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Comment Re:Non-dominant hand (Score 1) 105

Yep, that was my first thought. I type my PIN with the other hand. So, a non issue for the most part.

Also, I go to the ATM maybe once a month but type on a computer at work for 8 hours + per day. So, a hacker would not only have to hack my watch but also pinpoint the few seconds that I was at the ATM. Of course they could try to use the same hack to record keystrokes but my typing pattern is so bizarre that I challenge anyone to figure out which keys I am pressing based on which fingers are moving.

Comment Re:wait, is this a siri issue or an apple pay issu (Score 1) 223

Exactly. There are several stores close by where I live that use Apple Pay and I'm usually out of the door and half way to the car before the guy in the next line has waited for his chip card to be read and authorized. I don't know why but Apple Pay is very fast, most of the cashier's comment on how much they love it. No more having people swipe cards several times etc.

Comment Re:wait, is this a siri issue or an apple pay issu (Score 1) 223

Your comment makes no sense. What are these fees you are talking about? I have several cards and pay no fees. What I do know is that I don't want automatic payments set up to pull from my bank because that takes real money immediately. The credit card transactions spend virtual money that converts into real money once a month as a bill which I pay in full.

Comment Slightly misleading (Score 1) 151

AFAIK iOS has a per App option to allow the App to access location always, never, or if the App is running. In the latter case quitting the App saves battery power if it is the only App using location because the phone no longer tries to determine it's location. Now, I could be wrong and this could be new information, maybe the phone always knows it's location and it is only passed to the App if the correct setting is selected. My own experience though is that setting Apps to only use location if running and quitting those apps does save power.

Comment What's that in elephants or double deck busses? (Score 1) 240

" the equivalent greenhouse gas emissions of over half a million cars."

An interesting unit of measurement for an equivalent to tons of methane. Is that emissions per year, month, weeks or day? I'm guessing year but that's a guess because I can't be bothered to work it out.

Comment That's it I'm buying an island.... (Score 1) 200

The only thing that stopped this sort of thing being scary was the tether! All the time that the guy was pushing around with the hockey stick I kept thinking "just don't piss it off!!".

What we need is a wall, a big wall, with a big door. We'll keep the people on one side and the robots on the other. Only the people will be able to go through the door, and the robots that aren't scary and enter legally.

Comment Someone got a lawyer involved (Score 1) 402

It seems to me that if you but a voice activated TV then you would expect it to listen to what you say. The issue here is where and how the translation of voice into command is done. I suspect the TV is too dumb to do accurate voice recognition on it's own so a sound bite is sent to a server somewhere. The server does the conversion and then either sends the command back to the TV or communicates with another server to stream the requested content. There has to be a certain amount of anonymity because the source of the sound bite isn't (I hope) tagged with the name and address of the source but some numerical identifier. I also suspect/hope that the sound is translated by machine and once that is done it is immediately discarded, also I would also think that anything that doesn't fall into the limited vocabulary that the server understands is immediately discarded and a "huh what was that?" returned to the user. Any other method of doing it makes no sense because Samsung expect to sell millions of the things. Recording millions of conversations is something that costs money and Samsung is in the business of spending money.

I suspect that someone at Samsung got a lawyer involved who said you have to disclose that the thing records sound and sends it to a third party. In the perfect storm where the sound is kept, and a human has access to it, and the same human can figure out who the speaker is, and the human cares, then it's an issue.

A lawyer would write "knives are sharp and can cause personal injury even death" but that doesn't mean I'm going to clear them out of the kitchen.

Comment Re:Landline is it for me. (Score 1) 307

Yep, these are exactly the reasons why we have a landline. There is this concept of "a family" and it is useful to have a phone number that represents the family unit rather than the individual.

One reason you missed out was that international calls to/from a cellphone often cost quite a bit more than the same call made from a landline. I have family in the UK and live in the USA. To call them from my cellphone I would have to have an international calling plan at $20 per month. The landline calls are billed per minute and typically I make less than $20 worth of calls to the UK in a month.

Comment Re:Sad state of affairs (Score 1) 81

It is a secret where I work and I'm not doing anything as spooky as the FBI or DHS. There are a good many reasons that a company don't want an employee directory publishing:

1) For people with unusual names someone can figure out where you live and target you at home where security is weaker.

2) Phishing using info from the directory to seem legit. "Hi Joe, this is Tom from shipping. Fred from accounting asked me to call you..."

3) Hacking attempts, people's usernames may well be the username part of the email address.


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