* Posts by DougS

12862 posts • joined 12 Feb 2011

VMware survives GPL breach case, but plaintiff promises appeal

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Linux kernel copyrights

I wonder if that choice of letting everyone hold individual copyrights instead of signing them over was by design from Linus. He has never seemed to be overly bothered by people copying code from the Linux kernel into proprietary products, at least not the degree that Hellwig and certain others are, let alone the FSF.

Linux might not have reached where it was today if copyright had been assigned to the FSF, and there had been a few high profile lawsuits that made large companies back off. Even if they weren't intending to misuse the code, just the worry about accidental misuse causing exposure of their proprietary IP would be enough to dissuade some. Who knows, maybe Android would have ended up based on FreeBSD. Not that I think that would really make any difference to Android, but getting Linux on a billion devices worldwide certainly has helped increase its reach far beyond what anyone would have thought possible 15 years ago.

'Daddy, what's a Blu-ray disc?'

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4K vs UHD

4K Blu Ray players will either scale or more likely cut the edges off. That is only about 3% of the picture on either side, it is unlikely you will miss anything important, versus say trying to fit a 16:9 picture on a 4:3 screen where cutting off the edges would mean losing 17% of the picture on either side!

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You are talking about pentile displays, which Apple does NOT use on any of its devices. Samsung's OLEDs are all pentile, so the resolution is not actually as great as they claim. Supposedly the pentile layout was to solve OLED's problem of pixel lifetime, though I don't know the details on how that works.

As far as OLED TVs, I don't know which ones are pentile and which ones are full resolution. You'd probably have to read the review at a high end site to find out for sure about a particular model, though I suppose if you look really closely at the scree or take a picture of it you can probably see the pixel pattern especially on larger TVs.

Business users force Microsoft to back off Windows 10 PC kill plan

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Microsoft going cloud

Well that's fine for Office I suppose, but how does that support the Windows OS when you can access Offcie365 from a browser running on any OS? It also reduces lock in as once people are used to using Cloud services, compatible but cheaper alternatives become better choices for some.

Regardless of the success of Microsoft's cloud strategy, the idea that Linkedin is worth even remotely close to what they paid is ludicrous. They will be writing off an eleven digit sum within the next couple years, mark my words.

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Oh man, totally forgot about that. Yeah, any hope their shareholders had that he wouldn't make stupid acquisitions went out the window when he did that. I expect in a year or two when they take a huge writeoff against the Linkedin acquisition the stock market won't be kind....

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Looks like they haven't completely backed down

Reading the linked blog entry, they say they will support Kaby Lake and future CPUs on Windows 10 ONLY. So if you (or a big enterprise) buys a PC next year it will NOT be supported on Windows 7.

I expect the Reg to run another article next year when Microsoft climbs down on this. Enterprise customers are not going to rush to deploy Windows 10 just so they can buy Kaby Lake PCs, nor are they going to tell Dell and HP "we want previous generation CPUs". They will buy Kaby Lake PCs, and tell Microsoft "you WILL support this, or we WILL start seriously looking at how many PCs we could switch to Linux, and/or expanding the number of Macs we have"

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Re: 'Fraid not

He hasn't been CEO for five years, so using the five year stock price gain is kind of silly. If all he does is stop Microsoft from wasting billions on failed acquisitions like Nokia and Acquantive, he'll be a big improvement over Ballmer even if the consumer Windows business starts sagging due to the overall PC sales slump.

The enterprise customers are already on subscription, and pay whether or not they upgrade to 10, so I really don't know why Microsoft feels they need to hurry them off older versions. The idea that customers buying Skylake PCs (i.e. just about any sold these days) would have only a year to upgrade them to 10 is ludicrous. Whoever came up with that plan has no idea how large enterprises manage their PC upgrades. Looking at how long it took them to get off XP should have been all the education they needed to see that this idea would never fly.

Air gap breached by disk drive noise

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Re: Network interface?

