* Posts by Gene Cash

2121 posts • joined 22 Mar 2007

Raspberry Pi 3 tops SBC poll for self-brew hackers and Linux folk

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Re: Community and price.

Plus with that large community you get cool add-on boards like the PiFace Digital (which runs my garage door, with limit sensors and all) and a dual CANBUS board that talks to my electric motorcycle and runs a small dashboard and some datalogging.

I looked at Arduino, and it was US$85 dollars for a wi-fi shield. Ridiculous.

The USB power is a hidden plus, as it means you can run it anywhere you have cellphone charging, so I can use the cigarette lighter jack in my car or my motorcycles.

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US committee green-lights CRISPR-Cas9 human cancer cell trials

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"That approval in February came five months after the Chinese breakthrough research was announced."

You missed a bit at the end:

Otherwise, the US would still be sitting on their ass.

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What do Tor, Tails and Caddy have in common? Mozilla bucks

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Kill funding for Mozilla

Actually, Mozilla is one org I'd love to completely and totally defund.

They've done enough damage to Firefox by removing features I rely on. They need to be out in the street with a cardboard sign and cupful of pencils.

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Zuck covers up mic and cam pickup because sharing isn't always good

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Old joke

I was worried the NSA was spying on my through my webcam, then I remembered: this is Linux, and even *I* can't make that work!

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Not smiling for the camera? Adobe's Creative Cloud suite can fix that

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So we can finally make Yuri Malenchenko smile?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/06/10/malenchenko_homecoming/

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Rejoice, fatties: Giving chocolate electric shocks makes it healthier

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Don't forget, Hershey's is about 50 miles from Philadelphia, and they're always looking for ways to make their "chocolate" shitter and cheaper.

People don't understand why I always flip the candy over, and if it says "Hershey's" toss it straight into the trash.

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Tor torpedoed! Tesco Bank app won't run with privacy tool installed

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Re: @Fibbles

You're lucky... my Moto G has not even got as far as 5.0 under Verizon

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Cable box unlock block

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Re: Dear FCC

> who keep re-electing these idiots

Look at the wonderful choice we have: Hillary or Trump. It's shit all the way down.

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It's [insert month] of 2016, and your Windows PC can still be owned by [insert document type]

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Re: The obligatory question

See also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhetorical_question

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Judge slams BT for blaming engineer after 7 metre ceiling plunge

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Re: Very weird

Uh huh. And how long do you expect he'd take crap for asking for a 2nd person? And delaying the install? I know BT doesn't care about install delays, but he'd be the scapegoat. Don't expect HR to take his side either.

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In obesity fight, UK’s heavy-handed soda tax beats US' watered-down warning

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"Lessons from the war on tobacco"

Fight this sh*t. Fight it as hard as you can. Write letters (not emails) to your congressman, warning him that if he supports any of these sugar taxes/obnoxious labels, you'll certainly be voting for his opponent. I'm also trying to find a lobbying group I can donate to.

This is one of the many reasons why I'm voting for Trump. I can't see him supporting any of this foo-foo nanny-state crap.

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Forget about Brexit – let's talk Orbits, Digits, Robots

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Sigh...

UN-altered REPRODUCTION and DISSEMINATION of this IMPORTANT Information is ENCOURAGED, ESPECIALLY to COMPUTER BULLETIN BOARDS

Somebody needs an editor. Or a leash.

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Now Google backs everyone's favorite trade pact: The TPP

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"TPP requires the 12 participating countries to allow cross-border transfers of information and prohibits them from requiring local storage of data"

So what effect does this have on privacy laws?

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Google snubs 'dark money' questions at AGM. Shareholder power? Yeah, right

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Considering how shareholders (I'm looking at YOU, Carl Icahn) have run companies into the ground looking for the quick payoff, I'm glad to see Google telling 'em to shove off.

I have no love for Google, and I have a feeling they're going to be headed downhill fast in the next 5-7 years, but let's see how the ride goes.

