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Comment Re:What is the appeal of these things? (Score 1) 129

If you would have read what I said -- I didn't mention checking on SM on it... I don't do that either.

When I bought it, on sale, about 18 months ago, I spent $160 for it. I think brand new, no discounts, the Moto360's went for $250 for the base model, and if you wanted the steel band, they were $300.

I would spend $500 for it? No. It really is mostly a toy. People spend a lot more on less useful things that get less use and are out of date just as quick (like video cards, high-end cell phones, dirt bikes, etc.)

Comment Re:What is the appeal of these things? (Score 1) 129

I have a Moto360. For me, in addition to showing the time and date, it acts as a fitness tracker, a voice control for my phone, and a great way to look at the weather when my phone is in my pack when I'm biking (a realtime weather map is useful when biking home).

Indoors, it is a stylish timepiece, no different than any other watch. It does have the added advantage of allowing me to peek at incoming messages when I'm not in a situation where I can break out my phone.

Comment Re:Why?? (Score 1) 134

VLANs aren't hard to do, but when you are talking about a Wendy's that may have, at most, one computer, it becomes a bit much to have 5 subnets for the 4 devices that are connected to the network.

Is it the right way to set things up? Yes. It is practical in every case? Probably not. Remember, there is no IT department for these types of stores -- so everything gets outsourced, and while security is important, it's often not as important as things just working, according to those that use the systems.

Comment Re:Fines Please (Score 1) 134

This is already happening. As of last month, companies that refused to implement CHIP+PIN (or at least CHIP+Signature) readers were charged a larger % on the transactions. A company like a Wendy's franchiser was already paying between 2.5% and 3.5%, now they are paying 3% to 4%.

Which is pretty silly, since Wendy's corporate has been going around replacing POS terminals across the country over the last 6 months -- and they decided to not put in the chip+pin readers (opting for swipe terminals ONLY). I can only assume that they decided that the cost of the higher percentages was worth the speed of swiping the card.

Comment Re:Why?? (Score 1) 134

Sure. But (and this was the case at Target) about your HVAC system that you outsource to a 3rd party vendor. Your POS system can only talk to an accounting system, which in turn talks to the Bank. You've locked down the subnet, sure. BUT since your POS system can talk to the same subnet as that HVAC system (because the boss needs to be able to admin it), and that gets compromised, then there is still a way out. OR they compromise the accounting system which has access to send reports to corporate, and that is the way out.

It's not always that easy, unless you follow the best rules and have everything physically separate -- but then again that costs more money and adds a lot more complexity.

Comment Re:Call back (Score 2) 171

It depended on the switch. The default settings on AT&T/Lucent 5ESS switches gave you a busy signal if you called your own terminal number. The default settings on the Northern DMS's was to provide two ring cycles on your line.

There were loads of test numbers out there. Some provided a busy, some provided ringback, some provided TAC access to the CO test line, and some provided an automated call to test translations. Those numbers still exist, but they change on a regular basis. It used to be that you could call the operator (0) and ask for those services directly, using the phone company terminology. If you wanted your caller-id, you asked the operator for the "Drop Line ID". Going to the test line you asked for the "Turn Line" or the "M&T line"

Comment I still use it (Score 1) 171

There is guaranteed to be one "Time and Temp" service that still exists in each area code -- and in most likelihood, one in each tariff zone. They are great to check call completions across the US because you know that (a) they will always answer and (b) you won't be bothering some random person, even in the middle of the night.

Comment Re:At first, CDMA could cover more area (Score 1) 42

The other thing to note is that the CDMA providers in the US and Canada were also the incumbents. The reason why they could reach further and and wider was because the had the largest chunk of the good spectrum (sub 1Ghz). Verizon started out with the 800/950 spectrum and Sprint/Nextel had 700Mhz pretty much locked up. AT&T, T-Mobile and others started with 1700/1800/1900/2100 and had to deploy more antennas with more juice to get similar coverage. The cell standard didn't have much to do with this other than the original GSM was much slower than the original CDMA2000 (due to the lack of channel sharing). CMDA2000 was also a bit better at multipath/ghosting issues but "3G GSM" had even better error correction for that.

Comment Re:OS/2 (Score 3, Informative) 211

In the mid-90's into the mid-2000's, OS/2 was very popular in the banking industry. I'd say about half of my customers ran OS/2 on the teller's machines and most other desktops that had to do with customer data (most likely because most of these banks used IBM AS/400 Mainframes, and the clients to these apps were written for OS/2). I started seeing a lot of banks switch to Windows-based PCs in the mid 2000's, then connecting to the mainframes via terminal software.

Comment Re:Battery life not mentioned in the article (Score 1) 31

I've got the Moto 360, and it lasts about 36 hours on heavy use, and about 48 hours with my normal use. This is acceptable in my case -- I drop it on the charging cradle when I go to bed, and it's ready when I'm up. It only takes about 45 minutes for a full charge, so even charging it when I'm getting ready in the morning is not a problem.

There are other brands that I know are better and many more that have worse battery life. It's a consideration, like like battery life on a phone. But in my case, I feel pretty good considering I've had the watch for just over a year and a half.

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