Smarty Blog - 2014

Using USPS Address Verification to Prevent FraudArrow Icon
How to use USPS Address Verification to Prevent Fraud.
November 10, 2014 - While it's an unfortunate truth of of today's e-commerce world, it is one that cannot be ignored: Fraud is ever-present in online transactions. The expense of unnecessary shipping costs and human resources, disgruntled customers, and the time it takes to investigate disputes adds up. And the damage to a company's brand may result in untold amounts of lost sales. Using an address verification service (or AVS) as one of the tools in your fraud management toolbox is a smart and cost-effective move.
Google Retracts Physical Address Requirement for Play Store DevelopersArrow Icon
Google has decided jump into the Big Brother arena with their latest project, Google Strands: a DNA-based developer identification system.
September 23, 2014 - Posted by Rob G. Must Have Address to Play Every month, tens of billions of apps are downloaded from the Google Play store. Users of those apps have historically had limited contact with the app developers for asking questions or lodging a complaint. And getting a response from some developers has proved to be a very difficult experience. Google briefly considered requiring app developers to provide their physical address or have their app removed from Google's play store. Providing a physical address where customer questions or complaints can be handled would work well for developers that have a separate business address.
Celebrating the Death of ComcastArrow Icon
We love our movies and our television. After a hard day at work, many Americans like to enjoy some downtime with a good TV show or movie.
September 11, 2014 - Written by Jonathan Oliver Comcast's Evil Twin We love our movies and our television. After a hard day at work, many Americans like to enjoy some downtime with a good TV show or movie. When technology advanced in the 1980s in the form of video cassette tapes, this gave us a new choice for how and when we consumed media. From this innovation came a natural outgrowth: the video store. Virtually every town in America had one. The stores weren't glamorous, but we came. We came because we value our ability to choose.
Constrained & DisloyalArrow Icon
If there are 1.333 trillion barrels of oil left on the planet, and we use 6.89 billion barrels of oil each year, how long will it take for us to run out of oil?
September 9, 2014 - Why Do Some Businesses Fail, and Others Succeed Against All Odds? On the last day of my microeconomics class, my professor asked us a question: > "If there are 1. 333 trillion barrels of oil left on the planet and we use 6. 89 billion barrels of oil each year, how long will it take for us to run out of oil?" Pencils and calculators came out to solve what seemed like a math problem. I also started to do the long division, but then stepped back. It occurred to me that economics is a branch of sociology, not math.
HTML Coverage Reports with GoConveyArrow Icon
For packages that pass all tests, coverage reports are generated and made available by clicking the package name.
February 18, 2014 - You asked for it and now you've got it. For packages that pass all tests, coverage reports are generated and made available by clicking the package name, which in that case becomes a link (provided you've cleared your browser's cache!). Right now the coverage command that is run is something like this: $ go test -covermode=set -coverprofile=. txt That command generates a plain text profile used in the following command: $ go tool cover -html=. txt -o . html . . . which plunks down an html file which we can link to from the UI.
Your Convey needs more FocusArrow Icon
One of the great benefits of TDD/BDD is that you usually don't have to spend much, if any time at all in a debugger...
February 7, 2014 - One of the great benefits of TDD/BDD is that you usually don't have to spend much, if any time at all in a debugger. To enter a debugger is to admit a loss of control over the system under test. Even so, there are times when you do need to debug something, even if you're maintaining the discipline. Lately, most of my coding is in GoLang. Coming from using an IDE almost exclusively to write Python (using PyCharm) and C# (using VS and ReSharper), and knowing how great the visual debugging tools are it's hard to fathom using a console-based debugger for GoLang code.
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