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Comment Re:No.... (Score 1) 316

Yeah... I did some research after posting the question, and apparently the intent is to shift liability to the cardholder. However, maximum liability for fraudulent use of chip and PIN is still capped, at various levels depending on how quickly you report that your PIN has been compromised, as long as it is apparent that you were not acting with intent to commit fraud or being willfully negligent with regards to deliberately sharing your PIN.

Comment Re:the first 2 seasons are good, then they got in (Score 1) 222

It wasn't her employers that asked Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting to cut her hair... that was *HER* choice. She wanted to do it, not her employers. The writers decided to give an in-story reason for it, but it wasn't their idea... not sure where you got the notion that it was.

As for her being the only hot woman on the show, both Mellissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik are pretty damn easy on the eyes when you see them out of character.

Comment Re:I judge you based on the TV you like (Score 1) 222

The guy who first said it was nerd blackface was using racist oriented language to produce an emotional reaction, rather than relying on the strength of his arguments that the show was a bad one to convince people, he used deliberately emotionally charged words to strongly polarize the reaction to its use, and because the reaction to blackface is negative in popular culture today, the use of the term would be more likely to produce empathy to the writer's perspective than it would be to polarize one's against it.

I fullly agree with the guy who wrote this.

Comment Re:None of the people I know that Like this Show.. (Score 2) 222

My point is that the characters *ARE* fairly "normal" when compared with such a group, and since many of the characters are supposed to be geeks and/or nerds anyways, it's my observation that the characters are not that unrepresentative of the subculture that they are supposed to be portraying. In my opinion, people who say they don't know any nerds like the characters on that show probably haven't ever attended events where nerds of *ALL* types tend to gather. The characters may come across as being grossly exaggerated for comedic effect to some people, but in general, I'd say they are pretty spot on with regards to the kinds of people that are actually out there. Maybe they aren't *exactly* "normal", even for the demographic that they represent, but as I said above, if they did a show about more "typical" nerds, how the characters would handle whatever situations might ensue on the show would probably not be interesting enough to most people to form a successful comedy series, as BBT has done.

I watch BBT, and I laugh... not just at the characters, but also at myself, because I know as well as my wife does that many of the things that some of the characters do are not unlike how I respond to situations as well.

Comment Re:None of the people I know that Like this Show.. (Score 2) 222

The show is OK, but isn't really for geeks and none of the characters are much like any geek I've ever known.

Go to a con sometime.... you will encounter every geek stereotype you can imagine. While one might legitimately argue that the characters on BBT are exaggerations of what the the average geek is probably like, if what I encounter whenever I go to a con is any indication at all, I would say they are probably not more than a standard deviation or so away from the norm, and I find that it is not remotely an unbelievable cross-section of nerd-dom. Truth be told, it's unlikely many people would consider a sitcom about more typical nerds to be very funny anyways (and while a lot of people don't think BBT is very funny, one only has to look at the ratings to realize that there exists no small number of people that think otherwise).

But honestly, many of the people I encounter at cons make the characters on BBT seem tame in comparison, I have more than encountered my share of Sheldons, Leonards, Howards, and Raj's.

Comment How much of a point is there to shrinking it more? (Score 1) 99

The fact that moving electrons have an external magnetic field coupled with the fact that they can tunnel across short distances would, I think, tend to place a rather hard limit on how small you can make electronic components that still function in a predictable and consistent manner.

Given that we are talking now about distances that can be measured in only a few dozen atoms of size, I'm pretty sure we're getting pretty darn close to those limits already, and I'm not sure there's any point in trying to shrink electronics any more than we already have.

Photonics, however, holds promise, IMO.

Comment Re:No.... (Score 1) 316

Even if it were true that the technology is unbreakable, if you are forced to surrender your PIN under duress, such as threat of harm or death to either oneself or to those that they would care for, the transactions that may ensue with the obtained PIN as a result are still considered fraudulent as long as the incident is reported as soon as practicable.

Comment Re:How much will it cost. (Score 2) 396

Solving limited range is a good thing.... but it's only the first of three steps that are needed to seriously be a contender for the "normal" type of car, which is what the post to which I initially responded suggested.

Making it affordable, which is what the above poster mentioned, is still only the second step. The third step is making it convenient. That means fast recharge time. Once an electric car, whether it is from Tesla or any other manufacturer, provides this, then you will start to see electric cars really taking off in terms of popularity, and being a contender for the everyday car that gasoline vehicles have enjoyed for decades.

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