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Comment: Re:Chip and PIN (Score 1) 455

by Raseri (#46602617) Attached to: Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees
I wasn't aware of that, so thanks for sharing. Unfortunately, swipe-and-sign will still be available.

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.

Comment: Re:I am torn! (Score 1) 455

by Raseri (#46602399) Attached to: Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

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.


+ - Wisconsin Begins Using Cheese to De-Ice Their Roads 1

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "The NYT reports that Milwaukee has begun a pilot program to use cheese brine to keep city roads from freezing, mixing the dairy waste with traditional rock salt as a way to trim costs and ease pollution. “You want to use provolone or mozzarella,” says Jeffrey A. Tews, the fleet operations manager for the public works department, which has spread the cheesy substance in Bay View, a neighborhood on Milwaukee’s south side. “Those have the best salt content. You have to do practically nothing to it.” Local governments across the country have been experimenting with cheaper and environmentally friendly ways of thawing icy thoroughfares, trying everything from sugar beet juice to discarded brewery grain in an attempt to limit the use of road salt, which can spread too thin, wash away and pollute waterways. “If you put dry salt on a roadway, you typically lose 30 percent to bounce and traffic,” says Emil Norby, who works for Polk County and was the first in Wisconsin to come up with the cheese brine idea to help the salt stick. In a state where lawmakers once honored the bacterium in Monterey Jack as the state’s official microbe, residents of Bay View say they have noticed little difference, good or bad, in the smell of their streets, and city officials say they have received no complaints. The mayor of Bay View says it's an experiment, but one that makes sense. The brine will come from the Dresser Farm in Polk County, where it is already being used on the roads. The only cost will be for transportation and distribution. "We thought, 'Well, let's give it a shot.' The investment in this project is $1,474.""

Comment: Re:LMAO (Score 1) 215

by Raseri (#35975140) Attached to: Nintendo Chief: Consumers Don't Understand 3DS Yet
Pachter? Is that you?

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.

Comment: Thinking of just saying "FY, FB" (Score 1) 114

by Raseri (#32165490) Attached to: Google Defends Privacy Policies
especially with their most recent round of egregious bullshit, but does anyone actually use Buzz? I was messing around with it earlier today, and it seems a lot less annoying than Facebook; I just don't think I know ANYONE that uses it. Maybe it's just still too new? It's hard to say, but the way FB does things is getting more ridiculous all the time.

Wii 2 Delay Is Hurting Nintendo 310

Posted by Soulskill
from the hurting-all-the-way-to-the-bank dept.
BanjoTed writes "Michael Pachter's ongoing spat with Nintendo regarding the Wii 2 is well documented. Pachter is sure it's coming, Nintendo says it's not. Now the analyst has gone one further by claiming that the declining sales of the Wii documented in the platform holder's recent financial statements will only get worse unless it speeds up attempts to get its successor to market. He said, 'The reason for this is clear: the software being created is just not interesting enough or compelling enough to drive Wii owners to buy more than two [games] per year, and most of those purchases are first party software. We can blame the third party publishers for making shovelware, or for misjudging the Wii market, but the simple fact is that the publishers have to develop completely separate games for the Wii because its CPU is not powerful.'"

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