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That's absolutely not true. Parts can become somewhat harder to find, but it's very rare for them to go out of production entirely. Specialists like Harris Cyclery or SJS Cycles can easily find you a tire or freewheel for a 1950s bicycle.

In cycle racing, they call the vicious coastal winds "Dutch mountains". Riders from the Netherlands, Belgium and Normandy are renowned for their skill and strength in windy conditions.

If advertising doesn't work, they wouldn't do it.

Oh it works, don't get me wrong. It just has to evolve as the populace becomes more and more immune to it.

They don't use protection during discharge, which is the relatively safe part of the cycle. They're careful to match the pack to the discharge demand to prevent thermal runaway. They're also at a considerable distance from the pack when it is in use. During charging, any sensible RC hobbyist uses a good balance charger and a LiPo safety bag.

It's also worth bearing in mind that lithium batteries replaced methanol and nitromethane fuel in the RC hobby, which isn't exactly benign.


Betting is a highly regulated environment. The kind of mistake that startups make all the time could result in a heavy fine of the loss of a license. In such a climate, this workflow is exceptionally modern.

Paypal provide fraud management filters via the API. Payments can be flagged based on a variety of criteria and automatically rejected or held pending until they are manually reviewed. If you require more sophisticated fraud management tools, I would suggest using a payment gateway service.

https://developer.paypal.com/docs/classic/fmf/integration-gu...


> If you require more sophisticated fraud management tools, I would suggest using a payment gateway service.

PayPal is a payment gateway... In the case you mean payment processor... Stripe's antifraud is pathetic at best (sorry, love you guys). BrainTree isn't any better. Authorize.net is bottom-barrel. "Let's add MaxMind!" not helping, it's trivial to circumvent.

Nothing can defeat a human, and nobody can be 100% about detecting a fraudulent transaction. The things that kill you are the things that a payment gateway doesn't look at.

My history is littered with circumventing the rules, bending them and breaking them. I'm a "student of the game" if you will (well, not anymore, I now help prevent and detect), and there are things that I've developed/learned/executed/manipulated into getting a transaction through that was so stupid simple that I laughed when I saw the words "order confirmation."

Please, please don't trust your payment processor or gateway to be enough to prevent fraudulent transactions. They're good for the 90% of carders who are idiots. The remaining 9% are the ones that will hurt you, and that last 1% are the ones that will kill your business.


LOL. I see you around all the time man. You and I are always preaching the same story.

Maybe we should get the band together.

Until quite recently, they offered the only way of accepting credit cards without a written application and a substantial security deposit. In many countries, they're still the only realistic option.

The "problematic behaviour" you describe is invariably related to the fraud prevention mechanisms required to offer their service. That's the deal - Paypal are incredibly liberal in opening accounts, but they reserve the right to freeze an account pending investigation if something looks sketchy.

Paypal still fills a very useful role. I've used their services to receive payments for over a decade without incident.


I run a small business in Canada, and a hundred times this. For a long time my options were: PayPal, or sign a contract with a bank to get a binder with some instructions to use a horrible API. There may have been some weird options like e-gold, but nothing I could pitch to a business user. PayPal was easy to set up, captured credit cards so I didn't need to think about PCI, and did a non-zero amount of work to block fraud. We've since migrated to start preferring Stripe over PayPal, but it was Paypal all the way for the first 5 years.

Stripe only launched in Canada late 2012: https://stripe.com/blog/stripe-in-canada So did braintree: https://www.braintreepayments.com/blog/braintree-in-europe-a...

And we're america's hat. Many countries are still bereft of options.

(disclosure: I'm now a stripe employee, opinions are my own)


it's not because paypal is better.

paypal is only relevant because they invented the uber-way. They ignore all legislation. push away. and nobody makes them accountable for anything.

they are pretty much a bank for free


> They ignore all legislation. They are pretty much a bank for free.

They're more regulated than all but a handful of international banks, and it's not at all free.

PayPal is a licensed money transmitter in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Most of those states have bond requirements for MTAs, typically six figure deposits. They're subject to 52 different regulatory agencies in the US, in addition to Regulation E consumer protections and the USA Patriot Act federally. Their US<->international transfers are overseen by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control like any bank. They're not an ordinary bank in the US only because many years ago a judge ruled that they don't qualify to be one by the nature of their business; they tried unsuccessfully to be licensed as one in order to get FDIC insurance on deposits.

They are a licensed bank in all of the EU, with a bank charter in Luxembourg, regulated by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier. In Australia, they're licensed by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission as a financial product and by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority as a purchased payment facility provider, which is a type of authorized depository institution (i.e. bank). In most of southeast Asia, they operate under their subsidiary PayPal Pte. Ltd. which is a licensed stored value facility regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore. They operate in 203 markets in total, most of which have separate financial regulations and regulatory bodies PayPal has to comply with.

https://www.paypal.com/webapps/mpp/licenses


exactly, they have the minimum required licenses to not be shut down.

go see how many other licenses and laws you have to comply to open a proper bank with a branch in any of those states.


I used 2checkout.com for years and years for a small business in Canada. Switched to Beanstream.com years ago (lower fees, but doesn't accept amex in usd).

I'd never use or recommend paypal for any business. Their history of seizing funds, freezing accounts, and pulling money from bank accounts is atrocious.


> but they reserve the right to freeze an account pending investigation

In reality their processes for investigating are often a neverending nightmare that punish innocent people, or in this case are hampering one of our only hopes for reasonably secure mobile communications: http://neo900.org/news/paypal-trouble-delays-project


There's no pending investigation and no appeals process at all. This is the part that annoys me so.

This is related to the fear of big copyright owners going after PayPal for contributory infringement. It has nothing to do with fraud.

I am not sure who to blame: the PayPal management or the viscios copyright regime, where a company with the legal resources of PayPal is still afraid.


Entry level Windows laptops and Chromebooks are competitive on price and specification. OEM Windows licensing is essentially free on these machines. The very cheapest Chromebooks (~$150) undercut the cheapest Windows laptops by using a Rockchip ARM processor, although this limits performance.

Users understand the value proposition of ChromeOS - it is more limited than Windows, but it is more reliable and secure. For many users, this is a very worthwhile tradeoff. Two of the ten best selling laptops on Amazon are Chromebooks.

http://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Computers-Accessories-Lap...


Nobody has total control over their supply chain. Substitution of counterfeit parts can happen at many points in the supply chain. Until resilient die-level traceability is universal, the best you can hope for is to minimise the risk.

FTDI do not provide any useful traceability systems. Rather than providing their customers with a reliable means to identify genuine parts, they have hugely increased the risk posed to their customers by counterfeit parts.

http://www.publicintegrity.org/2011/11/07/7323/counterfeit-c... http://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/hardware/counterfeit-chip...


Thoughtful, innovative and interesting writing takes a long time and has only niche appeal. Clickbait can be written quickly and is massively lucrative.

Buzzfeed are doing some of the best investigative journalism in the world, because they can afford it. Their mastery of clickbait allows them to cross-subsidise the kind of quality reporting that many newspapers can no longer afford.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/markschoofs/jaw-dropping-investigati...

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