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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

Phreakiture Re:Good luck with that. (554 comments)

Yes, this is akin to saying that they accept no major credit cards, but that they will happily accept applications for a store card.

4 days ago
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Tesla Teardown Reveals Driver-facing Electronics Built By iPhone 6 Suppliers

Phreakiture Re:Value (158 comments)

TFH says it was built by Foxconn, but TFA does not. TFA says it was built by a third party like the way Foxconn builds for Apple.

about two weeks ago
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Android On Intel x86 Tablet Performance Explored: Things Are Improving

Phreakiture Re:When an x86 Android Phone in the US (97 comments)

I'm really waiting for an x86 phone that can be bought in the USA.

I believe that's called a Blackberry 950.

All snarking aside, though, I must ask: what is the attraction to an x86-based phone versus an ARM-based one?

about two weeks ago
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ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

Phreakiture Re:Are those Amazon sales legitimate? (345 comments)

Pay attention, naive little brother: A machine with Windows on it costs the same as a machine without windows on it for the same model and specs . . . assuming you can even get a Windows-free version. This is because Microsoft have dictated that it be so. The difference, then, is that in one case you are paying for, and getting, Windows; in the other case you are paying for, but not getting, Windows. That, naive little brother, is the Windows tax.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

Phreakiture Re:Speakeasy Speed Test (294 comments)

I thought this at first, also, but I have had a pretty close match to Speedtest's claims when using scp to send large files to/from my EC2 instances.

about three weeks ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

Phreakiture Re:grow your own (236 comments)

Bandwidth cost out to pretty well keep it out of the US. South Korea might win if that's the deciding factor.

about three weeks ago
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Infected ATMs Give Away Millions of Dollars Without Credit Cards

Phreakiture Re:This doesn't add up (83 comments)

If you have access to the ATM physically, why not just take the cash there and then?

I suppose you could trigger the dispenser to start dishing out cash nonstop, but it is not as easy as it sounds. Getting at the cash cassettes is not easy, either, because the lower half of an ATM is, as you might expect when thinking about it, built as a slightly modified safe. Getting at the computer and modifying the software really is the path of least resistance.

Source: I used to work on these machines.

about three weeks ago
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Belkin Router Owners Suffering Massive Outages

Phreakiture Re:Useful? Maybe if you could disable this 'featur (191 comments)

The bad? There isn't.

It seems as though installing DD-WRT/OpenWRT/Tomato/other-non-OEM-firmware will fix it on at least some routers made by Belkin.

about three weeks ago
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JP Morgan Chase Breach Compromised Data of 76 Million Households

Phreakiture Re:Numbers don't seem right (76 comments)

Well, I can see two factors that you're not thinking about: (1) a person having accounts at more than one institution (e.g. I do) and (2) different people in one household having accounts at different institutions (e.g. my wife and I have mostly but not entirely the same banks). It makes it quite plausible that multiple large banks could have customers in over half of the nation's households.

This can be particularly pronounced with loans and credit cards for various reasons including "brokering" a deal for the end customer (think in terms of a car dealer or realtor finding you a loan/mortgage) and the fact that loans get bought and sold between banks.

about a month ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

Phreakiture Re:Clipper Chip Anyone? (575 comments)

This was precisely the first thing that crossed my mind. More to the point, I remember that both the EFF and the right-wing pundits (how's that for a combo?) were mocking the Clinton administration over it. RSA Security kicked up a hell of a fuss, too, though that may have been for show, given what we now know abou them.

about a month ago
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Breakthrough In LED Construction Increases Efficiency By 57 Percent

Phreakiture Re:You know what this means (182 comments)

Yeah, no kidding. I'm a part time sound engineer and DJ, and the "Power" indicator on my mixing board is an ungodly bright blue light. I usually end up setting something on top of it to keep it from blinding me in an otherwise-typically-low-light environment.

about a month ago
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PostgreSQL Outperforms MongoDB In New Round of Tests

Phreakiture Re:It doesn't matter (147 comments)

This is my favourite bit:

If /dev/null is fast and web scale, I will use it. Is it web scale?

about a month ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Phreakiture Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (602 comments)

I have had no problem with LEDs burning out, nor with them not dimming at least as well as incandescent. There are currently seven deployed in my home, three on dimmers. I am typically in the $8-20 range for these bulbs.

about a month ago
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Forest Service Wants To Require Permits For Photography

Phreakiture Re: Forest Circus. (299 comments)

Actually, that's per copy per picture.

This makes me wonder if video will be counted as 24/25/30/50/60 pictures per second of video. It would only take 17 seconds of 720p to run up a $1,000,000 fine.

about a month ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Phreakiture Re:Apple's new streaming service? (358 comments)

I suppose, but the reason I play by the rules is because it gives me the right to tell them to go fuck themselves if they get upset about it.

about a month and a half ago
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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down

Phreakiture Re:DING DONG! (142 comments)

Glad I could help ;-)

about a month and a half ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Phreakiture Re:Apple's new streaming service? (358 comments)

I do, but I have it in the contract that I won't accommodate such requests, nor will I play a CD/DVD/other media that someone brings me during the gig because you never know when it's going to be scratched in just the wrong place, or a copy of a 24kbps flange-a-thon.

about a month and a half ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Phreakiture Re:Apple's new streaming service? (358 comments)

I do ensure the proper licensing is in place, thank you very much.

about a month and a half ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Phreakiture Re:Apple's new streaming service? (358 comments)

I am a DJ who frequently plays gigs in places aptly described as "out in the middle of nowhere". As a reference, the last two gigs both involved a client telling me, "If you need more power, let me know. I'll go get the generator". I sent an SMS to my wife at the start of my most recent gig, and it got to her when I got back in range, an hour an a half after I left. Connectivity is zero. If I need connectivity to play it, I can't play it. I will be happy to tell anyone at the gig why I can't play it.

about a month and a half ago

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