You can still infect an air gapped machine. One way is if you managed to compromise a USB device that will be plugged into it - that's how the US/Israwel got malware into Natantz in Iran to break their centrifuges.

Another way would be to compromise software they know will be installed on that machine. If you know the air gapped machine is going to run some particular CAD package, you compromise the CAD vendor's build system to include malware and wait for the air gapped system to get updated. The malware would look for certain things to determine if it is on the right machine so it wouldn't trip malware triggers for the masses but only for your air gapped target.

Obviously this is well beyond the level of a typical hacker, but well within the realm of what a state level actor like the CIA/NSA or China and Russia's equivalents could handle.

Tim Cook's answer to crashing iPhone sales: More iPhones

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The iPhone 6 satisfied a lot of pent up demand

It not only satisfied demand for a larger iPhone, but Apple finally made a deal with China Mobile, the largest carrier in the world with over 700 million subscribers.

Of course a product that satisfies such a large amount of pent up demand is going to have a big spike in sales - that's why it clobbered the 5/5S's sales by such a large margin. That huge spike in sales with the 6 also made it nearly impossible for the 6S to go higher. The fact that the 6S edged past the 6's sales in Q4 of 2015 is arguably more surprising that the declines Q1/Q2 of 2016.

The sales of all products have to peak at some point, nothing can go up forever. But a decline off the 6's sales does't mean that the iPhone will decline forever. Only a fool or an Apple hater with wishful thinking believes the 6S showing lower sales than the 6 means Apple is in terminal decline.

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Re: Their control freakery drives you mad

You don't even need a computer. Just sync the contacts etc. to iCloud, and sync the new phone. Though you probably want to sync everything, which you can do with a full iCloud backup. I prefer using the computer with iTunes, but if you don't have that iCloud is dead simple. Claiming that something is a big pain when you don't know what you're doing is stupid. I'd probably think some stuff on Android is way hard because I'm not familiar with it, but someone who knows Android might be able to show me it is actually simple - but then I'm smart enough not to assume my ignorance means a product sucks.

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Apple stock is up 20% from the recent low

The article makes it sound like Apple is at its two year low now, ignoring that half the decline from its peak has already been made up. Sales can't keep growing forever, they have to peak sometime, but Wall Street inevitably overreacted when that happened.

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Re: Turning point?

Most people listen to their iPhone using the earphones that came with it. If they dump the 3.5mm jack they'll ship different earphones that connect to the Lightning port. Dunno if they'll include an adapter, hopefully so but who knows.

I think companies making audiophile grade headphones will make ones that connect directly to Lightning, because by including their own DAC they can get better quality audio than relying on the necessarily cheaper ones that are built into smartphones. Maybe there already are some, I remember seeing some audiophile headphones with a USB port that were designed to be plugged into a computer to directly access the digital data so they could use their own DAC.

Intel overhyping flash-killer XPoint? Shocked, we're totally shocked

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I don't think there's a big enough difference in performance between XPoint and SSDs to justify complicating the memory hierarchy by adding another tier.

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When you were promised 100000%, and think that a 5x price premium isn't worth it for most market segments - a further 10x reduction in the already massive 10000x latency reduction SSDs have delivered over hard drives won't make much difference for the large majority of applications. In many cases that extra money would be better spent on more RAM, faster CPUs, better networking, etc.

In fact, in many cases even NVMe is overall, and SATA SSDs are more than good enough.

The curious case of a wearables cynic and his enduring fat bastardry

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Re: Smart bulbs versus light switches

Pull cord lights are pretty common in closets and unfinished basements in most of the US, though less common in stuff built since 2000 or so. I have them in all my closets, and above the washer/dryer in my basement (the only part that isn't finished)

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I was talking about eliminating the wiring in the walls, and the wallbox and switch hardware. The wiring in the ceiling (or wherever the light is) obviously needs to stay either way.

