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I have some personal experience of credit cards - my business accepts them because our transactions tend to be large, but my partner's business doesn't, as her typical transaction is under $50. You basically pay a whole load of little charges, which add up to quite a lot, especially as a proportion of small transactions. I think the following site is in the right ballpark when it says, "Accepting Credit Cards can cost from 1.5% – 4.0% of the transaction, plus a fee from $0.20 to $0.30 cent per transaction" and estimates an average just under 2% for a $100 transaction.
4 days, 14 hours ago on Why WalMart’s decision to shut out fight Apple Pay will backfire (updated)
Re: "interchange fees, which today account for 0.15 to 0.25 percent of all transactions"
The "interchange fee" is only part of the total fee for buying with a credit card. The following is closer to the true total...
"Long before Apple Pay,
big brick-and-mortar retail chains were conspiring to sidestep the
typical 2% to 3% fees they’re charged by credit card companies when
consumers pay with credit."
4 days, 20 hours ago on Why WalMart’s decision to shut out fight Apple Pay will backfire (updated)
Re: "I personally believe that free speech is extremely important and that poor journalism should be met with ridicule and public criticism – the cure for bad speech is more speech."Well said. I guess this answers earlier Pando posts, such as this:"What possible reason can eBay have for standing by ultraconservative climate change deniers at ALEC?"http://pando.com/2014/10/07/what-possible-reason-could-ebay-have-for-standing-by-ultraconservative-climate-change-deniers-at-alec/
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Support Dorian Nakamoto, but please don’t line his attorney’s pockets for his doomed case against Newsweek
@2059market @www_HypeFree_com No, global climate change didn't kill off all the dinosaurs. A lot were killed following a massive meteor impact (and us reducing CO2 output isn't going to help when the next one comes along) and the survivors evolved into birds.
3 weeks ago on What possible reason can eBay have for standing by ultraconservative climate change deniers at ALEC?
That's extremely annoying. I treat my iPad as insecure, like for example
my dishwasher, so why should I have to bother with passwords?
3 weeks ago on Apple forces its users to care about their own security
There seem to be lots of "virtual closet apps", so how is creating yet another one "stealing" the idea from any particular existing one?
1 month, 3 weeks ago on “Fashion icon” Lindsay Lohan accused of stealing idea for a “virtual closet” app
Google and Code Club have both made statements confirming free speech rights. Good. The whole thing is sounding more like a cock-up, possibly due to poor communication within Code Club, not a conspiracy.
2 months ago on UPDATED: Code Club cofounder resigns after being ordered not to criticize Google
The events leading to this resignation were shameful. I hope Google makes a statement confirming free speech rights.On the wider issue of how companies spend their money, you keep accusing Facebook of bankrolling anti-environmental television ads. I assume you missed the Environmental Impact Statement from the State Department which showed the project in question was not anti-environment.
@No1234567So you're saying that, in 2013, there were 11587 papers written on climate change, of which 11585 said that man is the main factor behind the change - leaving a total of 2 papers that either expressed no opinion, or uncertainty, or a different opinion.
I kinda hope this true, as it would be proof positive that climate science is actually a pseudo-science like Lysenkoism. This is because many scientists are a bolshy lot who enjoy arguments, and there is no issue that's being actively researched, in any branch of science, with such an astonishing degree of consensus.
But I think it's more likely that you just invented the whole thing. The fact that I cannot find these figures using Google rather supports that view.
2 months, 1 week ago on Microsoft cuts ties with right wing climate change deniers ALEC. But what about Facebook, Google, and Yelp?
I've never encountered ALEC before, but your evidence that that are "Climate Change Deniers" is very weak, based on DeSmogBlog, which seems anti-industry propaganda rather than a discussion of climate science. So I'd take that with a large pinch of salt.
Under "What We Do", DeSmogBlog says:
"An overwhelming majority of the world’s climate scientists agree that
the globe is warming - the world's climate is changing - and that the
indiscriminate burning of fossil fuels is to blame. We know that the
risks are incalculable and, increasingly, we understand that the
solutions are affordable."
This is bizarre - how does nature recognize "indiscriminate burning" and I rather thought methane had something to do with it too? And why then did the climate change *before* humans were even around? The scientific consensus is that there are many forcings for temperature change (up last at the end of last century and slightly down this century ), including major effects from long-lived cycles in the oceans. E.g see:http://www.economist.com/node/21613161/
@mobius76 Your main comment is self-evidently wrong.
For example, attacking the "excesses or the foibles of the system" is a good thing, so if satire does that - as you say - it is clearly not "destroyed in essence". And, with the Internet, there is no reason for even extreme critics to be "very lonely" unless they are truly the only person on the planet with their particular beliefs.
