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Apple Pay For the UK

The Good Reverend Re:if not collecting the data (75 comments)

Don't most modern terminals use an internet connection (always on) to transfer data? Assuming you have a data connection, would you really need to "invest in infrastructure" to do this? Or are you far enough away from civilization that they don't have the internet out there yet?

about a month ago
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Apple Pay For the UK

The Good Reverend Re:if not collecting the data (75 comments)

Any company that contracts out their POS terminals and accepts credit and debit cards (so, just about everyone) can get a terminal that accepts NFC payments.

My local large grocery story (Albertson's, in southern California) has accepted Apple Pay from the start, even though their terminals don't look any different than anyone else's, and don't have the typical separate plastic thing that you're supposed to touch your phone to. The whole thing is built into the user-accessible terminal, and Apple Pay just works.

Stores don't own these terminals, and the companies that provide/service them can either turn on the functionality (if the terminal has it built in) or replace the terminal with a newer model (which happens regularly anyway). It's not a matter of having to run new lines out to the boonies - if they take credit cards, they can likely accept NFC payments.

about a month ago
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Staples: Breach May Have Affected 1.16 Million Customers' Cards

The Good Reverend Re:Time to start accepting Bitcoin (97 comments)

Staples accepts NFC payments, so if I buy something there, I'm using ApplePay, which is a single-use token and more secure than anything else out there, as far as I can tell.

about a month and a half ago
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Home Depot Says Hackers Grabbed 53 Million Email Addresses

The Good Reverend Re:LOL (99 comments)

Oddly enough, though, the Home Depot locations around here still have their NFC terminals working, so I've been able to use Apple Pay.

about 3 months ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

The Good Reverend Re:Smart phones still acceptable. (357 comments)

Find me a single theater that requires you to TURN OFF your phone (instead of just putting it on silent, and putting it away).

I wouldn't give my money to one at all. Some of us need our phones to be on.

about 3 months ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

The Good Reverend Smart phones still acceptable. (357 comments)

So I can't use Google Glass, but I'm free to bring in my smart phone, which has an HD camera and likely better quality? Good work there, MPAA.

about 3 months ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

The Good Reverend Re: Good luck with that. (558 comments)

Except that I'm going to have my phone with me anyway - it's not just for making payments (so the theft/damage argument is irrelevant). And I can still lend a card to my wife, and still use it myself. But now I also have a quick, secure option with my phone that's worked 3 out of the three times I've tried it.

about 3 months ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

The Good Reverend Re: Good luck with that. (558 comments)

So if someone steals your wallet, they can buy everything they want under $100, without having to know your pin? And they can do this until you report it stolen? Is that somehow better than Apple Pay that is useless without my biometrics?

about 3 months ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

The Good Reverend Re: Good luck with that. (558 comments)

That article mentions the ways Apple Pay is better than credit cards, then goes off the deep end mentioning a bunch of generic studies about the possibilities of connecting data-mined information to individuals, then somehow implies that Apple Pay is specifically victim to these problems. Troll article.

about 3 months ago
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States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

The Good Reverend Re:Congressional Pharmaceutical Complex (217 comments)

Given legalization is extremely new, the conclusion of the article and study is grossly premature. Making matters worse in my opinion, is that the study only looks at a single element of drugs, and not the complete impact.

California legalized marijuana 18 years ago, in 1996. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Star Wars Episode VII Be Saved?

The Good Reverend You know... (403 comments)

...it's hardly even started filming yet. Maybe wait until it's released to worry?

Or better yet, don't worry. Skip it entirely if you can't hold "sequel" and "rose-tinted memories of the originals" in your brain at the same time. No one's ruining your childhood if you just stay home...

about 8 months ago
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Why Mobile Wallets Are Doomed

The Good Reverend Re:WTF does it do for me? (272 comments)

That's a wonderful idea. But since almost no Americans have compatible cards (and no vendors have compatible systems), that does us ABSOLUTELY NO GOOD. Instead, we're talking about current reality, where my scanning my phone is a pretty quick way to pay for coffee.

about 9 months ago
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Why Mobile Wallets Are Doomed

The Good Reverend Re:WTF does it do for me? (272 comments)

The scanner has a wire long enough to pull through the window, so I don't even need to hand them my phone. That's been the case at every Starbucks drive-thru around here, and even if it didn't, it would still be faster than a credit card or cash/change.

about 9 months ago
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Why Mobile Wallets Are Doomed

The Good Reverend Re:WTF does it do for me? (272 comments)

Where are you buying coffee? All the Starbucks around here have phone scanners on the counter, and the exchange is at least a few seconds quicker than handing over a credit card or dealing with cash (and change).

about 9 months ago
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Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

The Good Reverend Re:A couple of limitations... (180 comments)

None of the streaming providers like Netflix are just going to "turn off" the old, non-H.265 streams just because one device gets them. And since none of them are even using them at all right now, I'd say we have many years before Netflix will phase them out (if ever - they still have non-adaptive streams and older interfaces for legacy devices, which still work just fine) .

about 10 months ago
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Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

The Good Reverend Re:Videos unavailable on devices; Hulu for free (180 comments)

Hulu+ is $8/month. You've got a bit of a wait if you've using that money to pay for a PC.

We're at a point in content rights where not everything is available on set-top boxes. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't use a set-top box for everything else. Car analogy: It's like using a gas-guzzling truck for your everyday commute, because your economy car can't move a piano.

about 10 months ago
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Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

The Good Reverend Re:TVs with VGA in; Bluetooth thumb keyboard (180 comments)

If you have to buy a remote and IR sensor, and configure WMC (or an equivalent), it's not free, and can be a pain in the ass. Not to mention that the UI, speed, noise, and electricity cost in the set-top boxes are all serious considerations when compared to an old computer you might just have hanging around.

Roku (and I assume the other set top boxes) make it amazingly simple and quick to stream media. I have a Windows machine running WMC as an OTA DVR, and while it can stream Netflix and some of the other applications, it's not anywhere near as good at it.

about 10 months ago
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Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

The Good Reverend Re:Seems like it should (180 comments)

Because they have huge contracts with cable companies that say they won't. This isn't the fault of the set-top boxes.

about 10 months ago
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1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

The Good Reverend Re:I'm confused. (335 comments)

Yeah, I'm seeing my mistake now. Too much/not enough coffee...

about a year ago
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1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

The Good Reverend I'm confused. (335 comments)

"The 2 dollar plan per month means that the price for a gigabyte gets down to an incredibly low price of only two cents per month."

Translation, please. I must have missed something.

about a year ago

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This is strange....

The Good Reverend The Good Reverend writes  |  more than 12 years ago

I'm gaining fans. This is strange to me. I rarely add "friends", though there are a few people out there I have on my list, but for the occasional poster I am (maybe once a week), my list is growing.

Why is this? I think I'm a pretty good writer, and I get modded well (though I think this has to do with knowing how to play the system). Nice little ego stroke. But weird.

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First Entry

The Good Reverend The Good Reverend writes  |  more than 12 years ago

What an interesting system I've never even looked at before. Like a blog integrated with slashdot.

This is nice and all, but I don't like keeping too many webspaces for this type of writing. Visit http://www.insignifica.org - it's where I'll be writing.

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