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Smart bulbs versus light switches

It just occurred to me that bulbs with integrated switches could kinda sorta have a purpose. If you designed the house around them, and didn't have any physical light switches, the electrician's bill will be a lot smaller - less wiring, fewer wall boxes.

Of course it would be bloody inconvenient to have to use a remote / smartphone to turn on your lights on/off, so personally I wouldn't care how much money it saved up front. Of course, you can still get all the physical switches (even if they are 'virtual' and communicate with the lights rather than cutting power on/off) but then you lose the savings AND pay more for your light bulbs AND have to worry about security issues if they are wifi addressable instead of some more sensible like X10. So still a stupid idea marketed to the stupid.

What next for the F-35 after Turkey's threats to turn its back on NATO?

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They wanted us involved in their coup?

What role did they think NATO or the EU or the US should have played in their coup? If there was a coup in France, for instance, is there anything in NATO treaties or EU laws that say the UK or Germany should get involved to try to prop up the French government against whoever was trying to overthrow them?

As for Russia getting their hands on a F35, the more the US tries to push NATO into former Soviet bloc countries, the easier that will be for them. Surely those countries have some Russian sympathizers or deep cover agents that could be in a position to gain access to the F35s. I imagine the US or its allies do the same to get access to Soviet and Chinese fighters.

Anyway, we didn't built the F35 to be superior, that's what the F22 was for. We built it to line the pockets of defense contractors, and sell planes that we knew we could shoot down with little effort should they someday be turned against us (i.e. because of a coup in a former ally)

Ten-trillionths of your suntan comes from intergalactic photons

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Re: "10^21 photons pour into each square metre of the Earth every second"

Well, they aren't ALL bouncing off the surface, or it would get cold rather quickly!

Foxconn profits plummet 31%

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Costs of replacing its workforce with robotic equivalents?

That would be a capital expenditure, and not counted against profits. Also, even if it is counted against profits in Taiwanese tax law, presumably they wouldn't make such an investment unless they thought it would pay off in the long run by having fewer employees.

I look forward to all the people who complained Apple was "exploiting Chinese workers" by having Foxconn make iPhones in China (at wages that while low by western standards were high by Chinese manufacturing standards) who will complain that Apple is "leaving Chinese workers unemployed" if/when Foxconn starts automating their production...

Families of men slain by ISIS gunman told: No, you can't sue Twitter

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Re: I'm torn on this one...

I would like to see Uber get clobbered too, but I wouldn't support them getting sued because a suicide bomber took an Uber to the airport.

Adblock Plus blocks Facebook's ad-blocker buster: It's a block party!

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If ads are served from the same type of goobledegook facebook.com URL as regular content, how is an ad blocker supposed to distinguish it? Sure, if it knows the layout of Facebook it knows where ads are likely to be, but they can simply put ads inline with the content.

I don't think this war is winnable against a company the size of Facebook. Against smaller sites, sure, because they don't have the ability to serve the ads from their own domain so they are easy to block.

Thieves can wirelessly unlock up to 100 million Volkswagens, each at the press of a button

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As the owner of a vulnerable Audi

All I can muster is a yawn. I never felt my car was invulnerable to thieves when locked. Pretty sure a Slim Jim will still be the tool of choice for the typical thief. Maybe if I had something really expensive like the R8 I'd be worried about sophisticated thieves using a wireless unlocking hack...

Idiot flies drone alongside Flybe jet landing at Newquay Airport

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You're an utter moron

MAYBE it is true that the props would simply chew up the drone without damage. But where exactly is it guaranteed that if the plane strikes a drone it will hit on the props? What if it hits the cockpit windscreen, or strikes the flaps during descent?

You must be one of the idiots who flies drones around airports, thinking the worst that could happen is you lose your drone. I hope you get caught and put in prison for a few years for endangering the lives of all the passengers on that flight. Maybe the publicity from you getting what you deserve would stop other morons with your attitude from doing the same.

