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The Chip Card Transition In the US Has Been a Disaster ( 675

Ian Kar, writing for Quartz: Over the last year or so in the U.S., a lot of the plastic credit cards we carry around every day have been replaced by new one with chips embedded in them. The chips are supposed to make your credit and debit cards more secure -- a good thing! -- but there's one little secret no one wants to admit: The U.S.'s transition to chip cards has been an utter disaster. They're confusing to use, painstakingly slow, less secure than the alternatives, and aren't even the best solution for consumers. If you've shopped in a store and used a credit card, you've noticed the change. Retailers have likely asked you to insert the chip into the card reader, instead of swiping. But reading the chip seems to take much longer than just swiping. And on top of that, even though many retailers now have chip reading machines, some of them ask us just the opposite -- they say not to insert the card, and just swipe. It seems like there's no rhyme or reason to the whole thing.

Police Called Over 11-Year-Old's Science Project 687

garg0yle writes "Police in San Diego were called to investigate an 11-year-old's science project, consisting of 'a motion detector made out of an empty Gatorade bottle and some electronics,' after the vice-principal came to the conclusion that it was a bomb. Charges aren't being laid against the youth, but it's being recommended that he and his family 'get counseling.' Apparently, the student violated school policies — I'm assuming these are policies against having any kind of independent thought?"

Hand Written Clock 86

a3buster writes "This clock does not actually have a man inside, but a flatscreen that plays a 24-hour loop of this video by the artist watching his own clock somewhere and painstakingly erasing and re-writing each minute. This video was taken at Design Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach 2009."

Submission + - 200,000 Brits say no to satellite road tolls

Anonymous Coward writes: "As of the 10th of January 2007, over 205,000 UK residents have signed an online petition against the government's plans for road pricing. The plans involve fitting a GPS or similar satellite tracking device to every vehicle, and charging up to £1.34 ($2.60 USD) per mile for drivers to use the roads. Although road tolls are a rarity in the UK, britons currently pay among the highest petrol prices in the world, currently over £0.849/Litre ($6.18/US gal). It is feared that road pricing will only increase these costs, along with the attendant privacy concerns about every car in the country being tracked 24/7. The Assiciation of Chief Police Officers have displayed an interest in the ability to remotely disable cars, and the system would have the potential to act as a nationwide speed trap."

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