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Comment Re:Text message on use (Score 1) 336

It seems like your system is a lot of effort for little gain.

Effort on the bank's part: essentially zero. It's just a post-process script.

Effort on my part: essentially zero. I buy something, I get a text, I can ignore it. As an added bonus, when monthly bills get paid automatically, I get a text reminding me, and including the exact amount. Kind of useful, really.

But then *if* my card was ever compromised, I know about it very very quickly. Yes, there are consumer protection laws; but I'd rather be ahead of the game, and alert my bank about fraud as soon as possible, rather than wait for a nasty surprise at the end of the month. Sure, in the end, you won't be out much if any cash from a fraud; but you WILL be out a bunch of time and effort fighting bogus charges, dealing with lawyers and mediators, having no access to credit for a period of time, and suffering potential dings on your credit rating.

It's like being shot, and making a full recovery in hospital. Still nasty. A text message saying "Duck! Now!" is a cool thing.

Comment Text message on use (Score 5, Informative) 336

My CC sends me a text message whenever it is used. It's quick (usually arrives before I've signed the slip), it's free, and it doesn't need some stupid app installed with insane permissions. So, *I* can decide which transactions are bogus, instead of some computer algorithm; and when a truly bogus one does appear, I can notify the bank immediately. The bank can then concern themselves with actual proven bogus purchases, instead of thousands of "suspect" ones.

Comment Huge presumption (Score 3, Interesting) 146

They are presuming that all of their projects are equally valuable. The GCC compiler, for instance, is widely used, and it's disappearance would put a large hole in the software world. Gnu Hurd, on the other hand.... if it disappeared tomorrow, would anyone even notice?

Comment Re:Who cares (Score 1) 576

If a researcher has a copy, and it ran fine before, then pulling the license doesn't really change a thing. Software still works as it did before.

Now, support might be harder to get, and using it for published results might not be advisable, but it will work just fine until you can get around to find and install an alternative. Or, just get an additional researcher on your team in a non-embargoed country.

Comment Re:So when are they making something we can AFFORD (Score 2) 322

Selling cars that cost as much as a small house

They're a California company. Try finding a house for $132K just about *anywhere* in California, let alone greater LA or SF. Heck, finding a house in many parts of Silicon Valley for $1.32 million is tough.

Why is this a story on slashdot anyway? Jalopnik, sure.... but this isn't news for nerds, and not really even news that matters. It's just a new model press release.

Comment Re:MacBook Pro (Score 1) 237

Car analogy: a VW Beetle and a Porsche 911 are pretty similar when it comes to driving; they are both automobiles and both have the same basic functionality. But referring to a 911 as a 'tarted up beetle' will generate some lively discussion.

Note that "almost everything is the same" is not "almost everything is similar". Both linux and OSX are indeed based on the same fundamentals as Unix; but neither is Unix, they just look and feel much the same. You can't take a program from one and run it on the other without some work and a recompile.

Comment Re:MacBook Pro (Score 2) 237

Well, by definition it isn't linux, since it runs a different kernel.

Besides, the main attraction to a linux distro is that it is configurable. Want it to act like Windows? Fine. Want it to act like a Mac? That's fine too. It's all configurable; unlike OSX, which is basically not configurable at all. (Try setting up a Mac with focus-follows-mouse and see what I mean).

As to the original question: Lenovo. Every one I've tried works fine. The *only* thing to watch out for (and this is true of any brand laptop) is the touchpads that have no physical buttons (a la recent macbooks). With Windows theyre' barely usable; with Linux you may as well give up and just buy a mouse. While it's nice to know that I can fix the driver for it to work right given a week or two.... I don't have the time.

Comment Re:I prefer Google TV! (Score 1) 133

Chromecast all but requires another smart device running (continuously) to control it. You can't control it directly.

The Amazon Fire Stick is pretty much identical to the Chromecast (but nicer), and comes with a remote control. For the intended market, the Amazon product is far superior.

The Chromecast works perfectly well with some apps (e.g. Netflix), but stutters badly on others (e.g. Hulu). I wonder how much of this is a questionable WiFi connection, and how much of it is poor software buffering design? My bet is that a hardwired connection will make Hulu performance better, but not perfect.

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