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Made-In-Nigeria Smart Cards To Extend Financial Services To the Poor

axlash Will this work? (40 comments)

I am not sure about the market for smart cards in Sub-Saharan Africa (the intended market for these smartcards). Smartcards need to work with a lot of complementary technology and infrastructure in order to deliver the benefits of convenient and secure payment (readers, communication systems, electricity to power these), and I don't know that this is present to a great extent in many African countries.

In addition, given that running a business in Lagos is a pretty difficult thing (given the chronic power shortages, difficulty in obtaining skilled manpower, poor transport infrastructure), I'm not sure the smartcards will necessarily be cheap enough to compete against imported cards, even with cheaper labour offsetting some of the costs. If Jonathan's idea is to use tariffs to level the playing field, it means that the factory's market is effectively limited to Nigeria, making it even a more dubious enterprise.

about a week ago
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Made-In-Nigeria Smart Cards To Extend Financial Services To the Poor

axlash Re:It's about time! (40 comments)

For the President's Goodluck sake (yes, Goodluck is actually his real name)...

And why is that noteworthy?

Must everyone have the same kind of names used where you live?

about a week ago
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Thync, a Wearable That Zaps Your Brain To Calm You Down or Amp You Up

axlash A new kind of drug? (154 comments)

If the devices like this really do end up working, they'd be doing what many recreational drugs do today.

I wonder what this would mean for the war on drugs...

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

axlash So many angles... (1350 comments)

Is the Slashdotterati going to talk about...

- Militant Islam striking again?

- Guns killing people?

- The growth of citizen video?

- The fact that this is not 'news for nerds'?

I can't wait...

about three weeks ago
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Why We're Not Going To See Sub-orbital Airliners

axlash Cheap tech (300 comments)

"One of the failure modes of extrapolative SF is to assume that just because something is technologically feasible, it will happen. ... Someone has to want it enough to pay for it—and it will be competing with other, possibly more attractive options."

I'm not sure what Stross is saying here. An important part of the process of developing technology is not just to ensure it can be developed, but that it can be developed at a price that most people can afford.

So when I seen advanced technology portrayed in SF being used by fairly ordinary people, I assume that the technology has been made affordable enough that paying for it is not an issue.

about a month ago
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Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

axlash Re:Business-minded criminals (463 comments)

It's not fair to compare payday lenders to these guys.

Payday lenders don't get you into the debt that brings you to their doors, even if you feel that they are taking advantage of your situation.

about a month ago
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Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

axlash Business-minded criminals (463 comments)

I found it interesting that these criminals made a point of honouring their promise to provide the tools to decrypt the encrypted data.

At first, this didn't make sense to me. They are criminals; why do they have to honour anything?

But thinking about it some more, it works in their favour. Say I am a desperate person looking to get my files back, and I ask around if anyone has had any success with paying the ransom. If get responses saying "yes", then of course I am more likely to pay too, and this works in favour of the criminals' bottom line.

In addition, it dosn't cost the criminals much to provide the decryption tools, unlike if this was a kidnapping of a real person where there is the risk of the kidnapper getting caught during a hostage exchange.

about a month ago
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What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?

axlash Re:Few you say? (578 comments)

When the dominant culture/language becomes decadent, people have no other choice than to push other cultures/languages in order to survive.

Why?

What do you mean by 'decadent' here?

Sure, some people bind up their culture in a language, but for others, language is just functional - a way to get someone else to understand your thoughts. Why should the 'decadence' of a language stop you from using it if it helps you pass your message across clearly, and if it does so better than many other languages because of its rich vocabulary?

about a month ago
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Peter Diamandis: Technology Is Dissolving National Borders

axlash Re:It's not that important (129 comments)

Just to be clear, the concept of nationalities isn't going anywhere any time soon, as long as there's a need for there to be law and order in society. What *may* change is a person's affinity to a particular nationality.

about a month ago
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Peter Diamandis: Technology Is Dissolving National Borders

axlash It's not that important (129 comments)

Nationality is really just a legal construct, anyway - it allows a body of people (known as a 'government') to determine what rights and responsibilities you have by virtue of being in a particular physical location.

I think that most people have a stronger affinity to a culture - especially the culture they grew up with - than they do to a nationality, since culture evokes a more emotional response. Of course, for many people, the two are the same - but if you're a naturalized immigrant, they are two very different things.

Nationality will become even less important to people if more countries start trying to attract people to live in them (for economic or social reasons), but I don't see happening for a long while yet.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Companies With Poor SSL Practices?

axlash Hacking (141 comments)

If their security is so bad, you should be able to hack into their network.

Once you've done so, post the story of the hacking on the internet.

Nothing like public embarassment to make them clean up their security practices.

about a month ago
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The Slow Death of Voice Mail

axlash Re:Voicemail won't die (237 comments)

Not really. IF I call and need answers but get your voice mail I hang up and send an email with all relevent information. If I don't get a response back then I will call again. However I do give an hour or two to hear back.

Voicemail isn't nesscary. Now fax machines those aren't going anywhere until programmers can figure out group emails with only one person responding.

What if I don't know your email address, or I don't have access to a facility from which to email you?

What might be more convenient is to have a transcription of my voicemail sent to you as text, though (assuming your number is a mobile number).

about a month ago
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The Slow Death of Voice Mail

axlash Re:Voicemail won't die (237 comments)

Voicemail can still die, even with all of that.

If the person doesn't answer, send a text or email. Problem solved without voicemail.

What's more likely is the evolution of the transcription systems mentioned elsewhere in this thread, where the voicemail that the caller leaves is transcribed to text and sent as an email to the callee.

That's certainly more convenient that having to drop the call and send a separate email.

about a month ago
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The Slow Death of Voice Mail

axlash Voicemail won't die (237 comments)

To be clear, as long as:
- callers call callees;
- callees are not available to pick up the phone;
- callers want callees to know there and then why they called;
voicemail is not going anywhere soon (although the means through which voicemail may be consumed might change).

about a month ago
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Texas Instruments Builds New Energy Technology For the Internet of Things

axlash Re:Your power level! (54 comments)

"Now, to bring this home with a car analogy (and a moderately controversial one, although it shouldn't be), quoting the voltage of an electrical power source is not unlike quoting the torque of a car engine."

This assumes that we all know what the torque of a car engine means.

I'd use a water pressure analogy myself.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Convincing My Company To Stop Using Passwords?

axlash Cost (247 comments)

Have you considered how much it will cost your company to implement and manage such a solution?

You'll need to be able to convince management that the likelihood and impact of your company's IT infrastructure is high enough to justify such an expense.

about 2 months ago
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Hacking Internet Connected Light Bulbs

axlash Re:Borg Home (63 comments)

I'm being very specific here - I'm referring to internet controlled home lighting. If all I care about is switching on/off lights, it is overkill.

I can't say I'm too hot ('scuse the pun) on remote controlled heating either; I'd need to see significant savings before I was tempted to invest in that.

Of course, if this is all about having fun while engaging in a home project, that's another story altogether.

about 7 months ago
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Hacking Internet Connected Light Bulbs

axlash Re:Borg Home (63 comments)

I get that large industrial/office complexes might want to automate/regulate lighting, but why would you want to do this for your home?

Looks like overkill to me.

about 7 months ago
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Melbourne Uber Drivers Slapped With $1700 Fines; Service Shuts Down

axlash Enough warning? (255 comments)

I wonder if the directorate gave the drivers enough of a heads up before the crackdown; if not, that would seem a rather harsh move.

about 9 months ago

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