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Comment Re: What's wrong with hate symbols? (Score 2, Insightful) 377

You beat me to it. Freedom of association is a wonderful thing to the left when it means boycotts and riots. In business and public schools? Not so much.

You're free to become a closed-membership baker. The fact that it's commercially infeasible is your own problem. If you want to sell to the public, then you have to sell to the entire public, not just white anglo-saxon protestant straights.

Next thing you know they'll demand that businesses sell to blacks. The nerve of some people...

Comment Re:really (Score 2) 145

the rate we purchase new phones, when the ones we have already are more than adequate, is a bigger travesty. so the note 7 had an accelerated eol, i think if people should be more concerned with the motto we learned when we were young, reduce/reuse/recycle, and actually do that instead of "oh new shiny, must get" fucking people

Now there's the answer, it seems: Use the things longer. You don't need a new phone every year. Oooh ... iPhone 7 .... gotta have it .... until the iPhone 8 comes out 12 months later.

Keep them until they wear out. Yes, there's an issue with limited recharging cycles ... but replaceable batteries should be the norm. Yes, there's an issue with software updates .... vendors need to be more responsible about that.

Facts be damned. First, the iPhone doesn't change major versions every 12 months, but rather every 24 months. Second, if you take decent care of your phone, it will not "wear out" before an amount of time has elapsed where virtually everyone will agree that it is functionally obsolete (e.g., my iPhone 4 that is now used as a glorified iPod and still going strong). Third, there's a secondary market for functioning non-obsolete phones; Gazelle is not offering $50 for good condition iPhone 5 16GB units (now up to 4 years old) only to landfill them or scrap them for $5 in recoverable materials.

Buy a new phone when you want a new phone. Someone will buy your old phone because they don't want to buy a new phone, just as I buy used cars because I don't want to buy a new car. Only a moron would think that Samsung's environmental problems in removing spontaneously combusting phones from the market are remotely analogous to the environmental impact of someone flipping a one or two year old telephone into the used market. Secondary buyers "deserve" flagship-type phones as much as the original buyers; many are simply willing to wait for them to become used.

Dollars to donuts I can find something you do that seems wasteful, unnecessary, and irresponsible. Just like you two have with phone upgrades. Odds are even better that it has a higher environmental impact, like your house in the suburbs, your two hour commute, or your air conditioning. You're not going to like those answers...

Comment Re:Down the rabbit hole (Score 2) 311

If your businessâ(TM) payment-system implementation is relatively simple with few or no customizations, then most of the Level 3 certification may not apply to your business. This includes simple implementations like single terminals, as well as specific, pre-made software packages that are certified to handle EMV transactions without heavy customization.

So for small places there is no onsite certification.. For some larger, and especially for the ones that do customizations there is a requirement for the site-certification

I must have missed the official announcement that "most" actually means "all."

"No onsite certification" is bunk. There is a suite of scripts that have to be run at each deployment to check for functionality and security. The Intuit material also says:

Level 3 is an end-to-end certification conducted between the merchant and the brand, with checks made with your processor, acquirer and any ISV(s) you are working with. It checks the integrity of the payment chain by testing every type of possible transaction that the terminal can do.

Depending on the types of transactions and CVMs you want to process, you could be looking at upwards of a few hundred tests, especially if you accept all four brands.

The problem is that EMVCo has been riding the "too may businesses waited to schedule certification until the deadline" excuse for more than a year -- as if that wasn't entirely predictable from the start. EMVCo is also owned by Mastercard and VISA (and JCB), which don't exactly have a lot of incentive to speed up the certification process now that transaction liability can be shifted to the retailers (they're not banks, but the banks are their largest and highest volume customers). They've cut down the number of testing scripts required and changed the rules to prevent chargebacks for low dollar transactions ($25), but otherwise haven't addressed the delays and their backlog of certification work.

Comment Re:Sapphire crystal lens cover (Score 1) 111

I woud suspect it was something like a epitaxial layer of safire to coat a glass lens. In fact, depending on how the measurement was done, the lens could be safire. Glass is a generic term to mean a substrate that is not a single crystal, and could be of many compositions, including Aluminum Oxide doped with titanium.

