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Comment Re:Welcome to the 3rd world (Score 1) 71

I don't know what shitty slum you stayed at when you visited Argentina and tried to save a few bucks staying with AirBNB... but I've lived here all my life and I have never heard of pipes clogging because of toilet paper. We flush paper down the toilet where I live.

Of course, that's when we actually use toilet paper. I use the bidet.

Comment Re:Microsoft (Score 1) 174

Not really. I work for a large company in software development. Our product is innovative, but we're forced to use silly old paradigms. Fully SQL database driven. Everything has to be .NET. LINQ is not allowed.
Now, the problem isn't the company, but the managers. They don't understand that LINQ isn't Entity Framework ("LINQ we don't allow because we can't tune DB queries"). Also: we use Visual Studio 2008. Because "old tech is proven and reliable". That is what my boss and his superiors actually believe.

Comment Re:In other news the sun is hot. (Score 1) 193

My terminal allows for this, only for credit (because debit cards here don't have embossed digits). It's for when the magstripe fails to read. You have to enter the digits manually but the transaction is still done online (it will still dial up and connect to the bank). And you need the CVV.
If the transaction is approved, it prints a much longer receipt which you have to put over the card and rub a with the side of a pencil or something over the digits so that they get transfered to the paper (no need for pencil or ink as it's thermal paper). Then the client needs to sign the receipt.
Also, where I live, you're required by law to show ID when doing a card transaction. Annoying as fuck.

Comment Re:In other news the sun is hot. (Score 1) 193

Here in Argentina my terminal (swipe, obviously card-present) always asks for CVV when using credit, and for some cards, it also asks for the last 4 digits on the front.

Maestro debit only requires a PIN. Visa debit requires nothing.

Chip cards haven't really been implemented even though for the last few years all terminals i've seen have a smartcard slot. Only a handful of clients (people with Platinum or Black cards) have cards with chip. My bank says this is because the only issue those cards upon request (indirectly: they ask if you travel abroad often, and if you do, they give you one of those cards. Gotta pinch those cents!)

Comment Re:This is an efficiency issue (Score 3, Informative) 33

This would apply to Netflix, yes. But after years of supporting tiny Wireless ISPs in rural north-east Argentina, where you can get a 4MBIT (that is correct) connection for $100 to $200 per megabit (yes, that's $400-$800 a month for 4 mbit/s), i can tell you two things:

1. 80% of traffic is Youtube (measured myself)
2. Google goes above and beyond to make youtube uncacheable. There were some solutions (Thundercache, a set of scripts for Squid developed by a sleazy brazilian company that will license this by either a paid subscription or ad injection) that required constant tuning and updating. The final blow was moving everything to HTTPS which made all google and facebook services uncacheable.

I don't know why Google does this, though. They also don't make it easy for smaller ISPs to host Youtube cache boxes (they do for very, very large ones only).

Comment Re:Dictator??? (Score 1) 202

Argentina's previous work minister said in a meeting with businessmen: "wait, so you don't check your potential employees facebook before hiring? I can't believe it!" Link:

It's not anecdotical man. It's how it is.

YOUR experience ("no one checked my facebook before hiring me") is anecdotical.

Let that sink in.

Comment Re:Dictator??? (Score 1) 202

People are moving from facebook... you're thinking of teenagers, because mom and dad are in facebook. I get more likes for my shop on instagram nowadays, not from facebook. But you wouldn't know about instagram or snapchat, right, grandpa?

Social media is here to stay. Sorry. This is the Dark Ages - people have become consumers, not producers. Web 2.0 is dead, and has been dead for a decade. Web 3.0 is here, and it's all about likes and comments, and not about producing comment.

And it's getting worse: People no longer own computers. They have everything they need in their tiny personal screen. computers are stripped down laptops (chromebook) and the PC is retreating back to its original setting: the office. People no longer want computers at home. They break, and get viruses. Only late teens want expensive gaming computers.

Really, man. It's sad that this is where we're going.

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