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Comment: Re:someone explain for the ignorant (Score 1) 448

by hjf (#49089913) Attached to: Credit Card Fraud Could Peak In 2015 As the US Moves To EMV

In Argentina,central bank regulations require a separation between ATMs, and they should have dividers (like bathroom stalls? just much smaller. Enough for the next person not seeing you).

And out of curiosity, human tellers are now facing a wall, not the whole bank. You have to wait outside and only enter after they call NEXT (or your number). So if you're withdrawing a lot of cash into a purse no one else can see you.

Comment: Re:someone explain for the ignorant (Score 2) 448

by hjf (#49084759) Attached to: Credit Card Fraud Could Peak In 2015 As the US Moves To EMV

I stand behind you in the line, see you type your PIN into the terminal, wait for you outside, mug you, then use your card.

Really? You couldn't think of that one? It is that easy. They sell little "shades" for CC terminals to avoid this, but they are accessories. Most CC terminals don't have them.

Comment: Re:someone explain for the ignorant (Score 1) 448

by hjf (#49084743) Attached to: Credit Card Fraud Could Peak In 2015 As the US Moves To EMV

In Argentina, Visa has magstripe (or chip, in newer cards) + signature. Debit Mastercard (called Maestro for some reason), have magstripe, pin, and signature. The PIN is the same as your ATM PIN.

And for both you have to show ID (required by law, which shocks a lot of US clients in tourist areas).

Comment: Re:someone explain for the ignorant (Score 3, Informative) 448

by hjf (#49084731) Attached to: Credit Card Fraud Could Peak In 2015 As the US Moves To EMV

I'm in Argentina. My CC terminal (VeriFone VX520, issued by Visa since visa has this racket that you can only rent, and not own, CC terminals from them or Mastercard) has an EMV reader. Only really new cards in Argentina have this, and out of pure curiosity I tried it with a client's instead of the mag stripe and it worked fine.

Visa has been issuing these units for a couple of years and before that they had another model which also had an EMV reader. It's right under the keyboard. You stick the card in (like you do on an ATM) and you feel it "clicks" on a little switch that enables the chip.

So probably you have seen EMV readers. You just don't know you have.

Comment: Re:There is no legitimate reason to show it. (Score 4, Interesting) 645

by hjf (#48999053) Attached to: Does Showing a Horrific Video Serve a Legitimate Journalistic Purpose?

i wonder what the public opinion would be if the true "horrors of war" were shown on TV?
You know, soldiers massacrating people (which is what war is, literally).

Would they still call them "boys" as in "bring our boys back home"? Will they be received as heroes?

I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning. -- Plato

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