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Comment: Re:Good luck with that. (Score 1) 558

by whizzard (#48240083) Attached to: Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet
Your post seemed pretty insightful until:

It's why Apple Pay gets charged out at Card-Present rates, while Google Wallet only gets Card Not Present

However, the information I can find online seems to contradict this statement. For example, this FAQ:

Do merchants pay card-present or card-not-present rates for transactions made via Google Wallet?
Merchants pay card-present rates.

Comment: Re:Nice to have them with 13.1 14-15 and 17" scree (Score 3, Informative) 119

by whizzard (#32813268) Attached to: Surveying the Challenges of Linux On Cortex A9-Based Laptops

Not in Economy on any of the international flights I've been on.

A number of airlines actually do have limited in-flight power in economy these days, such as Delta and Continental. A good website for finding out which airlines have this feature on which equipment is SeatGuru.

Comment: Re:Bad Math (Score 1) 541

by whizzard (#28446243) Attached to: Switching To Solar Power, One Year Later

Or he'll pump the surplus electricity into the grid, and get paid for it.

False. According to his one-month update:

In California, you cannot sell excess power to the local utility. In other words, you can't do better than a zero dollar bill--if you're a consumer. I can sell power to the utility, but only if the net result over a year is zero.


International Spam Ring Shut Down 243

Posted by kdawson
from the spamhaus-top-ten dept.
smooth wombat writes "An international spam ring with ties to Australia, New Zealand, China, India, and the US is in the process of being shut down. Finances of members in the US are being frozen using the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 while the FBI is pursuing criminal charges. The group sent spam advertising male enhancement herbs and other items using a botnet estimated at 35,000 computers, and able to send 10 billion emails per day. The Federal Trade Commission monitored the group's finances and found that they had cleared $400,000 in Visa charges in one month alone."

Comment: Re:Linux is great, but... (Score 1) 252

by whizzard (#25373667) Attached to: Linux On Brazilian Voting Machines, the Video

My main question is who can modify the source of the software they're using, and how are they verifying that the binaries are unmodified.

I realize this is slashdot, so I shouldn't have read the article, but...

All political parties have access to the source code, and digitally sign the executable code, and thus can confirm, at any individual machine, that the running software is the official one.

The Internet

iFilm Infringement Could Blunt Viacom's YouTube Argument 119

Posted by Zonk
from the throwing-stones-glass-houses-you-know-the-drill dept.
Radio Silence writes "Infringing videos on iFilm could undermine Viacom's case against YouTube. Although it's arguably not a nest of infringement like YouTube, iFilm appears to host more than a handful of videos for which its corporate parent Viacom does not own the copyright. More importantly, Viacom isn't engaging in the kind of proactive infringement identification practices it expects of YouTube, which may cause problems for them in court. 'if Viacom isn't willing to take the same steps with iFilm that it wants YouTube to take with copyrighted content, Viacom may have a harder time making its case before the judge presiding over the case. "It would have some persuasive value with a judge if YouTube says 'look, they're ranting and raving about all this infringement occurring on my site and they're not doing anything about it themselves,'" said copyright attorney Greg Gabriel.'"

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