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Comment Re:As Some Who Worked in PCI... (Score 1) 76

If only the credit card companies and retailers hadn't had a spat ten years ago or so regarding the fees on debit cards that ran as credit cards, Americans would probably be far more likely to embrace chip-and-PIN rather than just chip. Everyone I've watched use the chip cards seems to have no issue with them and actually laments when they can't use their new chip card as a chip transaction, but I've also talked with friends and family about it and I get the impression from this and reading comments online (purely anecdotal but I think I'm on to something) that the perception is PIN=user fee. This means even credit cards that SAID they had no fee would be viewed dubiously when asking to use the PIN. This is much like how a person reacts when a dual credit/debit processable card gets asked for a PIN...they're like heck no I'm not paying. Had the companies not played that game about forcing PIN transactions with fees on all debit cards, I strongly suspect chip-and-PIN would be easier to implement. There is, of course, also a lot of inertia in business and banking circles to overcome, too.

Comment Excellent sensor package, terrible design... (Score 4, Informative) 58

I bought a MS Band 2 to replace a Basis B1 after Basis basically dropped support for the B1 the moment the Peak was announced, and also broke a number of promises, etc... I picked it because it had the best sensor package around, even including a UV sensor. I found it very useful. I also found it very flawed. My band was replaced FOUR times under warranty due to cracks in the non-replaceable band at where it met the device. Microsoft was very good about replacing it, but it just never really solved the problem, just bought me a few more months of use. The magnetic attached charger also had some issues, and the software has always been a little buggy...especially syncing with the app...which right now includes claiming the battery died and the clock reset basically every few hours. It was a brilliant sensor package hindered by lousy industrial design. When my band breaks again, which I'm sure it will, this means the end for my Band.

Comment Absolutely my experience as well (Score 1) 120

This is absolutely what I've been experiencing. About 75% of my Marketplace transactions get a "follow up" email. Usually my failure to respond results in a second email before they give up. If I do leave feedback, and it is anything less than 4/5 or 5/5 for the PRODUCT, I'll get calls on my cell phone (credit card number of record) about 10% of the time. I average around 75-100 small Amazon purchases of a few dollars each during the year (I really hate going out to stores), and so I get at least one or two calls every quarter. Amazon says they are either unable to offer any action or to block only that seller. What really shocked me was when one Marketplace seller called me on behalf of the manufacturer when I complained about the design of a particular TV wall mount, offering me a free one if I'd change the feedback. Amazon needs to get their house in order.

Comment Add-on Syndrome (Score 1) 134

Any thoughts on how to address the "add-on syndrome" that plagues SBCs like the Pi products? As in the board is $35, but then after a power supply, case, SD card, wifi (if not equipped), USB hub, etc... you hit around $80-100. It makes it hard to run multiple projects at once, plus the quality of packaged hardware from retailers is often questionable at best.

Comment Re: Tired of sellers begging for positive feedback (Score 1) 205

Agreed. I'm getting sick and tired of being emailed and even called about feedback, even positive feedback with mildly critical comments, and I've told Amazon so repeatedly. While each vendor stops calling after I advise Amazon, new vendors do it with abandon so the cycle continues. Amazon doesn't really seem to care, and as somebody who orders about half his non-food items on Amazon for time reasons, I've come to expect better support than they currently provide. It used to be excellent.

Comment Re: Bad input (Score 1) 170

I was a roughly day-one purchaser of the iPad, and I have to respectfully disagree, aside from flash issues and some occasional issues with forms, even the original iPad handled websites fairly well in desktop formats. It was one of the reasons I ended up with an iPad BEFORE a smartphone. It was very rare that I could not easily view, navigate, and enter data into a website. About the only major frustration was that for some forms and buttons the lack of a tab or arrow key was problematic in a touch environment until, as you note, websites adapted. I actually run into more trouble now when website try to be mobile friendly than when they are desktop sites, since Safari actually handles desktop sites more gracefully on the larger iPad screen.

Comment Just unplug it. (Score 1) 507

It's hard to find a television with the same features (as a television alone) when comparing "smart" televisions with non-smart models, and the boot times have improved, along with the price difference. My solution is to just simply not allow it to not plugging it in. Problem solved.

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