I commented elsewhere in this thread that nobody will pay for it, but now that I think on it more, the most likely scenario for paying for the switch is that banks will offer their customers a "New, more secure card!" for the low, low price of ($10? $20?). If people don't want to buy into it at first, they'll be forced to pay for it once their current card expires/falls apart/is stolen and they need to get a new one anyway.
refuse to accept it unless security is improved
Who would decide the point at which security had sufficiently improved, though? The chip-and-PIN system used in the civilized parts of the world is, of course, much better than magnetic swipe, and *should* become prevalent here in the states. Unfortunately, it would cost billions to upgrade the US's entire infrastructure to support it, and I honestly don't see anyone picking up the tab for any part of such an upgrade any time soon.
That's going to change next year.
Incidentally, 2015 is also the year of Linux on the desktop.
There is no such thing. The dollar, the yen, the pound, everything, they are *all* fiat currency. The only difference with bitcoin is that it's not controlled by a government and/or private corporation (a la the US Federal Reserve).
Nice UID, by the way. This shouldn't surprise you at all.
All kidding aside, I've never understood this seething hatred that so-called "hardcore gamers" exhibit towards Nintendo and its products. Regardless of anything Nintendo does, their detractors feel the need to get on the Internet and rage about "It's all kiddie games!" or "The graphics suck!" or, in this case, "The 3D sucks!" and these tirades are always accompanied by predictions of Nintendo's impending bankruptcy. Ironically, it's always struck me as a bit childish.
Back on topic, I haven't gotten a 3DS yet for one reason: The lack of must-have games.
And on that subject, what system since the Super NES had a really compelling launch lineup? I honestly can't think of one.
Why would you put Blackberry aside? It's a sizable chunk of the smartphone market.
Apple individually sells more smart phones than most all other companies put together.
Oh, okay. Spin, indeed.