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Comment: Re:You should title this "Patriot act to be repeal (Score 1) 184

by rlwhite (#49337393) Attached to: New Bill Would Repeal Patriot Act

Graham's bread and butter is military. He's been in the reserves for a long time. In the 90s he was a pretty typical conservative all around. He's gotten a reputation for working across the aisle over the past decade, notably on immigration, and that's gotten him into trouble in Republican primaries here. His recent comments that he'd use the military against Congress to get things done if he were president has him in my dog house, so I won't be voting for him in any presidential race. Most residents here don't want him to run for president, but his potential candidacy has much of the political class tied up who would otherwise be endorsing Bush or others.

Comment: Re:You should title this "Patriot act to be repeal (Score 1) 184

by rlwhite (#49336677) Attached to: New Bill Would Repeal Patriot Act

Career-wise he has paid lip service to those factions until the past few years when they have become more extreme. I live in his home state and not far from his original House district, so I remember him as a House freshman elected under Gingrich's Contract with America in '94, and I remember him pushing the Defense of Marriage Act in '97.

Comment: Re:You should title this "Patriot act to be repeal (Score 1) 184

by rlwhite (#49335551) Attached to: New Bill Would Repeal Patriot Act

Jeb is a long way from being nominated. The funny thing is that one of the bigger obstacles in the way is that another neo-con, Lindsey Graham, being on the fence about running is preventing Jeb from consolidating some crucial support from past Bush advisers. At any rate, this nomination contest is going to determine a lot about the future direction and viability of the Republican Party, and it's not looking very promising for freedom-lovers everywhere.

Comment: Re:someone explain for the ignorant (Score 1) 449

by rlwhite (#49084283) Attached to: Credit Card Fraud Could Peak In 2015 As the US Moves To EMV

Yeah, I don't get this either. I choose debit just about everywhere because it's faster and more secure. It would be tempting for me to move my bank account specifically to get chip and pin if a bank were using that as a competitive advantage, but I don't know if that's even possible given the standard they've adopted.

Comment: Re:Are you patenting software? (Score 1) 224

by rlwhite (#48158471) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

Unfortunately, it is often far too easy for prior art to go unnoticed. Having it on file in the patent system does help determine that prior art exists because that's the first place the lawyers and patent clerks are going to look. Having patents on file and donated to the Open Invention Network is the best way to be sure a technology remains freely available under the current system.

Comment: Re:Purely academical interest (Score 1) 178

by rlwhite (#48092437) Attached to: Ebola Vaccine Trials Forcing Tough Choices

The mortality rate of the current outbreak vs. past outbreaks is different. Some of that difference may be caused by micro-evolutionary changes in the virus during this outbreak. Some of it may be related to lessons learned in carrying for patients. Applying a historical average doesn't make sense here.

Comment: still on Verizon but no longer unlimited (Score 1) 209

I've been limited for 15 months now, and I haven't changed my habits. I only use about 0.5 GB per month because I'm always on WiFi at work and at home and I rarely play videos while I'm out. I haven't missed unlimited, and I haven't felt restricted.

My wife's usage was basically the same as mine until the past few months, when she started using Spotify and YouTube to entertain our toddler on the go. If she's careful not to use YouTube much while she's out, she now uses 1.5-1.8 GB per month. This weekend she forgot she had disabled WiFi and used YouTube for an extend period. Now she's at 1.5GB with 2 weeks to go.

Comment: Re:yes, but (Score 2) 75

by rlwhite (#47949693) Attached to: Intel Putting 3D Scanners In Consumer Tablets Next Year, Phones To Follow

Someday you may be able to:

Got a non-barcoded product you can't identify? 3D scan it and automatically identify the make/model and shop for it.
Get sized for clothing without stepping into a store, and then get tailored clothes straight from a factory via an Internet order.
View 3D models of everything as you shop online.

That's just a few retail-centric ideas. I imagine there's also applications possible in the arts, gaming, etc.

Comment: Re:PCI-DSS (Score 1) 217

You aren't accredited to be following PCI because nobody is. There is no certificate. There is no special seal of approval. You provided security information to your acquiring bank(s) and you were allowed to process credit card transactions. There's no such thing as certification or accreditation for PCI.

No, there's no certificate, but there is a process of documentation and testing commonly referred to as "certification" before you are allowed to process credit card transactions. I work in point of sale software development and have had to help retail chains overcome problems found in their certification tests. You either don't know what you're talking about, or you're playing a pointless semantic game.

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