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Comment: Nice policy you've got there. Would be a shame if (Score 2) 80

by (#49193217) Attached to: Anthem Blocking Federal Auditor From Doing Vulnerability Scans

According to this article, Anthem is citing "company policy" that prohibits third party access to its network...

Sounds like y'all'd better beef up your security because, if they manage to access your network, you've violated company policy by allowing it to happen.
The government isn't bound by your company policy.

Comment: Re:Lack of appropriate options gripe: (Score 1) 225

by (#49191991) Attached to: Will you be using a mobile payment system?
Your payment information always has to be exposed to at least one entity unless you pay for everything with cash. But it's far easier to effectively secure one entity than all the entities. And, if by some terrible turn of fate, Google's payment system is compromised, I still only have to enter my new account info in one place (once they've fixed the security breach).

Comment: Re:Lack of appropriate options gripe: (Score 1) 225

by (#49191931) Attached to: Will you be using a mobile payment system?
You misunderstand how it works. Your DAN is part of the data Apple uses to identify you and Apple pays your debt to the merchant. Apple then charges that amount to whatever method of payment you've linked to your ApplePay account. Apple most certainly has your payment information stored on their servers. That's how they get their money. What they don't do is provide your payment information to the merchant.

Comment: Re:Lack of appropriate options gripe: (Score 4, Informative) 225

by (#49177687) Attached to: Will you be using a mobile payment system?
The advantage is Google Wallet and ApplePay don't expose my payment account information to the vendor. If the payment terminal is compromised (i.e. Target's multi-million account debacle), I don't have to get a new credit card. I don't have to change my payment info at every online vendor. I don't have to change the automatic billing set up with my utilities. I don't have to memorize a new 16 digit account number.

Comment: Re:Full blooded American here (Score 2, Insightful) 652

by NeutronCowboy (#49175569) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

Yes, because writing an opinion that differs from yours is clearly only possible by being paid to do so. *eyeroll*

Making public a lot of things that people suspected but didn't quite know did indeed damage relationships. Had he not released the documents, the relationships would have continued as before.

Whether or not the secret actions should have been authorized in the first place is an entirely different issue. From my perspective, having to stamp "secret" on an authorization to do things that you know would piss off your friends is a sign that you probably should not be doing these things, or make you re-evaluate who your friends are.

Comment: ICYMI: Frontline's Secret State of North Korea (Score 5, Informative) 62

by eldavojohn (#49171137) Attached to: Inside the North Korean Data Smuggling Movement
This exact same topic was covered in Frontline's special on North Korea over a year ago. Their point of contact was Jiro Ishimaru of Asiapress who was sneaker netting USBs over the border. They even took a video of people trying to watch on a tiny screen and having to shut everything down whenever they heard someone outside.

The documentary also touched on humanitarian issues as much as it could using a secret camera. Sad stuff. Great thing to watch. Occasionally you can catch it streaming on Netflix but it seems to not be available right now.

Comment: Lack of appropriate options gripe: (Score 1) 225

by (#49168689) Attached to: Will you be using a mobile payment system?
Where's "I already use one or more"? I just wish it was more widely accepted. Home Despot's payment terminals show the "tap and pay" logo and the process begins but doesn't complete. The last time I tried it, the clerk was all excited because she thought it was going to work but it didn't. I occasionally use google wallet at a grocery store but I have to pass several other grocery stores to get to the one that accepts google wallet. Other than a few trips to that grocery store, it hasn't been very useful. Not because I don't want to use it but because it's not an option.

Comment: Re:That is okay (Score 1) 301

There is a simple way to prevent unions from gaining a foothold in your company: stop treating your employees like crap. Stop implementing life-sapping schedules that prevent workers from having meaningful relationships, give them solid healthcare that they don't want to trade away, give them a paycheck that allows them to live within a decent distance of their work, and don't treat them like meatbags whose sole purpose is to make you more money. If they still want to unionize after that? Fine, throw 'em to the wolves. But quite frankly, reading through the description of what the bus drivers get, the company had this coming.

That said, fuck the unions as well. No, a bus driver isn't the same thing as a programmer. Stop pandering to your audience and do something useful instead.

Comment: Re:Get ready for metered service (Score 1) 631

by (#49142049) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules
Then they can do what some electric companies do. Offer a discount to consumers with a router that throttles the connection during peak demand and let them suck up all the data they want when consumption is low. I'm pretty sure that's a broad-stroke version of the model DirecWay currently uses for their satellite internet service. The FAP throttles you during the day and you get a window of a few hours in the early morning when the shackles are lifted and you can download without penalty.

Comment: Re:Get ready for metered service (Score 2) 631

by (#49140025) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules
I don't understand why that's so evil. That's how electric/water/gas works and the world hasn't stopped spinning. You pay a fixed amount for the capacity of your connection and a per-unit charge for what you consume. While I certainly prefer the flat rate unlimited pricing model, I can see why metered service would make more sense.

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