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Comment: Re:Makers or Service providers? (Score 1) 342

T-Mobile offers music streaming without it impacting your data usage, "from your favorite music services like Pandora, iHeartRadio, iTunes Radio, Rhapsody, and more."

So the profit incentive is not based on data usage, but in using music services (I'm assuming there's a kick back at some point from the service providers, otherwise the business model makes no sense).

Comment: Re:So what are the scams on Steam? (Score 1) 216

I was wondering about this also. I think the people targeted participate in the social features of Steam. I have 300 or so games (Corporate Lifestyle Simulator is my current burn time game) and have used Steam for many years. I have two "friends" on Steam.

Not one piece of spam or scammer contact, ever.

There are obviously sublevels of interaction I was not aware of. Until now.

Slightly interesting actually.

Comment: Re:Security checks in 199o's (Score 1) 294

With regards to flying in the US, everything changed in late 2001.

Flying in America was awesome back in the 1990s. In 1998, I flew to my honeymoon without ID (left it in the car) and we were able to catch an earlier flight at the overlay point. I was even allowed to go back on the first plane to find my ticket voucher which had dropped between the seats. And they asked two basic questions (Did you pack your bags? Did you accept items from strangers?).

I hate flying now. I imagine it's a lot like being processed jail, but more intrusive.

Comment: Re:Wa Da Tah (Score 1) 625

The first 15 minutes of that movie were solid Gold (I loved the belt).

I don't think the concept was flexible or deep enough for anything over short skits, certainly not a full length movie (A Night at the Roxbury is also in this category).

I thought Zoolander would also fall into this category and avoided it for a couple of years. But once I saw it and realized the comic genius that it is, it became one of my favorite movies.

+ - Amazon Moves "Buy Now" Into the Physical World, With the Dash Button->

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Zothecula writes: The Amazon Dash Button is a small device that you can stick to walls or a variety of household appliances. Each button is associated with a certain brand or product, and when you set it up (via smartphone) you associate the button with a specific size or quantity (like, say, two 12-packs of Starbucks K-cups or one 2-pack of 50 oz. Tide detergent) and shipping speed. When you start to get low on said product, mash the button and Amazon takes care of the rest.
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+ - Obama authorizes penalties for foreign cyber attackers->

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An anonymous reader writes: President Barack Obama has today signed an executive order [] extending the U.S. administration’s power to respond to malicious cyberattacks and espionage campaigns. The order enforces financial sanctions on foreign hackers who action attacks against American businesses, institutions and citizens. The new legislation will enable the secretary of the Treasury, along with the attorney general and secretary of State, to inflict penalties on cyber criminals behind hacking attacks which “create a significant threat to U.S. national security, foreign policy or economic health or financial stability of the United States,” Obama said. Sanctions could include freezing of assets or a total ban on commercial trade. The authorities will be limited to imposing the new sanctions solely in cases where the attacks are considered significant enough to warrant a penalty. Punishable attacks could include malicious security breaches of critical infrastructure, DDoS campaigns against computers and networks, or those that result in the “significant misappropriation of funds or economic resources, trade secrets, personal identifiers..."
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Google News Sci Tech: New Microsoft Surface 3 Matches iPad with $499 Price Tag ->

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New Microsoft Surface 3 Matches iPad with $499 Price Tag
Microsoft announced the Surface 3 on Tuesday, a lighter, cheaper alternative to its Surface Pro 3, which was released last year. Unlike Microsoft's other non-Pro tablets, this one will run a full version of Windows 8.1. And its price point puts it squarely in...
Surface 3 Looks Awesome But Don't Waste Your Money On 4G / LTEForbes
Microsoft Surface 3 promises great battery life, costs just $499 and runs ... PCWorld
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Comment: How do I restore Javascript based posting? (Score 1) 68

by turp182 (#49350875) Attached to: PayPal To Pay $7.7 Million For Sanctions Violations

This is way off topic, but I have reset things and tried others. Slashdot can be difficult to navigate at times.

I attempted to but I can't figure it out, and I'm sick and tired of the pure HTML posting and moderating interface (it sucks wiffle balls).

I have enabled in NoScript.

Comment: Re:OFAC knowledge here (Score 1) 68

by turp182 (#49350827) Attached to: PayPal To Pay $7.7 Million For Sanctions Violations

Thanks for the info. I understand and can appreciate the implications of the OFAC lists (basically a simple form of economic warfare against specific individuals and parties, preventing them from using certain global financial companies).

But, OFAC checks are supposed to be performed before any funds are transferred (prior to contract entry in my experience). So they generally can't be seized or impounded by the US financial system, because letting them in at all is illegal (I'm sure they are at least frozen if a company, such as Paypal, performs transactions for a restricted party).

Comment: OFAC knowledge here (Score 2) 68

by turp182 (#49350555) Attached to: PayPal To Pay $7.7 Million For Sanctions Violations

I'm not sure if this is good or not, but it does represent a valid usage of OFAC (Office of Foreign Asset Control) regulations.

I've designed international life insurance admin systems that involved OFAC checks. Resolution requires manual verification.

OFAC provides a list of people that you cannot do business with if you are a US company (possibly if you have a US presence, I'm not sure though, I worked for a US company). It is basically a list of terrorists or otherwise sanctioned individuals that the US blocks financial transaction with.(Osama is still there as far as I know, he was our test case).

I've always considered OFAC to be a Federally mandated job program. Same for Sarbanes-Oxley (worked with that a lot as well). Just extra regulation requiring more bodies at every financial company.

I coined the never heard phrase "OFAC is to preventing terrorism as Sarbanes-Oxley is to preventing fraud" (I have an actuarial and IT background, so it's funny to me).

But in this case, initial appearances would suggest that the fine is justified. If the person on the OFAC list is justifiably on the list.

And that justification is my problem with the system. The rules are pretty secret, anyone could end up on the list and not be able to fight it. It's like the no-fly list which even impacted a Kennedy:

Interesting for sure.


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