Currently I manage the development for ThinkTQ.com, but I also freelance as a consultant for corporations and non-profits specializing in e-commerce, CMS, and scalability/infrastructure.
I'm also a web developer, have been active in applications and systems software development, and have 30 years experience developing for Apple computers (Apple, Lisa, Mac). My long-time familiarity with Apple and their technologies lead me to start iSights.org.
One might note that there was an armed presence at both Columbine and Virginia Tech, and yet those two schools were targeted anyway.
If armed guards are not always a deterrent, would a determined attacker shift targets simply because of the possibility there could be be a civilian with a gun in this particular theater? More to the point, would an attacker wearing a ballistic helmet, body armor, and armed with an assault weapon and two Glock pistols even care?
The assertion that Holmes bypassed the two “closest” theaters specifically to choose the Cinemark is not particularly telling, given that the first was a smaller Hispanic-audience theater and the second a dinner theater.
Nor can we give much weight to the fact that Holmes ignored the “largest” theater in his immediate area. The lack of nearby parking and the constant flow of pedestrians, traffic, and armed patrols around all sides of the building would have made the Harkins a much riskier target.
The Cinemark Century 16, however, was a major theater close to home. It was known. The rear of the building was private and secluded, and Holmes could park just feet away from the theater’s emergency exit.
Sorry, but no. Not only was Umpqua Community College NOT a gun free zone by law, there were also people with guns on campus at the time of the massacre.
But according to reports, by the time one of the individuals with a gun was aware of the shooting, the SWAT team had already responded. Concerned that police would view him as a “bad guy” and target him, so he quickly retreated back into the classroom.
As Oregon is one of seven states that allows concealed carry on postsecondary campuses, you might try getting your facts straight before repeating falsehoods.
You are, however, right about one thing: Sooner or later, public attitude WILL solve this.
Certainly. State tax, county tax, city and municipal taxes. You can even define special tax zones within a city, something commonly done to build yet another sports stadium or arena financed with tax dollars.
Comcast users in various parts of the country have already gotten (or may soon get) a lovely holiday present from their ISP—a seemingly inexplicable increase in the cable modem rental fee, from $8 to $10 per month.
That has to be the stupidest article I've ever seen. If a woman leaves her purse behind with a bunch of credit cards in it... SHE'S ALREADY LOST THE CARDS!
Further, you just need to jot down the numbers to steal them. The phone's not needed at all.
But since you seem to think that they're equally insecure, let's try this. We both go to a seedy bar. You leave your wallet with credit cards behind, and I'll leave my Apple Pay-enabled Touch ID protected iPhone behind.
We then wait to see whose card numbers get stolen first, and whose appear second (if at all).
Actually, it does go through (not threw) the phone. A token representing your credit card number is stored on the phone in the secure enclave. iOS doesn't have access to the number, it can only tell the enclave to include it in an NFC transaction along with a seemingly random security code.
Breaking NFC encrypting and capturing the token doesn't do you any good. The security code is one time use, and the token is also tied to a specific device so it can't be used on another phone.
Oh, and the token comes from your bank, not from Apple.
Apple Pay, unlike Google Wallet and CurrentC, also works without an internet connection. The only communication made is passing the authorization token to the payment terminal via NFC.
It would be nice if people bothered to learn how something works before setting up a straw man "it has to work this way" argument they can then proceed to knock down.
I'm glad you added the "As far as I know" qualifier to your statement.
The tokenization system used by Apple isn't a proprietary system.
Tokenization is handled, in part, by the Visa Token Service for Visa and the MasterCard Digital Enablement Service for MC. Amex has a similar service. While different in name, the AMCV (Amex, MC, and Visa) systems are in fact standardized, and together they've proposed a common framework to the industry.
I never claimed they were racist or bigots, though I could direct you to a few accounts as to what happened when some Hispanic supporters attempted to join the troops.
I did imply, however, that were predominately white, predominately from the south, and that they lacked common sense in that they rushed out, gun in hand, to "defend" a thief and a liar from the big bad "guv'ment'.
And your patriotism is noted. But at the moment I'm more worried about the people who happen to think that the problems with this "fucking government" are best solved with an AR-15.
So a bunch of white rednecks with more rifles than common sense showed up to "defend" Citizen Bundy -- as well as take out a few WalMart shoppers in their spare time -- and you think that's a good thing?
Huh. Perhaps it's time for the Black Panthers and other "militia" groups to rise up once more and march, assault weapons in hand, to Ferguson...
"If 80% of their workload went away, they would be freed up to give their full attention to the patients who have really difficult problems, leading to a better outcome for everybody, both patients and doctors."
You presume that hospitals wouldn't simply reduce the number of doctors, nurses, and other caregivers to the point were 20% are now supporting the same workload.