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Submission + - Quicken Bill Pay is No Longer Safe to Use (perens.com)

Bruce Perens writes: I don't usually make security calls, but when a company makes egregious and really clueless security mistakes, it's often the case that the only way to attract their attention and get the issue fixed is to publicize it. This one is with Quicken Bill Pay, a product of Metavante (not Intuit). It's from personal observation rather than an expert witness case, and the company has been unresponsive through their customer support channel.

Comment Abandoning Time-Worn Processes Leads to Atrophy (Score 5, Insightful) 154

Scientists determined that those people who made use of machine washing rather than hand washing had diminished hand strength and neurological motor communication necessary for fine motor control. Seamstresses who bought thread rather than using the spinning jenny were similarly impaired. But worst off were teamsters who used the internal combustion trucks rather than teams of horses and used forklifts and other mechanical devices rather than loading their vehicles by hand. Their overall body strength was much reduced.

Comment Re:Granular permissions to apps (Score 1) 63

In addition to the other answer about apps having to ask for user permissions on demand, you can also look at any apps settings to see what the permission settings are for location, push notifications, and whatever else the app needs permission for - either turning it off or on from there as well.

So I can easily decide to give an app push permission for a day, then quiet it again.

Comment Look at the revised map (Score 1) 318

...unless one reads Guns, Germs, & Steel,

Yes I read that also - it's partly why I wrote.

Having a large amount of land at the same latitude is really important to any agricultural society.

Look at the revised map. Most of northern Africa is wider than the U.S. (at the same latitude).

Like I said, it's not the people, but the model of governance they live under that really determines long term prosperity. At this point in time technology has advanced enough that the historical reasons cultures could prosper or not hardly matter.

Comment Re: Not parroting anything (Score 1) 318

merely those habituated into your distorted and bigoted conservative mindframe

If you can ever break free of the distortion your own religion has caused, truly you will be free to think. Thankfully I cast off religious shackles of all forms long ago.

Preach some more!

The only preaching here is you... I am pointing out rational thoughts, you are the one resorting to cursing and blaming I blaspheme against your beliefs. You say I am wrong but not in what way, a common tasting of religious nut jobs like yourself. You just say "he has sinned against my very thought, and must be purged!"

Hint: What you are looking for is called a "crusade" where you and a bunch of your other religious buddies start getting together and hurting people physically. Good luck with that! I'm sure violence is a GREAT answer to people who disagree with you.

Comment Re:Not the real wealth (Score 1) 318

How are you supposed to make jewelry (the true wealth of a nation)

Ask me how I know you are from the U.K.

or computer chips

Question: Does Brazil have any sand? Hmm?

China has done just fine making computer chips in some of the poorest areas on earth. A small Chinese village and a small African village have not that much distance between them. You should really get out more or you would understand this...

Comment Success is not a flop... (Score 1) 94

or the flop that is "Apple Watch" big thing?

Apple is second only to Rolex in sales.

So even that is not a "flop".

It's actually a much bigger thing than you are giving it credit for. Yet another person blindsided by Apple's approach to incremental success; in just a year or two even people such as yourself will be unable to ignore the obvious success Apple is having.

Comment Wrong again AC (Score 1) 94

This is Apple investing in Google Glass. Remember that thing that Google did that failed miserably and that they gave up on years ago?

I do. Do you? Apparently not, because Glass was not AR. It was a floating display without relation to the real world, nor any possibility of such because it lacked any kind of sensors to do so. From the article, it is apparent that what Apple is doing is way more Hololens (actual AR) than Glass.

Comment Not parroting anything (Score 0) 318

What I am pointing out is the natural thoughts anyone would have to such a revision. Only the truly blind and religiously devoted PC acolytes such as yourself cannot see the natural consequences of such an action. If you were not blinded by rage at your doctrine being attacked, you'd see I don't even agree with the conclusion, I am just pointing out what people will see in it.

Try engaging with the thinking and reasoning part of your brain next time you see something you disagree with.

Comment Not the real wealth (Score 1) 318

It's a wonder that some of them are still in the path to development [like, say, Brazil], since almost all the wealth was stolen by the colonial powers

They stole only gold, and even then not all of it.

The true wealth of a nation - land and natural resources - were still there, waiting to be used.

So it's not a wonder at all that Brazil is doing somewhat well, because they came closest to actually making yes of the wealth they had. Sadly Brazil is also a great example of how poor government and lack of rule of law can debilitate a whole culture.

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