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Old Jan 6, 2019, 10:58 am
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Originally Posted by CanRulez
Damn California with their FasTrak lanes...we were driving in an HOV lane following my GPS only to suddenly find the lane merging into a FasTrak lane. Solid white line to my right prevented me from changing lanes in time.

What's worse is I understand I can't pay for the violation directly. I have to wait for the rental car company to charge my credit card, inclusive of the car rental company's $25 USD fee.

All for maybe 500 meters...
If it makes you feel any better, I accidentally got on the 407 in December because Google said "stay on 403" and not "use the right three lanes to stay on 403".

Though this was my cousin's car and had a transponder so the cost was not at the same level.
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Old Jan 6, 2019, 2:24 pm
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Originally Posted by CanRulez
Damn California with their FasTrak lanes...we were driving in an HOV lane following my GPS only to suddenly find the lane merging into a FasTrak lane. Solid white line to my right prevented me from changing lanes in time.

What's worse is I understand I can't pay for the violation directly. I have to wait for the rental car company to charge my credit card, inclusive of the car rental company's $25 USD fee.

All for maybe 500 meters...
I feel your pain. I've unintentionally driven through E-ZPass lanes in Florida, forgot my US$075 unmanned toll for the I-190 into ORD (probably different by now), etc. All while driving a rental car and getting dinged for the extra service charge.
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Old Jan 6, 2019, 3:09 pm
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I had my Amex scammed a few weeks back which they caught within 12 hrs. Very ingenious as the first transaction they put thru was for $20 to a go fund me for the California fires. Then a bunch of skip the dishes incl $150 on Swiss Chalet. I think the tipoff was when they used it on a Chinese ecomm site. Everything was reversed as fraud but pain to change card numbers.
I heard that putting through a small test charge first is normal. This is when I spotted a small PAYG top up from somewhere Id never been on a phone provider Ive never used.

These days I have it setup so I get texts with any withdrawals over x amount on chequing and credit accounts. Is how I caught a hotel trying to charge me nine days before my stay. And the texts appear pretty much immediately when I check out and pay the bill.

Unfortunately, not all cards offer this.
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Old Jan 6, 2019, 3:42 pm
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Old Jan 7, 2019, 6:38 pm
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Like tonight, buds looking lethargic and being outplayed at home... I wonder why they always look so much better on the road.
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Old Jan 7, 2019, 7:49 pm
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Got my replacement card.

Google Pay already had the new number. That's both cool and scary.
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Old Jan 7, 2019, 8:05 pm
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Got my replacement card.

Google Pay already had the new number. That's both cool and scary.
I would also be wondering how google pay got the new number.
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Old Jan 7, 2019, 8:07 pm
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Originally Posted by CanRulez
Damn California with their FasTrak lanes...we were driving in an HOV lane following my GPS only to suddenly find the lane merging into a FasTrak lane. Solid white line to my right prevented me from changing lanes in time.

What's worse is I understand I can't pay for the violation directly. I have to wait for the rental car company to charge my credit card, inclusive of the car rental company's $25 USD fee.

All for maybe 500 meters...
Just outside AUS, there's a confusing interchange with a toll road and a freeway. My wife's phone was telling us to go straight through and not go left on to the toll road after the overpass. So I drove straight at the fork and didn't take the toll road, but apparently I did actually drive a couple hundred metres on the toll road - it started on the near side of the overpass and not the far side. Didn't save me any time since I only would have needed to change lanes (no traffic at that time).

I don't know what the toll was, but Enterprise charged me $3.50 in total. I was annoyed, but it wasn't worth arguing with anyone about.
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Old Jan 7, 2019, 8:37 pm
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Speaking of mosaic art (from the end of the 2018 OT thread)... Google is featuring Princess Fahrelnissa Zeid today.
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Old Jan 7, 2019, 8:41 pm
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Originally Posted by jc94


I would also be wondering how google pay got the new number.
I think it actually links to the account, not the number. My account stayed the same, so it was updated that way.

Otherwise it makes no sense.
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Old Jan 8, 2019, 7:57 am
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"A "smart" suitcase that can follow its owner around is among the items on display at the CES 2019 gadget show in Las Vegas."




For those who can't see the tweet

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Old Jan 8, 2019, 10:07 am
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I've seen videos of those for years, but I have yet to see one in an airport.
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Old Jan 8, 2019, 10:15 am
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"A "smart" suitcase that can follow its owner around is among the items on display at the CES 2019 gadget show in Las Vegas."

https://twitter.com/APBusiness/statu...85693228314624



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I've seen videos of those for years, but I have yet to see one in an airport.
I am one of the world's most lazy people. Seriously - I wrote the manual on avoiding anything that requires effort, particularly physical effort. Having said that, even I am not THAT lazy.

Just my opinion of course, but I think this is an utterly worthless invention.
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Old Jan 8, 2019, 11:11 am
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What happens if you get in between the smart suitcase and its owner? Does it attack you?
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Old Jan 8, 2019, 11:17 am
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Originally Posted by yyznomad
What happens if you get in between the smart suitcase and its owner? Does it attack you?
I was assuming it just self-destructed a la Mission Impossible. Also assumed this, like cell phones with exploding batteries, was an undocumented enhancement so as to not tip off the airlines to the fact that it's very dangerous equipment to have on board.
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