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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

SJ Re:I don't blame the retailers (558 comments)

I guess you missed the part of the Apple Keynote where Tim Cook got up on stage and said that the banks pay Apple. Not the retailer, not the customer.

The banks pay Apple because they can pretty much guarantee that there won't be any fraud.

about three weeks ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

SJ Re:Gruber at DaringFireball nails it (558 comments)

Google Wallet has some other advantages. You don't have to pay with a credit or debit card, you can use the balance from your Wallet. You can control the balance available to spend that way, and it prevents purchases being reported to the bank.

No, it reports it to Google instead.. who make money by mining your data..

Are we seeing a theme here?

about a month ago
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Apple Releases CUPS 2.0

SJ Re:About time (178 comments)

... For any supported printer purchased in 2015+N...

about a month ago
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Netflix To Charge More For 4K Video

SJ Re:Maybe h.265 adoption will be sped up? (158 comments)

You're assuming that all those baked-in h.264 de/en-coders out there are upgradeable...

Getting critical mass on h.265 is going to take a while.

about a month ago
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Details of iOS and Android Device Encryption

SJ Re:no key needed when you have the data (146 comments)

Actually... The passphrase only decrypts the key that is used to protect the data.

Plus, each app is sandboxed and can not access other apps data. (with a few controlled exceptions)

Plus, warnings a thrown up if your app starts trying to access things. (Contacts, Microphone, Photos etc)

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

SJ Re:Alright smart guy (504 comments)

So you bought an old phone that was current at the time of purchasing.

It seem he bought a current phone at the the time of purchasing. Because... that's what was currently available.

The warranty starts from the date of purchase, not the date the design was handed over to manufacturing.

If Google supports a phone for 18 months, then they have to support it for 18 months from the date it was last officially on sale.

about 2 months ago
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Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

SJ Re:Spot on (156 comments)

Amazon is a middle-man. You're not buying from a manufacturer.

I'm sure Amazon would be happy to sell you a car. Just make sure you order when they have free-shipping deals on.

about 2 months ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

SJ And nothing of value was lost... (292 comments)

Given the number of things competing for my eyeballs and dollars these days (tv, movies, games, books, work, children) I have no qualms about 'missing out' on multiplayer-only games.

The times I actually get to sit down and play a game for an hour are few and far between. I play games to get AWAY from people, not socialise and interact with them in a virtual world. I _hate_ multiplayer.

If game developers don't want my money, then that's fine by me.

about 2 months ago
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IBM Gearing Up Mega Power 8 Servers For October Launch

SJ Re:That ship has already sailed. (113 comments)

Regarding the RAID6 thing -- I have seen plenty of shops that try to run databases on RAID5/6 and yes it isn't pretty, but that's how they do.

GAH!

This annoys me greatly. There is nothing inherently wrong with RAID5/6 as long as your use is within certain bounds. This sort of thinking gets us stuck with a glorified address book that requires a MySQL Cluster instead of a simple Sqlite DB.

Set your requirements and your budget, and then find a system that works within those two limits.

about 3 months ago
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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

SJ Re:Dropbox use AWS (275 comments)

DropBox is an over-the-top provider. Yes, they use AWS. But they are competing with Google Drive and MS OneDrive, both of whom are pushing the price down hard, and willing to lose money.

DropBox still has to pay AWS.

That said, perhaps DropBox could sell a self-hosted version of their software and bring over their ease-of-use.

about 3 months ago
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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

SJ Re:"What to do before selling or giving away your. (231 comments)

Nope... Apple iPhones actually securely erases the encryption keys which renders the contents of the storage useless.

It's a big button called "Erase All Contents and Settings". It does precisely that.

about 4 months ago
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Apple To Face Lawsuit For iMessage Glitch

SJ PEBKAC (238 comments)

In other news, a friend of mine recently switched to Google Chat. Why hasn't he responded to all my Skype messages? Is he not getting them?

about 6 months ago
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Air Force Prepares to Dismantle HAARP

SJ Project done? (178 comments)

If the military don't want something any more, it usually means 1 of 3 things.

- 1. They are no longer interested as they have something better.
- 2. They have finished their research and have succeeded in weaponising/miniaturising it.
- 3. The people that set it up and were milking the cash have all gone and the new guys can't work out what it does or how it works any more.

about 6 months ago
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Mazda Says Its Upcoming Gas-Powered Cars Will Emit Less CO2 Than Electric Cars

SJ Simple way to test... (330 comments)

Get two hermetically sealed rooms. One with this new Mazda, and one with an all-electric car. Both cars are on roller ramps. Just to be fair, the Mazda can have it's air-intake piped in from outside.

Then grab the CEO of Mazda and give him this choice of 'driving' 20 miles in either the Mazda or the electric car.

Simple... Effective.

about 8 months ago
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Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents

SJ Re:How are those kind of things patentable? (406 comments)

So why didn't Palm, or BlackBerry, or SonyEricsson come out with something as amazing as the iPhone?

If it was so obvious and all....

about 8 months ago
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Apple Demands $40 Per Samsung Phone For 5 Software Patents

SJ Re:The term of art is "obvious." (406 comments)

>The problem is that they're not playing by the established rules of the game

You mean like what Tesla is doing by trying to sell their cars without independent dealerships....

about 8 months ago
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HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

SJ Re:HP used to be greatl (385 comments)

You're mistaking this company for the original HP. "HP" nowadays is actually Compaq. The old HP that everyone knew and loved is now (at least used to be) Aligent. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...
They are now Aligent and Keysight.

So anywhere you read something about "HP" doing something stupid... Think "Compaq" instead, and it all makes sense.

about 10 months ago
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Secret New UAS Shows Stealth, Efficiency Advances

SJ Re:Pork, pork, pork, pork (87 comments)

Interesting that the Army is not permitted fixed wing aircraft or heavy boats. The Airforce isn't permitted heavy armour/troops...

and yet the Navy is allowed both.

How the heck did that get worked out?

about a year ago
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Inside OS X Mavericks

SJ Re:If by "looking good", you mean "looking like iO (362 comments)

I hated... HATED... "Natural Scrolling" when it first came out. But I gave it a week. You push up on the trackpad... screen goes up. You push down, screen goes down. It just feels.. natural.

Now when I use another computer the scrolling just feels weird.

about a year ago
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Researchers Reverse-Engineer Dropbox, Cracking Heavily Obfuscated Python App

SJ Re:Waste of resources (242 comments)

Bad analogy.

Code obfuscation is more akin to locking your door, and then hiding the key behind the pot plant.

about a year ago

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