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Comment Partly a Staffing Saving (Score 2) 294 294

I'm a Retail Manager A Chip & Pin transaction at the till takes 30 seconds from triggering, Maybe 1/2 to 1/4 of the time for a properly checked Signature. Contactless (which is now at least 10% of my sales) takes 15 seconds. Across thousands of card transactions per day this is moving people through my tills faster meaning I have to have fewer people serving to keep customers moving at the same rate. ANY card that requires only signature that is used to pay in my store has to be verified with a telephone call as a matter of company policy, and we see maybe one such transaction per month. The burden of getting it wrong rests with my store, UK banks now take no responsibility for Signature card fraud.

Comment Not the whole story- it goes deeper (Score 4, Insightful) 210 210

Apparently Robert Peston did some digging and it wasn't searching for the Article that was being removed but searching for one of the comments. Right to be forgotten is all well and good, but using that to try and remove a post you yourself put in a public place is a bit barmy. Props to the first person who changes their name to Anonymous Coward then makes the request for all their posts to be unsearchable.

Submission + - Segway Inc. Owner Killed After Riding off Cliff ->

Hackineer writes: Segway Inc. owner, Jimi Heselden, 62, died after riding a Segway X2 scooter off an 80-foot cliff yesterday. A West Yorkshire police spokesperson said, "Police were called at 11.40 a.m. yesterday to reports of a man in the River Wharfe, apparently having fallen from the cliffs above. A Segway-style vehicle was recovered. He was pronounced dead at the scene. At this time we do not believe the death to be suspicious." Heselden's company bought Segway earlier this year.
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Security

Researcher's Death Hampers TCP Flaw Fix 147 147

linuxwrangler writes "Security researcher Jack Louis, who had discovered several serious security flaws in TCP software was killed in a fire on the ides of March, dealing a blow to efforts to repair the problem. Although he kept good notes and had communicated with a number of vendors, he died before fixes could be created and prior to completing research on a number of additional vulnerabilities. Much of the work has been taken over by Louis' friend and long-time colleague Robert E. Lee. The flaws have been around for a long time and would allow a low-bandwidth 'sockstress' attack to knock large machines off the net."
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California May Reduce Carbon Emissions By Banning Black Cars 685 685

Legislation may by 2016 restrict the paint color options for California residents looking for a new car. Black and all dark hues are currently on the banned list. The California Air Resources Board says that the climate control systems of dark-colored cars need to work harder than their lighter siblings — especially after sitting in the sun for a few hours.

Comment The only ones at fault are Sony & Microsof (Score 5, Insightful) 763 763

If Sony & Microsoft didn't try to make money by selling their consoles at a loss and making the money on games sales then this proof would never have been nessessary. If you sell a PC game then it's generally priced in line with the console release, which is inflated by the console markup. Rather than blame themselves for pricing games out of peoples spending brackets, both are trying to blame the second hand market for reducing sales and work out ways to kill it. Pro Evolution Soccer on the PS3 is the start of the slope. If you buy a second hand copy you can't play it online if it has been used online before. It won't be long before disks brought in shops only count as a "non-transfereable licence to play" rather than ownership of the game and it'll still be at the current prices.
Space

Submission + - First accidental collision between two satellites ->

Bearhouse writes: The Guardian reports: '..a 12-year-old satellite belonging to the US company Iridium and a defunct Russian Cosmos satellite that was put into orbit in 1993...which weighed 560kg and 950kg respectively, apparently smashed into each other at a speed of 420 miles per minute (25,000mph).' 'Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Les Kodlick of the US strategic command, said: "We believe it's the first time that two satellites have collided in orbit." The command's joint space operations centre was tracking 500 to 600 new bits of debris, some as small as 10cm (3.9 inches) across, in addition to the 18,000 or so other man-made objects it has catalogued, he said.' Read more here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/feb/12/nasa-alert-as-satellites-collide
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Comment Taught to Pass (Score 1) 853 853

I still maintain that I wasn' taught Maths at A level or GCSEm I was taught how to pass a maths exam. For the entire second year leading up to the exams we were taught past papers. In Maths, (as well as Physics, Chemistry and Electronics) I was set each paper, full and mock exams from the previous 15 years. In the end this meant that I coasted my final exams as 75% of the questions on each paper were reprints from previous years that I had already not only done myself but been taken through ideal examples for afterwards. This didn't help when I reaached University as I had very little idea about the mechainics behind the maths causing me (and many other students) to have to pay for extra maths modules to keep up. The entire focus of the school system is not the education of the students but meeting the targets set by the government. It doesn't help that everytime someone raises a set of valid complaints the government springs into action and sets a completely new set of guidelines and targets which the teachers then have to spend more time working out how they can fudge.

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