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Comment Re:scare mongering getting old (Score 1) 77

NONE of those show that the SSA reissues SSNs. The first is the Wikipedia page saying so, the second is a story about two women accidentally given the same number at birth because they share a lot of details in common, and the third is a story about numbers being used by multiple people due to fraud, mistakes, or other problems.

The SSA does not re-issue numbers.

Comment Re:The vast majority of passcodes are 4 digits. (Score 1) 610

From your link:

Note the âoetryâ in that last sentence: while weâ(TM)re still waiting on confirmation from Apple on this one, thereâ(TM)s a good chance that the trickery at play here only works if youâ(TM)re on a build of iOS older than iOS 8.1.1 (Shipped November 2014).

One would assume that if the FBI could have done this, they would have.

Comment Re:Who? (Score 1) 169

There are many flavors of nerds/geeks/computer lovers who weren't tinkering in the early 1980s, or weren't buying books at Radio Shack. And there are plenty more who don't pay a lot of attention to who's writing their tech books.

As evidenced by the other comments here, plenty of us have no idea who he is. He's certainly not "get recognized in an airport" famous.

Comment Re:How's Irvine, CA? (Score 2) 464

Absolutely. Irvine/Newport Beach/Aliso Viejo and many other Orange County cities have very large and growing tech scenes. And unlike other tech cities, there's still relatively (for coastal California) affordable housing to be found nearby.

Plus the weather and culture and food choices are amazing.

Comment Re:Yawn (Score 2) 105

These mobile payment solutions offer tokenization, which I consider to be a pretty big advantage over using a card (especially in a setting where the card is handed over to the retailer).

Also, your strawman description of the process tells me you've never tried, or even researched too deeply into the process of using the payments. Generally my phone is at least as easy to get to as my wallet, and there's no unlocking, app finding, selection making involved - just thumb on the fingerprint scanner.

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