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Living Room / Re: People are really (really, really) stupid
« on: February 21, 2010, 02:06 PM »
After repeated warnings, a woman in SA 'chose' to respond to the Absa Bank Phishing scam email! She was on TV bemoaning her account being wiped out -  :huh: when will they learn!

I saw a great bumper sticker:  "God must love stupid people.  He made so many of them!"

Living Room / Re: People are really (really, really) stupid
« on: February 19, 2010, 07:34 PM »
I must agree that "people are generally stupid".
That's why SPAM and so many obviously ridiculous SCAMS continue to be effective.

Sadly, besides being 'dumb' many people are 'greedy'.  So they WANT TO BELIEVE that a Nigerian Prince sought them out.
I have won the lottery in the UK so many times {although I NEVER play any lottery} but just could not bring myself to respond to the "Official" email address like [email protected]

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: February 19, 2010, 11:03 AM »
I have been challenged, by my wife, to read every one of the books in my massive collection (just over 150) of Isaac Asimov literature.

I am [re]reading Robot Visions.

Among my favorites are:
  • Nightfall
  • The Centennial Man
  • I, Robot
  • The End of Eternity
  • Both his autobiographies

Living Room / Re: Be careful with your credit cards!
« on: February 15, 2010, 10:29 AM »
I usually use PayPal for that reason. The problem here was that the discount subscription was only available by post. I could have sent a cheque from the UK but I wasn't sure if/how much the bank would charge when it was cashed in a US account.

I figured that a company the size of Scientific American would at least be honest - I was obviously mistaken.
A great (new) feature of PayPal that I enjoy is the ability to generate one-time use credit card numbers.
I have watched this work in a few situations where the vendor 'pre-authorizes' an amount before processing the charge.
PayPal denies the additional charges.  I love the idea of a credit card number that can be used only once.
As long as the numbers don't run out (like GUIDs).

General Software Discussion / Re: Mass checksum checker
« on: February 14, 2010, 06:55 AM »
As you know,  I am also a big fan of Git.
When you gain a little proficiency with it, this is a great resource to the power of Git.

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