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Comment Re:you're insane? (Score 1) 313

We communicate with banks to verify transactions and that makes us insane? I don't follow your logic, but good job trolling. Call to verify failures are the bank's fraud department (often enough being overzealous) trying to prevent fraud. As such, the merchant is not going to be able to verify, contrary to your previous statement.

Comment Re:my credit union calls me in seconds. Cashiers s (Score 1) 313

Also the bank is on the hook for the fraud so they rightly so will be as tight as they can get away with without losing customers. This is why I always have at least $200 in my pocket at all times. Might not be enough for tires but can generally get me food, a place to stay and a ride home should anything go wrong.

Unless it's a card not present transaction, in which case the merchant is entirely on the hook unless they can somehow prove it was the cardholder making the charge (good luck with that).

Comment Re:my credit union calls me in seconds. Cashiers s (Score 1) 313

I've been happy with my credit union's fraud prevention and detection (which is outsourced to some company). Sometimes I'm 100 miles from home when I spend about $800 on electronics at Fry's or Microcenter. (The datacenter is 100 miles from my house, for now.) The transaction sometimes returns a "call to verify" code. The merchant COULD call, they are supposed to, but most cashiers just say "it didn't go through". This is a training issue on the merchants' side, in my opinion.

Actually, you're wrong. The merchant can call all they want, but the credit card companies will NOT permit the charge to go through until you approve the card. Voice of experience here, I have called it in time and time again, for the past 7-8 years (at least), we'll get nothing out of it until the card holder provides this is a valid charge. In fact, if it's a "Card not present" transaction, the merchant is not supposed to run the card again for 24 hours (according to their card member agreement). Most do it anyway, but they're running the risk of it being challenged.

Source, I work for a company that literally does a million dollars in credit card transactions (probably 99% of them "card not present") a day. I work with a verification department that THOROUGHLY investigates everything and often requires more than the credit card companies to ensure we're properly verified.

Comment Re:This is why you call your bank before tourism (Score 1) 313

File a complaint with eBay. Report them as a Non-Performing seller which is an eBay Terms of Service Violation.

A completed sale is contractual, the seller must go through with the transaction, otherwise they are violating the contract and can even be sued by you.

Unless the seller lists as only Paypal validated addresses and your account isn't shipping to a validated address...for example. Paypal considers any non-validated address as insecure and (for lack of a better phrase) "Ship at your own risk". A good number of sellers will not ship to non-validated address and, even if you validate after the auction ends, still can't trust it.

Comment Re:GPLv3 - the kiss of death (Score 1) 304

Not according to Xpdf's About page. For those too lazy to follow the link:

Xpdf is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL), version 2. In my opinion, the GPL is a convoluted, confusing, ambiguous mess. But it's also pervasive, and I'm sick of arguing. And even if it is confusing, the basic idea is good.

In order to cut down on the confusion a little bit, here are some informal clarifications:

If you are redistributing unmodified copies of Xpdf (or any of the Xpdf tools) in binary form, you need to include all of the documentation: README, man pages (or help files), and COPYING. The README file contains a pointer to a web page with the source code, which satisfies the GPL requirement as far as I am concerned. You are, of course, welcome to distribute the source code as well.
If you are incorporating the Xpdf source code into another program, and you are distributing that program, you'll need to release your program under the GPL, which means you'll have to make the full source available. This also applies if you are making changes to the Xpdf tools.

Comment Re:Tesla not on that list? (Score 1) 535

I know I'll be accused of being a Tesla fanboy, but it's interesting to me that Bob Lutz failed to mention both Tesla and Pontiac (and Saturn) in that list... like he's an expert on what works and what doesn't?

Tesla is the upstart, I wouldn't necessarily consider them a reliable reference point. Sure, it's been around 10 years since they were introduced, but 10 years in an industry where many people buy a new one only roughly every ten years doesn't mean much. Pontiac and Saturn clearly don't belong on the list as they haven't made a new car in...well...almost 5 years, and even then, they were part of GM...

Comment Re:Literally (Score 1) 307

With the way literally is being used, quite literally it will soon have a new meaning added to high profile dictionaries.

Too late:

Definition of LITERALLY

: in a literal sense or manner : actually took the remark literally
: in effect : virtually will literally turn the world upside down to combat cruelty or injustice — Norman Cousins

Comment Re:LG G4 (Score 2) 208

What you need to do is find someone willing to sell you a new compatible battery that's freshly manufactured.

Though chances are, the cost of a new battery would probably be expensive and make you question why you're bothering with your old phone.

Really? Cause I was buying a new Palm Pre battery for 2 years after (as in new, not NoS, which one could argue would still be a massive improvement over a 300 cycle used) the Pre was released for roughly $40. In the age of unsubsidized smartphones, your argument holds very little water.

Machines have less problems. I'd like to be a machine. -- Andy Warhol