning thing requires the help of the cashier or the store owner (the terminals are modified), in most cases, I'd say what we call here : "depaneurs" (small stores where you buy beer, magazines, newspaper, cigarettes, milk, candy ... etc).

Comment: Re:Not a chance (Score 2) 631

by kenshin33 (#48257839) Attached to: Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay
I'm sorry if I wasn't clear :

....It is at least like this with my card. ...

I live in Canada, my bank is BMO, I don't know a bout the others banks/countries
The mag strip is easy to copy, there were a big network of thieves that place modified terminal (with the complicity or merchants or their employees). The modified one copy the card (mag strip), by reading directly what the magnetic head reads, and the PIN by placing a pad between the buttons and the PCB.
I had, my card cloned twice, when I had the only the mag strip. Now? 0 times. If the merchant's terminal doesn't have the chip I don't use my card (the bank will refund me, but the hassle is not worth it -both times my card was disabled Friday evening, and my branch is closed for the weekend-). If the terminal support the chip, my mag strip won't work anyways , so using it will only expose me to the risk of a cloned card and the hassle that comes with it (may be the merchant/clerk did something to the machine to force people to swipe the card, may be not, nothing to gain in trying).
With that said, I change it at least once a year, b/c at some point it starts acting funny (and it's free)

Comment: Re:Not a chance (Score 1) 631

by kenshin33 (#48257209) Attached to: Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay
the do only if the reader doesn't support the chip. The moment it does (even if the chip on the card fails) any transaction is refused, it'll ask for the pin and everything, but will ultimately be refused. It is at least like this with my card. Tip: if the reader does support the chip and refuses yours for any reason at all, don't try the mag strip (it might be that the merchant is forcing the downgrade to clone your card).

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