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Comment Re:Missing something from the so called 'summary'. (Score 1) 146

That must be a pretty nice rock you just crawled out from under.
For someone with such a low slashdot ID, you must not check in very often; just searching Slashdot for "theranos" returned 10 articles since 2013.
Holmes' spectacular rise and fall was the punchline of a joke in the season finale of HBO's Silicon Valley, so even Hollywood writers know who she is/was.

Comment It's not the delay, it's the poor UI. (Score 1) 225

In my USA experience, it's not the actual 4-6 seconds that my chip card transactions take,
it is the sluggish and confusing UIs on the terminals that fail to immediately note the card is present,
then appear to go blank, then display a poorly drawn "do not remove the card" splash,
which was obviously an afterthought added when the terminals were put in front of actual users.

The UI problems are obvious, as everywhere I go there are hand-drawn warnings and instructions taped to the terminals, because the device itself isn't clear or obvious.

That's why a well-thought UI like Apple Pay appears effortless in comparison.

And *why* is the chip slot located at the bottom of these terminals, at a weird angle almost parallel to the counter?
The hand motion required to position the card is uncomfortable and out of my sightline.
Why isn't there a "dip" slot at the top of the terminal, where the card could be inserted vertically?

Comment Re:Patent? (Score 3, Informative) 268

'Compatible' chips that report FTDI's USB Vendor ID (VID) and Product ID (PID). That way, they don't have to actually write their own driver and get it approved by MS.
So, when Windows interrogates the device, it appears to be FTDI, so Windows loads the FTDI driver.
That driver makes an undocumented call that only genuine FTDI chips will respond to correctly, so the driver can tell whether a knockoff part is attached.
Other legit serial chip makers use their own PID/VID, so it's not an issue with TI, Silabs, etc., only with 'Best Lucky Interface Ltd' parts.

Comment Tragedy of the Commons (Score 1) 622

"The tragedy of the commons is a term, probably coined originally by William Forster Lloyd and later used by Garrett Hardin, to denote a situation where individuals acting independently and rationally according to each's self-interest behave contrary to the best interests of the whole group by depleting some common resource." -- Wikipedia
The answer is penalize the highest demand users based on the normalized usage of the entire group. If you're using more bandwidth than say, +3 standard deviations from the mean of all users, pay a surcharge. If you're using less than -3 SD, thanks, have a credit.

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