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Comment: Re:Limited outside USA? (Score 1) 222

by Compholio (#45436377) Attached to: Startup Touts All-in-One Digital Credit Card

How about unusable outside the USA? In many stores in Belgium the staff does not even know how swiping works.

Really? I was in Belgium in February and I didn't have a single problem with it. Everyone took one look at me, knew they had an American on their hands, and did everything properly without hassling me one bit.

Comment: Re:I did (Score 1) 667

by Compholio (#37957776) Attached to: Fee Increase Attempt Inspires 'Dump Your Bank Day'

But even if I did, I can go to any 7-Eleven in the U.S. and most credit unions in the co-op network [] and deposit a check.

FYI, The CO-OP Network is for ATMs (triangle-ish symbol), the CU Service Centers are for performing financial services at a "partner" Credit Union (starfish-ish symbol).

Comment: Re:Awful (Score 2) 951

by Compholio (#37247210) Attached to: Microsoft 'Ribbonizes' Windows 8 File Manager

Most people I've known who "hate" it stop hating it after I sit down with them for five minutes and just show them how to use it and make it work like they want it to.

Every time I use an Office 2007+ machine I have to re-learn how to use the damn thing. I use a lot of different software and somehow I can still remember how to use it even going months or years between uses, but for some reason I cannot do that with the Office ribbon interface. However, my main compliant about the ribbon really has to do with that it doesn't tell you what the shortcut keys are. All sane software for the past decade has had this nifty menu system that tells you exactly what shortcut to use for each operation, why exactly is it more convenient to force me to use the help to find the shortcut keys?

Comment: Re:I call shenanigans. (Score 2) 93

by Compholio (#36706722) Attached to: Google Chairman To Testify At Antitrust Hearing

Ain't that the truth. Talk all you want about Microsoft; however, at least they have a real, live, functioning telephone number.

MS: What is the nature of your call sir?
Caller: We'd like to get a representative of your company to show up to a senate hearing.
MS: That'll be $200 for an incident report sir, would you like me to charge your credit card?

Comment: Re:Reality check (Score 3, Interesting) 210

by Compholio (#36485106) Attached to: Teen Builds Nuclear Bomb Detector

... Meanwhile, these guys have sufficient resources to start handing out equipment and lab space to enterprising teenagers for science fair projects! ...

A lot of funding agencies require a certain amount of your research budget to be spent on "educational outreach." It's likely that someone went "gee, here's a cool way to spend my outreach budget that won't require me to do anything."

Comment: Re:In most contexts this would be illegal (Score 1) 519

by Compholio (#35701208) Attached to: Pirated Android App Shames Freeloaders

You can't set traps for people even if the only way they would be harmed by it would be because they themselves are doing something illegal.

Not entirely true... At least in the US it is illegal for the government to entrap you, but there is no prohibition on private corporations doing the same. You can, however, sue over just about anything here (and you can sometimes win said crazy lawsuits).

Comment: Re:Honestly, this won't solve very much. (Score 1) 126

by Compholio (#35655052) Attached to: Censorware Vendors Can Stop Mid-East Dealings

In other words, the current situation sucks, but it sucks less than most of the alternatives, and the only truly better alternative -where censorware is banned worldwide for all purposes- is never going to happen. At least transactions which take place in the open are known quantities.

That's not necessary, all you'd really have to do is ban country-wide censoring. If you passed an international law that essentially said "anyone may offer optional crippled versions of the Internet, but no country may cripple the Internet outright" then you'd be golden. At that point all you have to do is make the punishment "we all agree worldwide to cut you off" and you're done, all this stupid crap is over.

Comment: Re:Over-reaction (Score 4, Informative) 369

by Compholio (#35629778) Attached to: Using the Open Records Law To Intimidate Critics

He is NOT a public employee; he is an employee of a university which (more often than not depending on the state) is a separate legal entity.

He works for the University of Wisconsin, a public state-owned university. Granted such things can vary by state - but I work for a state university as a graduate research assistant and I know we were warned by legal a while ago that the same thing can happen to us, even as grad students.

A LISP programmer knows the value of everything, but the cost of nothing. -- Alan Perlis