Hilton hotels' email so much like phishing it fooled its own techies

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I got an email from Newegg yesterday thanking me for creating an account and asking me to login (can't remember the reason) It looked very phishy to me, but it was from Newegg and the link was to newegg.com. I've had an account there for years, so maybe it was an error. Or something else, I have no idea.

It is bad enough that Hilton does it, but a tech oriented company like Newegg should be smarter...

Toshiba flashes 100TB QLC flash drive, may go on sale within months. Really

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Re: Some math

Those complaining that they pay more for electricity should check the rates their utility charges for industrial customers. They are MUCH lower than residential, so yes 20 cents/kwh is "very expensive" when it comes to what a datacenter is paying, even if it is middle of the road for a residential or light commercial customer.

For instance, I pay just under 10 cents/kwh where I live, but the utility's lowest rate is 3.5 cents/kwh for those using over some high threshold ("high" but a decent sized datacenter probably exceeds the monthly threshold in a few days)

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Re: Really low endurance or mistake?

They are comparing it to 8 TB nearline storage drives, so it isn't meant for active data. It is for cold data that changes rarely.

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Some math

Let's double that 100 watts to account for cooling, and calculate at fairly cheap electric rates of 5 cents per kwh (which is what a lot of industrial scale customers pay in much of the US) That adds up to 1 cent per hour. At 8760 hours a year, let's round up to $100/yr more to run the 8 TB drives. If we use very expensive 20 cent/kwh electricity (maybe it is that high in some EU countries?) and assume a five year life, that's $2000 more that the power and cooling costs for the 8 TB option. I imagine the 100 TB QLC drive will cost a lot more than $2000 more than 13 8 TB drives plus a shelf.

If your datacenter floor space is very limited, I suppose a 12.5x reduction in the amount needed for nearline storage could be worth something as well, but still not enough to make up the cost difference.

Julian AssangeTM to meet investigators in London

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Re: While this is going on...

If he really believes Clinton had a DNC staffer murdered, why would he want to leave the embassy? That's probably about the safest place for him, even if the Swedish charges are dismissed and he's free to go wherever he wants he craves publicity too much to stay in hiding.

$200,000 for a serious iOS bug? Pfft, we'll give you $500,000, says exploit broker Exodus

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Re: Good.

I don't think you understand how supply and demand works. The lower the supply of exploits, the higher the price. If companies offer higher bounties and make exploits more scarce, the blackhats will be willing to pay more for one, and the companies will be forced to raise the bounties even higher. Should they pay $5 million per exploit if the black market is willing to pay $6 million?

Revealed: How a weather forecast in 1967 stopped nuclear war

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Re: Even if it was 90% mortality (which I doubt) the human race would survive...

How are the "waves of starving urbanites" going to get to the rural areas? Walk? They'll be pretty easy to pick off as the rural residents are the ones with the rifles, if the urbanites have guns they'll be handguns only useful far closer than the kill range of a rifle.

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One detonation several times larger than the tests?

Hardly. The Tsar Bomba alone (50 megaton) would absolutely dwarf the combined total of any nuclear exchange short of all out war between the US and Russia!

In a limited exchange, no one is going to be using hydrogen bombs with multi megaton yields. First of all, because the countries involved would be unlikely to have the technology to design a hydrogen bomb, but also because the technology to deliver your bomb accurately is far better than it was in the 50s when we were in this crazy race to see who could build the bigger bomb. No one has giant bombs like that in their inventory any more, because they aren't practical - or necessary since MIRVs were invented. It was more of a PR pissing match that fortunately was overtaken by the Space Race.

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Even if it was 90% mortality (which I doubt) the human race would survive. While it would take decades, perhaps even a century, humanity would be back on our feet. And hopefully wiser.

