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Comment: Awesome! (Score 4, Informative) 107

by drunkennewfiemidget (#46574875) Attached to: Ouya Dropping 'Free-to-Play' Requirement

When I was one of the first few hundred to sign up for their kickstarter and then received my unit well after I could have purchased it for the same price at Best Buy, I was done.

Then, when it took them another 3-4 weeks to get me my other controller, I sold it on the Internet like I did the Ouya and first controller.

I've heard nothing but complaints about it, and now they're removing one of the only promises they've actually kept to this point.

What a way to blow through millions of dollars. It'll be dead in a year. And I say good riddance.

Canada

Ask Slashdot: How To Determine If a Video Has Been Faked? 237

Posted by timothy
from the justice-for-marion-barry dept.
BStorm writes "The Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been making headlines around the world, for allegedly smoking crack. This story was first broken by gawker.com, which is now crowd-funding $200,000 to buy the video in question. What do you look for to determine if a video has been faked? Of course I am only interested in the technical details and not the tawdry details related to this case ;) I live in Toronto, so the video still frame posted on Gawker certainly does look like Rob Ford."

Comment: Re:Not really a speedbump (Score 1) 732

by drunkennewfiemidget (#42701263) Attached to: Credit Card Swipe Fees Begin Sunday In USA

If we could count on the retailer to lower their prices to remove the inflation of the surcharge, it'd be a different story, but you know as well as I do that won't happen.

For quite some time, I used to offer companies with whom I'd developed a long standing relationship on the Internet a cheque or US money order to pay for goods so there'd be no Paypal/credit card fees in exchange for a better price. (I'd have even split the difference on the fees).

Every one of them were like, "No, that's the price."

I stopped trying.

Comment: Re:I'm curious to see how many retailers actually (Score 5, Interesting) 732

by drunkennewfiemidget (#42701211) Attached to: Credit Card Swipe Fees Begin Sunday In USA

Actually, when the store owner has to start paying his employees more money to put shit back on the shelf, he may start rethinking if that money on the credit card fees is more worthwhile.

I use a credit card for two reasons.
A) If someone swipes/steals that information, they're stealing VISA's money, not mine. If I use a debit card and they steal my info, they drain my bank account, my mortgage bounces. That's bad.
B) Rewards programs. I get thousands of dollars a year in rewards. I put /everything/ on my credit card. Only thing I don't is my mortgage and that's just because I can't. I pay it off every month. Companies that are going to make this less advantageous for me are going to get less of my business.

Comment: Re:I'm curious to see how many retailers actually (Score 4, Interesting) 732

by drunkennewfiemidget (#42701187) Attached to: Credit Card Swipe Fees Begin Sunday In USA

Well, realistically, I'd probably not have gone in the store in the first place if they implemented it, because I'd have hopefully done my homework.

That said, I think it would be important that store owners have a chance to hear their employees go, "yea, I had to put 3x as much stuff back on the shelf today because people keep saying no thanks when they try and charge items to their credit cards".

Other than groceries, I do very little shopping in-store now anyway -- I do most of my shopping online.

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