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Comment: Re:All payment systems are mobile (Score 1) 173

by schlachter (#49181673) Attached to: Will you be using a mobile payment system?

i sold my car to an Egyptian who had recently moved to the USA. she paid me with a several inches thick envelope of $100 bills. i had a bit of a problem with carrying that cash with me. it was pretty mobile and anonymous...but in all the wrong ways. i immediately went to the bank.

OTOH, a secure payment transfer would have been pretty nice.

Comment: Re:Thought it was already the norm abroad (Score 1) 173

by schlachter (#49181657) Attached to: Will you be using a mobile payment system?

20,000 yen is less than $200 USD. Plenty of people carry around cash amounts in excess of $200 USD that they could also lose.

Having Apple Pay or similar tied to a credit card provides protection from unauthorized purchases/fraud while also allowing a much higher limit than $200 USD.

Comment: who's spying (Score 3, Insightful) 270

by schlachter (#49131381) Attached to: It's Official: NSA Spying Is Hurting the US Tech Economy

Each product spec sheet should include a list of all countries that will be spying on you as a result of your purchase. Then you can compare various models and decide who would make you most happy if they were to know everything about you. Customer transparency. Customer choice. Even Apple can get behind that!

Comment: Re:H-1B Visas Proving Awful For Americans (Score 1) 176

by schlachter (#49127133) Attached to: H-1B Visas Proving Lucrative For Engineers, Dev Leads

Salaries are very local. Sure $87K/yr is low for 5 yrs exp in NYC or SF, but in some parts of the country, that's a decent senior engineer salary, especially if the job has other benefits like 40 hr work weeks, flex scheduling, overtime, pension, health care, etc.

There are three kinds of people: men, women, and unix.