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Comment Re:Chase cards text and email (Score 1) 230

Nice, and very different from the less than pleasant, lengthy series of phone conversations I was subjected to as a Citi customer reversing a fraud denial.

OTOH, I would prefer the fraud software to err on the side of caution, but KISS...>

A simplified reversal process might also include a couple of test questions texted or emailed to a number/email on file.

Comment Re:Article is a load of rubbish. (Score 1) 144

I came here to say something like this, but you've stated the case very well.

I would add that unless a disgruntled worker or sixteen comes out of the woodwork to reveal he/they knew it was going on, at a major auto manufacturer?

well, there's your answer: No grand conspiracy existed.

Comment Re:Electronic footsteps on the Breaches (Score 1) 158

...there won't even be the same sort of mass outrage associated with this. Only a few geeks will even notice or pay attention. Making it even less likely that anything will change.

Quite right. Even now (as millions of hard-earned credit ratings are threatened) the school shooting, the Vatican's elaboration on the Pope meeting Ms. Davis, and latest thing Trump said are bigger news stories.

Comment Re:That'e exactly the wrong outcome! (Score 1) 42

If they really want things to change, they should agree to work towards abolishing stupid patents---not to create semi-trusts that other companies have to fight.

These two really don't want things to change.

Much of their proprietary art is patent protected already, and let's face it: fighting patent litigation is generally going to favor the corporations with the biggest war chests.

Comment Re:There could be reasons for skipping the broccol (Score 2) 256

And yes, this has the same sense of igNobility about it as anecdotal studies show that if you give kids loads of sweets they won't have appetite left for dinner, no matter what it is.

It sounds like a no-brainer, but sometimes you really smart fockers forget that a great percentage of the population actually engaged in child rearing is less intelligent than you.

Hearing something like this, over and over if necessary, can only help what has become an epidemic of poor Western dietary trends.

Comment Everybody has to believe in something (Score 4, Interesting) 575

I harbor a bit of empathy for anyone willing to put personal beliefs on the line for principle.

Too few people nowadays (and politicians en masse) are willing to speak from a core belief set for fear of {horrors} offending someone!

Even ridiculous courage is refreshing these days.

Comment Re:Does this work out for the driver? (Score 1) 145

But what I don't understand is why you wouldn't just go and work at Maccas you would probably take more home with less stress.

Maccas... swell done.

Some pimply-faced assistant manager might be on your ass at Maccas, so I don't know about the less stress angle, but some folks will take a cut in pay to be the boss.

Even their own boss.

Comment Re:Does this work out for the driver? (Score 1) 145

8 hour shift is $200 max. Out of that comes fuel & vehicle wear and tear, IRS say 57c per mile and I would have thought 20 miles an hour was reasonable including stops etc so that $91.20 on an 8 hour shift. Add to that cost of capital of the car, insurance, accountants, other ancillary "run your own business costs" and I'm struggling to see you making $10 an hour.....

Though I'd suggest the 57 cents per mile reimbursement allowance is fairly generous for a courier with an economical auto, you are indeed onto the crux of the issue.

Delivery contractors will be incentivized to cut corners on things like maintenance, replacement tires, oil changes, and so on.

I've been in business when I had money, and when I did not. It is infinitely more difficult to do everything properly when you are poor.

How come everyone's going so slow if it's called rush hour?