Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Feb 2012 21:59 UTC
Multimedia, AV An interesting anecdote at MinimalMac about television being broken. The author's young daughter, who is growing up in a Netflix/Hulu/iTunes/etc. household, was confronted with actual TV for the first time, and wonders why she can't pick what to watch, why the shows are being interrupted all the time, and so on. Clearly - TV is broken.
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RE[4]: Still stealing.
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Sat 25th Feb 2012 16:40 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Still stealing."
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

Debit cards make sense, they really are interchangeable with credit cards. I often call them credit cards, even though they really aren't. If the have a Visa/electron, Mastercard/maestro, logo, they will work with any merchant that takes those credit cards ( with a few exceptions, like car rentals).

Wire transfers seem pretty cumbersome for purchasing goods. PayPal is evil, I have refused to use them since 1998.

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RE[5]: Still stealing.
by d3vi1 on Sat 25th Feb 2012 18:06 in reply to "RE[4]: Still stealing."
d3vi1 Member since:
2006-01-28

In some countries like Romania you can get any classic credit card as a debit card. I personally have a MasterCard Gold and nobody (including the car rentals) ever guessed that it was a debit card. The condition was that in the debit account I should have as much as they request the hold on. So for a €130 car rental, you should have in your account €250. Ultimately, the hold is canceled and you are billed only for the €130.

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RE[6]: Still stealing.
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Sat 25th Feb 2012 19:23 in reply to "RE[5]: Still stealing."
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Well, you *can* tell the difference as a merchant. It depends on your payment processing features. It falls into the category of possible, but not common. The large ones in the United states (Avis, enterprise, Hertz, Budget, ect) , most certainly can and do.

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