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Comment Re:Why not? (Score 1) 130

So I guess you never rented a car or a room at a hotel. Who knows? Maybe Mariott decides they need to charge you $10 more to make their quarterly revenue goals!

I think I trust that more than, oh lets see, putting my credit card details into an android app and having that go out to some cloud service.

Comment Re:Why not? (Score 1) 130

It isn't in Ubers interest to do that. If they did that you would never use their services again and they would be out a lot of money. Believe it or not, not everyone is out to scam you out of $100.

Are you saying its impossible for the driver to put in a claim for a soiled car and for Uber to claw the money back from you? Just totally impossible, never going to happen? Ok cool, you go ahead and use Uber. I'll use a cab and I'll pay by cash.

If Uber allowed paying by cash I bet they'd make more money.

Comment Re:Why not? (Score 1) 130

What are you? 70 years old? The great thing about Uber is that you don't need cash. And the driver doesn't need to mess with it either (which keeps him safer).

You must be terribly naive if you trust Uber to hang onto your credit card details forever just in case they ever need to charge you some extra!

Comment Re:Why not? (Score 4, Insightful) 130

At the END of the transaction is when you provide those details. Not just from simply visiting the airline booking website.

If I can't create an account without providing CC details that service will NEVER get my business. Providing your CC details upon login or account creation is just stupid and riff with all kinds of potential problems. What if the account creation fails? Create my account then once I'm securely logged into my account I'll provide those details, but only then. Asking for those details before those steps have been done means you will never get my money.

I do really hope those Uber/Lyft drivers are getting educated or trained in some other profession though. Not a single one of them will have a job or 2nd income from these ride sharing companies in 10 years.

Yeah its the way Uber wants to hold onto your card details, you know, just in case they decide they ever need to take some more money from you without having to contact you first.

Dodgy as fuck.

Comment Re:Why not? (Score 1) 130

How did you book your plane ticket when you visited the city? Generally you need to provide some sort of payment up front before you get a seat going somewhere, unless grandma is driving.

If Uber have my credit card details they can charge me any time they want for anything they want.

Suppose after I finish my ride the driver puts in a claim that I soiled the car and they charge me another $100 for that. All I can do is go to the credit card company and do a charge back. Fuck that.

Comment Re:Why not? (Score 1) 130

Or you could simply carry cash and be nearly anonymous rather than not-even-close-to-being anonymous with an app.

I know. Simplicity is too simple.

The Uber app *insisted* on the card details and wouldn't let me use the app without it. Cash didn't seem to be an option.

Cabs seem a lot safer.

Comment Re:Why not? (Score 0) 130

how were you expecting to pay?

At the end of the ride.

When I get a cab I pay with my card at the end of the ride and the card stays in my possession.

Uber wants to hold onto your card just in case. Maybe they'll decide you need to pay some 'extra' charges after your ride, maybe the driver puts in a claim that you soiled the car or something. Fuck that.

Comment Re:Why not? (Score 0) 130

What could possibly go wrong?

I was visiting a city where I knew Uber operated so I thought "Hey I'll give this a go!", installed the app. It wanted me to enter my credit card details into the app before I could use it. Uninstalled app, hailed a cab.

Enter credit card details in the actual app as a requirement to use the service? What could possibly go wrong with that?

Comment Re: WaPo? (Score 1) 272

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/lord-bell-ran-540m-covert-pr-ops-in-iraq-for-pentagon-m5js07xtr
"Lord Bell ran $540m covert PR ops in Iraq for Pentagon"
The communications agency founded by Margaret Thatcher’s PR guru Lord Bell was hired by the US military to orchestrate a huge $540m “covert” propaganda campaign in Iraq after the 2003 invasion.

In what is believed to be one of the world’s most costly PR contracts, equivalent to £416m, staff from Bell’s agency were based in Baghdad to disseminate pro-coalition material across the airwaves.

Comment Re:Is this just for English? (Score 1) 80

I'd start with a language that has a clear one-to-one sound mapping between the spoken and written forms of the language. Shallow phonemic orthography is the technical term, it seems.

That is, not English.

Spanish, Italian, Finnish, and Turkish are what Wikipedia mentions as examples. Japanese would count, but some words have far too many homonyms.

Thats not why Japanese is hard to lip read. Its hard because of the way people move their mouths while speaking.

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