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Comment Re:How do people pay eachother? (Score 1) 796

A number of people are taking banks to court over bank charges, claiming they're unfair. If they ultimately get their way (a recent court defeat isn't the end of the matter), the banks aren't going to accept the loss of their biggest cash cow overnight. They'll come up with something else.

Yeah, this is what I find rather depressing about this situation. The people doing this are stupid. They're gonna wind up ending free banking in the UK (for people smart enough not to go into unauthorized overdrawal), which sucks even more than the current situation.

Comment Re:How do people pay eachother? (Score 1) 796

What I'd like to see would involve a fundamental overhaul of things.

Banks shouldn't issue you with a card - they should issue you with a fob. This fob would contain an RFID chip and you could top it up to make small transactions, which would be made by putting the fob near a reader and entering your accompanying PIN. In addition, the fob could display a new number every 30 seconds or so, allowing good security for online banking. This would replace cheques for all businesses, even small ones, who could shell out for a machine allowing you to use your fob to pay them (if they're too cheap to do that, they shouldn't be in business). As for paying individuals (and in addition, another way to pay small businesses) - electronic funds transfer, and you could hand them a printout of the confirmation of the transfer. Cash also remains an option.

I'm sure we could replace the cheque with more secure, modern methods, if we actually tried hard enough.


Submission + - Home automation comes one step closer (

jez9999 writes: When Bill Gates unveiled his $100m networked mansion in the mid-90s, it barely seemed believable that mere plebs of more moderate financial standing might too one day use computers to adjust the ambient temperature of their living rooms and queue Chris Rea on the Jacuzzi stereo when they were driving home from the golf course. We still can't. But we are getting very close, thanks to technology from a company called Intamac, says one Inquirer article.

Comment Re:WARNING - DAILY FAIL (Score 0, Troll) 260

It's posts like yours that make me wish Slashdot didn't ban modding in the same story as you post in. You're an idiot that always copy/pastes this trash and gets modded up by your zealot supporters, and the Daily Mail is a decent publication that at least occasionally publishes a decent story. This is one of them.

Comment Re:Epic is not evil (Score 1) 94

The event cited (C&D over a gift doll) was actually done in error and was not sent by Epic themselves but rather their trigger-happy crack legal team. Mark Rein (PR dude) later explained the incident [] as an accident and publicly apologized for it.

Yup. I didn't rape her, your Honour, but rather my trigger-happy penis. I later explained the incident as an accident and publicly apologized for it.

Comment Re:Well, No Shit (Score -1, Offtopic) 769

If only the BSDs didn't have a licence that makes you feel like every line of code you contribute to it requires your bending over to Microsoft et al., and saying "here ya go, feel free to take it, compile it, and take all the credit (and money!)", I'd use them instead.

Comment Re:My son tested + for it...I assume we have had i (Score 1) 423

If this is a funny joke, I don't get it. 'Organic food' is a term widely used, at least in the UK, to describe food that's been grown in a way that avoids using things like herbicides and genetic modification, as some people believe them to cause the food grown to be detrimentally polluted.

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