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Comment Re:Cheap architecture + short cuts = DOOM (Score 1) 250

Wow, smartcards are finally going to become standard, I had one for 2004 to 2009 and the chip was only used twice because there were essentially zero POS readers that supported the chips and the home reader for online banking required IE for an ActiveX control which I felt probably made it less secure than entering my password with an alternative browser.

AMEX Blue by any chance?

Comment Re:not exactly a troll. IA made similar, met Ninte (Score 4, Insightful) 87

IA labs made actual products similar to wii-fit and met with Nintendo to discuss making Wii accessories using their technology at about the time the 3DS was to be released. IA then found out that Nintendo made the accessories themselves, apparently "stealing the ideas" that IA presented to them. So that's not what we'd normally call a patent troll.

I agree. Based on this article, Interactive Labs held the original patents and made products based on those patents. iA Labs acquired the patents later, then sued Nintendo with them. I think this was actually a defensive measure by Interactive Labs.

On April 2(2010), IA Labs filed suit against Nintendo in the United States District Court of Maryland. The suit claims that Nintendo has willfully infringed upon IA Labs patents with Wii Fit, Wii Fit Plus, and the Wii Balance Board, as well as the Wii Remote, Wii Nunchuk, Wii MotionPlus, Wii Wheel, and Wii Zapper. The company acquired the aforementioned patents in 2009 from Interaction Labs.

The fitness-technology company claims that the patents have been used in a number of products in the past. As detailed in the filing, Interaction Labs released the Kilowatt Sport and Exer-Station, both of which add a workout element to "any off-the-shelf video game on the PlayStation, Xbox, GameCube, or PC."

Both the patents and the products based on those patents were created by Interaction Labs. Interaction Labs held discussions with Nintendo in 2007 and 2008. iA Labs acquired the patents in 2009 and then sued Nintendo in 2010. iA Labs doesn't seem to have actually produced anything. One interesting thing to note is the following:

The suit also notes that then-Interaction Labs president and current IA Labs chief technology officer Greg Merril contacted Nintendo on a number of occasions in 2007 and 2008, through personal meetings and via e-mail. However, Merril's attempt to enter into a licensing agreement with Nintendo ultimately resulted in the publisher ceasing contact in late 2008.

One possibility is that iA Labs may have been spun off by Interactive Labs solely for the purpose of protecting the rest of Interactive Labs from an outcome like this.

Submission + - Hackers Steal Card Data from Neiman Marcus (krebsonsecurity.com)

Fnord666 writes: Another day another data breach. Apparently high end retailer Neiman Marcus has also suffered a breach of credit card data. Krebs on Security has the news:.
"Responding to inquiries about a possible data breach involving customer credit and debit card information, upscale retailer Neiman Marcus acknowledged today that it is working with the U.S. Secret Service to investigate a hacker break-in that has exposed an unknown number of customer cards."

Comment Re:Target needs to be sued (Score 1) 213

No, the major credit card companies need to be sued by the entire US population for setting up the entire credit card processing system in this nation to be a sick a security joke. A plaintext number embossed on a plastic card available for every restaurant waiter to jot down? Give me a break.

Exactly right. Until those responsible for designing/implementing the system are held liable for its failure, nothing is going to change. Unfortunately the CC companies have very deep pockets and can stash a lot of legislators in them so don't expect any legislative shift in liability any time soon. Any significant change will have to come from the Judicial branch through civil suits or from the people themselves.

I wonder what would happen if everyone cut up their credit cards and just started paying cash for things? Maybe we could start with a campaign to get people to pay cash on Tuesdays? Just one day a week to get things rolling.

Comment Re:Target needs to be sued (Score 2) 213

I think the US card companies are actually going backwards. The Amex Blue card that I got 4 years ago had an RFID chip in it. The replacement I just received upon its expiration no longer has a chip.

I got one when they first came out. It even came with a card interface to hook it up to your computer. They were trying their own thing if I recall, not EMV. They had a lot of grand plans for it, but they never actually did anything with it.

Submission + - Credit card hackers hit Neiman Marcus (cnet.com)

schwit1 writes: Credit card hackers might be developing a taste for the finer things in life. Upscale department store Neiman Marcus confirmed that its database of customer information was hacked last month, independent security researcher Brian Krebs reported on Friday.

The Neiman Marcus hack follows news today from Target that its investigation into its recent hack found that thieves made off with the personal and credit card data of up to 110 million Target customers, 70 million more than previously thought.

Comment Re:I'm not so sure (Score 1) 366

I'm planning a Crowd fund to fund some more development on a side project of mine, and if I hit $100k I'd be hiring a CPA anyway, if only to see how much of the money I can keep tax free.

Unless you are planning to form a company to do this development and crowd-fund shares in this company to raise capital then these regulations have nothing to do with your plan. The summary is very vague but this has nothing to do with Kickstarter like projects.

Comment Re:Bad things (Score 2) 195

Actually medications are very rarely banned - what usually happens is doctors just stick to prescribing the safer drugs unless they prove ineffective, in which case they switch to the riskier ones. You know, that whole "Do no harm" oath they take.

You must be seeing different doctors that I do. It seems like a lot of doctors these days prescribe whichever new drug the pharmaceutical rep is pushing this month. Even more so if the pharmaceutical company is providing a multi-day "informational" or "familiarization" conference that happens to be on a cruise ship in the Caribbean.

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