I've heard of no studies, no evidence, that choice in browser indicates anything with regards to handling money. Without such research, it would be a meaningless metric to use.
I agree with the gist of what you're saying. However, they don't need outside, independent research for their purposes. They've given out loans before, and many people pay their loans online. It's quite easy for them to use their own internal data to see that people who use browser x to pay their loans default at y rate.
I doubt there has been much in the way of independent research for car accident statistics for my zip code, but insurance companies use zip codes for determining rates all the time. I'm sure Capital One's actuaries are up to the same kind of stuff with regards to loans. As to the actual interest rate, while the rate shown on a website isn't at all binding, there are still valid reasons for changing based on the browser. For example, let's say that their own data has shown that people who pay using Firefox are most likely to default, they can show a higher rate hoping that you'll go somewhere else instead of with them, so they'll be less likely to get a new defaulting loanee.
Defense of the Ancients (commonly known as DotA)
(emphasis in the original). You're in the games section of slashdot. You should have been able to figure out that the first link (the one with the word "play" in it) was for a game. Also, the summary does mention what it is:
DotA Allstars mod for Warcraft III
With all of that, how do you even know that DotA is an acronym? All you need is right before you, in the summary no less. It's a mod for another game called DotA and Valve is releasing version 2 of the funny-named game.
Buying 100,000 shares of already issued stock is an investment, but does nothing to create jobs.
Perhaps not directly, but if you invest those 100,000 shares in the company I work for, their stock price might go up, allowing me to sell my shares for even more, and then I can buy stuff from local businesses, like the small local home builder that I just hired to build my house.
Investing in already issued stocks doesn't mean the money disappears, it just means its harder to trace its effect on the economy.
I mean, it makes no sense for the Author's Guild to castigate Amazon yet remain silent in regard to Apple. Since anything Apple immediately hits the airwaves
I think you have the reason why the Author's Guild is being silent. Their blathering about the TTS feature against Amazon was ridiculed by everyone that heard the story. The only reason they didn't get more ridicule was that the story wasn't broadly heard. Put Apple in the story and everyone would be ridiculing them.
An authority is a person who can tell you more about something than you really care to know.