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Comment And THAT is why you NEVER let any company (Score 1) 180

directly debit your bank account for anything.

ALWAYS demand that they send a bill, which you have the chance to review and approve.

Your your BANK's bill pay service, and then you have positive control over the amount and timing of payment, including whether any payment is made at all.

Comment Re:No expectation of privacy in public? (Score 1) 224

They might mind, but there isn't a thing they could do to prevent it.

However, I suspect these cameras might harder to spot and identify than you might think.

And regarding your latter part - again, they might mind, but as long as you were legally parked, in a public parking lot and weren't interfering with or disturbing anyone else's legal activity, then they can't stop you doing that either. Mind you, "legally parked" would of course include having YOUR car properly registered and plated.

Comment Are these cameras (Score 1) 224

recording only events that are visible IN PUBLIC? Because you don't need a warrant for that.

ANYone can legally observe and/or record anything that is visible IN PUBLIC.

Its part of "freedom of the press". No, they can't require you to "register" to be recognize as the press, its called citizen journalism.


Comment There are lots of ways out (Score 1) 664

To list just a few...

MS is just making the choice more binary - either you choose to let them do anything they want with your computer, or you choose to let them do NOTHING.

Comment Now if they could just (Score 1) 35

... add support for audible feedback that did not require one to look at the screen, it would be useful for someone that was either blind, or that could not look at the screen for some other reason (perhaps someone driving?)

And to actually control functions in individual apps where it made sense, as well, such as music apps, maps/navigation, etc.. Some of that would require app developers to add hooks/definitions of the different functions.

"Ok google, open Pandora and select 'classic rock' station"

So many opportunities missed. Like for instance Google Now's location based reminders.
For example "Remind me the next time I am near the pharmacy to stop and get aspirin" - only works if you happen to be LOOKING at the screen as you drive by said pharmacy.

More likely, you'll get home, get out of the car, and only THEN look at the phone and see the reminder, when its too late.

It should ANNOUNCE, AUDIBLY something to actually REMIND you, like "(beep) You are near a pharmacy and asked for a reminder at this location"

Comment Re:In both the Apple and Android worlds (Score 1) 540

No, I don't. But I don't enter the number on my physical card in any Internet-connected situation, on any website, any online store.

I'm sure you don't need me to give you links to all the various cases where merchant databases of credit card numbers have been compromised.

If they compromise my temporary issue one that has a charge limit of $20, no big deal, I can turn it off, issue a new temp number in 5 minutes.

If they compromise my real card that has my full credit line available, MUCH bigger deal. And while I can turn it off with a phone call, I then have to WAIT while a new one is issued and mailed to me. No thanks. Using the temp numbers completely avoids this risk.

And don't even get me started on giving some merchant direct access to my checking account. No, I insist that money is only taken from me as a result of individual direct action on my part. (I don't let utilities or any other such services direct bill my CC or bank account, either - the few services that won't do billing get a limited temp CC number with a 6-month expiration.)

Comment Trying to google search to buy one of (Score 2) 112

these, its unclear what is the device and what is an accessory for the device. Also unclear which are legit sellers and which might be spam.

The the link to the ESP-01 in the make article leads to a discontinued page.

Anyone got a link to a known reliable vendor to buy these?

Comment In both the Apple and Android worlds (Score 4, Informative) 540

You can buy "prepaid" cards to load finds for purchases made via their respective "stores".

I cannot imagine any situation where you would register a real world credit card to allow direct charges with either of them.

It's sad that people blindly accept that giving a service provider direct access to their credit card or bank account number is a suitable way to pay anything, and its what leads to situations just like this one.

My son has an iPhone. It has a preloaded balance. It CANNOT spend anymore than that. If he runs low he can ask me for a another iTunes card.

I have an Android phone. Same setup - preloaded balance that it CANNOT exceed. It does not have the ability to use anymore than the balance that I have loaded, which I (and ONLY *I*) can replenish as needed

For any service that will not bill any way OTHER than to a credit card, or for any online purchase, I use this:

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