I like Hive. Indeed, for a while (and who knows, even now) Hive was linking to my mostly positive review from their website homepage.
I'm selling my house. I need to leave my Hive stuff in the house I'm leaving. But here's the advice Hive give on their FAQ to the people who've bought my house...
Firstly unplug the hub from your broadband router but keep it plugged in at the power socket, this help maintain the thermostat’s range in the home. If there is a SmartPlug in the home switch this on too. You’ll be able to control your heating and hot water manually from the thermostat on the wall but you won't be able to control your heating remotely from the Hive app, online dashboard or by text.If you’d like to use Hive Active Heating™ to control your heating remotely, _you’ll need to buy a new Hive hub,__ just call the Hive team on 0800 980 0649 for further details._
So. I need to leave my hub. The new owners need to throw it away and buy a new one. For some kind of hidden price (the £249 new installation price includes everything, and I can't quite believe it's going to be that much).
And I need to buy a new Hive at the full price in my new house.
Seems a waste of physical material to me - why can't the old hub be reprogrammed? Strange. Could Hive offer service to the new owner for a nominal fee (£49 setup?) without sending a new hub, which presumably requires installation by someone too? And is there really no saving to be made for an old Hive customer at house a) to sign up in house b)? Not even Sky are that mean...
In my case, I'll not be getting Hive in the new house because Hive won't work there (for reasons I'd love to explain but can't quite). But if I were the person moving in, I'd be a bit peeved.
Stripe doesn't support 3D Secure (aka Verified by VISA), and doesn't support AVS (Address Verification) by default. The UK is one of the highest users of these systems to combat fraud. So, many of your users' attempts to pay will be rejected.
The lack of 3D Secure is fine, so long as you enable AVS. You do so by setting data-billing-address to 'true' in the Stripe.js call. (Not 'data-address' as Stripe's AVS documentation says.)
That appears to get the banks to check both the first-line of the address, the postcode, and correctly check the CVC, and... accept the payment.
I've just tested it with someone who's ccard was initially rejected.
So, now you know.
Neville does so on his own blog page, which is served via http rather than https, allowing ISPs and wifi hotspot operators globally to track his visitors; and a blog page where Neville has made the decision to contain the following:
a) embedded code from Google Analytics, allowing Google to snoop on visitors
b) embedded code from Twitter, allowing Twitter to snoop on visitors (and who they are if logged-in)
c) a beacon from RebelMouse, letting them snoop on visitors
d) embedded code from Google+, allowing Google to snoop on logged-in visitors
e) a beacon from CreativeCommons, letting them snoop on visitors
f) embedded code from statcounter.com, allowing them to snoop on visitors (is Google Analytics not enough?!)
g) embedded code from Pinterest, allowing them to snoop on visitors
h) a number of beacons from Gravatar
i) embedded code from a ‘send to Kindle’ widget hosted by an anonymous operator at the end of a Cloudfront server address
j) embedded code from WordPress’s own stats package (because statcounter and Google Analytics is not enough) which monitors every click made on the page and knows who I am when logged-in, as well as multiple other WordPress elements
h) calls to CSS stylesheets on jsdelivr and google, which also allow limited snooping
Far be it for me to point a big waggy finger, but.... POINT
Currency alerts. If the AUD changes rapidly against my home currency (which Google Now knows already), could I be alerted, just like stocks?
I've added CURRENCY:AUD into the widget, but it doesn't appear to do anything (but is accepted).
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