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Comment: Re:You can't fix stupid (Score 4, Insightful) 229

by toonces33 (#49219173) Attached to: Listen To a Microsoft Support Scam As It Happened

Define "stupid." Would you be able to tell when an auto mechanic is BSing you? When your contractor does a half-assed job building your home but still charges you full price?

Generally yes. I know enough about these things that I already have a pretty good idea what is going on with a car that I can take it to a mechanic and not get ripped. For example, does your car make a funny noise? Well you can do simple tests to try and narrow down what makes the noise change, and this gives you a good idea of what the problem might be. I just don't have the time, the tools, or the shop space to do a lot of these jobs myself, so I pay someone to actually do what I need them to do.

Same on the house. Simple jobs I do myself, other ones I will hire someone to finish things out. In many cases I might not know exactly how a tradesman would do a particular job, so I will watch for a bit so I can learn something.

Comment: Re:If you have the time, insult their family (Score 1) 229

by toonces33 (#49219077) Attached to: Listen To a Microsoft Support Scam As It Happened

That's ultimately it - how much is your own time worth. If you could construct some sort of Siri-like thing that just acted dumb, asked inane questions, and generally ran them in circles, it could be quite funny.

I suppose you could just tell them you need to let the dog out, set down the phone and not pick it up again until they give up.

Comment: Re:The functioning search engine! (Score 1) 150

by toonces33 (#49200961) Attached to: The Abandoned Google Project Memorial Page

Let's say you need to tweak an old MFC app, and you search for "CString". Many of the results you get back are now NSFW :-(.

I tried using my phone to search for the nearest Kinkos. The spellcheck changed it to "Kinky".

I guess this tells me a lot about the sorts of things that average people search for.

Comment: Re:Only used it when they paid me (Score 1) 186

by toonces33 (#49116477) Attached to: Google Teams Up With 3 Wireless Carriers To Combat Apple Pay

That's what my Galaxy S5 does. I do have to unlock the phone, but you hold it over the reader and the app comes up. The only thing that slows me down is when the payment terminal asks irrelevant and/or annoying questions. When I was at the vet the other day it wanted to know "Credit or Debit"? WTF? And at the grocery store it wanted to know if I wanted cash back. If they stop asking questions like these, the transactions would be quicker.

My preferences (excluding online purchases) are:

1) EMV credit card.
2) NFC via Wallet.
3) Cash.
4) Write a check (rarely)

I refuse to use my debit at any machine other than an ATM, and even then I am picky about which ATM machines I will use. If the crooks get your debit card number, they can create all sorts of headaches for you.

  I used to use the normal credit card swipe for some things like gas stations, but I had my card # stolen at either a parking garage or a gas station, so from now on it is cash all the way for those things. Yeah, it is a pain, but I am still pretty steamed about the horrible cyber security at some of these places. If the attendant steals from the till or the store gets robbed - well, that's not my problem. If they want fewer cash transactions, then they can add support for #1 or #2.

People say you have no liability if your card gets stolen, and while that is sort of true, it can take several weeks before you get a replacement card unless you insist that they overnight the thing to you (like if you are on the road somewhere). My card was stolen on the 6th of the month, and the replacement *finally* arrived today. I had called to complain last week about why it was taking so long - apparently some nonspecific upgrades to their system caused the request to be stuck in a queue for 10 days. And it was a pain in the interim. Check into a hotel - do they take AMEX, or not? Pay for car repairs - they don't take AMEX, so I had to write a check to the guy. I could try and get yet another card, which I wouldn't need/use once the replacement arrives, and realistically the other card wouldn't have arrived before the replacement.

Comment: Re:It may actually be the only system that survive (Score 1) 62

Little retailers still face the liability shift, so they will likely upgrade as well. The problem with CurrentC is that they will still be obligated to support EMV, so they can't completely block progress.

Our local veterinarian a brand new reader there. I have used both EMV and NFC payment methods there.

Comment: I used to contribute.. (Score 4, Interesting) 130

by toonces33 (#49081395) Attached to: Torvalds: "People Who Start Writing Kernel Code Get Hired Really Quickly"

Many years ago I worked on several parts of the kernel. But I got hired by a start-up and simply had no time, so I had to step away.

But I still fondly remember meeting all of the people involved. When I was doing things, I don't recall Linus being verbally abusive. Maybe it happened and I don't remember.

Comment: Re:I have work to do, and Chrome/GMail "Just Works (Score 1) 296

by toonces33 (#49003435) Attached to: Firefox Succeeded In Its Goal -- But What's Next?

I have complained for years about memory leaks, all to no avail. I have asked for a way to enumerate memory/cpu usage on a per-tab basis - all of this also goes on deaf ears. They just turn around and pass the buck and blame the addins. In the meantime I routinely have to kill firefox and then restart it. It apologizes about how embarrassing it is that Firefox has "crashed", but the real embarrassment are the memory leaks.

I use Chrome some, but I can't say that I really like it that much. But I am increasingly disgusted with Firefox, and as time goes on, I use it less and less..

"Success covers a multitude of blunders." -- George Bernard Shaw