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Comment Re:Rhetorical or Not? (Score 1) 189

When you sign HoA or CCR paperwork you are legally granting them the right to invade your privacy in upholding the contract.

Same thing is true if you signup for one of those Car insurance plans that monitor your driving habit by plugging their device into your ODB-II connector. It wirelessly reports your speed, location, etc directly to the company.


Honeycomb To Require Dual-Core Processor 177

adeelarshad82 writes "According to managing director of Korean consumer electronics firm Enspert, Google's new Android Honeycomb tablet OS will require a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor to run properly. That means that many existing Android tablets will not be upgradeable to Honeycomb, as they lack the processor necessary to meet the spec. Currently, Nvidia's Tegra 2 platform is the only chipset in products on the market to include a Cortex-A9, although other manufacturers have said they're moving to the new processor architecture for 2011 products."

Turbine Responds To DDO Community Protest 57

Zarrot writes "Turbine has listened to the community and backed away from the partnership with SuperRewards that we discussed yesterday. Quoting: 'Based on your feedback, we're stepping away from the "Offer" category for now. We'll keep exploring alternate ways for players who want points to get them. We'll also continue to innovate in pricing and accessibility because that's who we are. As of today, the Offer Wall is coming down. We'll collect all the feedback we've received over the last few days and will use it to guide future decisions.'"
Input Devices

Is the Line-in Jack On the Verge of Extinction? 411

SlashD0tter writes "Many older sound cards were shipped with line-out, microphone-in, and a line-in jacks. For years I've used such a line-in jack on an old Windows 2000 dinosaur desktop that I bought in 2000 (600 Mhz PIII) to capture the stereo audio signal from an old Technics receiver. I've used this arrangement to recover the audio from a slew of old vinyl LPs and even a few cassettes using some simple audio manipulating software from a small shop in Australia. I've noticed only recently, unfortunately, that all of the four laptops I've bought since then have omitted a line-in jack, forcing me to continue keeping this old desktop on life support. I've looked around for USB sound cards that include a line-in jack, but I haven't been too impressed by the selection. Is the line-in jack doomed to extinction, possibly due to lobbying from vested interests, or are there better thinking-outside-the-box alternatives available?"

Comment Re:security? (Score 1) 494

As close to real-time processing as possible.

Also, if you don't trust the person your accepting the check from, don't accept it.

And there is still a paper check, just that you the consumer now has it instead of it sitting in a branch, being shipped to a check processing facility and likely it has just two fingerprints on it now instead of the hundreds between the time it left your hand at a branch and final processing.

Comment Re:Say hello to mega fraud... (Score 1) 494

Hmmm lets see.

1) Nice of you to deposit a fraudulent check to your account. Mr FBI Agent will now place a lock on your account and seize all funds pending a several month if not year+ long investigation. You have to have an account that allows this type of deposit. That $1000 you just attempted to steal has now tied up all your funds. Additionally, most banks aren't allowing someone to use remote deposit technologies till they have been a member for at least a few months.

2) Is Mr Victor Timothy named the same as yourself?

3) How is it you have access to said check?

Remember, checks are not legal tender. They are a promise that X's financial institution will transfer available funds to Y's financial institution based on a whole fleet of criteria (avaiable funds, account in good standing, etc). The FDIC keeps records of check transactions so you can't simply deposit it via this system and try and deposit the paper copy at another bank/account.

Comment Re:Photoshop? (Score 1) 494

Simple, funds really aren't in your account till money is transferred from the check writers account. If you, the consumer, is accepting a check it's your legal obligation to trust the person writing it.

Checks are a form of "I trust that you have the money in your account and it will be transferred from your financial institution to mine in a timely manner." If you don't trust the person writing you a check, don't accept it and only accept cash.

Comment Pentagon Federal Credit Union (Score 3, Informative) 494

We are in the process of rolling out this same sort of program at our company as well (as I've been building about a dozen servers to support it). We've had the ability to deposit by mail for ages and this is the next logical step.

With most of our userbase being military and deployed to locations where they cannot access any branch services at all. Our userbase has become tech savvy enough to support a system like this. The largest impediment to implementing a system like this has been having the tech easy enough to use a "non-geek" can perform the tasks necessary without needing a large amount of training.

To those saying "What if I want to deposit counterfit checks". Well several systems are in place to prevent or at least mitigate that damage. You are only allowed to deposit up to a certain amount via the system (and have funds immediately accessible), the checks are processed real-time and won't be accepted without several validity checks passing and the account money is being collected from also happens as close to real-time as possible. Remember, just cause you deposit a check doesn't mean it can't bounce, that money is not truely in your account until funds are transferred from the check writers account. If you have those funds available for use immediately, it's because your financial institution trusts you to now deposit bad checks.

The the comment above about "great, just what I want, images of checks on my phone". The application itself handles taking the photo and no local copy is retained on the phone after the process is completed. (The image of the check is still available on the company's servers for review just like if you mailed in checks or deposited them via our branches.)


Sony Joins the Offensive Against Pre-Owned Games 461

BanjoTed writes "In a move to counter sales of pre-owned games, EA recently revealed DLC perks for those who buy new copies of Mass Effect 2 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Now, PlayStation platform holder Sony has jumped on the bandwagon with similar plans for the PSP's SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 3. '[Players] will need to register their game online before they are able to access the multiplayer component of the title. UMD copies will use a redeemable code while the digital version will authenticate automatically in the background. Furthermore ... anyone buying a pre-owned copy of the game will be forced to cough up $20 to obtain a code to play online."

Comment This has happened before...Blacksburg, VA (Score 1) 363

Back in the misty reaches of antiquity (at least in net terms) of 1993, there was a collaboration between Virginia Tech, City of Blacksburg and Verizon. What resulted was something called "Blacksburg Electronic Villiage".

They wired the entire town with fiber, and residents could get a 100mbps Ethernet connection to a Internet connected municipal network.

Made frontpage news on Wired and other computer related publications of the time (remember this was at the dawn of the internet and .com boom) as the "Most connected town in america" and even made it into Guiness world record as such in 1998.

However, project mismanagement and cost overruns by Verizon caused the project to fold in early 2001. A local ISP has taken over portions of the network once maintained by the project and continues to provide 100mbps ethernet services to some of the community.


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