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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

rjstanford Re:So... wait until you get home...? (296 comments)

If they didn't keep your transaction open, they wouldn't be able to charge you for damage or incidentals. It's why hotels require credit cards for bookings in the first place. Usually they haven't seen your room when you check out.

Unless they saved the credit card number, either directly or through vaulting at their provider. Both of those are easy and common, and the second one is even safe (since it only allows that particular merchant to charge the card at will, it doesn't appeal to thieves like an actual credit card number would).

yesterday
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

rjstanford Re:The answer is...virtual credit cards (296 comments)

Except... Once the guests are at the hotel and checking in, the hotel will ask for their credit card and pre-auth the amount. Why would you pre-auth a card marked not to be used except if the guests do not show up? This card you should reserve the cost of a single night at the time of booking, and clear once the guests arrive.

Because that's the only way to tell that its a real credit card instead of a bunch of made up numbers that happen to look like a credit card number. The whole reason that pre-authorizations exist is to allow people to show that they're "good for the debt" without actually paying for it (yet).

yesterday
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

rjstanford Re:To be expected (462 comments)

Yes, but how much more would it make if all those private servers were monetized?

People fail to do the math properly. Dropping free usage by 99% and increasing paid usage by 10% still increases paid usage by 10% - and at the end of the day, that's what's important to the owners of most commercial ventures.

2 days ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

rjstanford Re:Careful what you wish for (322 comments)

There you go, bringing facts to a bitchfest :) Especially when you weigh the barely noticeable performance improvements (IRL rather than on a benchmark) vs. the complete and catastrophic consequences of failure.

2 days ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

rjstanford Re:You get what you deserve (322 comments)

Nobody is forced to buy their stuff. People who choose to buy deserve being treated like this.
It is pretty clear what apple thinks of their users, and they are right.

Yup. Apple thinks that their users are the kind of people who value a machine that doesn't randomly lose all of its data after an SSD upgrade and don't want to spend the time to do the brand research themselves, rather than the kind of people who desperately value a .03% gain in SSD performance after said upgrade.

Apple happens to be pretty much right about that. Even as a developer, one of the reasons that I prefer Apple kit to code on is that I don't have to worry about working on it as well as what I'm supposed to be working on.

2 days ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

rjstanford Re:If only history (322 comments)

Broken hardware is dealt with by caveat emptor

And ignoring this silly edict is part of what has made Apple one of the most successful solutions providers of all time.

2 days ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

rjstanford Re:Signed by whom? (322 comments)

By whom? Can the owner of a Mac choose which code signing certificate authorities to trust? If not, how does that inability benefit the computer's users?

Yup. Of course, doing that is a little technically challenging - probably intentionally, since people blindly doing so would defeat the entire purpose. Many posts in this thread have information about signing your own certs, for that matter.

2 days ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

rjstanford Re:Summary is misleading, you can work around (322 comments)

Yes, all you need to do is become an Apple developer and pay the $100 for a dev cert if you want to take the easy way, or spend an extra 5 minutes and generate your own cert for code signing and add it to the system keychain. Neither are particularly difficult for a developer type of person to do, probably a little beyond the scope of your average desktop user though

Making arcane things that could potentially screw up your system beyond the scope of an average desktop user is generally seen as a Good Thing, too :)

2 days ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

rjstanford Re:Signing drivers (322 comments)

Getting "permission" to sign a KEXT (from Apple)

What gives Apple the right to decide what one can do with their computer? If I want to allow a particular KEXT to run, I should be allowed to. Microsoft asks for every unsigned driver if I wish to allow the installation. Why can Apple not support driver approval by the user? Or does Apple actually believe that it knows better?

Because Apple's support includes supporting the entire solution - hardware and installed OS. When things go wrong they'll actually work with you to fix them rather than simply pointing fingers. Naturally this gives them a really strong incentive to make sure that both of those item continue to work in harmony; part of their approach to that is restricting the more arcane things that the majority of end-users don't have enough experience to do safely.

For anyone who has enough experience to know when to accept an unsigned kernel extension, there's a trivial command to allow it; I happen to agree that people who can't figure out how to enable unsigned drivers really shouldn't be installing them.

