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Pat Berg

Twin Cities
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2 years 39 weeks

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Do you have a cite for that?

Does it matter whether we call them ISIS, ISIL, or just IS?

Is buying into their nomenclature granting them unearned credibility?

Is it even an important question?

I noticed that in NPR reports they're calling it "the so-called Islamic State".

That's one way not to cede them the power!

Posted on 09/12/14 at 09:36 am in response to Several Minnesota companies backing Apple Pay — is it safe?

The idea that an Apple product (the iPhone) is required to use this payment method is nice tor Apple, but not so much for anyone who has no interest in either a smartphone nor in one made by Apple.

In addition, there ARE some security concerns, regardless of Apple's marketing hype. Here's one article written by someone who's outlined some of these security concerns:

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Posted on 09/14/14 at 05:40 pm in response to Several Minnesota companies backing Apple Pay — is it safe?

How do you know other phones will be able to participate? Doesn't seem like that would fit Apple's marketing plans at all.

And why should a smartphone be required at all just to buy things? Pretty sweet deal for the smartphone makers. Not so sweet for those who can't handle the inflated monthly smartphone bills if all they really want or need is a regular old phone (in the event that a time would come that this payment method would ever supplant card-based methods).

Posted on 09/10/14 at 04:47 pm in response to St. Paul Police release two surveillance videos of skyway incident

All he was arguing about was whether he was required to give them his name.

In the absence of any illegal activity on his part, he was not.

It should have ended there, especially since he had left the "contested" area.

Posted on 09/10/14 at 06:53 am in response to Criminal charges in priest sex cases 'unlikely'

Hope you had a nice vacation. But next time make sure someone lets us know you're gone for vacation and not for some other, less happy reason!

Re: Apple and the security of their new stuff: Yeah, the watch. And how about that new "Apple Pay" thing. Right - a phone that anyone can grab and wave at a terminal to buy things is SO much more secure than what we have now . . . . . .

And Re: Michelle McDonald's case being dismissed: So a person trying to get elected as a judge...

Posted on 09/10/14 at 02:48 pm in response to Criminal charges in priest sex cases 'unlikely'

Here's an article from someone who's put a little thought into it. He's not just going along with the glib "Of course it will be more secure!" line pushed by Apple but has actually brought up some interesting things to consider on the subject:

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/apple-pay-security,news-19492.html

Posted on 09/09/14 at 08:14 am in response to Treasury decision could make Medtronic deal 'untenable'

It's now been a week since he penned a "Glean" and if there was something posted about why that is I have missed it.

Usually MinnPost informs us when a writer goes on vacation.

Where's Brian?

Posted on 09/09/14 at 10:08 am in response to Treasury decision could make Medtronic deal 'untenable'

It's good to know that nothing untoward has happened!