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Comment Re:And we STILL can't read it (Score 5, Informative) 198

It's because Canada is in the middle of an election, and if the details get out before then, the ruling Conservatives will be completely wiped off the face of the earth.

It will gut most of Canada's government-run businesses, including our health care system.

Comment Re: Safety (Score 3, Interesting) 363

Yup. This is why I no longer live in the white trash neighborhood that I grew up in. I don't want my children to feel so unsafe at school that they feel compelled to arm themselves (like I did).

Despite the liberal gun hysteria, I feel VERY safe in my America despite the fact that it is also very well armed. My neighbors are not animals. I can't say that about the neighborhood I grew up in.

If any blacks want to flee that crap, I will happily welcome them with open arms.

The problems in the hood won't be fixed with a successful gun confiscation program. They will just be easier to ignore because liberals won't have gun murder statistics to fixate over anymore.

Comment Re:Safety (Score 1) 363

When any sort of event occurs, people just use it as an excuse to push their current agenda. It doesn't matter if it has any relevance to the current event. There isn't any consideration given to that at all.

That's my main problem with the usual knee jerk reactions crying "do something". That and the fact that they only react when it's white victims.

No one seems interested in doing a root cause analysis. No one wants to actually really solve the problem. They just want to mindlessly apply the bag of tricks associated with their agenda whether they will work or not.

Comment Re:Safety (Score 1) 363

> "The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority;

Yes. But I can point to examples of people getting arrested for scolding other people's children in the here and now versus 30 years ago.

There has been a real cultural shift against harsh discipline of any sort. This even extends to your own children. People will brag on Facebook about being willing to turn people into CPS for petty shit (like scolding).

In the 70s, glorification of hoods was just cultural. Now it's the legal norm.

Comment Re:Safety (Score 0, Flamebait) 363

> Yep. About time that second amendment was updated to reflect the modern military prowess of the United States, and the lack of the need for 'militias'.

Then do it then. Stop with all of the foreplay and whining and do it already. Stop pussyfooting around.

No liberal has the balls to introduce such an Amendment.

Although with things like the ACA, they don't think they need to. They think that they can just ignore the law anyway or try to redefine it after the fact to suit them.

Comment Re:Safety (Score 1) 363

...because they didn't already have laws about drugs and gang activity. That's not even getting into the metal detectors and school cops that such places already had. In other words, it's an entirely different world that gun crazed liberals have absolutely zero experience with.

Again. That law is redundant.

Comment Re:I don't come to slashdot for these stories (Score 1) 363

> People are afraid of cars, that's why they spend so much time looking at safety rating when making a purchase and teaching their kids how to cross the road safely.

Only in your fantasy land.

In real life they couldn't care less about car safety ratings and themselves give you dirty look when you tell them to not walk in the street.

I WISH people were frightened of cars. They would get out of the damned street.

Comment Re:It's even worse as an international merchant :- (Score 1) 314

Peoples cards expire, and they don't update their user data if they've been subscribed for a while.

Sadly, it's definitely not that simple. I'm already excluding all other identified forms of card failure, including expiry. And actually, that particular issue isn't such a big problem these days anyway, as there are mechanisms to avoid routine card expiry or change of address details breaking existing subscriptions now that most of the major card schemes participate in.

What I'm talking about here is literally just some neutral "payment refused" code, and that's it. We've queried the high rate of failures with our own payment service, and they are (or at least say they are) in the dark as we are. We also know of a few other small businesses with a similar story, so it's not something special about us or probably about the payment service we're using.

Our hunch is that because we're in the UK and we see a dramatically higher proportion of such failures from customers abroad compared to back home, the charge from a different country is considered a big signal of potential fraud by some customers' card issuers, and since we see a way dramatically higher proportion of failures around the second or third month of a subscription the lack of CVC on repeat transactions is enough to tip us over someone's threshold.

Comment Re:Vitality is defined by users, not developers. (Score 1) 133

Each of those represent a set of preferences. People know what they like and what they want. They certainly won't have crap shoved down their throats if they have an alternative, and Free Software provides that.

When GNOME3 was released, the forks pretty much started immediately.

It's not unlike what happened when Oracle bought Sun.

Comment It's even worse as an international merchant :-( (Score 1, Interesting) 314

I had my card suspended because i sent $2.50 over paypal to a kid in the UK for some software.

I'll see you that and raise you how it looks from a UK merchant's side. Running a simple on-line service with a small monthly subscription fee and a fair proportion of international customers, we literally lose more subscriptions because of unexplained card failures than all other causes put together, including active cancellation by a subscriber's own choice.

Worse, as far as we can tell, there is absolutely nothing we can do about it. The system simply doesn't work reliably and there is no useful information whatsoever provided to the merchant when the card fails. About the best you can do as a merchant is contact your customers after the failed charge, try to convince them that their card being declined is neither an indication of fraud on your part nor something they should be embarrassed about themselves, and hope they are willing to sit on the phone being told how important their call is for a few minutes while they wait to speak to their card issuer and confirm it's a valid transaction. Unsurprisingly, relatively few customers will actually do this, even those who have otherwise been active customers apparently happy with the service.

The card industry's incompetence is a tax on trade, and the sooner it dies its long overdue death and payment methods fit for this century take over, the better off literally everyone involved else will be.

The program isn't debugged until the last user is dead.