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+ - Chemical weapons found in Iraq were covered up by the US

Submitted by mr_mischief
mr_mischief (456295) writes "Multiple sources report that the US found remnants of WMD programs, namely chemical weapons, in Iraq after all. Many US soldiers were injured by them, in fact.

Why the cover-up, when so many people were making it a point to say there were no WMD? Was it to keep morale up? Was it out of embarrassment that many of these weapons were developed with Western help? Was it because these were older weapons not actively being produced? Maybe it's because the US troops did not follow international protocols to secure and properly dispose of the weapons.

Well, whatever the reason, it's a bad thing. If there are any of these caches under ISIL control it could be a very bad thing."

Comment: Re:HAZMAT Theater Coming To The Airport Nearest Yo (Score 1) 478

by rotorbudd (#48115537) Attached to: The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

There's a simple way of dealing with that. Don't be a racist nut job. Have actual valid reasons for your positions and keep the outrage to a reasonable level.

Coming from a person of color, far too often accusations of racism are used to silence legitimate dissent and debate.

Having valid reason and articulable concerns will not be enough to protect anyone from charges of racism.

We shouldn't be allowing anyone to enter this country if they have been to a country with an outbreak of any hemorrhagic disease in the past 90 days. For now, that means certain west African nations. The people in Zambia are every bit as black as the ones in Liberia and THEY aren't letting Liberians in.

Obama himself isn't a lefty, he's a moderate right politician. It's just the racism that blinds so many right wing nutjobs to what Obama is actually doing.

Depends on your politics. If you're an anti-war lefty, there's not much difference between Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush or Reagan.
If you're a small government righty, again, Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Reagan aren't much different.

Me, I'm a fiscal moderate and a social conservative. There are lightyears between Obama and Bush, from my perspective.



Comment: It Was Windows Fault (Score 1) 80

by rotorbudd (#47946871) Attached to: Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards

"The retailer left its computers vulnerable by switching off Symantecâ(TM)s Network Threat Protection (NTP) firewall in favor of one packaged with Windows. âoeIt is highly advised and recommended the NTP Firewall component be deployed and that Windows Firewall be discontinued,â the report states."

See, wasn't that easy?

+ - Swiftkey coming to IOS from September 18

Submitted by lyricsden
lyricsden (3765229) writes "Swiftkey has announced that their keyboard will be releasing on to the apple on September 18. Swift key has very intriguing features.
When it launches on the 17th, Swiftkey will support English, Portuguese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. When it launches on the 17th, SwiftKey will support English, Portuguese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish."

+ - So You Want The Truth About Ukraine?->

Submitted by theangloamerican
theangloamerican (1248720) writes "This was a government manipulating its citizens with tools straight out of the pages of the Third Reich. “If you are not for us, you are against us” pretty much closes down rational argument.

Now we find US intelligence officers were closed down like the rest of us as the US Government politicised intelligence. But perhaps equally alarming is that this politicisation of intelligence continues today in government under a completely different administration."

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+ - SPAM: PayPal Here - Smartphone POS Review

Submitted by blakek
blakek (3813223) writes "PayPal created a revolution when it was founded back in 1998 with the intent to provide a way for anyone to send money to anyone on the face of this planet electronically with the power of the Internet. It was a very powerful idea since most of the world was still using money orders, cheques and paper cash to transfer funds. PayPal’s success mainly lies in the constant evolution and tinkering of its business model. With more than 148 million active users world-wide, PayPal is the true champion among its competitors. PayPal can also take credit for coming up a lot of new ideas and innovation in the field. However, PayPal didn't take the plunge into the mobile POS industry soon enough. It was inevitable, but it took a while for them to launch their own POS system for merchants. Even some of the new players in the industry mainly depended on PayPal to receive payments in their application. With the release of the new Mobile POS system, PayPal Here, business owners can leverage the power, trust and popularity of PayPal to make the whole billing and transaction process simple and acquire more customers.

How it work?

It just works like any other point of sale system out there. All you need to do is download their application and register with them for a card reader and PayPal Here Chip. The card reader connects to your mobile device by means of Bluetooth. Any type of small business can make use of this service which is easy to implement and doesn’t cost a fortune.

Payments on the go

As we mentioned earlier it is suited for any kind of business or venue, be it a parlour, restaurant, convenience store, bar, etc. However since all you need are a mobile phone and a handy card reader provided to you by PayPal, this seems like a great service for mobile businesses. Do you run a food delivery service or would like to provide your customers the opportunity to make payment during delivery with their card or mobile phone – this could be a wonderful option for you.

Platforms supported

The PayPal Here application is currently available for Android and iOS. You need to have iPhone 3GS or later or iPad running iOS 5 or later. Sadly though, there isn’t a version of PayPal Here specifically optimized for Android tablets for now. Your Android device needs to be running Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) or higher; should have a 3.5mm headphone jack with mic, and location services should be supported.


The upfront cost varies depending up on the country you live in. For instance, businesses in Australia could pay $139 for the hardware and pay 1.95% for every single transaction and there is no monthly fee. However in the U.K., one has to pay 70 pounds for the card reader and the chip – you will be charged 2.75% fee using the PIN and Chip method and more than 3% for magnetic stripe swipe or manual entry of details, which we think is a bit high especially for high volume businesses. Al least there is no monthly recurring service fee. So depending on your company, take a look at the charges and choose the mobile point of sale system that works for you and you customers.

Account limitation

Even though PayPal is extremely popular and a preferred method to send and receive payments. It has also got a bad rap for limiting / freezing accounts until the issue is resolved. And resolving an issue could take time. When PayPal Here was launched in the UK, many users complained about frozen accounts. So if you are willing to use PayPal Here, don’t throw away your old card reader and cash register yet. You still need a backup, just in case.

  • PayPal is quite familiar.
  • Can integrate a myriad of transaction methods along with PayPal Chip and Pin like, swipe, cash, PayPal (duh!), manual entry, eBay and even cheque.
  • Simple to use.
  • Low overhead.


  • Transaction fee is a bit high compared to conventional card readers.
  • It could be a pain interacting with customer service if your account ever gets frozen/limited.

+ - SPAM: pros and cons of solar power

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Of course, there are also a number of repercussions especially for the person who does not research much about the gadgets."
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