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Bomb Explodes At PayPal Headquarters 551

Pooua writes to tell us that an explosive device left outside of PayPal headquarters exploded last night. The explosion was powerful enough to knock out one of their plate glass windows but thankfully that was the only casualty of the blast. Perhaps they should have offered employee protection instead?
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Bomb Explodes At PayPal Headquarters

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  • by ackthpt ( 218170 ) * on Wednesday November 01, 2006 @01:44PM (#16675431) Homepage Journal

    Great, that narrowed down the list by about two. Any other ideas?

    While the first part of the post was in jest, that's probably exactly how the investigation will procede. Investigators will likely request PayPal turn over letters from irate customers. I certainly hope most slashdotters maintained their cool enough not to send threats.

    The news on KCBS was a bit more detailed than what the link told of. It's a four storey building in downtown San Jose. One plate-glass window was shattered, these windows are designed to withstand minor earthquakes, so it was said the explosion was powerful, not just a hand full of M-80's.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 01, 2006 @01:45PM (#16675453)
    I would be careful with some of these posts. If I understand the Patriot Act and subsequent laws, joking about bombs can get you into a lot of trouble.
  • by blueZ3 ( 744446 ) on Wednesday November 01, 2006 @02:05PM (#16675831) Homepage
    and not in a good way.

    If you're using the service to buy and sell on eBay, and everything else in the transaction goes smoothly, then PayPal workd fine. However, if you have a problem (with a buyer or seller) and you try and take it up with PayPal, you're going to get screwed. Let me explain how it works:

    If you are a seller, and you ship and you "collect" money from PayPal and ship the item you sold, if the seller complains to PayPal (they can claim they didn't get the item, that it wasn't as advertised, etc.) PayPal will take the money out of your account because the transaction was "fraudulent" -- your loss: one item (which you shipped) since you won't be seeing the money. If you are a buyer, it works the other way around. If you pay for something and it never arrives, PayPal will refuse to refund the money.

    As far as I can tell, in instances where there is a dispute, PayPal collects the money for themselves and the buyer and seller are out of luck. Some of this seems to be based on "who complains first" but generally if you use PayPal and have a problem, you can kiss your money goodbye. Add to this the fact that PayPal constantly pushes linking your PayPal account to your "real" bank account (apparently so they can clean you out in one fell swoop) and you have a recipe for... well, I'd say about 5 lbs of ammonium nitrate, some black powder, and a time-delay fuse.
  • Re:Customer service (Score:3, Informative)

    by friedmud ( 512466 ) on Wednesday November 01, 2006 @02:33PM (#16676313)
    Actually... the man is more on the spot than you know.

    I grew up in Missouri... and in my home city one of the larger industries is the call center industry. There are litterally dozens of _very_ large call centers in the city to choose from and they actually all pay well and give good benefits (they are competing for the workforce).

    The reason they're all in Missouri is because of the accent... ie. none. Most Missourians (disregarding the hill-billys!) have a fairly neutral accent which lends itself well to call centers. The land is also pretty cheap and the taxes are fairly low... combining for a great place to plop a phone center.

    So, anyway, yes... there is a lot of call-center outsourcing... but I do know that there are still a lot of call-centers here in the US and specifically in Missouri.

  • Re:Funny? (Score:3, Informative)

    by TheViewFromTheGround ( 607422 ) on Wednesday November 01, 2006 @03:38PM (#16677729) Homepage
    As an employee of the company, you most certainly are responsible for corporate policy -- at the very least, to the continuation of said policies. That alone doesn't justify the use of violent resistance against said company or its employees. Other things might, in utterly extreme and rare cases. More imaginative strategies, informed by creativity and imaginative forms of nonviolent resistance, are often far more effective and more ethically defensible. I work as an activist on the southside of Chicago, and one of the things I work on is police brutality. Lately, we've been had a couple of surprising successes in pushing reform, mainly due to precise and dispassionate factual evidence, a sophisticated analysis, careful targeting of officials with our message, an upcoming mayoral election, and alliances with elite lawyers who sometimes take them on. We haven't planted any bombs or threatened any officers. To the contrary, I respect and admire many of the police I known socially or dealt with in the course of this work, even officers that I have had deep disagreements with or who stop me for being a white guy in a black neighborhood. In fact, we have never tried to do anything big or dramatic, even in the tone of the narrative and design of the site. You can be effective by being dead-serious, factual, clear, and strategic in your interventions, without ever having to resort to violence.
  • Re:I imagine... (Score:5, Informative)

    by AusIV ( 950840 ) on Wednesday November 01, 2006 @04:06PM (#16678349)
    A window was destroyed and this is the biggest incident of domestic terrorism in five years?

    I suppose extremists firebombing a neuro-scientist's neighbor doesn't count, since they bombed the wrong house.

    And what about bombings at abortion clinics, which have been fairly widespread since the 1970's. A friend of my family works at an abortion clinic as a counselor who tries to persuade patients not to have abortions, and her car was set on fire by abortion protestors.

    I'm not sure how you define domestic terrorism, but it hardly seems that this is the largest act of domestic terrorism this year, much less out of the last 5.

  • Re:I imagine... (Score:2, Informative)

    by Coco Lopez ( 886067 ) on Wednesday November 01, 2006 @04:15PM (#16678565)

    Biggest recent incident of domestic terrorism? This is nothing!

    Check out this link here for domestic religious fundamentalist terrorist incidents: Violence at US Abortion Clinics [religioustolerance.org]

    or these ones here for domestic ecoterrorists and general antiscience terrorism:

    http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/292/ 5522/1622 [sciencemag.org]

    http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/313/ 5793/1541 [sciencemag.org]

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