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Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

greggman Re:And yet (123 comments)

That's probably true but it's still worse than many other countries. Why don't those countries have 1 out of 500?

Also, from my personal experience it isn't one out of 500. More like 1 out of 5, maybe at best 1 out of 10. Go into any public restroom in the USA and notice how many guys use the toilet to pee instead of the urinals, often even if there's no line for the urinals. Then notice (by sound) that almost none of them lift the seat.

I have no idea what they're thinking for sure. My fiction is they are embarrassed to use the urinal and they don't lift the seat because they're lazy and it might be dirty so they say "fuck it, someone else's problem, I'll just pee with the seat down". Still, I see it as one of many examples of "Me first, fuck everyone else" attitude that seems more prevalent in the USA than some other countries.

 

about two weeks ago
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Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

greggman Re:And yet (123 comments)

Don't know which countries you're referring to. I know many that are much better than the US in this regard. Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Japan, Singapore to name at least 5. I just personally find it sad America's culture in this one area is so bad.

about two weeks ago
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Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

greggman And yet (123 comments)

The toilets in public restrooms in America are generally covered in urine and/or destroyed. Fuck over everyone else is alive and well in American culture.

about two weeks ago
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Adobe's Digital Editions Collecting Less Data, Says EFF

greggman Stop using Adobe Reader (32 comments)

Chrome has a read built in. Firefox too? There's no reason to use Adobe Reader AFAICT and hasn't been for at least a couple of years.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

greggman Re:I'm not sure what bothers me more, (613 comments)

I love DST. I hate non DST. I want daylight for my free time so the later it stay light after work the better.

about three weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

greggman HALLELUJAH!!!! (320 comments)

Yea!!! We no longer have 2 or 3 networks as the gate keepers for all cartoons. Kids are no longer limited to cartoons only 6-9 and 3-6 on weekdays and 6-11 on Saturdays.

Today's kids have Cartoon Network, The Disney Channel, and Nickelodeon 24/7. They've got Youtube, and Vimeo, and CrunchyRoll and 50 other cartoon sites. They've got smartphones and tablets and digital cameras and notebooks that allow them to easily make their own cartoons.

I'm glad Saturday morning cartoons are dead. That was a symbol of the old guard's limited world. I'm happy it's gone

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

greggman Re:I have it on a 4S and it works great for me. (504 comments)

I got rid of my 4S after 3 frustrating months in iOS7. The switch to a 5S was like night and day. I went from random 2-10 second pauses to basically none. I can't imagine iOS8 on a 4S isn't even worse. Maybe you're just more patient or way less sensitive to the slow downs? Or maybe we just had different experiences. I had a 64gig 4S. I upgraded my 5S for iOS8. So far it's okay but I do noticed it jutters more than it did with iOS7

about 2 months ago
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Compromise Struck On Cellphone Unlocking Bill

greggman As someone who travels I need an unlocked phone (77 comments)

I can either pay AT&T $150 for 800meg roaming data. Or I can pay $7 in Singapore for a 1gig on a local sym. $30 in Japan for 1gig local sim. Etc.... I forgot the price in Italy but it was in a similar range. TMobile has their free international roaming but it's 2G which is really really slow.

Unlocking the phone isn't just about switching carriers

PS: So far I've just bought uncontracted unlocked phones.

about 4 months ago
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Why Mobile Wallets Are Doomed

greggman Re:They work great when done right. (272 comments)

That's exactly my point on why the US systems suck

I see the fact that there's no anti-theft as a feature not a bug. The fact that it's the same as cash is why it's useful. Just like cash, if you lose it it's gone. But, just like cash you don't usually carry much. I'm pretty sure the Japan cards have a limit of $200 on them max.

Conversely, all the crappy systems like Square Wallet and Google Wallet are tied to a bank account. That means if they were hacked you could lose more money than just what's on the card. In top of that it means they need authentication, in other words, they become inconvenient because you have to type a pin or in some other way access the phones whereas the Japanese cards need no authentication (just like Clipper cards, Oyster Cards, Charlie Cards need no authentication)

about 6 months ago
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Why Mobile Wallets Are Doomed

greggman They work great when done right. (272 comments)

I've always been curious if they can reproduce the NFC style wallets in Japan (Asia?) in the USA.

Here in Japan the train companies have NFC cards. The cards act mostly as cash. You put money on the card itself. I don't know exactly how the accounting works but AFAIK there's no server being contacted when you make a purchase. The system some how instantly deducts the money from your card and updates your history on the card.

This makes them super convenient unlike stuff like Square Wallet or even Google Wallet. You tap the card/phone on the machine and you've paid in under 1 second. No need to press anything, type any passwords, nothing.

The chips were later added to feature cell phones around 2006 so you could tap your phone instead of a card. You can also add more cash on them from your phone. Some Japan only Android phones also have them. Of course iPhone does not.

Trains, busses, many taxis, vending machines, convenience stores, some restaurants have the readers next to their registers.

Transactions are stored on the card and many laptops in Japan have built-in readers. My 2006 Vaio did. Touch your card to some spot on the surface of the laptop and get instant expense report for work/taxes. You can add credit to the cards on your laptop as well.

I have no idea how they prevent fraud given they can be updated locally (filling them with money without going through the proper channels). As for theft, scanning people as they walk by, they do seem to need to be within 1cm or so to read/update. I haven't looked into it though. On the other hand they aren't tied to any other money meaning they're basically like carrying cash. If you lose it all you lost is your money on the card and your purchase history. There's no "account" and it's not connected to any bank or credit card so the damage is minimized.

I have no idea if those would go over anywhere in the USA except maybe NYC, Chicago, SF. They arguably work in Japan because so many people commute so even if you never purchase anything they're super convenient for commuting (no need to buy tickets). Once you have one they end up being convenient for other things.

At the same time, I don't see anything less ever taking off in the USA. Google Wallet etc aren't more convenient than credit cards. Felica cards are.

http://www.sony.net/Products/felica/

I realize I think in SF the Clipper card and in London the Oyster cards are the same tech? But I don't think either can be used for anything other than trains/busses.

Also the chips don't need batteries so even if your phone battery dies you can still pay with the chip in your phone.

about 6 months ago
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Why Mobile Wallets Are Doomed

greggman Re:Doomed? They Were Never Viable. (272 comments)

Oh, and there is no issue with battery life. The chip in the phones in Japan is the same chip that's in the card. A dead battery doesn't affect your ability to use the phone to pay.

about 6 months ago
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Why Mobile Wallets Are Doomed

greggman Re:Doomed? They Were Never Viable. (272 comments)

That's how they started in Japan and are still available that way. The basic system is Sony's Felica

http://www.sony.net/Products/felica/

The chips were added to phones around 2006 so you could just swipe your phone instead of your card. The advantage to the phone version (1) no separate card needed (2) can add funds on the phone, no need to go to a machine. Now-a-days tyhey're integrated into Japanese made Android handsets but of course not the non-Japanese made ones nor the iPhone.

Many Japanese laptops have readers. My 2006 Vaio has a reader. I can also add funds through it.

about 6 months ago
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

greggman Open Source Saves The Day (582 comments)

It's all a matter if spin. It should be "bug found and patched because of open source" if it was closed few if any would have been able to look and find and patch the bug

about 7 months ago
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Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

greggman WebKit etc. (268 comments)

Apple funds the majority of WebKit which is open source. So they are funding open source to the tune of millions of dollars a year. I'm guessing they have between 50 and 200 programmers on WebKit. I'm guessing they have a few other open source projects as well.

about 7 months ago

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