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Comment Re:Another clone to fail (Score 1) 48

I looked it up the other day.

As best as I can tell, it's succeeding because
1) it's more single focused than its competitors - it's about peer payments more than grocery store/etc payments.
2) it's got financial backing of Paypal (owner)
3) it's social (not sure why this is an appeal, but articles seem to claim it is)
4) it's built a network affect with millenials already (not sure how. awesome marketing at "welcome to college get your credit cards here" day?)

Google Wallet/etc. are android, and Apple pay is android, but what's cross platform? Venmo apparently. For now.

Most of this is pieced together/speculated after reading a couple articles and searching reddit for mentions of venmo alongside google wallet.

Comment /r/nottheonion (Score 4, Funny) 333

Looking at some headlines from
we find

"Stop making memes of our dead gorilla, Cincinnati Zoo pleads"

"Spotify offers Barack Obama a job as 'President of Playlists'"

"People have paid a company more than $80,000 to dig a hole for absolutely no reason"

"Venezuela's currency value depends largely on one guy at an Alabama Home Depot"

"Anti-Defamation League Declares Pepe the Frog a Hate Symbol"

"Pilot 'congratulates' passengers for drinking all alcohol on plane"

"Nebraska flag flew upside down at Capitol for 10 days and 'nobody noticed,' says senator who wants design change"


Comment Re: MicroShaft (Score 1) 231

> Other AV products have always been monstrously bloated affairs, and have become all the worse over then last decade

Additionally, even decent antivirus tends to bloat over time.

Avira Antivirus and MalwareBytes Anti-Malware both have "web protection" modules that will not stop nagging you if you disable them, for example.

Comment Re:Can someone clarify "secret rules" for me? (Score 1) 189

Congress for years has been delegating authority to agencies to make their own rules.
It has been argued that this is a violation of the US constitution.

The higher courts also defer to the agencies to interpret their own rules and don't review them for constitutionality.
That's apparently known as the Chevron doctrine.

Benjamin Ginsberg wrote a book about some of that stuff.
What Washington Gets Wrong: The Unelected Officials Who Actually Run the Government and Their Misconceptions about the American People

He was interviewed recently on C-Span.

see also:
Is Administrative Law Unlawful
Terms of Engagement

Comment Re:Oh please... (Score 1) 98

What's the superior alternative?

Seems like something I would hope Consumer Reports would do, but all I seem to see on their web site is appeals for donations (on top of subscription fees). -_-

Yelp may suck but it's the best we have.

btw, speaking of compromised entities, the Better Business Bureau is funded by businesses not consumers. Conflict of interest much?

Comment Re:Welcome to the Trump future... (Score 1) 497

> I would also argue that a lot of people might choose alternatives like 'make me comfortable as long as possible' at those prices.

End of life issues are definitely adding to rising costs.

People seem to be moving away from the concept that death is inevitable, especially when making decisions on behalf of elderly loved ones who are unable to speak for themselves.

Comment Re: Eh (Score 1) 99

> The *worst* outcome is when the "laws" are secret or unknowable and enforced arbitrarily.

We are heading in that direction (if not there already).

There are a bajillion laws and "ignorance of the law is no excuse", also there are various regulatory agencies that make regulations which have the force of law.

There are so many laws that you are probably violating something that you don't know about, and some things you know about but figure no one will care about.

"Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime."

Comment Re:sigh... (Score 1) 306

There are always scabs aka strikebreakers, and thankfully they will be really easy to find with the Uber app with no actual change in behavior from the customer.

The price may go up due to low supply and same as normal demand, but I'd be surprised if service is unavailable.

Also, it's "Day of Disruption" so if you can make it through one day without a cab, you will be fine.

Comment Re:But they definitely feel better about themselve (Score 1) 403

I'm not sure.
It's some guy's blog.
Who is he to question Bartleby?

All sarcasm aside, I think this is an example where a motivated individual can spend more resources researching a niche topic than a larger organization will choose to allocate. One would expect a quotation dictionary to be more accurate, but they have thousands of quotes to deal with while this Yale Doctoral graduate with his avocation has the luxury of picking and choosing which quotes to research and to what lengths he will go until he is satisfied.

Comment Re:But they definitely feel better about themselve (Score 2) 403

Careful! You (and and GP) might be spreading a misattributed quote.

see also:
* You can't believe everything you read on the internet. - Abraham Lincoln
* Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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