3 months ago on Et Tu, Taibbi? No one seems to have noticed the most worrying line in Pierre Omidyar’s new blog post
@IregisteredTopostthis You must be getting confused between comment threads, because nobody mentioned state oppression here. You said, "Nobody in power minds political criticism, so long as it remains on the reservation of "satire" or "comedy"" and I was pointing out three counter-examples. The one you characterize as a "mean tweet" was a legal threat, to a satirist, by someone in power and you'll find many similar on popehat.
@IregisteredTopostthis How does that work for you, with you're stopped by the police or the TSA and make jokes? Also popehat regularly comments on threats from people in power, e.g: http://www.popehat.com/2014/07/16/crisis-manager-xavier-hermosillo-shrewdly-defuses-immigration-tumult-by-threatening-cartoonist/
Re: "The Lib Dems take a different approach – their CTA doesn’t revolve
around them as a party. Instead they focus exclusive on an emotive issue
they have indicated they are dedicated to fighting: Female Genital
Mutilation."Very good cause, but very cynical, because the Lib Dems have been in government for a while and what have they actually done about this? For example in France there have been over 100 successful prosecutions. But in the UK, "MPs have said it is "unforgivable" that there have been no UK
prosecutions since laws against FGM were introduced nearly 30 years ago. This was despite more than 140 referrals to police in the past four years". The first prosecution was in April 2014. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26681364
3 months, 1 week ago on UK Politics: Which party is best at lead gen?
Marketing Nightmare #1 is how FIFA used a facepalm for their World Cup Logo
4 months, 2 weeks ago on 5 Biggest World Cup Marketing Nightmares
"The mean sea level trend is 1.43 millimeters/year ... which is
equivalent to a change of 0.47 feet in 100 years," according to official
figures from the local tide gauge, see link. So the sea has only risen a
few inches since the Second World War and this is unlikely to be the
4 months, 3 weeks ago on World War Two skeletons washed from Marshall Islands graves ‘by rising seas’
That Mentos Gum tweet you illustrate shows what can go wrong if brands try to leverage events via Social Media. Adds nothing to the conversation and is not the least bit funny. Hope others did better.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Why Brands And Publishers Are Being A Part Of The Game Of Thrones Hype
@Gingerbaker Re: "The ONLY reason we are not still in an ice age is because of the rise of CO2 starting with the beginnings of agriculture". There have been at least five major ice ages in the Earth's past, so clearly they can end just fine without agriculture. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_age
7 months, 1 week ago on The thorium solution to climate change
@Gingerbaker @PeterAustinNatural climate variations are very large. We're between ice ages at the moment, but they reshaped many northern hemisphere countries - visit Yosemite or the Scottish highlands. Britain was populated by people who walked across the English channel and lived on what is now the sea bed, back when the sea level was much lower than now. More recently, the Mount Saint
Helens eruption was like 400 Hiroshima atomic bombs.
@Gingerbaker @PeterAustinIt's not true that "temperatures have been rising ever since agriculture (which releases CO2 into the air) was invented". The climate has continued to change, getting warmer and colder at different periods of history, for example see links. This is probably because the Greenhouse effect is only one driver of climate - others include solar activity and volcanic eruptions:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medieval_Warm_Periodhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Ice_Age
Extremely good article. Best I've read on Pando.
7 months, 1 week ago on The War Nerd: Everything you know about Crimea is wrong(-er)
The title is puzzling. There's been climate change for several billion years and it will doubtless continue for billions of years more. If you mean global warming, the average temperature of the places we live has risen and fallen many times. Most recently, temperatures have been rising on average as we leave behind the "LIttle Ice Age" (16th-19th centuries), which was long before Mankind started generating significant electricity, so there cannot be a straightforward cause-and-effect relationship.
In short: there's no need for a solution to climate change; the very idea is somewhat silly; and generating electricity in a different way wouldn't do it anyway.
As for thorium reactors: one downside is that nuclear reactors produce long-lived radioactive waste, regardless of their technology, because materials such as steel which are used to build them become radiactive as the reactors run. Thorium has advantages, but it doesn't fix all problems, such as waste disposal
I never use a "like" button to mean "like". It's mostly a smile to a friend, or that I'm playing with Facebook's algorithms. Not aware of anything in their terms and conditions where I promised that "like" must mean "like", so Facebook's proposal to run personally-sponsored adverts claiming that I like companies which I may actually hate seems a big error in legal terms.
1 year, 1 month ago on Has anything transformed messaging more than the humble “Like”?
