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Why Every Cardiac Patient Needs a Virtual Heart

jbmartin6 Re:Every patient? (61 comments)

There are also various state level programs, of course these vary by state. It is, though, generally easier for children than poor adults.

yesterday
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Why Every Cardiac Patient Needs a Virtual Heart

jbmartin6 Re:Every patient? (61 comments)

Sorry, I know a couple families who are poor and get free preventative care through various government programs. Including prescription medicine. So in addition to being a coward, you are also a moron by your own criterion.

yesterday
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

jbmartin6 Re:Not a chance (627 comments)

So how are direct bank transfers validated? This is one of the main uses for ACH, at least in my experience, and the only validation is I can call the bank and reverse any charges after they appear in my statement.

2 days ago
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We Are All Confident Idiots

jbmartin6 Re:Left one out (289 comments)

yours will be a highly rated comment

+1 Accurate

2 days ago
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We Are All Confident Idiots

jbmartin6 Left one out (289 comments)

He didn't mention /. posters.

2 days ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

jbmartin6 Re:Not a chance (627 comments)

A good point. An obvious case of fraud would get reversed quickly. "Walmart screwed up and charged me twice" could take forever to get reversed.

2 days ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

jbmartin6 Re:Not a chance (627 comments)

It is indeed wonderful if you think about it. The only reason it works is because there is comparatively very little fraud. A great example of how security works in the real world. As Marcus Ranum wrote once "[security] is only as good as it has to be". There is just enough protection on it to discourage most of the fraud, and we accept the rest. If technology changes and the fraud rate rises to an intolerable level, the system will get updated. But not before then, no matter how much security folks complain.

2 days ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

jbmartin6 Re:Not a chance (627 comments)

That is interesting, do you know off hand any good summaries of the differences? I thought the US ACH system was fairly global. Rather parochial of me, I know. I'll Google on it at some point in any case.

2 days ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

jbmartin6 Re:Not a chance (627 comments)

I don't want to give you nightmares, but it is horrifying how little security there is on ACH transactions. The whole system relies on the ability to undo transactions to discourage fraud. All anyone needs is the routing and account numbers that are helpfully printed on your checks.

2 days ago
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The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows

jbmartin6 Re:Fine, if (286 comments)

Probably the whole goal of getting rid of the windows is to shrink the walls an inch so they can cram one more row of seats into the plane.

2 days ago
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Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

jbmartin6 Re:Honestly. (231 comments)

I was once called in for a similar-sounding incident. It turned out to be the guy at the next desk who had the same make/model of wireless keyboard. But to answer your question, the article already answered it.

It was described to me by the computer experts I consulted with afterwards that that was purely an attempt to let me know that they could do that, that they were watching, that they were in my computer.

But it seems like you would have to read the book to get more details on who these experts were.

2 days ago
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Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic

jbmartin6 Re:which Verizon services (206 comments)

T-Mobile doesn't, at least as far as I could tell. Not yet at least.

4 days ago
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Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic

jbmartin6 Re:which Verizon services (206 comments)

I just checked using http://centralops.net/co/ over my Verizon mobile phone and sure enough there is the X-UIDH header. Well, this cements my plan to switch carriers in a month when my contract expires. Any tips on moving to a pay-as-you-go plan that lets me keep my phone number?

5 days ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

jbmartin6 Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (571 comments)

Probably the company heads all voted for secession.

about a week ago
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

jbmartin6 Re:A bit???? (168 comments)

Nuts, sorry, redundant, please mod down. :)

about a week ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

jbmartin6 Re:Human nature (570 comments)

This sort of reasoned and mature response has no place on the Internet.

about a week ago
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

jbmartin6 Re:Not just women (570 comments)

I agree with you this works in a lot of cases. But it seems to me there are major differences in some of the activity I have read about in these cases. One, the sheer level of bullying, hiding behind the Internet, is very different. Death threats, assault threats, "swatting", and so on. Two, they don't just go away. The mere existence of the target seems to enrage a small group of chumps. The Internet makes it easy for them to get together and harass their victim full time. "Just ignore it and they will go away" isn't good advice when they don't go away.

about a week ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

jbmartin6 The sky is falling.....again? (324 comments)

This summary is a bit hysterical, in the excessively panicked sense. TFA indicates there is a cap on taxes for both individuals and service providers, and this DRAFT bill is likely to contain the same sort of provisions. Of course, whether such a tax is a good idea is up for debate, but statements like "could set back the country's technological development by some 20 years" are ridiculous. Excise taxes already exist on other goods and services without complete disaster.

about a week ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

jbmartin6 Re:Overly broad? (422 comments)

Did you read the study and find some flaw in the method or conclusions? Or do you have some idea that persons sponsored by organizations you approve of are somehow magically not human (as in subject to bias and cognitive error)? A study isn't credible or not based on who might sponsor it. Sure, sponsorship might indicate that the study should be taken with a grain of salt, but since every result in science should be taken with a grain of salt, what difference does that make? And since the conclusion seems to indicate a bad result for these particular sponsors, do you still think it isn't credible?

about two weeks ago

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Here comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

jbmartin6 jbmartin6 writes  |  about 4 months ago

jbmartin6 (1232050) writes "The Panopticon may be coming, but perhaps not how we think. Instead of a massive government surveillance program, we might end up subjected to ubiquitous monitoring to save on our insurance premiums. The "internet of things (you can't get away from)" makes this more and more possible. Here a company saved money on its health insurance premiums by distributing Fitbits and an online service to enable reporting fitness gains back to the insurance company. We've already seen the stories on using black boxes to monitor drivers. There is even an insurance company named Panoptic! Heck why not a premium hike for owners of this or that "aggressiveness gene"? What if in the future we got a quick "+50 cents" tweet for every scoop of iced cream? I suppose the natural stopping point might be the balance between an individual's willingness to be monitored and the desire to reduce insurance premiums."

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