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Comment Re:Do Canadian credit cards for sub $10? (Score 3, Interesting) 248

My credit card works fine on transactions below $10.

Where exactly is the need for this?

Credit cards companies take a cut out of what merchants later get, and it's normally a percentage, but it is not unusual for there to also be a minimum transaction fee. So, small credit card transactions aren't good for retailers, since the lose an unusually high amount of money to the credit card company. ... in fact, in the states, July 2010's Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act recently legalized businesses setting a "minimum purchase with credit card" of up to $10.

Comment Re:What kind of stupid question is this? (Score 1) 174

Just think about it for a minute. The only way a government or dictator could tap someone's phone without the phone company knowing would involve using secret agents (in the broadest sense) to plant bugs or intercept signals.

Not really; listening in on the radio signals sent between the phone and the tower would not be difficult, and the encryption for it is a joke.

Comment Apologetically Enthusiastic (Score 2, Insightful) 309

This is not a privacy issue; there is little expectation of privacy in a workplace when using company property anyway. I personally feel this would be a nice help; imagine working for a government contractor and having having software automatically raise flags when someone copies documents with "DO NOT COPY" or "CONFIDENTIAL" in the OCR text. This is somewhat useful.

Comment Pro-Ban (Score 1) 506

See, you can say this like it's a bad thing, but the concept of phone numbers is /retarded/. Why should you have to know some arcane, difficult to remember internal routing ID of a phone subscriber just to call them? It's like, instead of having DNS, you have to put in every IP address manually for any server/website you wish to visit. Sure, you can have a phone book, but this is like just putting an entry in /etc/hosts; it's definitely a horrible solution to a now-solved problem. If the Senate had banned phone numbers, that would have forced the phone companies to create something better. A kind of Telephone Name Service of sorts.

Comment reverence and awe (Score 5, Interesting) 742

I've seen a lot of promising college-aged open source devs that seem to have an overwhelming reverence and awe towards the kernel, thinking it far too complicated for them to work on with their own programming abilities. In reality, most of them could pick up the kernel and figure it out quite quickly, but they'll never convince themselves of that.

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