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Comment US Bank (Score 1) 115

US Bank already sucked, their website sporting the worst GUI since Windows 3. I had an REI Visa with them, their website would show me paid with zero balance even though I was carrying, and wouldn't let me add a payment, but then would suddenly show me overdue and add a late fee. I'd call up, they'd sometimes credit me, and it would start all over again. For over a decade I had no missed payments, suddenly I was having one every month.

It got fixed the day the new regs took effect, up to that point they were minting money from that website. They had plenty of collections people, often not very smart, often it took a couple of tries to get a payment made.

All in all, a nightmare compared to any other vendor I used, and a blight on REI's customer service rep. When the chance came, I paid them off first and kept away.

So this morning I got this in my email...

As a valued U.S. Bank customer, we want to make you aware of a situation that has occurred related to your email address. We have been informed by Epsilon Interactive, a vendor based in Dallas, Texas, that files containing your email address were accessed by unauthorized entry into their computer system. Epsilon helps us send you emails about products and services that may be of interest to you. We want to assure you that U.S. Bank has never provided Epsilon with financial information about you. For your security, however, we wanted to call this matter to your attention. We ask that you remain alert to any unusual or suspicious emails. Please remember that U.S. Bank will never request information such as your personal ID, password, social security number, PIN or account number via email. For your safety, never share this or similar information in response to an email request at any time. To learn more about recognizing online fraud issues, visit: In addition, if you receive any suspicious looking emails, please tell us immediately. Call U.S. Bank Customer Service at 800-US-BANKS (800-872-2657). The security of your information is important to us, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. As always, if you have any questions, or need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

I think it is only stupid evil companies that were using Epsilon. Litmus test.

Comment Re:How hard is it to have something like this in U (Score 1) 491

Way back in the 60's, when Eisenhower's interstates were killing their passenger traffic, but the ICC was making them keep serving communities with passenger trains, the railroads agreed to always run Amtrak trains on first priority if the government would please please take passenger trains off their hands.

Typical of corporations, they forgot these promises once they got out from under, and I've heard managers from most major US railroads laughing about stinging and delaying Amtrak trains. Part of this is agreements with shippers like UPS, where each minute late costs lots of money in refunds, and part of this is that they seem to keep only the most incompetent people, since most US Corps are rife with nepotism and fear of competence.

So building parallel tracks ought to be sponsored in part by the freight railroads, who have been making profits all through the recession we've been having, and have been upgrading their own rails in anticipation of the recession's end. They ran passenger trains when they were the only game in town and could charge what they liked, then when there was competition they cried their way out of continuing the very public service they advertised only years earlier.

Also, how about trucks really paying for the damage they do to highways instead of being subsidised. I heard from a state DOT official that trucks do 55,000 times as much damage as a car in passing over a given square foot of test pavement.

Comment Try 1999 (Score 1) 363

I was using M-builds in late 1999 that were reasonably reliable. Many nightlies leading up to 1.0 were usable enough that I was installing them for the computer-clueless that I supported at that time. Just had to find a good one and test it first.

I'm not a fanboy of where Mozilla and its products have evolved, but I see nothing that compels me to change. I would never think of switching to Apple's Mail, for example, refused to use it when I worked for them (which is why I was often the only person that could open attachments). I like that it is simple and doesn't help me too much. The 2.0 builds are working pretty well right now, although the extensions are lagging.

Agree that development and adoption of Firefox took a long time and that IE 6's legacy on the internet resembles W's on the world at large.

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