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Comment Re:Good thing you have a choice (Score 4, Insightful) 537

It wouldn't be illegal under FCC in the US, but it's still endangering people by blocking calls to emergency services. It shouldn't necessarily be legal.

I'm pretty sure that the bar has a landline telephone. Pick it up; punch 999 (UK), 112 (EU), or 911 (US). It's not that hard. If it was my bar, I'd install a couple of pay phones back by the WC for nostalgia's sake and a little extra profit. They also get emergency numbers for free. Otherwise, join the smokers out side for your Twitter fix. I'd be happy to stop bye if I was in the neighborhood.

Comment Harmon-Kardon Turntable (Score 2) 316

Harmon-Kardon turntable running through H-K amp and Advent speakers. I do copy the vinyl albums to cassette tape for when I just want music playing in the background. Playing the vinyl is for when I just want to sit in a chair and listen to the music. Some of it is ripped to MP3 for portability, but I am not the kind of person who goes around outdoors with headphones on. I want to hear the birds and the oncoming train.

Comment Re:Interesting (Score 2) 130

Some mornings it's hardly worth chewing through the restraints to get out of bed.

You have misquoted Emo Phillips. The correct quote is: "Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps."

That's entirely possible. However, it is also possible that he is misquoting me, since I have been using that tagline since the days of logging into BBSs using Telix on a 286 in the late 80s. I am sure that I copied it accurately from the guy I swiped it from, because my tagline management program was really good at that.

Comment Re:Better idea (Score 1) 147

Stop relying on devices that track you constantly and are closed for your computing. Stop using phones as computers.

If apps for such a device had to be loaded from Fortran card decks that came by mail, I suppose there would be a lot less malware on phones.

Fortunately, I have put a hardware hack in your vintage IBM 711 card reader that will install my nefarious warez.

Comment Magstripe is old tech. (Score 4, Informative) 289

It is only the Square magstripe reader that connect via the headphone jack. The chip reader and contactless Apple/Google pay reader connects wirelessly. Unless you have been living under a very large rock, you should be aware that magstripe is now legacy tech. If you continue to accept it at point of sale as a vendor, you now eat any and all fraudulent charges instead of the bank or card issuer. You can always keep an iPhone 5, 5s, 6, or 6s around for pint of sale use, and it is possible that Square will come up with a lightning connector model. I am also sure there will be an Apple headphone to lightning adapter.

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