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Comment Re:FIRST POST! (Score 1) 477

Tech forums also tend to draw people in who don't even bother reading the question in it's entirety before cutting and pasting an answer. A good example of that was the other day when I found a post asking how to set up shared storage an Oracle RAC cluster on XEN only to be told it's not possible (it is, I've done it) It would lead to disk corruption even if it was possible (Oracle RAC would keep that from happening) and he should use a network share instead if he wants to share files amount multiple users. Thing is this user has been posting the same useless response to any question involving shared virtual disks for the past 5 years.

And that brings up the next problem: If you sound sure of yourself, people assume you know what you are talking about and mod the post up even if it's completely wrong

Comment Re:Microsoft's population (Score 1) 437

Iran has a very functional university system and the company I work for employs several techs of Iranian decent. Libya also had (before the civil war) a highly functional educational system and I know one (from my circle of friends) engineering grad student from Libya. It's not hard to imagine a company the size of Microsoft running into even more issues since they tend to pull talent from wherever they can find it.

Comment Re:Contrast this with the incoming administration (Score 0) 333

The problem with Ontario is not that they went green for energy or that green energy can't work in Canada. The problem is that the government of Ontario negotiated the price poorly. They didn't need to offer the price guarantees they did and avoided opportunities to back out of the guaranteed pricing.

Don't blame the technology for an incompetent government.

Comment Re:Good bye to Solaris (Score 1) 171

I doubt it was intentional. Oracle is just running their acquisitions the same way they run their database division. The problem is that it's much easier to change hardware/OS than it is to change databases and where I work, that's what happened. We can't dump the Oracle DB (there will be no new projects on it though) but we already stopped buying their hardware after they raised the prices. We had a blade system with a dead blade, Oracle demanded $50k to replace our blade, we threw out the blade chassis instead since at that price, we could just buy a full sized server from someone else.

Comment Re: Good bye to Solaris (Score 0) 171

Really? I haven't had a boot failure in SystemD since Debian switched while I was running Debian experimental(years ago), and even then it was down to a bad entry in /etc/fstab (I had removed a disk) and it wasn't a total failure, the boot just hung for the total 5 minute timeout without telling me anything (now it tells you what it is waiting for) instead of immediately failing the way it did before.

If you are having multiple failures you are clearly doing something wrong. It has been solid on all of my servers and that's even given my habit of customizing the boot scripts to allow for things like iSCSI, OCFS2, Distributed file systems etc.

Comment Re:Close all WU branches in Nigeria (Score 1) 115

Your solution is based on assumptions drawn from living in a first world country and having money. Also, when I used it, there was a security question they would ask the recipient (in my case it was where we met) Even in the US, many people are unable to open bank accounts (too poor, bad credit etc) and it's even worse in poor countries where it is even harder to get a bank account. WU's main market is money transfers to people without bank accounts.

Comment Re:Close all WU branches in Nigeria (Score 1) 115

I think you did not get the idea... Nigeria is usually where scammers are in person, if there are no WU agencies in Nigeria they would have to go to other countries to collect the money and so the scam would be more expensive or even impossible. To legitimate money transfers one should use common banks (I know, it's a pain in the ass to use them but it's a lot more secure than using the WU).

Some of the scammers are in Nigeria. They have been caught running the scams out of other countries and there are payment systems that specialize in transferring ill gotten money. Common banks don't always work either because some areas just don't have reliable/trustworthy banks. The single most legitimate use for WU is for immigrants to send money back to their extended families in their home countries.

All said, you also should not take my suggestion to the letter because I wrote it with a touch of humor in the middle. If you would prefer a literal suggestion then my suggestion would be that no one should be allowed to send money to Nigeria (or any other country perhaps) without having a sender and a recipient duly identified that can be held liable for fraud if they happen.

Closer to a good idea provided it doesn't interfere with their intended use. A better idea would be for the agent to ask how the person knows you and what the money is for, but then the last time I sent a WU transfer (friend I met while travelling in Europe, met through someone I met who works at the Red Cross needed emergency money) The agent at the local store was just a cashier who had access to the WU terminal and had no training whatsoever.

Comment Re:Ass Backwards Banking in America (Score 1) 115

Wow. So how do Americans receive their salaries and pay their bills?

Salaries are usually sent by a payment service (large CSV file sent to the banks with a list of bank transfers to preform) Bill payments are generally the reverse of that (CSV sent to the bank pulling money from a list of accounts) or by credit card. None of those are designed for person to person transfers.

Or pay back e.g. a friend or a colleague?

Cash, Cheque, or PayPal

The whole North American system is pretty screwed up with Canada only being a marginal improvement over the American system.

Here in Canada, my bank allows me to send personal transfers but generally get annoyed if I use it for anything other than close friends or family. We have email Interac for sending personal money (it costs $1) but that seems intentionally crippled so that people don't get the idea to use it as a payment system. It is also a phishing attack waiting to happen since it sends a URL to click and then enter your bank details

Comment Re:What's the point of Western Union? (Score 1) 115

You are making the assumption that the recipient has internet access, a bank account and a reliable place to withdraw the money. The whole advantage of Western Union is that it becomes instant cash on the other side so the recipient doesn't need anything other than the ability to show up in person at some office with the required information. I have rarely seen Western Union used between two countries with reliable banking systems.

Comment Re:Good for them (Score 1) 70

My issue with Fedex is that up here, they show up during my working day, discover I'm not home and then demand that I drive across town to pick up my package. UPS at least has up locations but they randomly refuse to send packages to it and demand I drive across town. Really, I wish they would just ship Canada post instead. At least in that case, the pick up point is 2 blocks from my apartment.

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