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Comment Bad, but not as horrible as one would think. (Score 4, Interesting) 230

In the article it says you can use the headphones without the app. Bose "encourages" customers to download and use the app with the headphones. That should give it away. Why do you think they want you to use their app? You can adjust the app settings - presumably what it can and cannot do. It seems what Bose did wrong was not be clear up front as to what the default result of using the app would be. That's not quite as bad as your smart TV spying on you if you connect it to your internet connected LAN.

I'm going to recheck my microwave now. I wonder if I should down this GE microwave app.

Comment Re:Fake movie (Score 2) 478

Most of the center-right parties in Europe have "Christian" in their names. That doesn't make them Christian. When they win an election it does not mean the country has become more Christian. One wouldn't get many votes in Turkey if your party's name included "Christian". So, you use "Islam". Whatever gets the votes. Now almost all of Erdogan's opponents in Turkey are also Muslim. Are you saying that Islam is defined by the outcome of Turkish elections? What about all the Muslims in other countries? Most Muslims don't live in Turkey. How do Muslim's vote in the U.S.? If they vote Democrat does it mean Islam supports trans-gender bathrooms? If they vote Republican does it mean the Islam fears and hates it's followers?

Comment Re:Fake movie (Score 5, Insightful) 478

What makes you think that a majority of Christians agree on any specific social issue? First of all, "Christian" or "Christianity" is not a religion. It's an umbrella term claimed by many religions. Many denominations, churches and sects identify as "Christian", but not all of them agree on who is or is not. Mormans believe they are Christian. Most other "Christian" groups don't think they are. The KKK and Aryan Brotherhood types identify themselves as "Christian" though I'd think almost every other "Christian" group rejects them and their claim. Islam is similar in this respect. It's not even as simple as Sunni versus Shiite. I've read that most people who identify as Muslim reject ISIS. Is ISIS a Muslim group? Most of Erdogan's opponents in Turkey identify as Muslim. So while it is possible to look at a specifi group and make your argument, Christians and Muslims are not specific groups. T

Comment Re:Fake movie (Score 5, Insightful) 478

You are making the mistake of confusing his tactics with some coincidental attribute that he used to bind his followers to him. Erdogan is an authoritarian working to install a one-party dictatorship. He's something of a Fascist. Since he happens to be Muslim along with his people he's using that religious and cultural context to employ pretty universal tactics. The Nazi's and Fascists used some Christian symbols and traditions. Stalin even resorted to Tsarist and Orthodox symbols and traditions to build popular support during World War II. Religion and culture are used to create bonds between the leader and the followers. It's their source of tribal identity. Modi in India uses Hindu culture and traditions. In Myanmar it's Buddhism.

Comment Re:News at 11 (Score 1) 65

I use both the mac os app store and buy direct. If an app and its publisher are not well known the app store has advantages. It's easy enough to find and you know you can trust it. Reviews give you some idea about its value. Prices tend to be low so its an easy decision to go ahead and buy it. Once I own and am familiar with the app though, I'd be perfectly willing to buy it direct or go direct to the publisher to get an upgrade or related product. So my conclusion is that the mac app store is a good place for developers to start in order to break into a market. Once they are established i.e. are known and liked by users, the store's value diminishes. For established publishers it might still be a good place to sell you entry level versions. Except for Xcode, I never get my development tools from the app store, but that is a special category.

Comment So much doubletalk and bullshit ... (Score 5, Informative) 68

Apple Pay does not cost the merchants a thing. It also does not keep them from using loyalty cards and such. I have such a loyalty card from Walgreens. It's in my Apple Phone with my credit cards. When I'm checking out it pops up and I scan it and then swipe to a credit card and scan it to pay. Walgreen's gets their data, I get points/ discounts and Apple Pay securely handles the transaction. I only need my watch to pay. So why can't these merchants just copy what Walgreen's does? If they they don't know how then I also don't trust them to secure my credit card information so I'm glad I use Apple Pay. The merchants and these banks don't want customer freedom or choice. They want more control over the customer. I don't trust them to secure my information or credit card information so I don't want them to be able to bypass Apple's security. Target? TJ Maxx? Kohls? Home Depot? All kinds of stores have had major breaches.

