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Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards

toonces33 Re:Credit cards? (77 comments)

The funny thing is that the other day I took one of the cats into the vet for an exam, and when I went to pay I found that they had a chip card reader, and it worked the way it was supposed to. My the first chip-card transaction in the U.S., and it was at a small mom-and-pop.

I should note that for many months, Home Depot has had chip card readers at their POS terminals, but they are not yet active.

4 days ago
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Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

toonces33 Then I guess you could say... (222 comments)

that schizophrenia itself has a bit of a split personality.

about a week ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

toonces33 Re:No Dick Tracy calls? (730 comments)

To do that, you would really need to buy two. But I guess the upside is that you would then have the ability to use your apps while taking a phone call.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

toonces33 Re:No Dick Tracy calls? (730 comments)

I was hoping for a Maxwell Smart style shoe phone myself.

about two weeks ago
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Book Review: Architecting the Cloud

toonces33 Re:One simple question I wish were answered... (75 comments)

There is also the question of how good a job they do with encrypting the data. Who at the cloud company would have the ability to decrypt the data? Are there regular security audits by an outside party who can affirm that the things the cloud company claims are in fact accurate?

It gets even more complicated for enterprise users. What happens when an employee leaves the company? How is access controlled to prevent continued access? What about data that you might possess that you might have received under an NDA? How is this controlled so that this information cannot leak to outsiders?

To me, cloud is all smoke and mirrors. Most cloud providers are really targeting consumers by offering a free service so that they can mine data and deliver more advertisements. The old saying is that if you aren't paying for the service, then *you* are the product. If you are cool with all of this, then go at it.

about two weeks ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

toonces33 Re:John Conner is a great scam name (251 comments)

I suppose what you could do is go into a long story about how you know of someone with the same name who was convicted of some crime (something pretty lurid - like having sex with animals), and ask them whether they are related. And then go into this long story about what it was that this person supposedly did.

about a month ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

toonces33 Re:I know two victims (251 comments)

If we could get a record of the IP addresses from which they attempt the remote connections, one could try and blacklist them. But I suppose once they figured it out, they would move to another ISP.

about a month ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

toonces33 Sigh.. (251 comments)

I never get these calls, so I miss out on the fun. Just as well - I am pretty busy, so I don't have a lot of time for hijinks..

about a month ago
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Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access To Free Software

toonces33 It seems like... (159 comments)

The legislators were mainly interested in getting a price break from Microsoft, and they found a way to do it.

about a month ago
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Broadband Subscribers Eclipsing Cable TV Subscribers

toonces33 Good riddance. (85 comments)

If it were not for the fact that my wife is a sports nut, I would have cut the cable long ago. As time goes on, the quality of the programming slides further and further downhill. Undoubtedly driven by the need to create cheaper and cheaper content.

Sports kind of ticks me off. Virtually everyone with cable has to pay for some of it, and yet if you *never* watch sports you still subsidize those who do want to watch it. My feeling is that sports is in a sort of bubble - costs have just risen too far, and eventually there will be a day of reckoning when those leeches will no longer be able to con the populace into continuing to support it.

It will not be too much longer until programs such as "Ow! My Balls" would be the most popular programs on television.

about a month ago
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Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites

toonces33 Re:Don't allow jpg or gif or ... (299 comments)

Yes, now that you mention it, that is true.

But there are a certain number of comments that are either racist trolling or juvenile sexual comments, and those do seem to get quickly downrated.

about a month ago
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Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites

toonces33 Re:Don't allow jpg or gif or ... (299 comments)

Even here, many of the highly rated comments are really just wisecracks which might be funny, but don't add anything to the discussion. Things that are truly offensive tend to get downrated fairly quickly, which I guess is an improvement over most news sites.

about a month ago
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Connected Collar Lets Your Cat Do the War-Driving

toonces33 Re:Sorry, had to be asked (110 comments)

Speak for yourself.

about a month and a half ago
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The Truth About Solar Storms

toonces33 Re:Another ignorant fearmongering article (91 comments)

I wouldn't rely upon the circuit breakers being able to fully protect you. If high voltages are induced on the lines, it can arc across a closed breaker. What you could do is pull the breakers out of your box - that will prevent arcing from energizing your lines, and it can also ensure that the breakers themselves aren't fried.

about 2 months ago
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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

toonces33 And still no IPv6... (234 comments)

They claimed that residential customers could have IPv6 2 years ago.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: SIM-Card Solutions In North America?

toonces33 Re:You can just buy a sim (146 comments)

I have seen SIM card vending machines near the luggage retrieval at some international airports in the U.S.

U.S. phones aren't so much frequency locked to carriers - they are what they call "subsidy locked" to one specific carrier, but that happens when you purchase a phone from a U.S. carrier. If you are coming from outside of the U.S., and have an unlocked phone, then all you should need is the SIM card.

Some older phones had a more limited set of frequency bands - my old Motorola Razr was a "quad-band" phone that could work anywhere that I could find a GSM signal. But even older phones had fewer bands, which typically meant that they might not work in some locales.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: SIM-Card Solutions In North America?

toonces33 Re:You'll want either AT&T or T-Mobile. (146 comments)

With my ancient Razr not-so-smart phone, I had to manually change the settings for the phone to select a different set of frequency bands. But it was doable.

WIth my current smartphone, I don't seem to need to do anything. I got off the plane at Heathrow and it just worked.

about 3 months ago
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Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

toonces33 Re:Somebody's Getting Paid More (538 comments)

Not every school is big into athletics. Smaller liberal arts schools may have football and basketball teams, but it is much more low-key and I don't think the coaches earn that much more than the rest of the faculty.

about 3 months ago

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