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Submission + - Did UK miss a trick on ID cards? (

An anonymous reader writes: The UK scrapped its ID cards scheme amid mounting costs and consumer fear and disillusionment, but did the concerns over Big Brother intrusion pull the rug from a useful card-carrying future? Russia is rolling out a card that acts as ID, access verification for government services, and it's a transport pass card that also acts like a credit card and contactless payments card, too. Did the UK miss a trick?

Submission + - Code for America puts U.S. history in binary (

macslocum writes: To gear up for Independence Day, the staff at Code for America gathered their eight favorite lines from important figures in U.S. history and gave them a binary spin. Here's what "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country" looks like in 1s and 0s. Titles have been updated as well: Abraham Lincoln is now "Project Manager" and Susan B. Anthony is "Accessibility Expert."

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.