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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

stephanruby Re:Nope they are clever (324 comments)

Apple has locked it down? So what? How is that any different from the last several years where competitors have had NFC and payment support?

When the ISIS Association initially locked down NFC, it only locked down access to the NFC secure element. In other words, third party developers were still able to use NFC for other purposes, than making payment applications with it. In that sense, Apple is far more paranoid and repressive than ISIS itself.

As a user, I personally couldn't care less about the latest power struggle between big players. I just like to be able to read my Clipper card with it. And I just like to pair with my speakers/my headset, or my friends devices, without having to even think about it (or without being forced to buy NFC Bluetooth speakers at twice the price because they an exclusive deal with Apple).

2 days ago

London's Crime Hot Spots Predicted Using Mobile Phone Data

stephanruby Re:Criminal's phones (61 comments)

Or as an alternative: If you track the location of cop's cell phones you can predict areas at higher risk for crimes, after they've been called in.

2 days ago

Airbnb To Start Collecting Hotel Tax On Rentals In San Francisco

stephanruby Re:Finally, an honest Internet company (71 comments)

Can we go ahead and explain to Uber and Lyft that they need taxi licenses and to pay their share or gtfo.

Explain all you want. In some cities, taxi medallions are no longer being sold and the supply of taxis is being artificially limited.

Personally, I live in San Francisco and I'm sick and tired of not being able to catch a cab during peak hours. So I end up have to drive my car to work and pay exorbitant parking fees whenever I have to go somewhere after work that's not easily reachable via public transportation.

And no, I'm not black, in case you were wondering. Although, I suspect that increasing the supply of taxi-like services like Uber would solve some of that problem as well. If there is an oversupply of taxis or taxi-like services, then these taxi drivers are actually much less able to discriminate.

3 days ago

Airbnb To Start Collecting Hotel Tax On Rentals In San Francisco

stephanruby Re:Uber announces UberRV (71 comments)

and under our new fine print if the driver get's in accident you can get sued as well.

Putting the initial joke aside, here is the actual insurance policy from Uber.

There is actually nothing wrong with it, as far as I can tell.

3 days ago

Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

stephanruby Re:Idiots ... (172 comments)

Unlike yourself, Quickflix has obtained all necessary Australian rights to the content on its platform, faithfully meets all necessary security requirements, including geo-filtering imposed by the content rights holders, and...

Netflix has geo-filtering in place, hence the need for private VPNs. In fact, if the reverse was true and non-Australians watched Quickflix movies through VPNs, I very much doubt that Quickflix could do anything about it.

My guess is that Quickflix is just posturing to get better terms on content licensing. 200,000 is an awful big guess estimate. VPNs are not free (the free ones just aren't reliable). I doubt very much that 200,000 people would put down money for a VPN subscription, on top of a Netflix subscription, on top of broadband service. If people are getting VPN subscriptions, it's probably for porn, business, and/or free video streaming services like or

4 days ago

AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

stephanruby Re:Consumers pay extra (239 comments)

I did not RTA, but from the summary it sounds as if AT&T's proposal would allow AT&T to instead charge customers extra based on the applications they wish to use. No, thank you.

Why not? It worked well enough when they were charging individually for sms messages.

4 days ago

AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

stephanruby Re:Request fastlane for games (239 comments)

Why would you request a fastlane for Netflix?

For cell-based broadband at least, it's usually the difference between a fast-lane and a zero-speed lane.

On T-Mobile for instance, once you exceed your initial quota, your device is supposed to slow down to 3G speed, but it actually doesn't do that. It keeps its 4G speed for Facebook (because Facebook pays for the privilege), and it slows down the rest of the traffic to zero for everything else (even for low speed things like email).

4 days ago

Google's Android One Initiative Launches In India With Three $100 Phones

stephanruby Re:$100 (50 comments)

I just bought €50 phones for my kids. Android 4.4. There are plenty around where I am, so I don't really know what the fuss is all about.

It doesn't count if people have to pay €1 per minute to call your kids' phones. Ultimately, someone is paying for the hardware.

5 days ago

California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal

stephanruby Re:No (288 comments)

I have a basic problem with Uber and Lift, and that is in the fakery of their liability claims.

This is false. Here is Uber's insurance policy in the US.

And before everyone says that 1 million dollars is nothing for a commercial insurance. The facts are that in the US, car insurance requirements are ridiculously low (compared to a country like Germany for instance, which Uber has a different higher insurance for) and that in the US at least, you certainly won't get better commercial insurance coverage from any existing taxi cab company.

The facts are ( as presented in MANY news stories) if you get injured in an Uber or Lift car

I've seen those stories. Those are not facts. Those are conjectures, FUD, and click-bait stories that parade themselves as news stories, that don't even take the time to go through the public web sites of those ride-sharing companies to try to counter the claims about their insurance published there.

about a week ago

Chrome OS Can Now Run Android Apps With No Porting Required

stephanruby Re: Wow (131 comments)

  • - Using Google Docs introduces a dependency on Google (they're uptime track-record is pretty damn good though, granted)
  • - Using Google Docs introduces a dependency on an Internet connection

Google Docs/Google Drive does offer offline access.

about a week ago

Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

stephanruby Re:Government doesn't get it. (184 comments)

So? who gives a fuck ?

