First, read [personal profile] naamah_darling on LJ or DW.

This is not the first time PayPal has dicked people over. They tried to tell DW what they could "allow" people to post, and when DW refused, they said "Well, we won't process your payments unless you conform." DW stuck to their guns and found another payment processor. It hurt them, and still does, because PayPal has a virtual monopoly on online payment processing.

Now they are telling Smashwords and other small web-based publishers what they can publish, or they won't process their payments. Smashwords caved.

What fucking business is it of PayPal's what you buy with your money as long as it's legal? If they act as a gatekeeper on content, and whether you can purchase it or not, then they become liable for the content, even if they never touch it. That's the difference between a common carrier/service provider and an editorial relationship.

But they are doing it.

I know from a number of ex-employees that they are a bunch of nasty, chiseling, repuke banksters without a technical clue one in their higher ranks, who will backstab and gaslight anyone who does not conform to their lockstep tightass mentality. They regularly drive "different" employees to mental breakdown and/or suicide. I already hate them for that.

This is right in line with the social conservatives attempt to impose their views on everyone through propaganda and market limits. (How can you explore and question an idea that you are never exposed to?)

Recommendations for alternate payment processors are cheerfully welcome.

I wish I was rich enough to start my own.
I enjoy this, but seldom have the inclination or cash to buy in.

Well, for this one, Stained, I have the inclination, but not the cash.

But hey, I can at least point other people to it so they can enjoy...

Oh, the first payday on the new job won't be until the 25th...

There are others, as well, and I really should highlight them now and again.
ravan: by icons r us (flamethrower - icons r us)
( Mar. 4th, 2010 01:20 am)
When will you learn that even the slightest bit of fangirling about an author, artist, musician, or whatever gets you kicked in the teeth? Don't do it. No matter how much you like their work, or how long you have worked in the same community, once they are famous, don't try to talk to them about it. You are nobody to them now.

If you even try to express any familiarity or appreciation, you will be humiliated, abused, talked down to, and dogpiled on by their groupies. You will swiftly be reminded of your place as a nameless nobody, regardless of the time that you have know the person in your community. They're famous now, you aren't, therefore your name and existence are forgotten.

You might, might, be allowed a quick "Congratulations on your new book" in passing, but don't expect it to be acknowledged. Insects and furniture are not addressed. They'll just accept it as their due, and carry on with their groupies.

Also, never expect them to behave like others in their field. After all, each one is a special snowflake, you know. You experience counts for nothing to judge otherwise.

This has been a reminder from HKU, The School of Hard Knocks.
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ravan: by Ravan (Default)
( Jun. 8th, 2007 07:41 pm)
Someone on my f-list just got the sack because of public work stuff in his blog. Sucks, but it does remind me of the rules I follow to keep from getting sacked over my blogging:
  1. always f-lock your work posts
  2. always anonymize company, customer, product and location ala $company, $customer, etc
  3. always anonymize names or identifiable people
  4. if possible, blog under a pseudonym
  5. be sure to be aware of your company's policies on talking about them on the web.
Shit stays on the web forever. I've been burned before on email lists.
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