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Comment: This is an Apple/retailer fail (Score 4, Interesting) 375

by xxxJonBoyxxx (#47557793) Attached to: A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

From TFA:
>> merchants can be liable for charges if they override a credit or debit card denial in this fashion

>> In (another) case...after defrauding Victoria’s Secret, Banana Republic, and several other retailers out of $557,690 in the same manner, which is known as a “forced sale” or “forced code.”

I think the operational problem here is that store managers have the authority to override denials to boost their own sales numbers...while the risk for bad credit decisions may fall on the owners.

Comment: No Windows or C# support yet (Score 2) 61

It's a neat project covering C, C++, and Java and a little Objective C and Javascript, but it doesn't cover C# or Windows yet. (

Unfortunately, in my world C#/Windows is where a lot of the business-facing open source action is, especially with the advent of NuGet.

Comment: What's missing? A big check from Google... (Score 1) 24

Museum Director: "I'm supposed to pay some staffers or redirect some volunteers to do tedious data entry so I can submit my entries to Wikipedia's catalog, where Google will make money selling ads next to Wikipedia results on its search results page."

Wikipedia: "Basically, yes. So...are you gonna do it?"

Museum Director: "Let's see if you can get your Google buddies to write a $XXX,XXX check to our institution and then we'll talk."

Comment: Credit Card-Sized Game Device = "Old Phone"? (Score 2, Insightful) 33

by xxxJonBoyxxx (#47552597) Attached to: A Credit Card-Sized, Arduino-Based Game Device (Video)

Hmmm...a small-factor gaming device. My kids call that "one of dad's old phones." They no longer have cell service, but they pretty much all run Android or iOS and can still play a lot of games, including games that need the Internet. Plus, you can buy an entry-level Android phone new (from a pay-as-you-go service) for around $50. So...what's the market for this thing?

Comment: School district ISP (Score 1) 285

by xxxJonBoyxxx (#47502819) Attached to: How One School District Handled Rolling Out 20,000 iPads

>> why the CVUSD is considering becoming its own ISP

Because they are in Palm Springs and money falls like leaves there?

>> Metrics are hard to come by after only a single school year

Don't they already have standardized tests? (

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