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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

adamstew Re: Apple Pay (355 comments)

your understanding is incorrect. Apple has explicitly stated that the transaction is 100% between The Merchant, Your Bank, and you. Apple does not receive a copy of the transaction, they don't know who you've shopped with, and that they don't know that any specific transaction has happened.

The only thing Apple does is act as the facilitator to getting the device-specific account number in to the phone. So Apple could know which credit cards you have setup in your device and that's about it.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

adamstew Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (504 comments)

I'm not actually sure if this is entirely correct. I don't think the fingerprint chip actually has the encryption key. Whenever you power-cycle an iPhone with a passcode/password, you are required to unlock it the first time with the full password. You can't unlock it with just your fingerprint.

My guess is that it needs the passcode to decrypt the contents of the databases, and then it uses the fingerprints as a quick-unlock feature when the device was put to sleep, but the keys are still in memory.

about 3 months ago
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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

adamstew Re:Not good enough (323 comments)

That is fair. I thought it was odd that they just "purchased" it for everybody rather than just make the price free for a month and people could go and claim it. I didn't bother me either way.

about 3 months ago
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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

adamstew Re:Not good enough (323 comments)

So don't turn on the auto download feature then. When you want to download it to your device, then open your list of purchases and download it manually.

about 3 months ago
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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

adamstew Re:Not good enough (323 comments)

The auto download feature isn't turned on by default. It's off by default. So you'd have to know of it's existence for it to be on.

about 3 months ago
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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

adamstew Re:Not good enough (323 comments)

Apple does have that option as well. You can set a bit such that the phone will only download new purchases over wifi.

about 3 months ago
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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

adamstew Re:Downloading music for free? Scandelous! (323 comments)

You never needed to give apple any money to get the music for free. All you needed was an iTunes account/password and you got the album for free. No prior purchase was necessary. In fact, if you sign up for a free iTunes account before some day in October, you still get the album for free...no purchases required.

about 3 months ago
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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

adamstew Re:Not good enough (323 comments)

They can not. The only people who had the album pushed to their device are those who turned on the flag on their devices to download new purchases. The only thing Apple did was flag that album as purchased for all iTunes accounts. The device then dutifully did as it was told by it's owner and downloaded all purchases.

The album never showed up on my devices because I don't have that flag turned on.

about 3 months ago
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Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

adamstew Re: No standing, no case (155 comments)

so...SCOTCOM? Sounds like a nuclear missile satellite

about 3 months ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

adamstew Re:Scan here for a free 'whatever' sucker. (730 comments)

wow. really? If someone steals my phone and hacks off my thumb, then one of the last things that i'm going to worry about is them going to a McDonalds and hold up a bloodied iPhone and dismembered finger up to the payment system to buy a cheeseburger.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

adamstew Re:Uh (127 comments)

I made the ICQ "uh oh" sound my text message sound a while back. Oh the memories...

about 4 months ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

adamstew Re:Legal pemission? THEY GIVE IT! (368 comments)

Depends on how you interpret the semantics of their statement/recording.

"This call may be recorded for quality assurance" is vague. That may be their notification to me that they are recording the call, but it could also be interpreted as "you may record this call for quality assurance". Either interpretation fits the statement of "This call may be recorded for quality assurance".

about 4 months ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

adamstew Re:They're Monopolies (368 comments)

I would think that, since they are effective monopolies in the areas they serve, that their franchise agreements don't let them just ditch customers that are troublemaking. I know this is up to each individual municipality, but I would hope there would be conditions in there on who they have to serve and the reasons that are allowed for them to not serve someone.

about 4 months ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

adamstew Re:What about Oregon and Washington? (368 comments)

I would think that once both parties have agreed that the call is going to be recorded (via the automated message) that you would have no legal issues with recording the call yourself. Basically, as long as proper consent has been given to record the call (whether it's a 1-party state or 2-party state), then it doesn't matter who is doing the recording or where.

IANAL. Not legal advice, etc. etc.

about 4 months ago
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Hotel Chain Plans Phone-Based Check-in and Room Access

adamstew Re:Risky (120 comments)

I think you would just go to the front desk and have them issue you a traditional key in this scenario.

about 5 months ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

adamstew Re:Lies and statistics... (570 comments)

The ACA dictates that any health insurance plan must have an out-of-pocket maximum of $6,350 per year for an individual and $12,700 per year for a family. The MOST that multi-million dollar cancer treatment would cost anyone is $6,350. After that, 100% of the expenses are paid. Should a multimillion dollar cancer decide to strike the entire Octomom Clan, then the most that the Octoparents would be paying is $12,700.

Some plans have lower out-of-pocket maximums, but the highest that they can be and still be compliant with the ACA is $6,350. The out-of-pocket maximum also includes all deductibles, coinsurance, copayments, or any other such similar payments for all covered medical expenses (including prescriptions, exams, tests, labs, etc.)

So once the cost of treatment on a 20% coinsurance plan has totaled about $30,000, then the patient isn't paying for anything else out of their own pocket.

about 5 months ago
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Tim Cook: If You Don't Like Our Energy Policies, Don't Buy Apple Stock

adamstew Re:Tim Cook doesn't understand the Law (348 comments)

correct. My home owners association is a legal corporation. But we make no moves to produce a profit. In fact, we actively work to reduce the member dues as much as possible to make sure we don't produce a profit or a loss.

about 10 months ago
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Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

adamstew Re:9.1 (1009 comments)

This positioning of the screen will cause a lot of neck strain if used for extended periods. Your neck would then have to hold the weight of your head out over your chest. This will create a lot of strain on your neck muscles. You will start hating life after about a day or two.

about a year ago
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Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

adamstew Safety (937 comments)

I would think the point would be that machines, once properly programmed, can be the worlds safest drivers...statistically. You, as a human, will still be responsible for taking over when the machine doesn't know what to do. But, for the other 99.5% of the time, the self-driving car will make the best decisions and always be completely alert.

Self-Driving cars, I believe, have the ability to drastically reduce deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents...one of the highest causes of death in the USA.

about a year ago

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SCO Gets Up to $100 Million Financing

adamstew adamstew writes  |  more than 6 years ago

adamstew (909658) writes "The Wall Street Journal Reports: "SCO Group Inc. said private equity firm Stephen Norris Capital Partners and partners in the Middle East will provide up to $100 million to finance SCO's efforts to go private and get out of bankruptcy.""
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adamstew adamstew writes  |  more than 7 years ago

adamstew (909658) writes "According to PC world, Nintendo's Wii console is being updated on Saturday to provide the Wii News channel. The Wii news channel will provide stories from the AP.

Also, According to GameSpy: "You'll pick out news from different regions via an interactive map the world. Eventually the AP would like to enhance the news feed with multimedia presentations and other features."

"Thanks to a two-year contract Nintendo has signed with The Associated Press, the Wii News Channel, which debuts this Saturday, will feature news stories and photos from the news organization.""

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