By timothy from Slashdot's love-'em-or-hate-'em department
Late tomorrow, both the 2012 U.S. election (the popular vote at least) and the 2012 campaign season should be over. Tonight, though, whatever your ability or plans to vote are (see the current poll
for a peek at what other readers claim about their intentions), you've got the chance to see one more presidential debate, to be moderated by Ralph Nader, and featuring third-party presidential contenders
Gary Johnson (Libertarian), Jill Stein (Green), Virgil Goode (Constitution) and Rock Anderson (Justice). Yes, the same ones featured in another debate a few weeks back
. (We promise, this is the last debate of this go-round.) If you're voting (or would, if you could) for other than the Democratic or Republican parties' candidates this year, what drives that decision?Read Replies (0)
By timothy from Slashdot's one-neck-to-wring department
Several outlets are reporting, based on screenshots posted by Android Police
that Google is (or "may be" — CNet calls the report "loosely sourced"
) about to introduce a lower-tech variant
on its smartphone-based Google Wallet
payment system. Instead of transfering payment information from an NFC-equipped phone, this would mean a physical payment card (like a conventional plastic credit or debit card), but one linked via Google's databanks to the user's existing bank or credit accounts. Upsides: less to carry, a simple way to suspend or cancel service on them (should the card be lost or stolen), and doesn't require you to carry your phone to make a credit or debit transaction — handy, since NFC readers are still thin on the ground. Downside: while perhaps no worse than putting the same information on your phone, it's one more step toward giving a third party all of your personal information in one place. A card that fits in a wallet probably makes a lot of sense: I live in a city with at least three pay-by-phone options in trials or (CitiBank, Isis, and Google Wallet), but I can't buy ice cream or coffee with them yet. A there's on reason a card-shaped token could use mag-stripes and NFC, too.Read Replies (0)
By timothy from Slashdot's early-often-and-insecurely department
First time accepted submitter danbuter
writes "In probably the most poorly thought-out reaction to allowing people displaced by Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey [to take part in the 2012 presidential election], residents will be allowed to vote by email. Of course, this will be completely secure and work perfectly!"
Writes user Beryllium Sphere: "There's no mention of any protocol that might possible make this acceptable. Perhaps the worst thing that could happen would be if it appears to work OK and gains acceptance." I know someone they should consult first
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