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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

_merlin Re:Why? Nobody uses NFC payments (185 comments)

There's an offline mode that's available in Europe where the card verifies the PIN entered on the terminal. This mode has been shown to be vulnerable to compromised hardware as response for a valid PIN is predictable. The cards in Australia are incapable of verifying the PIN at all - you can set or change your PIN for many cards using an online service without the card present.

2 days ago
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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

_merlin Re:Why? Nobody uses NFC payments (185 comments)

US is really that backwards? And I thought the "offline mode" in Europe where the card verifies the PIN was bad enough.

2 days ago
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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

_merlin Re:Why? Nobody uses NFC payments (185 comments)

We have NFC credit cards in Australia now. They don't seem to have caused a big uptick in fraud. Also, the worst you could do from a distance (assuming you could communicate with the card for long enough) would be to process a payment of up to $100 - you can't actually copy the card.

2 days ago
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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

_merlin Re:NGH (185 comments)

Coin is going to be dead in the water as soon as US requires chip cards. The whole point of chip cards is that the key never leaves the chip and it can't be copied. They talk about supporting it in the future but can't elaborate on a plan, as they don't have one. They also have blatant misinformation about "chip and sign" on their site. "Chip and sign" uses the ICC chip to verify card presence, but you sign the receipt rather than entering a PIN. The Coin people claim you still use the magnetic strip, but that just plain isn't true.

2 days ago
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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

_merlin Re:So it's like Google Wallet? (185 comments)

Samsung's latest phones do NFC payment in Australia. There's no reason it couldn't work, besides vendor apathy.

2 days ago
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New NRC Rule Supports Indefinite Storage of Nuclear Waste

_merlin Re:What else can they do? (173 comments)

The early prototype fast neutron reactors in the UK had issues with handling of the coolants, and are proving very expensive to decommission. Irradiated light metals coating the insides of pipes are difficult to deal with apparently. It's probably nothing that couldn't be solved with additional R&D, but how long before it actually pays off? The UK gave up on it before getting to a viable level.

about a week ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

_merlin Re:Waaah. (336 comments)

A standard US outlet is only rated at 13A and the voltage can be up to 120V, so your kettle will be rated at about 1500W at 120V, and therefore will have a 9.6 Ohm element. If you happen to have 110V where you are, it will be running at 1260W which will take even longer to boil.

about two weeks ago
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New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

_merlin Re:Waaah. (336 comments)

It must take longer to boil water in the US then. In Aus a standard electric kettle has a 2.4kW resistive heating element. I bet little things like that would be most irritating for someone making the transition to a 100-125V country.

about two weeks ago
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How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper

_merlin Re:Yeah, so? (143 comments)

I think you mean "fucking magnets" - how do they work?

about two weeks ago
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Study: Seals Infected Early Americans With Tuberculosis

_merlin Re:Africa man... (74 comments)

I think s/he is trying to make a point that African crises are largely confined to Africa. They haven't started any world wars, operated oppressive colonies in remote places, etc.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Crippling PCs With BSOD, Microsoft Suggests You Roll Back

_merlin Re:It isn't only Windows 8 (304 comments)

I had persistent bluescreens that I tracked down to an overheating SAS controller. It was not a pleasant experience. It's been pretty stable since then, though.

about two weeks ago
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Google Brings Chrome OS User Management To Chrome

_merlin Re:Just stop already (68 comments)

No it isn't, at least not on OSX. On OSX by default it uses no proxies at all, and you have to dig into that preference sheet to enable it at all. Then it doesn't always switch properly when changing networks.

about two weeks ago
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Google Brings Chrome OS User Management To Chrome

_merlin Re:Just stop already (68 comments)

You're very much a minority case. Most people want system-wide proxy settings. It annoys me that Firefox needs its own proxy settings. I want to set/change proxy settings once and have all my applications switch over. I don't want to have to mess with per-application settings.

about three weeks ago
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Point-and-Shoot: TrackingPoint's New Linux-Controlled AR-15s

_merlin Re:a rifle with 100 percent accuracy (219 comments)

Get your FLOSS personalities right: Eric S Raymond is the gun nut.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft To Drop Support For Older Versions of Internet Explorer

_merlin Re:Only 17 months to go... (138 comments)

Competition's never a bad thing. I'll take three viable web browsers over two. No-one wants to go back to the days of sites targeting specific browsers. "Best experienced with Netscape" - screw that.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft To Drop Support For Older Versions of Internet Explorer

_merlin Re:Only 17 months to go... (138 comments)

From my experience so far, IE11 with default settings renders far more like Firefox/Safari than any prior version of IE. A lot of the brokenness probably comes down to web apps detecting IE, then serving content designed for old, broken IE. When new, standards-compliant IE becomes more widespread, people can just remove the code for supporting bad old IE altogether.

about three weeks ago
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HP Gives OpenVMS New Life and Path To X86 Port

_merlin Re:The old timers were right (136 comments)

The popular OM derivatives exchange platform (used by ASX, HKFE, SGX, OSE, etc.) used to run on VMS, but they already moved it to Linux a few years ago.

about a month ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

_merlin Re:Move "ZIG" (701 comments)

That was my first though, too.

about a month and a half ago
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The lightbulb I've most recently acquired ...

_merlin Re:I genuinely cannot remember... (196 comments)

Wow. Glad you got that out. You and the other four guys on the internet that are 1) from a non-US country and 2) like to bitch about every fucking submission that doesn't follow euro standards really gotta get that out or you'll die right?

He claims to have paid in sterling - they don't use sterling in Europe. Learn your geography, goddamn ignorant Americunt. He's not European, he's a Britfag.

about 2 months ago
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Grandmother Buys Old Building In Japan And Finds 55 Classic Arcade Cabinets

_merlin Re:No story here (133 comments)

There are a bunch of DVD-based adult mahjong games there. Dumps of these are quite rare.

about 2 months ago

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Reinventing myself as a troll

_merlin _merlin writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I keep having these thoughts of reinventing myself as a troll. I could try to make first posts, and join the GNAA, and post goatse links and ASCII art, and flame Mac users and other stuff like that.

But then I'd lose karma, and I'd start out at -1, so no-one would see my trolling, anyway, and if I did post something worthwhile, no-one would see that, either.

I could make another account, just for trolling, but that stinks of effort. Oh well, I guess I'll just stay my boring self.

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