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Comment Re: America (Score 5, Insightful) 390

Vis a vis leading the economy off a cliff - there are Presidents who know how to inspire the economy. I suspect Bernie Sanders would be one of them. I mean do you actually think Hillary Clinton or any of the clown car posse of Republicans would do a better job?

Comment But what about online purchases (Score 1) 316

Will they still be using the card number as not all devices and pc's have a smart card reader on them.

They could have solved the whole thing using two factor with magstripe, pin plus second factor - could be an RSA token, Google Authenticator, or what have you. It would make pretty much all card fraud impossible.

Comment Way down at the bottom (Score 1) 411

It's the diesel's they have this issue with. Me, I like the Volkswagen Golf TSi. BTW, far as I can see the only difference between a TSi and GTi is the transmission in the latter is a manual. Which is interesting because I find a bunch of used Golf GTIs on craigslist for really short money.

Comment Or you can (Score 1) 87

Just buy an OBD-II reader and then watch the zillion youtube mechanics explain what the codes mean and how to fix it.

The OBD-II reader can be found for about $20 on lots of sites. You don't need the Snap-On readers that cost $1,000 or more. And you definitely don't need to pay Verizon an additional $14.99 a month in addition for what you're shelling out for Verizon mobile service too.

Comment Not necessarily cashless yet (Score 1) 294

Around here it's about 95% card swipe, 5% cash only. And this is in the northeast U.S. I do know merchants all over are going to have to upgrade their card hardware to be able to accept chip and pin by 2016 though.

I wonder how that impacts things like Square reader - lots of smaller merchants use that now.
And I'm in the southeast New England.

Comment Re:Well... (Score 1) 377

Developers are the bane of system administrators. I had one developer who hose the entire crontab not just on the box but the one in the backup too.

Then there are stupid user tricks - like jamming an RJ-45 connector into an RJ-11 jack.

But my best - I was administering a Data Genral MV9600U running AOS/VS II. They had previously been using async terminals but switched over to an IP stack and Pacer terminal on Macintoshes.

So one day I'm cleaning out the old async cabling - no need for it anymore. Suddenly I hear the system console beeping - not a good sound to hear. I come around from the back of the system to see the system losing all it's data volumes. WTH! I look at the disk array and it's powered down. Cycle the switch, nothing.

Of course my boss flies into the room, big old knot on his forehead. I trace the power cable from the disk array - it's a Hubbel connector and I guess when I was pulling one the async cables out it rotated the power plug just enough to break contact. Twisted it back in and the disks all came up. Rebooted the system and all was fine.

Comment And I'd be willing to bet (Score 2) 192

It isn't just the U.S. Navy, but the IRS and a bunch of other government offices that are still on XP for legacy reasons. Let's face it, Vista was an abortion from the get go, and Windows 8 wasn't much better. In fact every even numbered OS from Microsoft is horrid. Hence why business uses Windows 7 now.

A bug in the hand is better than one as yet undetected.