There is one country that does care and that's Canada.

Canada does end up complying with WTO rulings, especially if the complainant in question is already a large trade partner to begin with, like the United States is.

about two weeks ago

Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

stephanruby Re:Government doesn't get it. (184 comments)

Government doesn't get it. They don't control it.

Not only that, but with the wording they're using, they'd get their ass handed to them in front of a WTO panel. includes regulating foreign online video services such as Google and Netflix, but exempting Canadian services.

Either that, or may be their end game is to also regulate their own Canadian online streaming services and to claim surprise and innocence when the WTO requires them to impose the same regulation on their own industry.

about two weeks ago

Should Cyborgs Have the Same Privacy Rights As Humans?

stephanruby Re:All the evidence is beginning to suggest... (206 comments)

When someone with an e-tattoo or an implanted biochip inevitably commits a crime, and evidence of that crime exists on that device within them, do they have a legal right to protect that evidence?

What about when someone with DNA inevitably commits a crime and leaves some DNA behind? Are we allowed to take a DNA swab just out of anyone willy nilly? The answer is no, not yet at least, and not with some kind of due process. In the US and in Europe at least, there are specific laws protecting the privacy of DNA (unless you're a felon, or unless you're in the military).

Granted, the entire male population of three villages in Scotland was once swabbed for DNA for a double rape and a double murder case, but even in that case, those males were only asked to "volunteer" for the procedure, or they would be considered primary suspects. But even in that case, I doubt that such a threat would have worked in a larger metropolis.

So then, the argument might center around the ownership of that DNA. Do you freely give away your DNA to others? Do you freely give your DNA to the government when asked? And what about the DNA of your relatives? More than one person have already been convicted for rape or murder because one of their relatives had DNA on file with the US military for instance.

about two weeks ago

Egypt's Oldest Pyramid Is Being Destroyed By Its Own Restoration Team

stephanruby Re:a shame but... (246 comments)

Looking at that picture I wonder how people can be so amazed by it.

That's exactly the problem. Pyramids are like the Grand Canyon. Modern photography may have gotten super good at capturing a likeness of their image, but nothing actually beats going there in person and seeing those things in real life!

Doesn't even sound hard other than the heat (which was called fucking life back then, cause no one had air conditioning).

Actually, don't believe your hollywood movies, Egypt was lush with vegetation and had plenty water (which provided its own natural air conditioning during the time those pyramids were built). Please read this article and this article.

Considering that it was made with slave labor, makes it even less impressive.

Yes, that was the totally unproven interpretation of the Europeans when they first visited Egypt. And as another poster already replied (and provided a reference), they're now finding physical evidence that this wasn't actually the case.

There's these steps in northern california, laid by like 80 japanese slave laborers like 100 years ago...

If you think the work of 80 laborers 100 years ago is equivalent to the work of ~10,000 laborers ~7,000 years ago, then that's your choice. Personally, I can't even visualize a period of 7,000 years. So if you're not impressed by several supremely huge man-made structures that have stood the test of time for 7,000+ years, then let's just agree to disagree because I am surely impressed by them.

about two weeks ago

Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

stephanruby Re:To the slashdotters of the world (165 comments)

Argentinian here.

Do you actually have Netflix there?

Apparently, the Slashdot editors think that all the paid video streaming services in the World are owned and operated by Netflix.

about two weeks ago

Buenos Aires Issues a 'Netflix Tax' For All Digital Entertainment

stephanruby Re:thats to spendy (165 comments)

That's assuming the mail doesn't get opened and the cash doesn't get confiscated before it gets to you.

about two weeks ago

Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia

stephanruby Re:What is the Tesla strategy? (157 comments)

2) Dealers will definitely try to sell more gas cars as they break down more frequently

Well, technically the perception is the opposite, that electrical cars are not proven on the road yet. That is why Tesla is required to give out free lengthy warranty support, since they want to gain the trust of their initial customers.

And that's probably why, as you've already said, and which I completely agree with, that dealers are not going to make money for providing over-priced maintenance & repair services (since Tesla is going to be the one mostly footing the bill).

about two weeks ago

Post-Microsoft Nokia Offering Mapping Services To Samsung

stephanruby Re:Will download (67 comments)

It's not completely Google Maps fault.

A lot of the mapping data it uses is tied to some pretty strict licensing requirements. Of course, now that the open street map data is getting really good in many areas, it's time for Google Maps to filter out the licensed-bound data in favor of the open data, but that's a conflict in the making and Google may suffer some backlash from the third party mapping providers it hasn't purchased yet.

about three weeks ago


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