I'm sorry, but the specification "sapphire crystal lens cover" in ordinary English would mean that the principal component of the lens cover is sapphire crystal. Not a sapphire crystal epitaxial coating on a glass lens cover ("sapphire crystal-coated lens cover" or "sapphire-coated glass lens cover"), nor a "sapphire glass" lens cover.

GP quoted and linked to the specification. All that you're doing is proving the point of the article -- that the claims and specifications are materially misleading.

Comment Re:Down the rabbit hole (Score 3, Informative) 311

You're smoking dope, and they're feeding you a line. The software has to be certified, but even then, not by deployment. And for a small business, that's handled by the point of sale vendor, not the merchant.

Now explain why the POS vendors are losing revenue due to certification delays. Is is your theory that they're tanking their business to support the line? Or selling the dope? My theory is that you simply don't understand that level 3 certification is literally by deployment and too self-satisfied to consider that you might be wrong.

Comment Re:How often (Score 1) 266

You misssed the part where he had the box conveniently ready to include in the shot. It's like he knew what was going to happen.

You missed the part where the box is in a separate image against a different background. Almost like a picture that you'd take of your phone box after purchase so that you'd have serial number and IMEI information easily available in case the phone was stolen for things like insurance claims.


Comment Re:Space is a dead end (Score 1) 101

Regardless their race, if some morons want to live in the middle of the wildness it's not everyone else's job to spend a ton of resources getting them reliable internet.

The mining operations employing Canadians and paying royalties to the Canadian government might disagree with you here. Nevermind the fact that if you intend to regulate use of the Northwest passage, you're going to have to establish redundant wireless communications modes anyway.

Comment Re:Funny thing is (Score 5, Informative) 120

If I receive another from the same vendor, I go to Amazon and give them a one-star review. If you do this too (and I hope you do) then do NOT mention the spam as a reason for the bad review. If you do that, Amazon will remove the review, since reviews must be about the product and not the company selling it. So just make something up instead.

You blockhead. They do that because, I assume, you are reviewing THE PRODUCT through a PRODUCT REVIEW. Your review will appear under THE PRODUCT listing on Amazon, which is used by both Amazon, that Marketplace vendor, and all the other Marketplace vendors.

You honestly haven't figured this out yet? Despite the fact that when you search for the product it displays an Amazon purchase link (usually) and things like "24 new from $XXX.XX" and "5 used from $XX.XX"?

You want to go to your order history, click on the order, and magically there will appear a button labeled "Seller Feedback." Seller feedback is expressly supposed to be about the company selling it, so I'm not going to buy any cover-your-*ss follow-up that claims that you were referring to that button.

Hint: there's also a "Package feedback" button that you can use to complain about Amazon's packaging for the Amazon warehouse-fulfilled orders, which might actually provide feedback to the people who packaged the order.

Stop polluting the product reviews with made up issues because you can't be bothered to figure out how to review a vendor properly.

Comment Re:What selfish bastards (Score 2, Informative) 203

RTFA. This procedure is illegal in the USA, so the parents went to Mexico. This baby IS an immigrant.

1. The article says that this is a Jordanian couple who sought treatment from U.S. doctors, and that the U.S. doctors chose to perform their work in Mexico.

2. The article doesn't suggest that anyone was an immigrant anywhere (def'n: "a person who comes to live permanently in a foreign country.). People appear to have temporarily traveled to do stuff, then returned to their respective homes. So, the baby is an immigrant to where? The parents' home country? Because?

3. Finally, there's this little thing called citizenship by birth, which the not terribly reliable but readable-by-non-arabic-speaking-me source suggests is automatic for this child. Your own country, by definition, is not a foreign country, which means that you cannot be an immigrant to it. Similarly, for a child born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent in wedlock, odds are pretty good that they're already a U.S. citizen, falling on the "Nationality" side of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Comment Re: Did the contracts have a "Key person" clause (Score 1) 83

As for the quote from Muggill, that is mere dicta and has no legal force.

Yes, because lower courts simply and routinely ignore statements of law that appear in their respective supreme court decisions as "dicta."

I'll go back to practicing law for a living now. It's hard to afford light bulbs on six figures...

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