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Comment It does increase security a bit if used correctly (Score 1) 315

It does increase security a little bit. Don't forget: What really protects you, the consumer, is that fact that you're almost never responsible for fraudulent charges on your card unless you were grossly negligent.

The credit card companies don't want to (and cannot) completely prevent fraud. All they need is something to keep it at a manageable level so their high profits remain high. And chip-and-PIN is a little better than mag-stripe.

Comment Re:That's ridiculous (Score 1) 127

I don't know where we draw the line. It has to be decided on a case-by-case basis. The real world, unfortunately, is full of hard problems that don't have simple answers. That's a rather unpopular sentiment in the US if you're trying to get elected, however.

Comment That's ridiculous (Score 4, Interesting) 127

I think some types of genetic engineering such as, say, creating a strain of HIV that's as easily transmissible as the common cold, would be the scientific equivalent of shouting "Fire!" in a crowded room and are thus not protected forms of expression.

"I may be synthetic, but I'm not stupid" -- the artificial person, from _Aliens_