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Comment Re:match.com (Score 1) 307

Yes, I had a classic case of misremembering some details of the story and not double-checking before posting! Sorry. I just wanted you to read the original post since it touched some of the points that you were making, but went into a lot of detailed analysis.

I noticed after posting that someone had already posted the same story further down and been modded +5 too.

Comment Re:match.com (Score 1) 307

You may be interested to know that Sam Yagan, who was the founder of OkCupid and now the CEO of match.com(?), at one point wrote a super-detailed blog post (including graphs and all) titled "why you should never pay for online dating", where he basically eviscerated the idea of paid dating sites.

Then match.com bought OkCupid and the post was taken down: http://observer.com/2011/02/ok...

Fortunately, as well all know, anything posted online is likely to never go away: http://static.izs.me/why-you-s...

Really a very interesting read.

Comment Re:So? (Score 2) 235

The article where I first read this news said the same thing:

http://www.theguardian.com/tec...

All shares of Google will automatically convert into corresponding shares of Alphabet, which will continue to trade under the stock ticker symbols GOOG and GOOGL. Shares in Google soared 5% in after hours trading. The new structure is said to be similar to Warren Buffettâ(TM)s Berkshire Hathaway, which wholly owns a number of diverse holdings and has stakes in several others.

Comment Re:BBC / other state broadcasters? (Score 1) 132

Hear, hear. I'm in the same boat as you. For what it's worth, a couple of years ago there was word that the BBC was considering offering their iPlayer (online live programming and catch-up service) to other countries (the US being one of them) for a subscription fee. I don't know if that idea died though, as I haven't heard anything about it in a while.

Comment Re:If visiting Europe, card should have chip AND P (Score 1) 294

That's funny, I just linked the same article above and had not noticed this point because I was looking for something else! Anyway, thanks - it's encouraging to hear that they seem to be planning to go all the way to chip and pin, and that some banks are already issuing cards for both signature/pin.

I hope that they won't eventually try to push fraud liability to the consumer, as apparently they do in Europe! I definitely wouldn't put it past the financial industry though.

Comment Re:Europe has also had wire transfers (Score 1) 294

Some banks do have some better facilities for this. Someone replied above me about Chase Quickpay (I'm not familiar with it), and I use the P2P transfer at Capital One 360 all the time. It does still use ACH so it's a two-business day wait for the money to become available at the other end, but it's very easy to use from the bank's website.

Comment Re:If visiting Europe, card should have chip AND P (Score 1) 294

That's interesting. I would like to learn more, if you have any references you can provide. I vaguely recall reading something to that effect, but I think I wrote it off as being either subtly implied, or just conjecture on someone's part, or it being dependent on some onerous pre-conditions. In other words, it seemed to me to be something that was not very likely to happen. I would love to get some confirmation otherwise.

Comment Re:If visiting Europe, card should have chip AND P (Score 1) 294

That's not always the case. Regarding the actual exchange rate, I had read before that the exchange rate on card transactions are more favorable to the traveler than doing a cash exchange (likely because of the volume that the banks do).

Regarding the extra fees that some banks charge on foreign transactions (many charge 3%), thankfully not all banks charge that! For instance, Capital One is one of the few that does not charge a foreign transaction fee to their cardholders.

Comment Re:If visiting Europe, card should have chip AND P (Score 1) 294

Thanks for the confirmation, and additional info about the bike rental stations. I don't think the Target breach had anything to do with the move to chip cards. There was a deadline established years ago for everyone to move to the new system by October 2015 (in most cases). This article has some pretty good information on this shift, and current progress.

Let us know which banks you've found so far that are issuing chip and pin cards. I've been following this for a while and looked a few months ago and they were very rare. However, someone commented further down that Wells Fargo cards are both signature and pin, which is pretty cool.

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