I liked it when journalists had a duty to protect sources. Interesting that you, and many sites other than Groklaw, consider "staying open" is more important.
1 year, 2 months ago on Why shutting down Groklaw & Lavabit was a bad move
@Ellie K +1. Thanks! Appreciate the comments.
1 year, 8 months ago on Why shoes have dominated this generation of ecommerce
@mcarney @PeterAustin Hmm, wonder why your experience differs from mine? I've bought or helped buy 100+ pairs of shoes in my life and the sizes are always consistent. For example, when buying for me, I always buy a UK size 9 (EU size 43) and they always fit. But with something like t-shirts though, I checked last years and I was wearing L, XL, and XLL in the same week, depending on brand. My partner also wears skirts and tops of 3 different sizes (private information, so let's call them A, A+2 and A+4). What kind of shoes do you buy, that the sizes vary significantly?
This article misses the real reason why size is so important for online shoe sales, which is that shoe sizes are consistent. If your girlfriend buys a skirt, top or fashion watch online, in her normal size, there's a reasonable chance it will not fit properly, because the size or body shape is different, and you will waste time returning it. Fortunately returns are always free. But with shoes, they will almost certainly fit, the first time, making them a good product to start with.
@TOTALLYTHEUSGOVT Right back at you for accessing this site using a fake name. Shows how overkill the DMCA is, doesn't it?
1 year, 8 months ago on Diary of a first-time jailbreaker
@markrogo You must be the only person who missed this case. The judgement was overturned on appeal but it showed that a ban is perfectly possible: http://androidandme.com/2012/06/smartphones-2/galaxy-nexus-banned-in-the-u-s-following-preliminary-injunction-in-apple-patent-case/
1 year, 8 months ago on Could a patent dispute take the Kindle off the market?
Agree 100% for your core business. This is also why a lot of take-overs fail: because the new guys are not even in the same building.
1 year, 8 months ago on The smartest guys in the same damn room
Don't believe the intro. More likely, more people are "currently reading a book or novel" because they have more distractions, and books are getting thicker, so *it takes longer*. I used to read a book a day - now it's closer tot one a month. Also readers != buyers for a host of reasons, including borrowers and the easy availability of free books online. Not to mention cheap resold books - there must be 6 charity shops old books in just my little town.
As for the alleged hustles - authors have been producing rip-off books since printing began. Google for "penny dreadfuls".Reads like the author has a chip on his shoulder about Amazon.
2 years, 6 months ago on Book Buyers, Beware
2 years, 6 months ago on Solve Media’s Captcha Ads are the Tip of the ‘Brand Washing’ Iceberg
If these become widespread, someone will write a plug-in to auto-fill the content, and companies will stop using them again.
About the related idea of making people tweet a promotion message to win a prize: doing it proves you have no self respect, but I guess that's a qualified lead for some brands.
Re: Before I go any further, let me say that I haven’t tried Next Issue.
Almost nobody has, "it’s available for Android tablets only, and only 7- or 10-inch models, and only those running the 3.0 or 4.0 versions of Android (that’s about 6 percent of Android tablets right now). The company says it will submit an iPad version for Apple’s approval in about six weeks."http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/12/technology/personaltech/the-next-issue-app-a-buffet-of-magazines-state-of-the-art.html
2 years, 6 months ago on Next Issue (Sadly) Fails to Revolutionize Magazines
This article briefly identifies the real problem, then loses it. "Intel doesn’t make chips that use less power". The wave is "mobile", not just Apple, and Intel needs to produce chips that can power a tablet for significantly longer than the current market leaders if it's to regain that market - 24 hours use would be about right - and its current leading products are nowhere close.
2 years, 6 months ago on Intel’s Tug-of-War with Apple, Android, and Microsoft
What's the learning curve? If your product is at all complex, and you try fremium, the support costs will kill you.
2 years, 6 months ago on What Now: Freemium or Paid?
If hypocrisy were really the most important thing, then Satan would be better than God. The former is open about promoting evil, while the latter claims to be good while allowing evil to continue. So, it's an interesting philosophical point, but nonsensical in practice.
2 years, 7 months ago on Why “Don’t Be Evil” Is Evil, and Why Google Isn’t So Bad
@harihb You think t-shirt wearing is correlated with sanity? Then explain this:http://www.tshirthell.com/hell.shtml
2 years, 7 months ago on Pando’s New Commenting System: Because We Hate You
@Morskate You can see a bottom bar? I can't, so possibly it's being blocked by "Do Not Track Plus".
2 years, 8 months ago on Microsoft: The Schizophrenic Windows 8 Interface Will Offer the "Best of Both Worlds"