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Comment Re:Sad news for the web (Score 1) 336

Anything worth keeping is also worth fighting for. The problem is that a large number of people do not actually do anything to protect the things they value. If you want to see a world without patent abuse, you have to actively engage - donate to the EFF, call your Congressman/woman, educate people on the issues, buy some advertisements, etc, etc.

Comment Re:Good news...? (Score 1, Troll) 296

I don't know about you, but my online banking website doesn't look, act or feel like a book or magazine. There is a definite difference between a content web site and a web application.

I personally don't have an issue with requiring accessibility for most sites (as long as you can provide an accessible alternative to your content or web app) - the tools they do use need to be updated more often. Some of the screen readers require IE6.

Comment Re:Joke of the day (Score 2, Insightful) 497

The general purpose desktop market is going to start migrating towards developers and major power users (like graphic design), but the 90% use case for most people right now is surfing the web, checking email and playing flash games. All these can be accomplished with smaller, cheaper, portable devices like the iPad or whatever other tablets come out.

Comment Re:Ignorance, not indifference. (Score 1, Informative) 220

With a traditional Visa/Mastercard 'debit' card that pulls money from your checking, there are two ways to use that card and pay for your purchase:

  • Use it like a credit card (you don't type your PIN)
  • Use it like a debit/atm card (you enter your PIN)

If you use you card as a credit card, you are protected in the same manner as you would with a credit card, you aren't responsible for fraudulent charges above $X.xx and you can dispute charges, etc. If you use it as a debit card, if your PIN is exposed by some 3rd party (i.e. the store you are purchasing from, the company they contract with for their POS system, etc) you are fully on-the-hook when it comes to losses - if they steal $2000 from your account, you have lost $2000 - there is no disputing charges or limited liability like with a credit card.

Use your card as a credit card, you have many protections, use your card as a debit card (you enter your PIN), you are liable for every transaction associated with your PIN.

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