What is the point in the government insisting that evolution be taught in all state schools if it allows questions relating to evolution to be removed from the exams for those schools? What an utter mess.
As an online retailer, I know only too well that the buck stops with whoever benefitted from the fraudulent transaction. In this case, the rail company and hotel will have those amounts withdrawn by "chargeback" (not sure what happens with Western Union) and will be left out of pocket.
This seems hideously unfair. After all, my card details were almost certainly obtained by hacking one of the online services I'm signed up to (quite possibly Adobe as I had a Creative Cloud subscription) so, really, they should be the ones paying up. But it would be impossible to prove. Given that the bank won't pay (as if) and that if the card holder lost out people would stop using cards, the only one left is the poor merchant since they need to be able to process cards to stay in business.
In the end, the cost ends up with the card users because businesses must factor these occasional chargebacks into their prices but there surely must be a better system of accountability for those who store card details?
The two key bits of new kit were a 50mm f1.8 prime lens which has utterly transformed my portrait photography and a decent quality lightbox. I'm now retaking all product and instructional photos on the site and it's already made a massive difference. Finally, I feel as though I know what I'm doing. More or less...
- Scribbleit LtdMD, 1999 - present
- MakingYourOwnCandlesDogsbody, 2009 - 2012
- Raspberry Pi
- Online business
- Technology: app development (primarily using Corona SDK), PHP, Python, Lua (lighweight, aren't I?), Android, iOS etc
- UK politics
- Science, rationality, education and humanism
I am delighted to be a contributing editor of PC Pro Magazine, currently writing a monthly column on Online Business.
I run four businesses at present, all with an online element. NlightN Multimedia for app development, Scribbleit for writing, PassYourTheory which trains young people how to pass their driving theory test and MakingYourOwnCandles, an online retailer of candle making kits.
Ethos: I do my best to be a good person despite (or maybe helped by) an absence of religious belief. I think the universe is wonderful enough without a mystical explanation and everything about it fascinates me. I am absolutely devoted to my family.
- Open UniversityBSc(Hons), 1997 - 2003
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