Google is dominant in search and phones simply because they make a product that works. I use Bing as well, and it's interesting to see how comparatively poor it is. I've used iPhones and iPads and the difficulty of doing the most basic tasks was amazing, so I own an Android phone. My iPad was so useless, I gave it away. My friend's daughter uses it for a toy, which is about what it is.

And "the U.S. political system is rigged in favor of the large donors" is just a wordier version of "money talks" - he's just angry that it's not saying what he wants.

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Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image. Repeat. Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image

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Re: Embrace, Extend, Extinguish...

Yup, All the systemd hassles in Debian is finally making me look seriously at FreeBSD, and I've been using Linux since 0.99pl13.

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McDonald's says bigger fonts cooked up improved profits

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Re: McDs

If you'd actually read the article, you'd have noticed "all-day breakfast" is now a thing.

So the sausage muffins are now indeed "an all day item" at least in the US.

Our McDonald's open at 6am as well, and quite a few are 24hr drive-thru.

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Why does an Android keyboard need to see your camera and log files – and why does it phone home to China?

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Re: That's yet another point caused by needless complexity

> I think what might be desirable to el reg's audience are FLOSS repos for android.

You mean like F-Droid?

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Firefox 48 beta brings 'largest change ever' thanks to 'Electrolysis'

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"ability to whitelist plugins has been excised"

Yet another reason I'll be on 38.7.1 for the rest of time.

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Don't go chasing waterfalls, please stick... Hang on. They're back

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Re: cambam boards [sic]

https://twitter.com/sadoperator/status/707387215819591684

To better reflect our workflow the kan ban board now only has two columns:

- Stalled

- On Fire

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MtGox collapse victims now picked off by phishing vultures

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The header pic is pretty cool. I'd like to have one of those coins as a trinket.

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Dell finds liquid cooling tech on eBay, now wants you to buy it

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> surprising how much water you can get on a motherboard before it stops working

Nope, I found out the hard way that my nvidia card didn't like ANY water on it. It died instantly[1] and never recovered, even after a week of drying out.

[1] no video when powering back up

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Computerised stock management? Nah, let’s use walkie-talkies

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Brannock device

Does England not have these? I learned to measure feet with one when I was about 8, and they're pretty damn spot on. They instantly measure both the length and the width of the foot. The latest ones have both American and Euro size scales.

Also, any American shoe store with that sort of "service" would have a "space for rent" sign outside in about two months. They'd get a 9-1/2 and a 10 and bring it out, no questions asked, and probably D & E widths in both.

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Tech titans demand free speech law to head off President Trump

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So this would be a nationwide anti-SLAPP law? And that's a bad thing, how?

President Trump isn't even in office yet, and he's already improving things!

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Shhhh! Facebook is listening

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> permissions on an app by app basis

It's the most useful feature of Marshmallow. You've got to get something in return for it sucking your battery dry every 8 hours.

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Deloitte coughs up $11m to end claims it ripped off US govt with IT work

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> Deloitte will agree to pay the DoJ $11.38m. In exchange, the DoJ will drop its allegations

How the hell is this not bribery?

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Not two, not four, but 10 cores in Intel's new PC powerhouse

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> Gamers will get zero benefit from this CPU.

Wrong. The latest 1.1 rev of KSP on Unity 5 keeps all 8 hyperthreaded cores of my i7 pretty much topped out, where 1.0 used only 1 core and maybe a quarter of another.

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The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware

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Re: I wonder when Microsoft is finally going to pull the plug.

> Intel aren't making low end chips because ARM do a much better job

This is how a formerly great company goes tits-up. They keep conceding the "low ground" until there isn't any more high ground. This is how "oh we're the mainframe people" IBM is now struggling to survive. This is how GM became the biggest bankruptcy ever.

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$10bn Oracle v Google copyright jury verdict: Google wins, Java APIs in Android are Fair Use

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Nice to see Sun lose one last time.

