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Comment Re:Razorblade defeats it. (Score 1) 552

I've been looking for a comment like this through a LONG list of shitty reactionary comments.
This is just a neoprene bag with what appears to be a lock like they put on clothes to prevent them from getting stolen. Since I don't get two shits about their bag, why wouldn't I just cut it open and throw it out? Walk out at the end with my phone and, if they ask, say they missed it when I went in. If they're holding something hostage in return for the bag (my credit card, or just the number so they can charge me), then that's a separate and, IMO, bigger problem. I don't want to be responsible for their bag.

That said, I'm REALLY missing the comments about how one can circumvent these bags. In the slashdot of old, that would have been in the first couple comments, if not a link to a page documenting it in the summary.

Comment Re:Still wrong (Score 1) 60

The reason it is considered illegal is the same reason knowingly and willingly providing a service for any illegal activity is considered illegal

I would argue that a link provides information, not a service.
The classified ads provide information, not illegal services.
The anarchist cookbook provides information, much of which serves only illegal purposes, but we protect that speech (at least where I'm from).

I do support going after those that are distributing the copyrighted content. However, if that content never even touches the defendants servers, I don't believe he should be held liable for those other peoples actions. In the same vein, I don't believe search engines should ever be forced to remove links (remove the source, and maybe force the search engine to update said link, which now has no content to quote).

Comment More math I don't quite get (Score 1) 156

The summary states, "Go users ... (take) an extra 194 steps a day...".
It goes on to state that the Microsoft Research researchers, "calculated that Pokemon Go users who continued to walk an extra 1,000 steps a day would enjoy 41.4 days of additional life expectancy."

Um, those both may be true, but how does +194 steps equate to +1000 steps? Does the added life expectancy scale linearly (each user living an extra 8.03 days on average)? And, as others have noted, shouldn't they subtract the time spent playing it?

Comment Re:The way to do it (Score 1) 222

That's Chip+PIN, if done correctly.

Nope. I appreciate that chip+pin is relatively secure, but it's not the same as what the GP pointed out.
With chip+pin, you must enter your pin on hardware that someone else owns.
Entering the pin on the card would be more secure and keep more of your info private.

Also, chip+pin does nothing to help with online sales, or any sales where they simply choose not to use a chip+pin transaction. Someone can copy down your card number and expiration date and make transactions. If you had to enter a pin on the card just to get it to display the (temporary) card number, that would make that scenario impossible.

Comment Re:Performance bond (Score 1) 44

But do you understand how long it took for that person to go to every residence in NYC to check?

I know you're joking, but of the 8+million residences, I'm really surprised there are only 30-40k properties with service requests that haven't been fullfilled. Per the doc:
* 2014-12-31 : 31,313 addresses with initial non-standard installation requests for service exceeding 12 months
* 2015-10-09 : 38,551 addresses...
* today - they don't have any more up to date info listed. The last count is from nearly a year ago!

That count went up, so I'm guessing that has almost nothing to do with "passing all households throughout the City". That's just, of the boatloads of properties they haven't passed, that's the small amount that managed to request service still.

FWIW, every time I've tried to check for FiOS at my addresses, I get asked to give them an email to let me know when there is service. Somehow, I doubt that counts as a service request, so I'm wondering how one does request it?

Comment Re:File the lawsuit (Score 1) 44

The threat the city has made is to sue Verizon unless Verizon caves into the city's demands voluntarily.

verizon signed a contract, the city wants to hold them to it.

Lemme know when "the city" grows some balls and actually does hold them accountable.

Imagine if a cop pulled aside you as you were doing 90 in a 55 and said, "Hey! We've been watching you speeding for years. We told you about it back then, and again, and again, and you keep doing it! You're doing it right now! We're seeking for you to stop speeding, or give us a response, within 30 days." That's pretty much what the letter asked for. How is the any more newsworthy than the last time they complained?

Comment Re:Because there's no advantage (Score 1) 206

It's not about convenience. It's about security.

And yet, the majority of comments are all about convenience. That's pushed around more than anything else. It's also the reason the Chase CEO-ish guy things it's going to take off someday all of a sudden:

Ultimately, the convenience of paying with phones will bring a surge of use from consumers...

That's baloney! And from his perspective, there will be zero difference in overall credit use because anyone paying by phone is simply not paying by card anymore. It's not like people will start spending loads more money that they don't have just because they perceive it as a little bit more convenient.

More people should be talking about the security aspects. There are many security improvements when using one of the digital wallets. However, they are also apps on phones, and my trust in that security is almost null. Ideally, I'd prefer a dedicated digital wallet - something the size of a credit card, but I suspect the convenience hipsters will balk at that.

Comment Re:Clickbait troll much? (Score 1) 629

Why does Hillary's health matter AT ALL to any one but her? A: because she's running for president. If she wasn't running, we'd all have negative interest in that.
As such, Trump's health and related news stories do indeed matter, because they are directly related to the whole reason any of us are listening to any of this drivel.

Comment Re:What does it cost without Amazon's garbage? (Score 1) 61

Agreed. I'm a bit pissed at everyone that's commented here and there that their Fire tablet is on par with other tablets. Hardware might be decent enough, especially for the price, but not the software.

I picked up a couple during a recent sale. I think it was $40 for an 8gb, and $50 for a 16gb, or around those amounts. Gave one to the mother-in-law as a replacement/upgrade for her ancient Nook tablet. Instant let down though:
* no play store, means
* no google maps app
* no google hangouts app
* no gmail app
* no ability to cast to chromecast
* etc
To make matters worse, there's no easy way to make a simple bookmark on the main screen, so you can't treat the web versions of those as apps. You have to open the browser, go to bookmarks, then go to that page. That's too much for this use case.

I also couldn't find firefox or chrome for it, so couldn't use them instead.

I could get by with this tablet, but there's some ugly hoops to jump through, and I'd put more effort into getting cyanogenmod on it, but this isn't for me. These restrictions are wacky. I understand why, but the justifications are pure political BS that only hurts the consumer.

Comment Re: Old school reflective lcd (Score 1) 294

There's plenty of times where it's difficult to disable or replace status/power LED's, but a case fan is not one of them. Just replace the fan, or snip the leads on the LED's (though that's a small gamble cause that may break it... so buy one replacement, and experiment on one of them). If you're really cheap and a pussy, then just cover them with a piece of aluminum foil and a touch of glue to keep it on, or similar tape.

Comment Re:Clickbait troll much? (Score 1, Interesting) 629

Well that settles it then. Trump's own physician for the past 39 years stated, "Mr. Trump has had a recent complete medical examination that showed only positive results", and that, "If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency". I'm sure this AAPS survey is completely unrelated and has no part in any campaign plans.

That thing reads like something Trump would have written himself. Try reading it while doing an impression of him - it's "astonishingly excellent". "His physical strength and stamina are extraordinary".

I'm no fan of Clinton either, but I don't think she'll have any problem surviving another 4 years. Then again, I was hoping to vote for Bernie, so my bar is a tad low in that regard.

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