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What Type of Credit Card?

Two things strike me about the "what type of credit card" (followed by the inevitable dropdown Visa / MC / Amex / Discover) question we always get on website checkouts:

1) The law of unintended consequences

2) Developers sometimes are lemmings

The reality is, the question"what type of credit card" happened because one programmer somewhere put that into his shopping cart code, and someone copied his code/layout, and then someone copied this code, and before you know it, everyone's asking that question. Hence, the law of unintended consequences.

The irony is, this question is irrelevant! Here's what most people don't know: If a credit card starts with the digit "3" then it's always Amex. If it starts with "4" it's always Visa. "5" is always MasterCard and "6" is always Discover. So if programmers just put a little extra effort into their shopping cart code, they could easily discern what type of card it is. For example, a card that starts with "3715" will be Amex, "4024" will be Visa, etc.

My Letter to Judge Susan Bolton

On Reviving Roses

Originally Posted: Friday, August 6, 2010

Judge Bolton,

My name is Sara Hutchinson. I’m a 24-year-old Nevada resident, college student, worker, and advocate of American laws, rights, and freedoms. I was born in Iowa and raised both in Iowa and Minnesota. Aside from those states, I’ve lived in Michigan, California, and here in Nevada. I also have family all over the country, so I think it’s safe to say that I’m familiar with the problems that are going on in this country and know what states are hit harder than others. I’ve always felt passionate about voting and what it means to be an American citizen. However, until about a year and a half ago, I didn’t always keep up on current events or politics, like most Americans. Since then, I try to stay up to date on what is going on in our country.

When I heard that Arizona was attempting to pass an anti-illegal immigration law, my interests and passions were peaked and I decided that I was going to use this as my topic for my communications class at the College of Southern Nevada. Since I made that decision, I have continually read about what is going on with the law and the reactions to that law. I have done hours of research on what it means to be an illegal and legal immigrant, what you have to accomplish to have documents, what the federal laws are, and what the current statistics are about illegal immigration from places like I.C.E. and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. I thought I was finished with my research, seeing as my speech is tomorrow, but I came home from class tonight to have my friend and roommate (he is, by the way, Mexican) read an article from CNN.com about your judgment today. I must say, I am truly saddened, frustrated, and all around disgusted with the way our country is handling many situations, including this one.

I honestly think it’s absurd that I have to quote federal statutes to my government officials. However, I’m tired of sitting back watching my country make poor decisions, being a part of the “voice of the people” and only releasing that voice to people that, in the grand scheme, don’t matter. Whatever it takes to make my voice heard, even if it means I have to quote our federal law to those that should know it. According to the article titled “Legal battle looms over Arizona immigration law” posted on July 28, 2010 at 3:32 p.m. EDT on CNN.com states “U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton also blocked provisions of the [Arizona] law making it a crime to fail to apply for or carry alien registration papers.”

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