Though honestly I think we're past the stage where a large scale nuclear exchange is possible. I think it is better than 50/50 odds nuclear weapons will be used in anger in the next fifty years, but it would be a very limited exchange. We didn't do any permanent damage to the Earth with our above ground testing in the 40s/50s/60s, so a limited exchange isn't enough to cause a major disruption to our civilization. Just end the lives of whoever is on the wrong end of that - likely the Middle East or SE Asia.

I'd be more worried about something we might invent in the future, whether it be AI or some new power source that can be turned into or sabotaged into a weapon that makes a nuke look like a firecracker.

Bungling Microsoft singlehandedly proves that golden backdoor keys are a terrible idea

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What's the alternative?

For code signing I'm not sure there is much choice but a "golden key". Sure, you can use multiple keys and revoke compromised keys, but that revocation depends on an update being delivered before the compromise. If you started with a bunch of keys, and revoke the old one with each new version you'd reduce the chance that a compromised key could be used before it is revoked, but you'd also eliminate the ability for people to roll back to an older code version so it is really only practical for test builds.

Having a "sign anything" key was simply a terrible decision on Microsoft's part. Sure, it makes testing easier, but how hard is it to have your build system automatically pass the binary to your signing system? If they had the devices "phone home" on a daily basis checking for key revocations, like browsers do, that would have reduced it to the number of devices that haven't been connected to the public internet since the key compromise became known.

Your colleagues will lie to you: An enterprise architect's life

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Re: Enterprise Architect - definition

To some extent it is a job that is defined by the person occupying it, and their background. Those who are more comfortable getting into the weeds on technical matters will do so, those who are more comfortable managing people will mostly do that.

It is similar to a generic "manager" job title, where you can have managers that get down into the details of their employees work (for good, to help them do their jobs, or for bad, to micromanage them) versus those who are practicing "managers" who manage the people and thus could do the job equally well managing IT people, accountants or salesmen. Those types aren't as helpful as a manager who knows your job, but aren't as annoying if they know your job and tell you how they want you to do it.

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Re: Startups. It is no wonder so many of them fail

I'm an odd duck in the IT world because I have an MBA as well as a Master's in Comp Sci. I won't bore you with the details about how I ended up there, but I always thought my MBA was going to end up being useless until I start doing architecture work. It has come in handy in being able to talk to the business people about where they see things going, and they feel more comfortable with me as they feel I'm "one of them" instead of one of those geeky IT guys who speaks a foreign language as far as they're concerned.

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"Consultants don't live with the consequences"

Theoretically, no. But as all my gigs come via contacts from previous engagements, and I never used a headhunter or went searching on LinkedIn or whatever, having my work come apart after I leave would be counterproductive to finding future engagements! I guess if I relied on a headhunter or body shop it would be easier to leave behind a bomb waiting to go off down the road.

I always joked with the permanent employees I'd work with that they should blame me for whatever goes wrong after I leave, and I'm sure that happens to some extent as it is easier to point the finger at the consultant who isn't there to defend himself rather than own your own mistakes. But the guy who deflects blame for his own mistake and keeps himself looking good is the guy most likely to get promoted to management, and thus more likely to call me when he's in a position to hire a consultant in the future :)

There's one guy who was an employee of a company I consulted for a decade ago who is now a VP in a global IT provider. Pretty sure he never blamed me for something he did, but both times he brought me in for gigs since then he keeps telling people that story about me saying that to him on my last day so I guess it made an impression!

Hitler ‘ransomware’ offers to sell you back access to your files – but just deletes them

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Damn foreigners!

The malware industry has been almost completely moved out of the US. I hope Trump brings back those jobs when he brings the jobs back from China!

'Alien megastructure' Tabby's Star: Light is definitely dimming

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Re: Shouldn't we also see increasing IR output?

Yes, it is possible the star itself is dimming as observed, but that would be new phenomena that hasn't been observed on any other star out of the many many many stars we have looked at. For astronomers, that would be as interesting as an alien megastructure as an explanation, because it would be something new for them to investigate.

