dkatana writes: Spain is the fourth European country (after the UK, France and Switzerland), and the second in the Euro Zone, to get Apple Pay.
Apple has teamed up with Banco Santander and American Express to introduce their popular payment app, just in time for the holidays.
But not everyone is happy. Other banks will be under pressure to join the service, for which Apple charges a hefty setup fee, and then 15 basis points per transaction, which will have to come from merchants' processing fees.
That is why Apple Pay is not available everywhere in Europe. The European Central Bank (ECB) is pushing for lower interchange fees to boost electronic payments, and banks can't pay Apple without losing money.
The Intercept contacted nine of the most prominent such firms, from Facebook to Booz Allen Hamilton, to ask if they would sell their services to help create a national Muslim registry, an idea recently resurfaced by Donald Trump’s transition team. Only Twitter said no.
MojoKid writes: AMD needs a win in the high-end processor category badly and if the latest leak turns out to be accurate, AMD could get its much needed victory when its unreleased Zen SR7 processor hits the market sometime in Q1 with eight cores in tow. The octal-core Zen part is said to perform better than Intel's muscular Core i7-5960X, a Haswell-E chip with eight cores clocked at 3GHz to 3.5GHz, 16 threads, and 20MB of cache. Not for the faint of wallet, the Core i7-5960X tops $1,000 in street pricing even when it's on sale. AMD's competing SR7 Summit Ridge part is said to cost half as much at $499. New engineering samples of the potentially game changing Zen chip have been popping up in the wild. These latest revisions feature a 3.2GHz core clockspeed and 3.5GHz turbo frequency. These are noticeable jumps in frequency compared to the previous version AMD showed, which had the core and turbo clockspeeds running at 2.8GHz and 3.2GHz, respectively.
"Combine these exciting finds with the introduction of XKS Skilz points, and you can see why McDonald's teamed up with Monopoly years ago: people buy more and even super size their orders just to get game pieces. With the brainchild of Skilz, where analysts can earn points and unlock achievements for performing tasks in XKS, people are willing to try new things within the tool. Analysts think to themselves, "Using the Pivot Data feature will earn 30 points... I'm going to try it and see what happens." Discovery! Points! We have been lured by our geeky desire to unlock achievements and earn points, and bragging rights are everything."
Billly Gates writes: For all the system-D haters who want a modern distro feel free to rejoice. The Debian fork called Devuan is almost done completing a daunting task of stripping SystemD dependencies from Debian. Duvuan Linux is not init only. Duvuan gives the user a choice of SystemD, sysv init, openrc, and others
strstr writes: NSA space capability is actively being used by local law enforcement agencies today to perform magnetic resonance imaging, electron spin resonance, RADAR, and quantum entanglement scans of our homes, bodies, and brains enabling tracking, memory and thought monitoring, including password and encryption code interception. NSA whistleblower Todd Giffen along with other interesting parties have made the leaks, and dumped the patents behind the technology on obamasweapon.com. This is the same technology used on Saddam Hussein during the Gulf war classified as psychotronics and biocommunications, which was reported by USA Today and the Iraqi newspaper Babel to have caused a blood clot in his brain or heart, normally undetectable to be man-caused. NSA whistleblower Todd Giffen is actively being scanned, irradiated, and no touch tortured with the technology on US soil by law enforcement and intelligence agencies, which is deployed across the United States to target and hit all citizens as they please. Dr. Robert Duncan AB, SM, MBA PhD Harvard graduate CIA/DOD/US DOJ/NASA engineer and system architect backs Todd Giffen up as a victim of ruthless people and software on his website drrobertduncan.com. Will someone help? SOS.
Coisiche writes: Seems that all the US companies that said any encryption backdoors would undermine global competitiveness, when such a thing was recently mooted there, can now find out if they were correct or not by watching the UK. Meanwhile various TLA agencies will be wondering if it could be as easily slipped into law in their jurisdiction.
Futurepower(R) writes: I see plenty of evidence that banks don't manage their web sites well.
When I check my balance at Ally Bank, the NoScript and Ghostery
Firefox add-ons tell me that 11 other sites* would be contacted if I
didn't have protection.
See the sites below.
say that Barclays U.S. Bank has no legal responsibility or liability
for anything it says on its web site. Quoting: "... THE BANK DOES NOT
WARRANT THAT: (i) THE SITE OR THE SITE CONTENT IS CORRECT, ACCURATE,
RELIABLE OR COMPLETE..." If you can't depend on what the web site says,
how can you feel comfortable that you know enough about the bank to want
to be a customer?
I talked with a representative at CapitalOne 360 Bank
when I discovered that now there is no way to send a secure message to
(My wife has an account.) The secure messaging only allows receiving
messages from the bank. If you have a question, you have to call and
talk with someone, and you have no
way of proving what you were told. The CapitalOne 360 Bank
representative said that there were too many incoming messages for the
staff to answer, so
incoming messages were recently deactivated.
Customers are not allowed to keep the incoming messages from the bank;
they are deleted after 90 days.
I have plenty of other stories
like that. In my experience, top managers often have little knowledge of
technology, and often seem not to want any knowledge.
So, which is the best-managed U.S. bank?
What are your stories about banks?
*Here are the web sites linked when I check my balance at Ally Bank. Advertising:
Adobe Audience Manager, Advertising.com, DoubleClick Floodlight,
DoubleClick Spotlight, Google Dynamic Remarketing, MediaMath, and RUN. Site Analytics: Omniture (Adobe Analytics) and Qualtrics. Other web sites:
Demdex.net and Omtrdc.net. When I tried to visit the Omtrdc.net web site, I got a Firefox
message: "Your connection is not secure. The owner of omtrdc.net has
configured their website improperly. To protect your information from
being stolen, Firefox has not connected to this website."
Dan Drollette writes: In a world no longer centered around the United States, Beijing's position on the UN resolution to ban nuclear weapons could be seen as a bellwether for how China will behave. Link to Original Source
cold fjord writes: State level marijuana legalization efforts across the US have been gaining traction driven by the folk wisdom that marijuana is both a harmless recreational drug and a useful medical treatment for many aliments. However some cracks have appeared in that story with indications that marijuana use is associated with the development of mental disorders and the long term blunting of the brain's reward system of dopamine levels. A new study has found that marijuana appears to have a widespread effect on blood flow in the brain: "Published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, researchers using single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), a sophisticated imaging study that evaluates blood flow and activity patterns, demonstrated abnormally low blood flow in virtually every area of the brain studies in nearly 1,000 marijuana users compared to healthy controls, including areas known to be affected by Alzheimer's pathology such as the hippocampus. . . . According to Daniel Amen, M.D.,... "Our research demonstrates that marijuana can have significant negative effects on brain function. The media has given the general impression that marijuana is a safe recreational drug, this research directly challenges that notion. In another new study just released, researchers showed that marijuana use tripled the risk of psychosis. Caution is clearly in order.""