2 days ago
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Comet Probe Philae To Deploy Drill As Battery Life Wanes

rjstanford Re:Can't trust robots (223 comments)

Launch mass of Rosetta was 3000kg (3Mg). The lander mass is 100kg. Only counting the mass of the lander and not counting the mass of the Rosetta craft that got it there is like only counting the mass of the astronaut and not the mass of the ship. You still have a large multiple, but 30 times less than you calculated.

So only 500X? Oh, well then. Let's get going tomorrow!

5 days ago
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Germans Can Get Free Heating From the Cloud

rjstanford Re:Great in the winter .. (148 comments)

Yes, but you have the heat anyway so inefficiency doesn't matter. It would be a silly way to get cool air if you didn't want the heat in the first place, but that's not what's going on.

about two weeks ago
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Gridlock In Action: Retailers Demand New Regulations To Protect Consumers

rjstanford Retailers Already Pay (127 comments)

The cost of fraud and security is built in to the interchange rates that make up the bulk of card-present fees from Visa et al. By and large, the retailers already cover those costs. If specific retailer-focussed fines are put in place they should be accompanied by a drop in interchange rates (not going to hold my breath here). Also, by reducing cost-sharing and increasing self-insurance, that's another way of squeezing out smaller merchants (who can't begin to cover those costs) in favor of the larger ones (who don't need external underwriting to do so).

about two weeks ago
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Discovery Claims It Will Show a Man Being "Eaten Alive" By an Anaconda

rjstanford Re:Discovery? (164 comments)

Outside of a snake, a book is man's best friend.

So I don't waste my time watching this show can you tell me what man's best friend is inside of a snake?

Bzzt, no secret spy handshake for you. The correct response being sought was, "Inside of a snake, its too dark to read."

about two weeks ago
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Reactions To Disgusting Images Predict a Persons Political Ideology

rjstanford Re:subpoenas for all sermons on Houston too? (330 comments)

I don't think anyone would argue against their right to say it - making it not a first amendment issue - what's being argued is that they may not have the right to continue to claim the right to avoid both taxes and financial disclosure while at the same time saying what they're saying. That's very different.

about three weeks ago
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Reactions To Disgusting Images Predict a Persons Political Ideology

rjstanford Re:subpoenas for all sermons on Houston too? (330 comments)

That's one area I'd love to see some Supreme Court guidance on. The issues really stem from the fact that Churches are granted an unprecedented tax exemption (every other organization that wants to not pay taxes has to open its books for a start) in exchange for following a very small yet undefined set of rules, some of the most important being 1) claiming to be a church and 2) agreeing to stay out of politics. Risking that massive taxpayer subsidy for a violation of the staying out of politics rules seems like a poor decision on their part at the very least.

about three weeks ago
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US Army May Relax Physical Requirements To Recruit Cyber Warriors

rjstanford Re:Why not train? (308 comments)

Do you really want people so un-dedicated to working for their country that they can't be bothered to get in shape in order to do the job in front of them?

Especially when you're in an environment that places value on physical fitness, getting into reasonable shape is more a matter of discipline and habit than anything else. If someone's unwilling to make that "sacrifice," just like someone who doesn't want to cut their hair they probably don't belong in any unit depending on a certain esprit de corps to continue.

about three weeks ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

rjstanford Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (256 comments)

Do you often fill your gas tank up every two days?

The electric is completely full every morning; your wife's a 40 mile round-trip plus a 30 mile jaunt downtown (seems like an excessive estimate, it assumes that she works 20 miles away from downtown and you also live 30 miles outside of downtown in the same direction) is still only 100 miles.

about a month ago
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Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

rjstanford Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (256 comments)

Sounds like you'd be a poor customer - don't buy one.

Thankfully for the electric car business, you're also an outlier - the vast majority of drivers daily needs can actually be satisfied by the electric cars currently on the market.

about a month ago
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Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

rjstanford Re:I admire what they are trying to do but... (167 comments)

You also can't build that kind of scale for $5M, even today.

Its like someone announcing that they're getting into the atomic collider game and have raised another $107. Just makes them look silly.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

rjstanford Re:It's called marketing. (155 comments)

Very well pointed out. Professional website themes are inexpensive these day to the point that anyone using hand-scrawls like http://www.graphviz.org/ are just asking for disdain.

about a month ago

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