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Comment Re:This article would have been nice two days ago (Score 1) 115

Yeah, it's too bad, there is a first-time Uber promo code that is worth about $20 that you can google for, but the app won't accept it now that you've already registered. They probably remember a hashed version of your phone number, credit card number, and the id of your phone.

There is probably still the $50 promo code from Lyft, but unlike Uber's promo code, the Lyft promo code can only be used $5 at a time (in other words, you have to use it 10 times if you want to use it all). The Uber code, on the other hand, could have been used all at once, or until the money ran out.

Comment Re:Bullshit, Todd. (Score 2) 267

Look at sperm/egg donors, adoption, even pet lovers- doesn't even have to be the same species :)

First off, having a pet vs. having a kid is not the same thing. Not at all.

Semantics aside, one can provide the exact same love and joy for a child, regardless of genetics. Look at sperm/egg donors, adoption, even pet lovers- doesn't even have to be the same species :)

Semantics aside, one can have sex with any other human being on the planet. And yet somehow, we still make the distinction between consensual sex and rape.

Comment Re: How to copy? (Score 1) 169

In all seriousness though, removing the part about the CIA and the FSB, the top ski resorts in France do have giant advertisement billboards on top of mountains in the middle of nowhere (reminding that a particular cell phone network still works there).

And this is in no small part due to the fact that some CEOs will see some of these billboards and that some of those CEOs control companies with 10,000+ employees (all possibly requiring a company cell phone).

Comment Re: How to copy? (Score 1) 169

If chip and pin is slow in the US it's probably more to do with people being unfamiliar with the process, inconsistencies between different stores / banks, or people forgetting their pin etc.

Yes, it's some of that, but not only that.

I have experience using both kinds of cards, both in the US and in Europe, and in the US, the process of using a chipped US card with a pin is definitely a lot slower than using a US magnetic-only debit card with a pin. For one thing, the system won't even let you enter your pin for a chipped card in the US until the connection has already been made, so there is no kind of caching that is even allowed.

And I guarantee you that if you ever come to the US and tried an American chipped card yourself with a pin, you would notice the difference in speed yourself. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind about that. The only part that I'm fuzzy about is the European system these days, because it's been a few years since I've used it.

Comment Re: How to copy? (Score 1) 169

While Val Thorens is not the most expensive ski resort in Europe, it still ranks pretty high up there because of its altitude. If you're going to have the benefit of not needing artificial snow when other ski resorts do, then many of your customers during the late season are going to be top government officials and CEOs, and cell phone networks (not to mention the NSA and the Russian FSB) will do everything in their power to make sure those types of people have the illusion of perfect coverage and perfect service wherever they are.

Comment Re: How to copy? (Score 2) 169

Well, I was at a restaurant at a ski station really high in the mountains, the prices were really expensive, and the handheld POS device didn't have a connection.

And yes, I do realize that many ski resorts in Europe have ok cell phone coverage, I remember seeing the billboards of cell phone companies advertising that fact on top of the mountain itself, but I don't remember seeing those billboards at all the ski resorts I've visited and like I said, at least one restaurant at the top of a telepherique didn't seem to have coverage and yet the European chipped cards still worked.

But then again, it's been a few years since that happened, so maybe the security of chipped cards in Europe has been upgraded since then. I don't know.

Comment Re:Done properly, no problem... (Score 2) 296

Basically, if the ArsTechnica article is right, CBC used a bad method to jump into a conclusion and premeditated an article about it for some reason. That reason could be pure incompetence or perhaps something worse, but it certainly damaged the fast food chain reputation for no good reason.

Yes, but isn't the main culprit the actual laboratory, so shouldn't the laboratory be the one that is liable assuming the CBC does a full and complete retraction? After all, it's not like the CBC has any expertise in this particular field and they did rely on the claimed expertise of another organization.

For instance, let's say there is another doping scandal in the Tour de France, should the CBC avoid publishing anything about such a scandal if only one laboratory was used to test the blood samples (even if the blood samples were tested multiple times by that lab)? That is kind of setting the bar high if you ask me.

That being said, I can see the CBC being liable if it continues to stand by its original story despite possible evidence to the contrary.


Comment Re:The court will decide if it's true (Score 1) 296

B) The people who did the testing itself and the analysis of the tests were incompetent.

That's not exactly what they claim.

They claim that the people who did the testing itself and the analysis of the tests are competent, but that they're competent in a different type of DNA testing entirely.

Comment Re: How to copy? (Score 1) 169

Or they would need to do a ddos attack on the relevant phone lines or networks, or cut an underwater fiber cable to a bunch of islands, or blow something up, or wait for a semi-predictable natural disaster to occur, or even find ways to affect the power grid because many handheld POS systems in Europe are portable and battery powered.

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