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Comment Re:It's convenience and security. (Score 1) 835

I don't see where you get that sheet-fed scanners are expensive. There are dozens of all-in-one scanners / printers / copiers for under $100.

True, but do they actually work? I've owned a couple of sheet feeders that always managed to feed several sheets at a time. Only the high end units could actually take a stack of paper and feed them one at a time.

Comment Re:And... (Score 4, Funny) 267

My son came home from college in 2010 and while attempting to connect him to our home network, I see in his connection history, an SSID of all numbers, like 000-00-0000. It took me a moment, but then realized some douche in his dorm must have been running a wifi access point and when he saw 'SSID', must have assumed it meant Social Security ID.

I wonder if the kid ever purchased a Lifelock subscription.

Comment Re:Already done (ish) (Score 1) 205

Already done (no ish)

USBSwiper has created a POS (point-of-sale) application using Filemaker. A merchant must have a PayPal account and be approved for Website Payments Pro and Virtual Terminal services offered by PayPal. Once that's done, USBSwiper will sell or rent the application to a merchant. Rental is designed for small merchants who need a trade show payment system or who might be a seasonal business, purchasing the application allows a web merchant to process mail and phone orders much easier than on most e-commerce shopping cart systems.

This is not second hand knowledge. I now use USBSwiper and have used it at a trade show on my laptop with a Verizon wireless connection. It worked perfectly. From an administrative perspective, I've never had a merchant credit card account that was so easy to use. From an economic perspective, PayPal charges a flat rate for all transactions - 2.9% of the sale plus .30 per transaction. There is a $30 monthly fee which can be turned off anytime if the merchant is closed for the season, on vacation, or any reason.

Most consumers understand that the merchant pays for the acceptance of credit cards; what they don't understand is that their affinity card or rewards card costs the merchant more per transaction than a standard credit card, or what is called a "qualified" card. All non-qualified cards are charged more. Want to take a guess how many cards are now deemed "qualified"? Out of every 100 cards swiped, maybe 10 to 15 are qualified, which means they are charged at the lowest discount rate. All others are non-qualified and cost the merchant more. Add on fees such as statement fee, "abuse of system" fees (it's real) and anything else the card processors can cook up and the real cost of card acceptance can be as high as 6% - 8% or more.

PayPal's venture into POS applications started with the development of their virtual terminal application, but only the smallest of retail merchants could use it. It just doesn't work in a high traffic retial environment. The USBSwiper application makes things easier, but the flat rate card acceptance fees is what makes it work for me. All other processors can go to hell as far as I'm concerned. Paypal is our choice for card acceptance and will be as long as they don't screw up or get greedy.

Submission + - Ubuntu 11.04 beta (

An anonymous reader writes: Ubuntu has released a public beta for 11.04. It should be noted that installing this with WUBI has been discouraged. The beta can be found here:

In addition to this beta, they have confirmed that the netbook & desktop editions are no more. They have been merged into one and simply called "Ubuntu". Also Ubuntu Server Edition is just called Ubuntu Server, without the "Edition".

Some highlights include updates to the kernal, Unity, LibreOffice, Ubuntu Software Centre and the brand new Firefox 4.

Comment Re:The smart phone got him off? (Score 1) 254

He didn't get off because the judge was in a good mood. The judge didn't ask him those questions because the burden of proof is on the state, and its witness (the cop) not the defendant. Katta had no obligation to prove innocence but the state DID have an obligation to prove guilt.

And, in the scheme of things, a speeding ticket for a few MPH over the limit isn't worth getting the court's panties in a knot. Plus we don't know if the cop has a history of writing questionable tickets. That does happen and judges can't stand a cop that wastes their time.

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