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Posted on Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Dave!Well today sucked.

It seems as though life just keeps getting faster and faster, there's always more and more to do, and you have less and less time to do it. Most days I don't care, but today it all wore me down to the point of wanting to give up.

It's days like this I want to trade in my life, buy a cow, and go live on a farm in the middle of nowhere...

Dave Farmer

But instead I'm flying off to Portland for the weekend.

I'm kind of happy about that.

And now, from the Not-So-Sweet Irony Department...

PCWorld has an article on Yahoo! News where Michael Barrett, chief information security officer of PayPal, is telling their customers that Apple's Safari web browser isn't safe for online shopping...

"Apple, unfortunately, is lagging behind what they need to do, to protect their customers," Barrett said in an interview. "Our recommendation at this point, to our customers, is use Internet Explorer 7 or 8 when it comes out, or Firefox 2 or Firefox 3, or indeed Opera."

Oh really? Well here's what I have to say to Michael Barrett, chief information security officer of PayPal...

Fuck you.

Seriously, fuck you.

Because here's the thing... PayPal doesn't give a shit about their customers.

I used to use PayPal to run my online store... I was a PayPal customer. But one day PayPal reversed a transaction, and took my money. I contacted the person who owned the credit card to find out if they made a fraud complaint against me or something, but they didn't know why the charge was reversed. They got their T-shirts and were totally happy. I made several calls to PayPal for an explanation but, for "security reasons," they wouldn't tell me, nor would they tell me the name of the bank who made the request (if, indeed there ever was one). According to their service contract, they don't have to tell you shit. And, since they aren't a real bank, you have no recourse if they steal from you.

So, basically, PayPal will take your money at any time with no explanation. And yet they have the balls to warn people about getting ripped-off when using stuff from another company? What a bunch of hypocritical jerks.

On my farm, I won't need crap like PayPal... I'll just trade fresh milk and eggs for what I want to buy.

Though I'd imagine the quality of hooker you can get for a dozen eggs and a glass of milk is probably pretty questionable.

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  1. ssp says:

    Good luck trying to find a place that trades iPhones for eggs and milk 🙂

    (Totally disagree on the PayPal == Scammers point, however, if only for their rip-off fees.)

  2. IronicMoth says:

    I love how they recommend IE before FF, and even Opera!.. over Safari..
    Well, highly-recommended IE has just downloaded a shit-load of spamware on my brother’s PC, that I have to deal with.
    Although, It’s surprising that that happened, considering the security of Vista.
    .. oh, wait..

  3. Neil T. says:

    The two reasons aren’t the greatest in the world, and in fairness to Apple at least one of those features isn’t yet in Firefox either (but will be in version 3). But it would be nice if Safari had a phishing filter and the EV1 certificate verification system.

  4. Kyra says:

    Well, considering I LIVE in this farmtopia place you speak of, I should probably explain that trading produce for sex actually lands you a wife. There is a reason for the phrase about why should you buy a cow if you can get the milk for free. The second part is, why spend all that money courting a girl when a dozen eggs can get you a dozen years?

  5. kapgar says:

    Eggs for hookers? Now that’s gotta be pushing the barter system envelope.

  6. Miss Britt says:

    Yeah, I think I’m the last person on the Internet to NOT have a PayPal account now.

    Ironically, it’s because I was one of the first like 8 years ago (when they were paying you to sign up) – and it didn’t take long to get fucked and find yourself with NO recourse.

  7. meg evans says:

    Hey–if those eggs are organic, you could be in business!

  8. Bre says:

    Generally speaking, life would be way easier if we would all just barter.

  9. My goal is to raise pigs, live in a lean-to, and have 60 people living with me with one bathroom.

    On another note, I can’t find the money that was refunded to me by (shipping costs) by someone where I bought from them on paypal.

    BASTARDS! All BASTARDS I tell you!

  10. borysSNORC says:

    I’ll see your farm and raise you a cool dark pain free cave. We could go be misanthropes together. Yes, that’s an oxymoron I know…. but I find I’m sharing your disinclination to deal with ‘other people’ these days.

