So not an alternative to marriage then ?
A pay-by-bonk wallet.
In a bid to distance itself from a violent Islamist militant group, US-based mobile payment company Isis has said that it will change the name of its Wallet service to Softcard. The company announced the rebranding plan in July, in hopes of avoiding being linked with the ruthless Sunni jihadist fighting force known variously …
Are people *really* that stupid that because the Islamist group is currently being referred to as ISIS that any business that has a similar name must be linked to them...?
> US-based mobile payment company
Ah, sorry, forget I asked.
It's not just to protect yourself from stupid citizens either. The law enforcement types would likely shut them down for being money laundering operation. Not exactly the way to run a money transfer service.
After all, after 9/11 they had some semi-legitimate reason to attack targets in Afgahnistan, but instead attacked Iraq.... a whole 3000 km away.
Imagine bombing Moscow if you didn't like London's fish and chips! (London to Moscow is approx 3000km)
... or bombing Mexico because the Canadaina make maple syrup.
... or NZ becuae you hate kangaroos.
Nope. With this lot best not to take chances.
Just hope like hell some large unfriendly orgaisation does not spring up with Soft in its name :-).
Meanwhile, ISIS has decided to rename itself the Sunni Orthodox Freedom Terrorist Conglomerate Attaining Devastation, "to avoid confusion".
As long as they don't rename themselves as Islamitic Terror or we'll all be in trouble..
"Are people *really* that stupid..."
Yes Marsden, they are. And this may come as a shock to you, your knee jerk/crowd pleasing anti US remark aside, they exist and flourish in all countries. Even your country...
Why some people feel the need to insert non-sequitor ad hominem attacks for chuckles or to establish their proper credentials is beyond me.
I refer you to the following:
"...a retired naval pilot from Nipomo in California is being accused of the greatest feat of global manipulation ever. And all because his name is Al Nino... "
(love the 1998-vintage web page too ; )
In England a few years back a paedatrician's office was targeted and "paedo scum" sprayed on it by people who were so stupid they a) didn't know the difference between the two and b) actually thought paedophiles would have an office.
One of the few instances of NFC I've ever seen in the wild is a place that has soft drink machines with a "ISIS" logo and "tap here to pay". Are they going to send someone out to put a sticky label over the "ISIS" logo? I think I'll make a point of removing that label if so, just because.
BTW, I've yet to ever see anyone pay by tap on these things. Most swipe their card like I do, the rest use change and discover that these stupid machines somehow seem able to recognize a nickle only once in every 10 attempts, but give you change from $1.50 for your $1.35 drink in the form of three nickles. WTF? Apparently some scheme to flood the world with counterfeit nickles or something.
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Apple's decision to only allow Apple Pay to access the NFC chip in iPhones could result in the Silicon Valley giant paying hefty anti-monopoly fines in Europe.
The EU is set to file anti-competitive charges against Cupertino regarding its tap-to-pay system, Reuters reported, citing sources. Euro antitrust watchdogs are apparently not happy that the NFC chips in iPhones and iPads are restricted to the iGiant's Pay software, unfairly locking out alternative wireless payment apps.
The charges will be the result of a European Commission investigation that started last year into Apple's terms and conditions with merchants, the limited access to the NFC hardware, and more.
Security token biz Yubico has a new key out today, its latest-generation two-factor encryption (2FA) authentication unit, the Yubico 5C NFC, which includes support for PCs and mobile devices using USB-C, as well as a built-in NFC radio.
Previous generations of the Yubikey have had USB-C and NFC, but not in a complete package. The most recent NFC-touting device came with an old-school rectangular USB-A connector, liming its usefulness for new computers, which might not include them. The last model offering USB-C lacked NFC — although it did come with a built-in Lightning plug, effectively covering all the bases of the mobile market.
As before, the Yubico 5C NFC comes with support for the whole gamut of 2FA authentication protocols, including FIDO2, WebAuthn, and YubiOTP.
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