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Comment Re:This is why you call your bank before tourism (Score 1) 336

Which kind of defeats the purpose and convenience of having a credit card.

Hmm, no. Most people travel abroad infrequently and a single contact to their card provider prior to travel is not onerous.

This does not prevent you from benefiting from pre-authorised credit available within a second when you wish to make a purchase for which you do not have the current liquid funds available.

This also does not prevent you from benefiting from the fraud protection offered by credit cards and not necessarily available with other payment cards and mechanisms.

Comment Re:I can't legally give you my password (Score 1) 241

If a court in the UK orders me to disclose my password then that court order takes precedent over any legal documents I've signed relating to passwords.

The court (and its appointed officers) can similarly use that password without breaching the law, because the law explicitly permits this.

Your jurisdiction may differ.

Comment Re:US didn't defeat Germany (Score 1) 388

Erm. Everybody. Just that the Russians were the ones to send in underequipped soldiers en mass to overwhelm the enemy with numbers irrespective of casualties, killed a lot of their own people through purges and punishments, and were treated worse by the Germans once captured.

As a political force of will it was impressive. I'm not sure it was right, and it sure as fuck doesn't mean that nobody else was fighting Germany at the time.

Comment Re:Airstrikes on population centers (Score 1) 388

Are you a total fuckwit? It'd take me five minutes to fucking find the number for the US embassy, let alone call it, get through to someone that I could talk to about military operations and tell them what was happening.

Now they've got to engage with the entire chain of command to understand who is pursuing those actions, and pass on that message.

30 minutes is not long at all. If you don't believe me, fucking try it.

Comment Re:Airstrikes on population centers (Score 1) 388

30 minutes isn't a very long time. Determining the chain of command, contact details and making contact is a sizeable task, confirming the validity of the information, authorisation of the change in order and relay of those orders to the forces involved?

I'd say 30 minutes is pretty decent. Shit, it took twice that long just to contact military officials in Washington.

Comment Re:The information actually stolen is far worse... (Score 1) 161

The bank the hospital used sold the debt to a collection agency (well, more than one, actually) who wouldn't even take a death certificate as proof that she wasn't him.

Why bother to prove it to them? You've told them, they ignored you, what are they going to do next? Absolutely nothing unless they want suing into oblivion.

Comment Re:Passport numbers?!?!? (Score 1) 161

from what I understand in one day you can drive and cross 2 or more country borders

In one step I've left one country, crossed another and ended up in a third.

But there are plenty of places in Europe where the quickest route from country A to B is via C, some countries so small that it takes a bad traffic jam to stop you crossing lengthways in a morning and generally it's pretty common to visit neighbouring countries on holiday, or even to go shopping or to visit friends.

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe