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Comment Payment-processing companies are predatory (Score 1) 732

I own a small business (B2B sales though, not retail) and my biggest complaint about payment processors is that we have no idea how much each credit-card transaction is costing us. The fee schedule is impossible to figure out and we don't know ahead of time how much a transaction will cost because it depends on the type of card the customer has (Premium, "Gold", "Rewards", etc...)

I would like to see legislation passed that does the following things:

  • Forces payment processors to tell merchants what the fee is for each and every transaction before it is processed.
  • Permits merchants to display the fee to customers.
  • Permits merchants to charge that fee to customers should they wish to.

Comment Re:Heh... Radical...Islamists...redundant... (Score 1) 564

there are scientists or scholars who debate religious issues, which is much like peer-reviewing in modern science.

There is a huge difference: In Islam (and most religions), there are certain debates you Cannot Do. How far do you think an Islamic scholar would get if he said "Y'know, I don't believe in this whole Allah thing. We need to rethink it."?

In science, at least in theory, questioning anything is allowed and encouraged if you can come up with objective evidence for questioning it.

Comment Re:Heh... Radical...Islamists...redundant... (Score 2) 564

Yes, I've read the qur'an, more than once, but more importantly, I also read commentaries of it, explaining the context.

That's a very common tactic used by Muslims (and quite a few Christians and Jews, for that matter) to explain away the despicable things in their holy books. It's a very good tactic to cloud the issue, confuse critics, and avoid dealing with the real problem which is the fundamentally disgusting nature of Islam (and Christianity and Judaism... but we're talking about Islam here for now.)

Comment Re:Heh... Radical...Islamists...redundant... (Score 1, Flamebait) 564

Islam of any sort is dangerous, retrograde and regressive. Even the most "enlightened" version of Islam has no redeeming qualities compared to its negative qualities.

This is true of most religion, but Islam currently happens to be the most dangerous to the future of humanity.

Comment Re:Some scary stuff therw (Score 3, Insightful) 24

Does this mean that Rogers/Bell can start pushing agents/SW on their subscribers computers which in turn allow them to control your access?

It may read that way, but I don't think that's the intent. I think it's meant to allow Bell and Rogers to remotely update the firmware on their modems and routers. My mother uses Bell, but she runs Linux so Bell would have a fairly difficult time installing anything on her computer anyway. (To monitor her, they wouldn't need to... they could just install something on the router they provided.)

Comment Re:Oh boy. (Score 1) 527

His whole perception of "good and evil" with regards to software IP (Oops! He doesn't use that term!) is black and white thinking and doesn't lend itself to progress.

Well, OK. "Evil" is a strong term, but I can certainly agree with RMS's stance reworded as "Good and Bad".

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