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Comment Re:To be fair, a pretty easy run (Score 1) 246

From my experience, that's because Colorado keeps all highways torn up all the time, and Colorado drivers are required to come to a complete stop to examine each and every orange cone, individually.

However, I did notice that nobody stopped to observe the pickup truck that was dripping fire and smelled like fireworks. That, apparently, is not noteworthy is Colorado.

Comment Let me summarize (Score 1) 200

Like pretty much everything coming out of Apple these days, this translates to:

"You have money you're not giving us. And even worse, you're giving it to someone else, you Satan worshipping devils. And equally bad, you're doing things we can't keep a record of to sell to advertisers. How dare you keep secrets from your deciduous overlords!"

Comment Let him put his money where his mouth is (Score 1) 269

When Elon Musk is willing to let me pick any place in the United States, accessible to road, get into a car he built with no manual controls, and bet his life he will arrive there safely, in the rain, at night, then I'll accept that there are self driving cars in existence.

Until then, they are, at best, an experiment in the earliest stages, but mostly, some rich guy's toys.

Comment Re:Hmm... (Score 1, Insightful) 357

A plausible theory. In the absence of any details (which we do not have), it is also plausible that the entire protest was staged for the cameras, at her instigation, which would, indeed, make her a conspirator (assuming the protest committed a crime).

I doubt we'll ever get enough detail to tell.

(You're right about sketchy laws in some parts of the country, but the pipeline protestors have engaged in organized violence against the pipeline before. I suspect it's more of a pox on all their houses situation.)

Comment Re:Retailers are holding us in the stone age (Score 1) 311

I cant beleive you wrote that entire post just to say "I know nothing about EMV".

That says more about you than it does about me, or EMV.

Now the real defence that is stopping stolen cards that is going along with EMV is the elimination of signatures for purchases. This is because signatures are easily faked (including removing the old signature and putting your own on, which is pretty redundant as no-one checks it anyway). You cant sign for a purchase any more and enforcing this means getting rid of the old terminals which would ask for a signature.

With chip & PIN, perhaps, but since virtually no credit cards in the US are chip & PIN, you have no idea what you're talking about. My employer had gotten to where we didn't need a signature on small transactions. With the implementation of EMV, since most cards are chip & signature, we now must get a signature on all transactions again, even for less than a dollar. That'll change, but you clearly have no idea what you're talking about.

Comment Re:Retailers are holding us in the stone age (Score 1) 311

Chip and PIN works.

Pity virtually no US chip cards are chip and PIN.

This is what the US card issuers should be sued for. How is Chip-and-Sign any more secure than mag strips?

EMV has nothing to do with security at point of purchase. EMV is the first step to point of point encryption (which is available on may systems now), which eliminates breaking into Target's network and stealing 100 million+ card numbers at the same time.

Is this yet another way that the powers-that-be discourage Americans from international travel so that they can't see that much of the rest of the world has the same freedoms that America has?

A week ago today, I was in Iceland, mostly using my magnetic strip card for everything. I had zero trouble doing so. The only minor issue was that you can only buy fuel for your car with a card that has a PIN, and their system does weird-ass things with authorizations on ATM cards. But I had no trouble buying a gas card with my mag strip card. I just had to walk inside to do so. Big deal.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 311

The part that isn't talked about much, and not yet a mandatory part of the system, is the point of point encryption that goes hand in hand with EMV. When fully implemented, the store never sees any card information at all, it's all tokenized. That means that when somebody breaks into their network, there's nothing there to steal.

That is the point of EMV. It's got nothing to do with protecting the consumer. It's about reducing losses for the banks.

Comment Re:Not Sure if... (Score 1) 311

I hate the fucking chip things....

I keep almost leaving my fucking card in the slot and walking away.

That says far more about your than it does about chip cards.

With no PIN, I can't see how it is really any safer to me.

It's not intended to be. It's safer for the banks, and indirectly, for the merchants. You're not protected by the technology, you're protected by the law.

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