And I suppose finding the star itself was dimming wouldn't rule out aliens as the cause. Hypothetically, if you wanted to destroy another civilization (that you are at war with, or because you're a race of Trumps who afraid of anyone different than you) if you could do something to cause its star to dim that would be pretty effective.

Or heck, maybe they have runaway global warming and they did it themselves - their solution was to compensate for a heating planet by dimming their star a few percent...

Samsung: Hackers can't pwn our NFC payment kit. No way, nuh-uh, not true (Well, OK, maybe)

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Re: You can't argue with a working proof of concept video.....

IMHO, the only reason Apple would use such a poorly designed and insecure system would be if the EMV spec left them no choice.

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Re: You can't argue with a working proof of concept video.....

While 30 seconds may be a bit quick - some shops in remote places might have a dialup line that is activated to process payments, or an overloaded satellite link - 24 hours is definitely way way way too long. The really criminal thing though is the three digits....seriously?

I'm not sure how much flexibility there is in the EMV protocol, I sure hope the three digits thing isn't part of the spec! Seems to me that if the payment terminal created a one time key, passed that to the phone, then the phone encrypted the transaction using that key you'd have something that couldn't possibly be replayed to any other payment terminal. Obviously it is feasible to do that, but sometimes doing things the right way gets compromised due to wanting to drive down cost...i.e. making the payment terminals cheaper.

Anyone know if there's an EMV spec available for download anywhere, or is it one of those things that's top secret unless you've paid big bucks to be a member of the club? Apple has a lengthy security document about overall iOS security but it doesn't delve into the internals of how Apple Pay works. Not sure if that's in another document, or if Apple isn't permitted to give away the dirty details of the EMV protocols. It would be interesting to compare how they are doing things to how Samsung did them.

Apple says banks can't touch iPhone NFC without harming security

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Re: Comparison Off

Even if Google was doing the same as Apple and not allowing third party apps access to NFC, it isn't like "mobile payments" is some market segment that should be protected. Even though they have been available in various forms for several years now, a tiny fraction of 1% of all payments are done with mobile devices. It is impossible to imagine they will ever become even 10% of all payments, let alone enough that one or two companies having a 'monopoly' in them will be a problem. You will always be able to pay with your card.

If the Apple/Google hegemony becomes too much for people, but they want to pay without a card, someone will come along and design a wristband or something else intended specifically for NFC payments. I don't think the market for "I don't want to carry a card" is large enough to justify that, but if it is shown to be by mobile payments exploding down the road, other options will come.

What it really comes down to is that Apple has found a way to get a small cut of the transaction for the limited number of purchases made via Apple Pay and many banks worldwide have agreed to it. These four banks don't want to pay the 0.15%. Fine, don't participate in Apple Pay, tell your customers you only support Android Pay. Your customers will vote with their feet if they think having Apple Pay is important.

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Re: Comparison Off

I have Lightning cables I bought 4 for $10 that all work fine. If you don't like that they require that tiny chip so Apple can exercise some quality control on the products that are used with Apple hardware then you can go with Android.

Remember how the $1500 Pixel laptop was fried by a dodgy USB-C cable because they left out a resistor that was required by the spec to save money? Sometimes letting the market offer cheap crap results in cheap crap being offered. You can't tell the difference between a properly made pound cable that follows the spec and a cheap crap pound cable that doesn't follow the spec and fries a laptop that wrongly assumed only cables that do follow the spec would be connected to it.

Italian MP threatens parents forcing veggie diets on kids with jail

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Trump's next wife

If the headline was that he had said this, I wouldn't have even been slightly shocked considering the crazy stuff that he says or tweets on an almost daily basis. So it sounds like a match made in heaven, and she's seven years younger than Melania who is probably past due for a trade-in by Trump's standards.

Not sure about his claim that he could shoot someone on 5th Ave and not lose any supporters, but he could probably divorce his wife and announce his engagement in the next 90 days before the election and not lose any (remaining) supporters.

