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Comment Re:Online retailers (Score 1) 317

Considering that Visa and MasterCard regulations (and the UK's own laws) require that merchants still accept signatures, I don't see that going too well.

Isn't that only for special circumstances, e.g. a person with a disability that means they can't use a PIN?

Many merchants don't accept signatures: train ticket machines, cinema ticket machines, self-checkout at supermarkets, etc.

Comment Re:None of my cards have a chip! (Score 2) 317

It certainly won't eliminate the swipe cards for a long, long time. They've had chip and pin in Europe for a decade, and you can still swipe.

Expect that to change.

Swipe readers have been absent in Europe on unsupervised machines (e.g. buying a train ticket) for years, and aren't available at some smaller shops — unless they expect American trade, it's not useful. Even if it does exist, the cashier would often be reluctant to use it.

Comment Re:2012 15" macbook pro retina (Score 1) 237

How great is "great"?

My new employer has given me a new Macbook Pro, and Kubuntu mostly works, but it will require some manual fiddling.

Booting, thunderbolt ethernet, thunderbolt display, wifi, external mouse/keyboard, external HDD, and all essential things do work. Disconnecting and reconnecting the display works 90% of the time, which I'm pleased with -- KDE now remembers where my toolbars and windows should go.

I don't have power management working, the touchpad is half-working (no scrolling), and I gave up getting the retina display + an external standard display to work -- I've reduced the resolution of the retina display.

I haven't yet put much effort into fixing these things, partly because I don't know whether they can be fixed (in reasonable time) and partly because I'm busy with the new job.

Comment Re:Didn't we already try this (Score 1) 92

At least some stores will substitute for you. Problem is, they don't care as much about your shopping as you do, so they won't necessarily make intelligent substitutions. You'll order the cheapest and get the most expensive, or you'll order the no-GMO organic hippy version and get back a packet of chemicals.

The supermarkets in Britain will either charge you for what you ordered if they substitute something more expensive, or let you refund it when it's delivered (substitutions are generally packed separately, so you can check immediately and hand what you don't want to the driver). They also let you specify what should happen, you can e.g. ask for the item to be skipped if the exact thing isn't in stock.

They've been working on this since 1996.

Comment Re:Didn't we already try this (Score 2) 92

Here in the UK there is a online only supermarket called Ocado that I use and solves this problem

What's possibly surprising to Americans is home-delivered groceries is a solved problem in Britain. Tesco has been selling through a website since 1996, almost as long as Amazon. Delivery costs as little as £1, and you choose a time slot for delivery.

Wander round any British town or city and you'll soon notice delivery vans from Tesco, Sainsbury's, Ocado, Waitrose, Asda or the other large supermarkets. They're probably the most common commercial vehicles after about 7pm in residential areas.

Comment Re:Declare SSID's expensive (Score 1) 194

currency converter app ? Look up exchange rate of country you're about to land in, do math while there. Why is that hard ?

Because Europe, and because I don't like dividing by 13.5.

Four friends, renting a holiday house together, from three countries, in a fourth. We were paying for things in SEK, we wanted to know the cost in CHF, GBP and DKK (perhaps surprisingly, no-one was from the eurozone). An app is quicker than using the calculator.

Comment Re:Declare SSID's expensive (Score 1) 194

The one flight I took with in-flight WiFi, on a Norwegian plane, blocked access to the Google Play store, App store, etc (and this was written clearly when I accepted the T&Cs). Presumably, for exactly this reason.

It was a little annoying, as the purpose of connecting to WiFi was to install a currency converter app.

Comment Re:No (Score 4, Interesting) 318

A young woman was elected as an MP in Scotland, regardless of the "colourful" Tweets she'd written since she was 14:

Wikipedia says "as most of them were a few years old they were generally ascribed to immaturity and did not appear to do any significant damage":

If in any problem you find yourself doing an immense amount of work, the answer can be obtained by simple inspection.