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Comment Hole punch (Score 3, Interesting) 385

When I last had a card like this, I just took a hole punch and punched out the RFID chip. they're pretty easy to locate (small square divot, usually right near the RFID symbol printed on the back of the card). You can also pry them out easily with a razor blade if you don't want a hole all the way through the card.

Snipping out the RFID chip shouldn't affect the smart card chip in any way, since they should be totally unrelated mechanisms. I could be wrong though - I haven't seen an RFID included in a modern chip card yet.

Comment Re:which reference (Score 1) 134

This was my first thought as well... but I suspect the problem is the latter - where some data in the database has incorrect coordinates and needs to be adjusted so that it is properly relative to other data in the database.

The trick is to next automate the update of coordinates in the database based on the time that has elapsed since they were last "corrected" - and I'm sure with a bit of annual tracking and simple math, someone could implement such an algorithm.

Comment Re:Raspberry Pi & OSMC (Score 1) 226

Obviously you've never used kodi...

You can configure a game controller, IR remote, or even a remote device over wifi using Kodi's HTTP interface, or a dedicated app (I often use an android tablet running Kore to control my kodi PC from the couch).

And when I want to do some serious work (like editing filenames, etc.) I grab the bluetooth keyboard with built-in trackpad that sits on the table next to my TV and use that.

Kodi rocks - I can't tell you how many people who visit ask me to setup Kodi machines for them (i usually refuse due to lack of time, not to mention it works best when you have a media library sitting somewhere on the network, which most people don't).

Comment Re:Whose pay? (Score 4, Insightful) 271

right afterwards got hired at a new job that pays closer to $78k a year. I'll be doing basically the same work at the new job.

Each time I've been laid off (twice in my career), I've landed a better job getting paid more money...

So being laid off isn't always a terrible thing - sometimes it's really just the spark that ignites the job hunt for a better paying job. I know the first time it happened my salary pretty much tripled with the next job - which suggests that the company I had been with for 5 years had been taking advantage of my accumulated skills and entry-level pay.

In my case, I ended up doing software development for different industries each time, which also gave me an opportunity to learn something new.

Comment Re: Flawed logic (Score 1) 221

Actually, I believe there is absolutely no law against making copies of money for your own personal use.

Feel free to make a bazillion copies of a $20 bill - as long as you don't then try to use them as actual currency, you're all good! Use them to wipe your ass, draw mustaches on them, build a house with them, do whatever you want.

Comment Re: Flawed logic (Score 1) 221

WRONG, you clearly don't understand GPL.

ANYONE can sell GPL software as long as any modifications they have made to it are released as GPL as well.

There is absolutely no restrictions on selling GPL software as long as you abide by the license, which states clearly that you must release all your modifications under the GPL license.

Comment Re:How the.... (Score 1) 156

If you need to transcribe the actual error details, accuracy matters.

Most humans are terrible at transcribing what they read directly to text (especially if it's full of numbers and symbols).

In the case of Haiku (the operating system), the QR Code in the kernel debugger includes more information about the error (not just the error name), so it makes it easier to transcribe what the user sees on the screen to text which can be used to file a bug report.


Comment Re:So they patented this because....? (Score 4, Insightful) 164

Probably the latter.

I'm guessing the next step in their evil plan is to convince congress to pass some law making such mechanisms mandatory in the U.S. - at which point they will license the tech and profit.

Face it, Disney loves to lobby congress, they have done so successfully for many decades.

Comment Re:US Education Defective by Design (Score 1) 335

And it's interesting to note that Democrats love to raise taxes and give money to the people who cannot support themselves.

It would seem that a party that panders to poor, uneducated, jobless people would get the most support from those very same people... so build an education system that spits out people who support your agenda, and what do you get?

Comment However.... (Score 2) 235

Paying people to find bugs and report them responsibly does give those people an incentive to not do something worse with them.

In a way, this economy takes possible would-be black hats and turns them into white hats. I suspect there are far fewer people capable of finding every last exploit than there are exploits, so if we keep those people busy and paid doing what they do best, at least they won't be doing something more nefarious.

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