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Comment: Pay to the order of (Score 1) 340

by tepples (#49819653) Attached to: Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs To Computerization?

No one in Europe is going to send checks/cash via mail, unless they are special checks that can only be cashed in by "the owner/the addressee" showing a passport.

Checks have a "PAY TO THE ORDER OF" field naming the addressee. The bank matches the name against the ID presented by the person presenting the check or against the name of the owner of the account associated with the deposit slip or ATM card.

Any internet service does it.

That's fine when you're at home. But checks work even where there is no Wi-Fi, and even if you aren't carrying a tablet or laptop.

And ofc you can mail the transfer order to the bank, so you have no need to go there in person

U.S. banks take check deposits the same way.

Bottom line: payment habits are a cultural thing.

Agreed 100 percent. Checks happen to be the most convenient payment method in certain circumstances in the United States. It's just that there's a perception among certain experienced Internet users that the U.S. culture is inherently "backward" in this respect.

but anyway, I'm an Atheist

I guess my experience is colored by the Catholic, evangelical, and JW groups I grew up in at various parts of my life. Substitute any other charity that takes donations in person.

Comment: Re:Payment without telecommunications cost (Score 1) 340

by tepples (#49817021) Attached to: Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs To Computerization?

how do individuals pay other individuals through the post

You don't. Why would anyone do that?

Attaching a gift of money to a birthday card, for one. And major banks in the United States have deployed ATMs that use handwriting recognition to allow depositing a check by inserting it into the ATM.

You use a wire transfer.

The bank doesn't charge anything to process a check. Here in the United States, "wire transfer" refers to services like Western Union, which charges a hefty percentage to process a wire transfer. Even if a bank offers a wire transfer for no fee, you still have to know your recipient's bank account number, and you still have to either "go to the bank IN PERSON" or subscribe to cellular Internet service to set one up.

And how do churches collect donations?

Cash

To obtain this, you "have to go to the bank IN PERSON".

And actually, are there really people giving donations to churches?

Yes. Some have a donation box near each of the auditorium's exits; this is the common practice for Jehovah's Witnesses. Others pass around a bag or tray into which members of the congregation drop cash or checks.

Comment: Exact error messages from Excel and Gnumeric (Score 1) 358

by tepples (#49816929) Attached to: SourceForge and GIMP [Updated]

You are correct that I misremembered the behavior of LibreOffice Calc. But both Gnumeric and Excel failed to treat an exported CSV as having been "saved". Gnumeric's alert after I exported CSV and closed a worksheet was as follows:

Save changes to workbook 'test.csv' before closing?

If you close without saving, changes will be discarded.

Excel's was as follows when I exported:

test.csv may contain features that are not compatible with CSV (Comma delimited). Do you want to keep the workbook in this format?

*To keep this format, which leaves out any incompatible features, click Yes.
*To preserve the features, click No. Then save a copy in the latest Excel format.
*To see what might be lost, click Help.

Followed by this when I closed:

Do you want to save the changes you made to 'test.csv'?

LibreOffice Calc's was as follows when I exported:

This document may contain formatting or content that cannot be saved in the currently selected file format "Text CSV".

Use the default ODF file format to be sure that the document is saved correctly.
[X] Ask when not saving in ODF format

I assume these programs are referring to changes to column widths, formulas, and other things not typically represented in CSV.

What sort of moron do you take people for to think that you have to "protect" them from choosing a format of file that doesn't save layers

Any of the morons who reported "What happened to my layers?" through support channels.

and instead try to make them always save whatever they do in a format that no other programs support?

The same morons who pass around PSD files made in Photoshop. At least XCF has a reference implementation distributed under a free software license. Has Adobe released a spec or free library for manipulating PSD files? Which interoperable multilayer raster format were you recommending?

What on earth is the point of *banning* people from typing in a file with the suffix that they want to use in the save menu, and instead making them choose an entirely different menu?

If the names of the "Export" items on the File menu were changed to "Flatten and Save", would that satisfy you?

Actually two different menus, depending on context, only one of which has a keyboard shortcut.

Then you must have edited your keyboard shortcuts. My copy of GIMP 2.8.10 has keyboard shortcuts for export:

Export (Ctrl+E)
Export As... (Ctrl+Shift+E)
Create Template...

Comment: Re:How many PCs before WSUS? (Score 1) 319

by tepples (#49816741) Attached to: Windows 10 Release Date: July 29th

How many Windows PCs would a small business normally be expected to have in operation before purchasing a Windows Server on which to run WSUS?

Small companies don't need to run it on a separate server. It can be running on virtually any other server.

Provided they're already running a Windows Server. Let me rephrase: How many Windows PCs would a small business normally be expected to have in operation before purchasing a Windows Server at all?

Comment: Then expand library and bus hours (Score 1) 402

by tepples (#49816687) Attached to: FCC Proposes To Extend So-Called "Obamaphone" Program To Broadband

Public internet access can be provided at the library.

If you're already working, and the library and other government offices are closed for the evening or for the weekend when you're off work, good luck using the Internet terminal in the library or other government office to find a better job. Same with public transit that stops running for the evening or for the weekend.

Any NEW pregnancies while on assistance must be aborted (it'll be free)

And watch the single-issue pro-life base in the United States of America vote the murderers out of office.

Comment: Re:other people's money (Score 1) 402

by tepples (#49816553) Attached to: FCC Proposes To Extend So-Called "Obamaphone" Program To Broadband

once you have the government choosing what people can and can't see on the internet

This wouldn't be advertised as "Internet access". It would be advertised as a tool to find a job or a better job.

(also, Drudge report? srs?)

Just the headlines from the Report and Retort, not the article bodies, to provide some minimal level of awareness of current events.

Comment: Re:Windows Media Center (Score 1) 319

by tepples (#49816381) Attached to: Windows 10 Release Date: July 29th

Why does one need a PC sitting next to the TV to watch TV? My TV has a tuner.

Does your TV with a tuner also have a device that delays playback of a live program by a few minutes? A buffer for live TV would let you join late, pause the stream while you take a bathroom break, and gradually catch up to live by fast-forwarding through unwanted segments such as waiting for the pitch in Major League Baseball. Or does TiVo still own that idea?

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