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Comment: This thread is hilarious (Score 1) 731

by MullerMn (#46219903) Attached to: Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards
Next time there's a Slashdot story where the consensus among the wise, assembled community (who always have mysterious insight above and beyond the people behind the technology in question) is It'll-Never-Work, just remember this article.

We're talking about a technology that is 20 years old, deployed globally and (based on the complete absence of negative comments from current users) a universally accepted improvement upon the system it replaced.

And the running theme from the (let's face it : primarily American) contingent in the comments is It-Can-Never-Work, It's-Hopelessly-Flawed and What-Idiot-Invented-This.

Slashdot is a special place.

Comment: Re:Tin foil hats! (Score 2) 731

by MullerMn (#46218425) Attached to: Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards
For this to be a new system you need to travel back to 1992 when France adopted it.

Anyway, it can't ever be purely proximity based (like the contactless payments systems that you are presumably worried about) because it requires your PIN to authorise the transaction. Since its challenge/response there is presumably little benefit to eavesdropping on one transaction - you're not going to capture anything that will allow you to perform additional transactions in future.

Comment: Re:One question (Score 2) 731

by MullerMn (#46217187) Attached to: Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards
The first proper credit card in the US was 1958, the first outside the US was 1966 (according to Wikipedia). I'm not sure that an 8 year head start investment of infrastructure from 50 years ago is a plausible explanation.

It's easy to make excuses to save national face, but given the massive fraud reduction that chip and pin brings the likely result is that you have spent the last 10 years or so paying for the increased credit fraud in the US through charges or through increased interest rates on credit card debt.

Someone has dragged the process out for their own gain and they'll do it again next time round if you accept it.

Comment: Re:Tin foil hats! (Score 2) 731

by MullerMn (#46217087) Attached to: Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards
Chip and pin is not proximity based. You put your card in a handset and enter your pin to authorise the transaction like at a cashpoint. The handset never gets access to the PIN in the card, only the one you enter on the pad. It's genuinely surprising that there is still somewhere where this is not the standard. I can't remember the last time I had to sign for a card transaction.
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NYPD Okays Velcro Handcuffs For Kids 1

Posted by samzenpus
from the nerf-bullets-soon-to-come dept.
Police trying to restrain children will use Velcro handcuffs instead of the tougher steel model to subdue disturbed or unruly children in 22 schools in northern Queens. "We would prefer never to use restraints of any kind, but in those rare instances where it may become necessary, we want a softer alternative to conventional handcuffs," Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne said. I wonder if the police looked into other ill-suited materials to build handcuffs out of, like wet noodles, air, or words, before deciding on Velcro.

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