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Comment: Re:Bloatware?! (Score 1) 210

by zieroh (#49150243) Attached to: Lenovo Saying Goodbye To Bloatware

Im shocked. You didn't think about iTunes?

Granted, you can use a Mac with out ever opening iTunes and you can just delete it from the applications folder if you so choose and nothing will break.

Whatever faults iTunes may have (and there are surely plenty) I would be mightily annoyed if I had to download iTunes separately on a fresh OS install / new computer.

Comment: Re:Signature (Score 1) 86

by zieroh (#49150185) Attached to: The Only Constant is Change

Okay, found it, but it's obnoxiously hidden. Go to the Slashdot FAQ Page and click "Login" in the upper-right-hand corner (even though you're already logged in). Type in your credentials, and login. You'll then go to your account screen where you can actually edit your sig (and a few other things).

I can't find any other way to get there, and that particular path is as obscure as it gets.

Comment: Re:Oh Sure this will work in the US....eventually (Score 4, Interesting) 186

by zieroh (#49116273) Attached to: Google Teams Up With 3 Wireless Carriers To Combat Apple Pay

I was visiting the USA (California is nice this time of year) last week and I had to sign little pieces of paper with my name to buy things with my credit card. Apparently none of the stores and restaurants have chip and pin terminals. You can't prevent even the most basic fraud if any guy with a card reader can make a copy of your magstripe and clone your card. What's worse, in the restaurant they actually walked off with my card, instead of bringing a wireless terminal to my table for me to enter my PIN.


You good people are about 5 years behind the times. WTF happened?

Welcome to America, where we like to pretend that we're exceptional while being largely behind the rest of the civilized world in almost every area. I think it's because of money in politics myself, but others will perhaps have other theories.

Comment: Re:Cash is so much better. (Score 1) 186

by zieroh (#49116187) Attached to: Google Teams Up With 3 Wireless Carriers To Combat Apple Pay

Cash is by far and away the fastest form of payment. Having to wait for the EFTPOS terminal to contact the bank takes far longer than getting change from the cashier.

Do you live in the boonies or something? Every transaction approval I've had for the last 15 years has been nearly instantaneous.

Comment: Re:Apple got it right (Score 1) 62

by zieroh (#49094549) Attached to: Samsung Takes On Apple Pay By Acquiring Mobile Wallet Startup LoopPay

Since it's built on existing systems and protocols, Samsung would do well to just copy it.

This acquisition is actually quite telling. The fact that they're not blindly copying Apple this time is a strong indication of exactly how incompetent Samsung is. To replicate ApplePay, Samsung would need not only the technology (not really that hard to replicate, and they already have most if not all of it) but also the savvy to navigate the world of finance and negotiate with multiple entities in that industry. LoopPay, being solely a technology-based solution, sidesteps all of that. Note in this case that's not an advantage, since magstripes are nearing extinction. Realistically, Samsung should have known better. Perhaps they're just desperate to say "Me too!".

IBM Advanced Systems Group -- a bunch of mindless jerks, who'll be first against the wall when the revolution comes... -- with regrets to D. Adams