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Comment Re:Forced to accept cash? (Score 1) 171

This is why I said "in general".... Yes, I know you can do that in Texas, and of course, in all jurisdictions that I know of you *ARE* allowed to use lethal force against someone who is armed or you had reason to believe was armed, and there was some reasonable basis to conclude that they would cause harm to you if you did not surrender your property.

But if the person is not armed, or in particular has just tried to grab and trying to escape with some stolen property without ever actually threatening to harm anyone (which is a *HUGE* percentage of robberies), you are not allowed to use lethal force to stop them in most jurisdictions.

Comment Re: Harsh crowd (Score 1) 142

As a statistician: someone not trained in statistics using statistical methods when they don't understand the concepts in that mathematically dense paper from 1963 is a dangerous thing. If you want me to be your statistics consultant, pay me my consulting rate. I don't generally costly for free, on the r-help mailing list or elsewhere.

If you don't understand that 1963 paper, you need a statistics consultant. Don't expect someone to do your statistical work for free.

I think you just beautifully proved the OP's point.

Comment Re:Future of R, now that programmers use it? (Score 1) 142

I actually program exclusively in R and fine it OK once you learn the quirks.

I dunno -- there's an awful lot that's cumbersome about R and constantly does my head in. My pet bugbears:

No native hash/dictionary construct (there is the third-party hash library, but that's not great for portability).
It's not possible to define functions at the end of your code, making code difficult to read (or requiring you to source a separate script that contains your functions, but again, portability suffers).
Variable scoping is ... odd (many people have written previously about R quirks in this regard)
R is so sloooowwwww ...

I still use R quite a bit and suffer through writing code for it because of the incredible power of the modules. But ... I kinda feel dirty every time :(

Comment Re:Forced to accept cash? (Score 1) 171

In general, deadly force may not be used to simply defend ones property, and can only be used to defend someone's life or safety. An unarmed thief who has grabbed a cash box right in front of the landlord and then tries to immediately run away is not a threat to one's life, and shooting him to stop him would be highly illegal.

Comment Re:paypal is not a bank and they can take your fun (Score 1) 171

Even if a bank account has $5, if one authorizes someone to do direct debits, they can suck out $1000.

In general, the banks will side with their own customers... at least in my experience. Having once been the victim of an online scam around 15 years ago, I was ultimately very happy with how quickly and efficiently my bank resolved the issue.

Comment Re:Forced to accept cash? (Score 1) 171

True enough.... Never happened, however. I think it's safe for me to say at this point that my roommate at the time was not the sort of person who would have done that any more than I am the sort of person who would do that to anyone else. Hypothetically speaking, if it had happened, I imagine I would have explained to the landlord what happened, given the landlord a money order, and moved out immediately, and chalked up the cost as a life lesson. However, I would not ever live with someone that I did not feel I could trust with my life, let alone my money, so the possibility of what you are describing had not even crossed my mind. Certainly with anyone that I do not know, I have always asked for a receipt if I am paying in cash.

Comment Re:paypal is not a bank and they can take your fun (Score 1) 171

Paypal cannot lock you out of accessing your own funds if Paypal does not actually have them. That is, money that you have received or has otherwise been transferred into your Paypal account is the only money that they can potentially block you from. If you routinely transfer money from Paypal to your bank account, and simply do not ever keep a large balance in your Paypal account, then the amount they could ever block you from accessing is minimal. One has to weigh for themselves the transaction fee costs of doing this with their overall level of comfort at simply keeping their money in their Paypal account. However, access to your main funds through banking or credit card access gives them no more ability to lock you out of accessing your funds than any other company that accepts electronic payments. As you said, Paypal is not a bank.

Comment Forced to accept cash? (Score -1) 171

Does that mean that people and companies in that jurisdiction will be *required* to accept cash if a customer wants to pay that way? I have had landlords, for example, that plainly stated that they cannot accept cash for rent as a general rule because there would be too much of a high risk of theft. Both times that it happened to me, they allowed it the first time but told me that they wouldn't accept cash again in the future. I resolved it the first time by just paying my share of the rent to my roommate at the time in cash and letting him pay the landlord by cheque, and the second time it happened, at another place, I ended up just getting a chequing account. Still, I can understand a landlords concern on the matter. Enough cash being all in one place, and without having the levels of security around it that are typical for a bank might motivate someone to resort to (possibly armed) robbery who wouldn't otherwise bother because they might perceive (rightly or wrongly) they could get away with it.

That strikes me as having a potential to go horribly horribly wrong.

Comment Re:Apps (Score 2) 86

Yes, that too. My understanding (though this was before my time) was that "application" used to refer to the use, whereas "program" was the thing you ran. So "word processing" is an application of your computer, while "Microsoft Word" is the program you use to do that. That was according to my dad, who worked for IBM back in the days of punch cards, but it's possible that was just his own distinction.

But by the 90s, you could describe Microsoft Word as either an "application" or "program" (or "app"). They were all fairly interchangeable. Admittedly, though, it could have been a regional thing, since we didn't really have the Internet yet (yes, it existed, but it wasn't in heavy practical use for most people).

Comment Re:Apps (Score 4, Informative) 86

Maybe you have a bad memory...?

I've been working in the IT industry since the early 90s, and the term "app" has been used as a shorthand for "application" since then at least. It has fairly recently taken the connotation of a mobile app, or some other kind of mini-application (web apps?), but that's actually something from the last 10 years. I forget exactly when that started because I have a bad memory too.

Comment Re:Who cares if they are wrong? (Score 1) 89

Because they won't let you after they invest

Your sentence is missing some context.... I never suggested that one would do anything in particular other than not care what they think.... and since they have no way to compel you to care, what are you thinking of that they supposedly not going to let you do, exactly?

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