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Comment: Re:the usual question is, who will buy it? (Score 1) 319

by sinij (#47932811) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?
You must be another boomer in denial. Your generation are like locust, squandered wealth built by great generation, shipped manufacturing and job overseas, raked up debt and managed to saddle my generation with outrageous education loans and depressed salaries.

Hurry up and die off already.

+ - Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC to Apple Pay Only->

Submitted by Ronin Developer
Ronin Developer (67677) writes "From the article:
"At last week's Apple event, the company announced Apple Pay — a new mobile payments service that utilises NFC technology in conjunction with its Touch ID fingerprint scanner for secure payments that can be made from the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or Apple Watch.

Apple also announced a number of retailers that would accept Apple Pay for mobile payments at launch.

However, Cult of Mac reports that NFC will be locked to the Apple Pay platform, meaning the technology will not be available for other uses.

An Apple spokesperson confirmed the lock down of the technology, saying developers would be restricted from utilising its NFC chip functionality for at least a year. Apple declined to comment on whether NFC capability would remain off limits beyond that period."

So, it would appear, for at least a year, that Apple doesn't want competing mobile payment options to be available on the newly released iPhone 6 and 6+. While it's understandable that they want to promote their payment scheme and achieve a critical mass for Apple Pay, it's a strategy that may very well backfire as other other mobile payment vendors gain strength on competing platforms. Subway already has penned a deal with Softcard to accept their mobile payment exclusively. Will other retailers take a similar tact and lock out Apple users who can't use their newly minted iPhone 6's for mobile payments everywhere because of this decision?"

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Comment: Re:the usual question is, who will buy it? (Score 0) 319

by sinij (#47931103) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

I disagree.
My lucrative career affords me more cars than anyone else in my group of early 30s friends. I also genuinely like cars. I have multiple roadsters, a sports coupe, a classic car, and so on. I frequently let people take them for a ride.
Not a single person out of "we don't care about cars" turned down an offer to take out Porsche 911 or Big-Block Corvette for a spin. This leads me to believe that such "don't care" responses are rationalizations. Thing is, our generation got shat on by baby boomers. As such, very few of us could afford anything but a boring appliance for a car. I too wouldn't care about used Corolla.

+ - eBay redirect attack puts buyers' credentials at risk

Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "EBay has been compromised so that people who clicked on some of its links were automatically diverted to a site designed to steal their credentials. The spoof site had been set up to look like the online marketplace's welcome page. The firm was alerted to the hack on Wednesday night but removed the listings only after a follow-up call from the BBC more than 12 hours later. One security expert said he was surprised by the length of time taken. "EBay is a large company and it should have a 24/7 response team to deal with this — and this case is unambiguously bad," said Dr Steven Murdoch from University College London's Information Security Research Group. The security researcher was able to analyse the listing involved before eBay removed it. He said that the technique used was known as a cross-site scripting (XSS) attack."

+ - Is The Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000? 2

Submitted by cartechboy
cartechboy (2660665) writes "How low can battery cost go, and how fast? That's the question automakers are dealing with when it comes to the future of electric cars. Tesla is betting big on electric and has already proven many skeptics wrong with its Model S sedan. The company is making even bolder claims with its upcoming Model 3 stating it'll have about 200 miles of range and a base price of $35,000. That's a nice goal, but is it possible. Battery skeptic Menahem Anderman wrote a new report suggesting that the pace of cost reduction for electric car batteries won't be as swift as Tesla's CEO Elon Musk suggests. This leads Anderman to predict the actual price of the upcoming Model 3 will be in the range of $50,000-$80,000. That's quite a jump from the goal of $35,000. Can Tesla actually pull off the Model 3 with the goal price of $35,000?"

Comment: Re:Stupid luxuries? (Score 1) 110

by sinij (#47928031) Attached to: Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home
I don't agree with smart homes due to high potential for abuse of its monitoring features. With this said...

The problem is that we don't have a uniform way to identify people across multiple systems and interfaces. I have my house and car keys, I have my logins and PINs, I have my banking cards... There is absolutely no need for such redundancy. There is no good reason why a device that is my car key couldn't also unlock my house, office, or my workstation.

Comment: Re:Tech people like their privacy (Score 1) 110

by sinij (#47927855) Attached to: Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home
Please, we know that corporations cannot be trusted with our privacy. It is basic conflict of interest, and capitalism dictates that over long enough timescale they will do wrong thing every time.

You are basically asking them to lie to you in order to convince you of something that can't possibly be true.

+ - A new revolutionary way to donate for science->

Submitted by HenriHeinonenBU
HenriHeinonenBU (3831343) writes "Bitcoin Utopia is a crowd-donation platform that uses Internet-connected computers to mine cryptocurrencies.

Bitcoin Utopia then donates, after a fee, the cryptocurrencies for various campaigns like incentive awards and science projects.

Scientific organizations looking for funding for incentive awards and science projects might want to create a campaign on Bitcoin Utopia. Four campaigns have already been started and the successful Aquaponics setup campaign has been documented very well with lots of pictures of the gear bought with the bitcoin donations.

Bitcoin Utopia has over 3700 users and is looking for new volunteers with CPUs, GPUs, FPGAs or ASIC devices ready to mine donations for the campaigns. The instructions how to setup the mining software can be found on the campaign pages.

Bitcoin Utopia is run by a Finnish company Consultum Finland Oy Ltd."

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+ - UK Ham Radio Reg Plans to Drop 15min Callsign Interval And Allow Encryption->

Submitted by product_bucket
product_bucket (3503967) writes "A consultation [] published by the UK Radio Regulator Ofcom seeks views on its plan to remove the mandatory 15 minute callsign identifier interval for amateur radio licensees. The regulator also intends to permit the use of encryption by a single volunteer emergency communications organisation.
  The consultation is open until 20th October, and views are sought by interested parties."

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+ - We Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Information wants to be free? During the Second World War, it actually was. Publishers took advantage of new printing technologies to sell crates of cheap, paperback books to the military for just six cents a copy, at a time when almost all the other books they printed cost more than two dollars. The army and the navy shipped them to soldiers and sailors around the world, giving away nearly 123 million books for free. Many publishers feared the program would destroy their industry, by flooding the market with free books and destroying the willingness of consumers to pay for content. Instead, it fueled a postwar publishing boom, as millions of GIs got hooked on good books, and proved willing to pay for more. It's a freemium model, more than 70 years ago."
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