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Comment Is it really "wrong"? (Score 2) 307

Sure, it may not be legal in some places. But if half the people are doing it, and less than 1% of people care that it's happening, maybe it's time to modernize the law and bring it in to line with societal norms...

Legality and morality are not the same thing, and when such a large percentage of people think something is right, and comparatively few feel that it's wrong, maybe the law is on the wrong side of the evolution of modern society.

Comment Re:"Convenience"? (Score 1) 206

most support contactless.

And in 3 words you've explained exactly why pay by phone isn't taking off.

Paying with my phone is far more convenient than with a card, if I don't have to carry the card. But because it's *most* and not *all* locations that support contactless payments, I have to carry both, and if I have to carry both anyway, I might as well just use the card.

Add to that the absolutely horrendous implementations that are out there for electronic wallets, and no wonder they aren't in use.
For specific examples of issues:
- My current bank's app takes long enough to load each time on the phone that I can start it loading, pull out my actual credit card, pay with it, put it away again, and the app still won't have finished loading to allow me to pay
- The Canadian Mint actually got involved developing it's own digital payment method, known as MintChip it sounded like a great idea, until you find out it's accepted by only a dozen merchants in the whole country, and has transaction limits of only a few hundred dollars per week.
- Half the banks don't yet have any mobile payment app at all (one notable Canadian bank claims to allow you to pay with your smartphone, but they don't mean an app, they mean that they will send you a large sticker with an RFID chip embedded in it that you can plaster on the back of your smartphone... talk about missing the point!)
- Whenever my phone NFC doesn't scan right the first time at any terminal, there's no option for a second try, it immediately forces you to insert your chip card, or swipe the magnetic stripe, which means you better have your physical card handy, so you can't just leave it at home.
- As mentioned earlier, although most merchant terminals accept tap-to-pay, not every single merchant does, and without all of them you end up having to carry your card anyway, so there's no advantage in that case to using the phone instead

So why are mobile wallets failing? Because the banks are making them fail. it's really that simple.

Comment Re:Microsoft broke my scanner once... (Score 1) 220

You say that, but on Windows even pen drives are a pain with pop-ups that say it's installing drivers, even if the same pen drive has been in the computer before on a different USB port. Drivers? For a pen drive? Really?

One of the reasons I prefer Linux. Everything "just works".

Comment Re:Microsoft broke my scanner once... (Score 1) 220

I have to thank Microsoft for my scanner. Without them I probably wouldn't even have one.
My parents had a very nice, high end scanner that they used for years until Windows stopped working with the driver, and the manufacturer stopped making drivers for new windows versions. Luckily it works great on my Linux box though with no driver's or setup required (after I installed the old SCSI card it came with... That worked straight out of the box too)
Scanner is now about 20 years old and works better than many modern ones (and does legal paper too which is a rare feature)

Comment Re:enable it? funny... I did the opposite (Score 1) 141

There are ways to do that, both add-ons that offer it, and I believe you can change it in the hidden settings that control everything. That said, I actually like that feature. I've never seen the need to clutter up the interface with a separate search bar. The key is really just setting it to use the right search engine.

Comment Re:enable it? funny... I did the opposite (Score 1) 141

Because you use a feature doesn't make it a good feature. It's horrible from a design consistency perspective. It's horrible from a risk of data loss perspective, it's just all around bad UI.

You got used to it, but that doesn't mean it should have ever been offered in the first place.

Comment Re:Carrier Phones - RIP (Score 1) 198

Unfortunately I'm not in the USA.

Carriers here don't have a "BYOD fee" but they do have a different price for your monthly charge for BYOD vs their subsidized phones. But the price difference, over the 2 year contract, is only about half the price of the device bought outright, meaning that it's cheaper to buy the device on contract.

Comment Re:WTF? Where am I? (Score 2) 599

Who said I break things? The computer runs just "fine", it's just that the Windows definition of "fine" involves a lot less functionality, and a lot more patchwork than the Linux definition.

My IT department is great, but I shouldn't ever have to deal with them.

Linux "just works", I've never met a Windows install that could say the same.

Comment Re:Meanwhile in other countries... (Score 1) 104

And, generally, other countries don't generally have the sheer landmass that the US does. That's why the push for CO consolidation wasn't felt as greatly as it was here. This happenstance was lucky in that it left most of these countries as prime targets for truly high speed DSL implementation.

I hate to break it to you, the country I'm talking about here is Canada, more landmass and less population density than the USA... Australia also has tons of landmass and low population density and they also have good DSL service.

The American Telcos placed short term finances ahead of long term success, it's not a technology problem, it isn't even really an infrastructure problem, it's a business decision problem.

The main Telco here was skewered by investors when they said they were going to re-invest profits in to infrastructure build out, but it's shown huge returns by growing market share, investors now (in hind sight) love the idea because it worked, but they sure didn't like that it took money out of the immediate quarter to focus on a long term strategy. It's all too easy for a company to listen to those shareholders who want the small short term gains instead of the big long term success.

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