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Comment: Re:Credit cards? (Score 1) 74

by kilodelta (#47944655) Attached to: Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards
The thing is for years they've always said it was the mom and pops that didn't want to upgrade. But the gear is fairly inexpensive to begin with. It's just in most places that still use the old swipe method it's the BANK that owns the gear and leases it to the merchant.

So of course the banks will charge extortionate rates for said card swipe terminals.

But nothing really prevents the really big merchants from telling the bank to stuff their machine. So I'd expect that might see the first use of chip and PIN. It's just for some time cards will have both the magnetic stripe and the chip because all merchants will take their sweet time converting.

But MasterCard and VISA are going one better - they're pushing liability onto the merchants now. So it may happen sooner than later that the upgrades take place.

Comment: What scares me much more (Score 1) 128

Is that they also want the cars to be able to communicate with each other. And how much do you want to bet that these communication systems will be tied into the non-secured CAN bus on the car? Yeah - one scenario I can imagine is your car going rogue and telling all other cars to pull aside. That would be fun on the highway.

Comment: The government will always (Score 1) 71

by kilodelta (#47936085) Attached to: Airbnb To Start Collecting Hotel Tax On Rentals In San Francisco
Get it's pound of flesh. Here in RI they charge an extra 1% on prepared meals. One of these days I can see Chinese food places and pizza parlors just delivering raw ingredients to the customer.

Better yet - overnight parking permits are $100 per year. Except where I live it's so fucking dense the house across from me has THREE cars parked on my side of the street. Good thing I don't have a car. And when I do finally give in and buy a car again I'll just make my own permit. Not many security features built in and I doubt the cops checking overnight are gonna call the code in.

Comment: Re:They also use considerably higher frequencies. (Score 1) 80

by kilodelta (#47890869) Attached to: L.A. TV Stations Free Up Some Spectrum For Wireless Broadband
Well of course and let me tell you that both VHF and UHF suffer the line of sight problem.

But you're right - I've pulled in 20 or 30 stations with a piece of 8 to 10 foot long wire from my first floor place. Just insert it into the center pin where the cable F connector would normally go.

And those of us in Urban environments tend to get better service that way anyhow.

Comment: Re:Why is this legal in the U.S.? (Score 2) 149

Due to some verbiage placed into a Supreme Court ruling in the 19th century, corporations suddenly had the same rights as we flesh and blood entities.

The case in question is Southern Pacific Railroad vs. Santa Clara County in 1886. The head reporter for the court inserted language into the judgement that asserted corporations had the same rights as people.

That court reporter was one Bancroft Davis - may he be rotting in hell!

Comment: Re:KIlling off the Microsoft Store Name Too (Score 1) 352

by kilodelta (#47889791) Attached to: Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows
In the United States it runs about 50% Android, 49% IOS and about 1% Windows Phone.

But if you look at worldwide statistics - Android accounts for over 80%.

And here's something I've noted about the average smart phone user. They have absolutely ZERO clue about some of the more fun things you can do with the phone. Like hosing all the google and Facebook apps from the phone. Or using it as a 4G wireless hotspot. And in many instances browsing the web or installing an alternative web browser (I use Chrome on my Android phone).

In essence P.T. Barnum was right, there's one born every minute.

Going the speed of light is bad for your age.