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Comment You better fix your unicode characters (Score 1) 1

You better fix your unicode characters, or fustakrakich will offer you a tut-tut.
With respect to the JE, read the book of Acts. Rubio is regurgitating Peter in front of the Sanhedrin when they explained, regarding this Jesus figure: "Shut up."
You're not going to get anything different out of Cruz, for that matter. Trump is nominally a Presbyterian, but I wouldn't rely on him.
The Progressive Faith is at odds with any orthodox member of an Abrahamic faith. The optimal answer is for politics to avoid setting itself in conflict with faith, and there are reasonable compromises to achieve this.

Comment Re:Not meant to be a good device but to undercut C (Score 2) 180

I only wish they had brought in power on an unpopulated header connector instead of on a usb connector which I'm going to have to desolder.

Two of the pins (+5V and any GND) on the 40-pin connector can be used to supply power instead of going through the USB port. That's what I did with my beer-fridge controller: power for the whole system comes through the barrel connector on the 1-Wire/I2C interface board in the middle of the stack.

Comment Re:So how long until we have Rasperry Pi Pi (Score 2) 180

Since when has an acorn been a fruit?
So basically the "old tradition" starts and ends with "Apple".

Acorns are seeds, which are produced within what are botanically regarded as fruit (even if, like the tomato, it's not exactly something you'd think of as "fruit" when you're looking for something to eat).

As for Apple, there were lots of Apple II clones back in the day that adopted fruit-related names.

Comment Re:Implementation is questionable (Score 1) 88

Well, that's easy to fix - Include the 5% fee in the credit card transaction, but not in any cash transaction.

That is a violation of the CC company rules. If you charge extra for CCs, then they will revoke your merchant card account. There are a few exceptions for this rule, such as gas stations, which are allowed to charge a fee. But I doubt if they will allow it for taxis.

An easier fix is to say you don't have any cash, but if they are willing to drive you to an ATM with the meter off, you can pay them. Suddenly the CC swiper will work.

If you make the extra charge a separate line item, the CC processors generally allow it.

Comment Re:Just stop now (Score 1) 88

Okay, this is starting to get a bit ridiculous. Can we please stop with all the articles vaguely related to Uber that have zero tech interest.

This is a site for techies, not taxi enthusiasts.

I actually think this is one of the better ones with a tech interest.

I'm not a fan of Uber and their flagrant lawbreaking, but one of the arguments in favour of them is that the taxi industry was broken, and I think this is a good example of that.

London cabs don't accept credit cards?!?! I don't see how you can look at that fact and imagine it is anything resembling a healthy market. I still don't like Uber but this really does show how tech can be disruptive in a positive way.

Taking a credit card in the cab is a lot more difficult technologically then dinking a credit card already on file via an app. By innovating like this, the cab industry is far ahead of Uber.

Comment Re:Why do you insist for yourself what you refuse (Score 1) 59

Properly speaking, democracy is a subset of freedom, not the other way around.

A vox populi vox dei concept, where everything under the sun is doable as long as you can stir up a transient 51% majority, is nothing to be proud of, and is the source of the collapse of past democracy.

You seek to give the nasty shitheads of history the power to censor. And by nasty shitheads, I mean the elected leaders who command men with guns to do the silencing.

Why would anyone have confidence such a system will hold up in the long run?

Better to strip government of all that power, and suffer the occasional downside as the price.

Comment Re:Better Question (Score 1) 424

I find dealerships very annoying because they don't want to sell you the car you want, they want to sell you one of the cars they have on the lot that day! Apparently their goal with every customer is to have them buy something the same day, not come back later to pick up the actual vehicle they wanted. Why can't I order a vehicle with everything I want from the manufacturer, and go pick it up at the plant or port of entry myself, saving the $800 in "destination fees"?

Well, duh, they are paying insurance and interest on those vehicles, as well as maintaining them, washing them, letting you drive them which lowers the value. Further, there are incentives from the factory for moving already built merchandise, rather than special order merchandise. Can you honestly say that being in the same circumstance you would not at least TRY to sell the ones on the lot first?

Comment Re:Dealers cannot die soon enough (Score 1) 424

Sorry, but refusing to sell a product just because it doesn't net you as much of a return (a.k.a. extortion) via repairs is a bullshit reason, and should not be tolerated.

Yes, this is why most software engineers turn down jobs at Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Google and instead work at the Board of Education or Department of Human Services even though they pay less money.

We're here to give you a computer, not a religion. - attributed to Bob Pariseau, at the introduction of the Amiga