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Comment: Re:personally, i like this method better... (Score 3, Interesting) 107

by whoever57 (#48257875) Attached to: US Post Office Increases Secret Tracking of Mail

Arpaio is pretty much regarded out here as as the devil we know.

If you are from Arizona, just don't complain about all the times the county has had to pay out compensation for something he or his office has done. It's an elected office and people continue to elect him.

When discussing him once before, someone posted some fairly awful stats for crime in MCSO jurisdiction.

Perhaps that is because the sheriff is not very good at his job. Yeah, he is great at grandstanding. It doesn't sound like he is great at actually making Maricopa County a better place. Perhaps the reason that those places are shitholes is because Arpaio has been sheriff for 22 years.....

Comment: BS "fees" (Score 2) 173

I am just waiting for the day where every service is priced at $.01 ("plus fees and taxes"). Price comparisons are meaningless when a large chunk of the price is mandatory fees.

I don't mean baggage fees on flights, since one may choose not to take baggage, but such things as the "resort fee" which hotels add to bills in certain locations, etc.. These "fees" are a cost of business and should be included in the base price.

Other examples are rental car companies charging a fee to cover their agent's salary (yes, really!) or the property taxes for the vehicle (which the rental company must pay irrespective of whether someone rents the vehicle or it sits in the garage).

Comment: Re:Are you sure? (Score 2) 837

maybe there should be a fork to make place for those people.

Is there scope for a less intrusive fork of SystemD? Something that does not replace such a large number of well-established daemons?

Part of my concern is about SystemD is the scope for bugs. All the daemons that are replaced by SystemD have years of development under teams of developers. Can one expect a re-write of all these daemons by a small team with no history of working on these applications to be anywhere near free of bugs?

Comment: Re:Good luck with that. (Score 1) 554

by whoever57 (#48244813) Attached to: Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

2. If you always pay off your credit card you can be subjected to fees to keep the card active.

Where did you get that one from? The only nearly similar thing that I have seen is that credit card accounts may be shut down due to lack of use.

4. I only had a problem with a rental company when they held a large sum of money (the agreed rental amount) and it took 7 days for the bank to remove the hold and show a credit.

So you had a problem that would never have happened if you had used a credit card. What's your point? This is a reason not to use debit cards.

5. Sometimes its better to cut your losses than to owe a shit ton of money to predatory lenders including credit card companies. You'll eventually lose your car and your house and owe money to your credit card company at an insane interest rate that will take over a decade to pay off.

Yes, you can get into trouble is you spend too much money. That problem isn't limited to credit cards. Remember my initial comment about poor impulse control?

6. My bank is proactive. After the Target and Home Depot fiasco, my bank sends me a replacement card and just monitors my purchases until the new card arrives.

So are credit card companies. Typically, if I travel abroad, I get to make one purchase, then my card is temprarily locked. However, the bank sends me a text message, and by replying to that, I can get my card unblocked. Also, proactive: one of my credit cards was repaced last week because the details may have been compromised.

Because credit cards provide better protection to the consumer, credit card issues are more likely to be proactive than with debit cards.

You have failed to show a single reason to use a debit card instead of a credit card if you have reasonable impulse control. Everything you show is not an issue or is actually a reason to use credit cards. Where do you get your information and advice from? I suggest that you get a better source of financial advice.

Comment: Re:Good luck with that. (Score 1) 554

by whoever57 (#48236777) Attached to: Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

Credit card 15-20% APR, debit card you make money though interest. How is not having a credit card is a poor financial decision?

Interest I paid on my credit card account in the last year: $0. The credit card effectively gives me a free loan. In the same way as you get interest, I get more becasue of that free loan.

You were saying how credit cards are a bad idea?

Comment: Re:Good luck with that. (Score 4, Informative) 554

by whoever57 (#48236297) Attached to: Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

I do not intend to own a credit card, I do not need one, as the same is with most people.

Need, perhaps not. Nevertheless, it is a smart decision to use one. Need to dispute a charge -- with a credit card, you have protections under Federal law. Using a debit card, you have fewer protections. Want to rent a car? Good luck doing that without a credit card. I could go on, but the list is too long.

Bottom line, unless you have very poor impulse control, not having a credit card is a poor financial decision.

Comment: Gross margin? (Score 3, Informative) 117

But what's finally good news for the company is that the Surface gross margin was positive this quarter, which means the company finally starts making money on Surface sales.

I think that someone doesn't understand accounting very well. Thre are all kinds of real costs that don't get factored into the gross, so this report does not show whether or not Microsoft is actually making money on Surface sales. For example, all that advertising cost.

Comment: Re:Is there a way to prevent this? (Score 4, Insightful) 206

by whoever57 (#48225701) Attached to: Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic

There has to be a way to prevent this

As a sysadmin, you should know that it is easy and cheap to rent a VPS (Virtual Private Server). Then, run squid on the server, or do some fancy routing to send all your web traffic out via a VPN to your VPS. Since most VPS services offer a minimum of 1TB of monthy data, there should not be any excess data usage charges.

Comment: Re:The saddest part is..... (Score 1) 56

If this issue were put to an actual vote, I have zero doubt that it would win by a landslide. I have yet to meet a single tech-savvy person that supports paid prioritization, even among conservatives.

There is a word or phrase for that, but I don't recall it now.

The problem is that most of the people you interact with are tech-savvy. You have an impression of how people would vote, but, in reality it is how a tiny slice of the population (tech-savvy people) would vote.

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