  11. Avitable says:

    I’ve been lucky enough not to have any bad run-ins with Paypal, but I hear nothing but horror stories. It makes me very hesitant to do any large-ticket items with them just in case.

  12. Penelope says:

    I’m sorry you’re having a shit day. Those technorati tags had me in hysterics laughing though :o)

  13. Tracy says:

    I think it’s pretty swell that they’re recommending Apple users use a browser that isn’t even supported for Mac anymore – Internet Explorer? Really?? Bitches, please.

  14. Juli says:

    So where is the farm in relation to Dave’s World? I’m not comfortable with the farm being in the shadows of glitz and glam. Does this mean that DW will be closing so that we can all get back to a life of simplicity?

  15. sizzle says:

    I hate pay pal.

    No, seriously, I do!

  16. Yeah, PayPal is ridiculous. I refuse to have an account through them. I already have a credit card – why do I need PayPal, too? Whateva…

    Oh, and? Is the cow on your farm laying the eggs you’ll trade for goods? Just wondering…

  17. Rick says:

    I grew up on a farm and that whole “milk your own cow” thing?… Not so great. Nine times outta ten the cow sticks a shit-covered hoof in the bucket and you have to sell the milk to the open market. Kinda like PayPal.

  18. S says:

    I, too, have had a bad “security-relate” experience with PayPal. I now refuse to use them. They are the devil!

  19. Göran says:

    Paypal never solved the issue with you?
    How fucking lame! Let´s make a shit list. We can start with Paypal and Palm!

  20. Hilly Sue says:

    Well now THAT’S a tried and true picture of Davey-Joe if I ever did see one!

    Have fun in Portland…kiss everyone for me, even the guys ;).

  21. Stacey says:

    I hate paypal, they have my money. I wonder how much money they make every year from theft?

  22. bogup says:

    Maybe I’m the only one here who hasn’t had a problem with PayPal. Maybe luck on my part?
    I’ll bet a buck the next day or two goes better for you Dave2. Portlandia should be fun. My great-grand uncles had cows, and chickens, on a farm there in the last century.

  23. John says:

    Farming aside, very educational post for me. I have almost NO experience dealing with PayPal. I did have one recent situational experience with them, which went well and gave me a favorable impression of them. But a single experience does not a collective experience make.

    Careful about Buying the Farm Dave. : )

  24. Mooselet says:

    I have a lot of days like that. But I don’t want to own a farm – I wipe shit all day, why would I want to walk around it on a farm? Give me a deserted island any day.

    I try and avoid PayPal whenever possible, but so far I’ve been lucky and all has been well. And I do say ‘lucky’ because I know someday I’ll get f*cked and I won’t even be kissed first.

  25. Lewis says:

    my god, you make me nervous sometimes with all of those big words and harsh attitudes. just wait until i get ahold of you.

  26. Wayne says:

    re: the hookers… boy, I can’t wait for Paypal to reverse *that* transaction for you…

    (waiting for you to think about it)

    ok, and just for the record, I’ve not been screwed by Paypal like everyone else has. In fact, I’ve not been screwed by them ever. I realize I’m a lucky one. I’ve been a member for 7 years, 1 month and 16 days, done $10,000 transactions and a ton of smaller ones, take paypal on my commercial sites, use paypal to buy stuff on ebay.

    I just set up a paypal account for my wife’s business, and it’ll be the only way she takes credit cards for her services. I’ll be on the lookout for weird activity or unscrupulous tactics.

  27. Göran says:

    Michael Barrett might be referring to Safari for Windows which seems to be using non documented API:s in order to speed things up?

    Still Paypal IS shady.

  28. turnbaby says:

    So I take it you hate PayPal?

    I’ve not had a problem with them and I’ve done a fuckton of EBay transactions using them as a buffer. No way in hell am I giving someone my creidt card info.

    And I’ve rarely used Safari on my Macs. It’s been Firefox all the way 😉

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