Thailand plans to track non-citizens with their mobile phones

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Will you have to show your passport to buy a SIM?

If not, they can track that SIM, but can't link it to you. They've already got that ability, they can track ESNs as they move across their network so if your ESN is at the scene of a crime they can see your ESN is now at your hotel and with some inexpensive equipment track you to your exact room and knock on your door. No SIM tracking needed.

Seems unlikely to stop terrorists, who could simply import prepaid SIMs and avoid any SIM->person linkage.

Google says most users 'protected' against 'Quadrooter'

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And how many bad apps did researchers find in the Play Store recently?

It is good that they've blocked attempts to use quadrooter from the Play Store, but that doesn't mean they got all of them - they can only report on the ones they blocked, not the ones they missed. Even if they got them all, that doesn't guarantee someone won't find a way to get it past them tomorrow.

Though in order to really make an impact, you need to take advantage of one of the holes that can be spread via MMS. Then the malware can forward itself to all your contacts, and then to theirs, and so on to hit hundreds of millions of phones in a day. Waiting on someone to download your app in the Play Store is a long term game, and you need an app people will want. Unless you can plant malware in Pokemon Go or Facebook, you are never going to get very many people by relying on them to download compromised apps.

ISP roundup: Google mulls fiber-less Fiber, America goes Wow, Comcast still terrible

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Google is looking for a cheaper solution

Because AT&T is front running them with gigabit fiber before they get new markets like San Jose off the ground, and Comcast is upgrading their HFC network with DOCSIS 3 and is able to offer gigabit speeds as well (kind of expensive for now, when they go DOCSIS 3.1 they will be able to offer gigabit at competitive prices)

Not that there is any point to having gigabit in the home, versus say 150 Mbps, but like 10 core phones sometimes marketing wins over need.

Good news: Teen hacker gets 1-million-air-miles bug bounty reward. Bad news: It's United Airlines

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Re: Business class?

Yes, United has business/first classes, and you can use miles to purchase those tickets directly or upgrade a cheap coach fare.

Upgrading when traveling internationally is the only thing I use miles for anymore. It isn't worth it for free flights due to all the restrictions, and it isn't worth it to me to upgrade when flying domestically since I live at the center of the US, and the longest flight I can have is less than three hours. I can live with coach for that. It is the 7 to 12 hour long hauls where you gotta have business class so you aren't ready to murder someone by the time you arrive at customs!

Facebook to forcefeed you web ads, whether you like it or not: Ad blocker? Get the Zuck out!

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How are they going to do this exactly?

If ad blocking software is working properly, the ads are blocked, how is Facebook getting around it? Are they serving them from facebook.com URLs indistinguishable from the URLs that serve content, so there's no way for the blockers to know what to block? Or are they detecting the presence of ad blocking and refusing to serve you anything unless it is disabled?

It is all irrelevant anyway, as I never visit Facebook on a browser, only on my phone. There's no way to block ads in the mobile app, though fortunately the ads (i.e. sponsored pages) are fairly innocuous. The real problem with ads is when you leave Facebook to visit a site linked from Facebook, and you have to endure the horror of what the web looks like without ad blocking software (since it is using a browser built into the app instead of opening it externally via your phone's app, and their built in browser doesn't support the OS ad blocking or at least it doesn't on iOS)

I imagine Facebook is probably getting a cut of those ads on linked sites, so they ought to be able to drop ads within the site itself entirely. Or I should say they "could" do it, but they won't because they're fucking greedy bastards.

Internet of Car...rikey what the hell just happened to my car?

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Re: Insurance won't really help

Would you really trust a compromised auto to drive it even if the ransom was easily affordable? At least if you pay ransom to get your encrypted files back, assuming they are decrypted you can copy them to a safe place and reinstall your PC from scratch to insure the malware isn't still about. How exactly do you do that with your car?

I would call a tow truck to have it brought in, and insist all software be reinstalled from scratch before I'd even think about driving that car again.

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