Comment Re:No highs, no lows, it's Bose (Score 1) 65

I own several Bose products and have tried others. Many of the products are great if you follow the instructions. Some are crap. If its not a speaker or headphone it's probably crap. If it is then it might be great or it might be crap. I loved my Bose 901's but ended up ditching them because my wife refused to decorate the house around them and their requirements. I still secretly long for that wall of sound. It's true that you could push Bose 901s to volumes that a man likes and still not provoke a woman to say "could you turn that down a bit, please?". Filled the room nicely.

Comment Re:I hope Apple Pay will die (Score 1) 289

First point about fraud - not true in the U.S. at least If the merchant follows the banks procedures and system and the card is approved, its off the hook. If the merchant commits a fraud or whatever then the bank will deny payment and/or try to recoup payments made. The fee a merchant pays does not change depending on whether you are using Apple Pay, Android Pay or a physical credit card. So, accepting Apple Pay costs the merchant nothing extra nor does it cost the customer anything extra. The decision by the merchant to accept any credit card payments is the point when the card companies transaction fees come into effect. Apple Pay's fee comes out of the set fee charged by VISA, MasterCard, etc.

Comment Re:I hope Apple Pay will die (Score 1) 289

Apple Pay does not use the card nor require its presence during the transaction. It does not pass or use your credit card number either. The code it uses is specific to the device and it's relationship to accounts and you is known only to the issuing bank. Any system that relies on the card and a pin still exposes your account number and your identity, does it not?

Comment Re:I hope Apple Pay will die (Score 1) 289

There apparently isn't much bank resistance as Apple has been pretty successful signing them up. The chip and pin method is better than the magnetic strip we in the US have relied on so their fraud rates are much lower so yes the incentive is less; however the Apple Pay set up is still much more secure than chip and pin. When it starts to be used more on-line it will have much greater benefits for banks. On-line fraud and theft of information is a huge problem everywhere.

Comment Re:I hope Apple Pay will die (Score 2) 289

Please try to pay attention. You don't pay anything nor does the merchant. The transaction fee paid by the merchant remains the same regardless of whether you use a card or Apple Pay. The fee is paid by the banks which they are willing to do because its a lot cheaper than the huge losses due to fraud they've experienced with credit cards.

Comment Re:I hope Apple Pay will die (Score 2) 289

You don't give "all your banking information" to Apple. You scan your credit card and its sent to the bank that issued it. They approve it and your phone stores a code they bank created for the card installed on that device. Your data doesn't go to Apple. If you start by using the card you have for iTunes, of course Apple already has that. So Apple doesn't have your info nor does your device. Your device stores your code in a secure enclave on the chip. The OS can't get it either. Just the bank that issued the card. That's as secure as it gets.

Comment Re:I hope Apple Pay will die (Score 1) 289

It''s not the banks who resist; it's the merchants. When Apple Pay was first introduced it was with blessing of most of the big banks in the U.S. Several, like Chase touted it as the safest and most secure way to use a credit card in existence. Merchants have resisted primarily for 2 reasons: 1) they have ancient card strip readers and they don't want to pay to upgrade to something with NFC and or a chip reader; 2) they like collecting data on their customers so they can market/sell to them more effectively. An Apple Pay transaction is anonymous - unless you do like Walgreens and offer your customers a loyalty card that works in Apple Pay. Banks in the U.S. and in many countries have to pay for fraud losses, not the merchants so Banks have a huge incentive to get people to use systems like Apple Pay. A rule change in the U.S. says that merchants who don't support and use at least a smart chip reader will have to pay for any fraud incurred as a result. That's merchants' incentive to upgrade.

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