Looking through CurrentC it does everything for Merchants, and nothing for customers.
- Requires to be tied to checking account or debit card - Customer assumes 100% of liability for fraud (?!) - Retailer can gather all purchase data on a customer - Requires multistep actions including scanning QR codes
What benefit is in there for the customer? You know people are going to freak out around the liability part. I know the retailers want to reduce their transaction fee, but unless they throw some level of enticement (such as a discount) you probably won't see adoption of this. Conversely a discount will just nullify the transaction fee. I'm of the belief CurrentC is DOA.
And the funny thing is that the consortium pushing CurrentC literally TELLS YOU that "CurrentC is ALL for the benefit of the customer".
Specifically: they're a pack of lying thugs, fuck'em all.
Pay them with single dollar bills whenever possible, ideally when they force you to use CurrentC tell them to go jump for being a bunch of lying thugs and mongrels, and then walk out and shop elsewhere.
Apparently they're even more randy than Bonobos!
So the conversation would be more
- sex while swimming
- sex while eating
Cover it in wool and you've built something an android might dream of....
I suggest that everyone who has to go through the scanner reach down into their pants and stick their finger into their butt hole just before they have to point their finger at the detector.
Why do it yourself, when it only takes a *little* encouragement before THE TSA offers to insert THEIR finger in your butthole?
Keeping in mind that THE TSA will not stop until their knuckles are knocking your uvula, or further press-the-digit-ation is blocked at their shoulder (whichever comes last).
However Comcast REFUSED to deploy those FREE SERVERS.
Anyone who argues that is NOT extortion is an idiot.
Anyone who IGNORES the "refusal to deploy free servers" issue is an idiot.
Because NetFLIX will HAPPILY ship a bunch of servers for you to host ON YOUR NETWORK which cache the content, thereby BYPASSING ALL YOUR 'peering costs'.
Comcast (and friends) REFUSE to let Netflix GIVE THEM THESE SERVERS, because by refusing the servers they can FORCE NETFLIX TO PAY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.
By definition, that's EXTORTION.
PLUS ONE for "the scientific method", MINUS ONE THOUSAND for thinking this is in ANY way "totally amazing duude!".
BTW: you CANNOT "cure" baldness, baldness is not a disease, it's a description of a symptom.
Watch this BBC/Horizon documentary http://vimeo.com/54089463
In this video they take before/after blood samples and show at least SOME actual physiological changes, change of things in ways which we currently consider to be "good for your health".
There really (no, really really) DOES appear to be at least some valid science behind this.
you would think that simply possessing knowledge could not be ruled illegal
There's a reason they call it Thought Crime.
How, exactly, do Snowden's actions in leaking information to the media of a staunchly allied country fit the definition of treason?
The argument is that because he revealed details about foreign operations he "aided the enemy" (insert extremely rubbery definition of 'aid').
In the same way that far too many crimes are IMMEDIATELY proclaimed TERRORISM (for the sole reason that they have harsher penalties and lower requirements for proof, due diligence, etc)
Again we see overbroad and unnecessary interpretations of The Law which serve NO PURPOSE other than to silence dissent.
Sure we have oversight, and if you come forward raising your concerns we'll ignore you (and destroy your career) and if you go public in ANY way we'll accuse you of treason and destroy your entire life.
That there will probably be some point where technology escalates at a geometric rate and passes "an event horizon" of some kind.
Typically the concept is based around either artificial or uploaded-humans type intelligence running on faster processors (or perhaps more nodes/cores) than meatspace humanity.
Once that happens, and of course assuming that said "thinkers" have the ability to upgrade/rewrite/improve their self (either software or hardware) , then theoretically we should get some kind of "runaway intelligence upgrade" (same thing as gravity escalating to the point where NOTHING can escape, not even light).
This is NOT FAITH, this is basic logic (if A and B then C).
If we never A, or we never let them B, then C won't happen.
The money that universities make off their patents doesn't go into the pockets of some mysterious investor but BACK INTO FUNDING THE UNIVERSITY.
As a direct result of being able to profit from their patented research universities can afford to do more (or more expensive) research without having to dip into TAX DOLLARS to do so.
Swallow a teaspoon of cement and HARDEN UP people!
You VERY SUCCESSFULLY engineered yourself into a situation where you have NO OTHER OPTION and you ONLY NOW wonder why it's so freakin expensive?
THE WORLD IS FULL OF IDIOTS, POLITICIANS DON'T UNDERSTAND CONSEQUENCES BEYOND THE NEXT ELECTION, TANSTAAFL, YMMV, Murphy Rules.