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I don't think the goal here is to lift them from poverty, I think it's just to give them a place to live.

There's no particular reason why a small home would be less energy efficient. I built a 120sqft studio apartment for about $10,000 that was so well insulated that it was actually cold inside during 85° heat.

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We had something similar at my last job. A laptop setup in the team area with a wide-angle camera and Skype setup to auto-accept incoming calls. It meant I could pop in any time I wanted to for team meetings or just to get someone's attention for a quick chat.

Another team in the company had a laptop setup on a permanent google hangout that all the remote people could come and go to at will.

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ChiperSoft 114 days ago | link | parent | on: Is Ruby Dying?

That's a fifteen year graph, and does appear to depict a decline at the end. I'd like to see this data rescaled to just the last six months (unfortunately his data files are 404ing now).

If you want to find out if TV sales are declining, you don't compare against the 1950s.

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ChiperSoft 155 days ago | link | parent | on: Coin

Except at the post office, which will outright refuse any card that is not signed.

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binarycrusader 155 days ago | link

Technically, the card isn't valid unless signed.

Most credit card companies prohibit the "See ID" that some people put on their cards in place a of a signature.

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flatfilefan 155 days ago | link

"See ID" is also a signature if done own handed. I've seen a court decision to the effect that you can declare your signature anything you write. Important is if _you_ accept it as such later on.

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binarycrusader 155 days ago | link

The importance is consistency and recognition as you point out.

But writing "See ID" on the back of the card and then using a completely different signature on the receipt is not acceptable as far as I know.

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wil421 155 days ago | link

I dont sign my cards ever, why would I want a thief to see what my signature looks like?

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binarycrusader 155 days ago | link

Per the terms of the cardmember agreement that you agreed to, you are required to sign the back of the card. If you do not, you are not authorized to use the card for any transactions.

It's all very silly anyway given that online credit card transactions almost never require a signature.

Quite honestly though, once a thief has access to your card, you have other problems. If they're close enough to see it, they're likely close enough to duplicate it and leave you the card with you ever knowing.

If the signature is that concerning, then use one signature consistently for your credit card transactions that's unlike the one you use for anything else.

If you don't like that option, then you probably shouldn't be using credit cards currently offered.

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encoderer 155 days ago | link

Great. That way they can just sign it themselves. That way if a merchant does signature verification, it matches! And then when your CC company comes back and says "Chargeback is in dispute. The signature matches" you'll have to explain why you didn't follow the terms of the cardmember agreement.

Now, this is all very hypothetical for many reasons, but generally it's my practice to follow cardmember agreements that I am, after all, agreeing to follow.

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sjwright 154 days ago | link

How would the CC company know that the signature matched? At no point will the thief-signed card ever be sighted by anyone other than the merchant, briefly. The thief is going to dispose or destroy the card when they're finished with it; your bank/issuer is never going to see it to compare.

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brk 155 days ago | link

Seems like you wouldn't get much use out of them then. I get asked for signature verification at least a few times a week.

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mattkleiman 153 days ago | link

@Coin twitter confirmed that the coin card actually does have a signature field on the back that you would sign, so the vendor can use that to compare with your receipt. https://twitter.com/coin/statuses/401939329506746368

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I have an open source list of these kinds of questions up on github called InterviewThis. Would you object to me adding some of these to it? These are all really good and cover some things I didn't think of previously.

http://github.com/ChiperSoft/InterviewThis

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mcenedella 159 days ago | link

Looks great. I will add via github.

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The return values change matters if you are chaining actions anywhere, which isn't that uncommon.

And yes, some people do have lots of views. In my current codebase we use Backbone.View as the base of all our frontend web components. This won't take us a day to update, but it's far from trivial, and we will have to regression test every component.

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jashkenas 190 days ago | link

This should actually only take you 2 minutes if you'd like to keep the old behavior ... regardless of how many View classes you happen to have in your app. For example:

    var originalView = Backbone.View;
    Backbone.View = function(options) {
      var instance = new originalView(options);
      instance.options = options;
      return instance;
    };
Ahh..., isn't JavaScript just a lovely thing ;)

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byroot 190 days ago | link

Sure you can hack things up like that. But when you use and update a library, you don't want to rely on deprecated behaviors.

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masterj 190 days ago | link

Doh, completely whiffed on chaining. I can see that breaking in weird ways. Thanks for the insight.

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And also from being able to use AJAX, apparently.

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If you're taking about node, what difference does it make how large the library is?

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ricardobeat 245 days ago | link

These libraries work in the browser. It's not just size: debugging, understanding code, and performance matter too.

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ChiperSoft 266 days ago | link | parent | on: Bootstrap 3 RC1

Unless you're supporting Firefox 3.5 for some weird reason, you haven't needed vendor prefixes for almost two years.

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TylerE 266 days ago | link

Some of us do. On our intranet will have lots of people on PPC Macs.

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ChiperSoft 266 days ago | link

Then you may be interested in this: http://www.floodgap.com/software/tenfourfox/

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jm3 266 days ago | link

That's great news if it's true. Happen to have a link or citation backing that up??

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ChiperSoft 266 days ago | link

http://css-tricks.com/do-we-need-box-shadow-prefixes/

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ChiperSoft 266 days ago | link | parent | on: Bootstrap 3 RC1

He said he got this list from the site.

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