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Boffins blow up water with LASERS, to watch explosions in slow-mo

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So this is basically the Slow Mo Guys with a really big laser?

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Snowden: NBN leaker raids a 'misuse' of Australian Federal Police

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Re: Snowden isn't an academic by any means.

Yeah, I remember when I was a kid, 50 years ago, and you were supposed to go to the friendly neighborhood cop when you were in trouble and they were your best friend.

Now even the local paper does stories on how you can legally not talk to the cop that randomly stops you, what your (highly convoluted) rights are, and how it's in your best interest to get away as fast as possible.

Sad.

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Russia student coders win

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> missed MIT in 5th place

6th actually, and I'm not used to it being spelled out. And Harvard in 3rd.

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My alma mater, the University of Central Florida, scored 33rd. The highest US team, ahead of Stanford, Berkeley, and Rice.

Not a bad showing for the blokes from "Mousewitz"

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Tesla 3 orders fall by 12,200

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Re: 500,000 cars...

Yeah, Musk is almost as bad as meeting deadlines as I am... I don't expect 500,000 cars in 2018, but I wouldn't be surprised if it happened in 2020.

Everyone said SpaceX had zero chance of recovering a booster on a barge, too...

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World goes SIM-free, leaving Sony and HTC trailing behind

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Re: Any advice?

No, a larger phone (I have a Nexus 6P, up from a 1st gen 3G-only Moto G) doesn't make typing much easier as the keyboard is pretty much the same size. It just lets you actually see what you're typing into.

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Hold the DRAM phone: IBM claims phase-change breakthrough

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Re: and the "Time to Market...?"

Yup. IBM pioneered the giant magnetoresistive effect back in the '80s that was a breakthrough for hard drives, and let you store megabytes on something smaller than a house brick.

If HP said it'd discovered this, I'd laugh... but IBM I believe, and I'm pretty sure they'll push it through to market if it's viable at all.

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Vostochny cosmodrome caught on Soyuz rocketcam

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Re: WHOOOAAAAA YEAH

> Too bad they didn't have camera tech like this back in the Saturn V days.

They did, but unfortunately it was film, and not a lot of the ejected pods were successfully recovered. Those that were, became stock space footage. For example, there's the interstage ring that comes off the Apollo 6 (IIRC) S-II and glows from the S-II exhaust. That's been used to death. There's also the S-IVB separation viewed from the S-II, showing the single engine and the 3 separation solid motor plumes.

The roll is because usually the guidance computer is not very bright, executing such-and-such programmed turn in (say) the X-Z plane, so it rolls so that the X-Z plane is where it wants to go.

(Except for the Shuttle, which rolled heads-down to place the wings under the least aerodynamic stress.)

On the Saturn V, there was a little window, where the guidance system viewed the light from a reference point outside the pad, and aligned those final 10ths of a degree.

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Malicious Android apps slip into Google Play, top third party charts

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Re: So long GoofyGoogle, and thanks for all the bots!

Well, that's why I've never bought a Samsung. I've had a couple Nexus and a couple Motorola devices that have been fairly well updated, and also don't have TouchWizz.

My problem is I usually root my devices, which means you say goodbye to updates anyway.

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Uncle Sam tells Verizon and worker unions to settle spat

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I thought it was pretty plain:

"In addition to employee benefits and pay, the unions have accused Verizon of failing to live up to its FiOS fiber network deployments and claiming that the company plans to offshore much of its customer support operation.

The CWA took things a step further late last week, claiming its members have evidence that Verizon wants to offshore even more of its customer support jobs than previously believed."

Verizon wants to pay them a pittance and offshore as many as it can. I guess the union gives a damn about fiber deployments because they're projects that would have used more local labor?

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Adobe...sigh...issues critical patch...sigh...for Flash Player zero day

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YouTube. About 75% of the vids play in HTML5 on Linux.

The rest seem to be "fragmented-mpeg" and Firefox just shits a brick.

Unfortunately I can't upgrade Firefox because I lose a lot of functionality.

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36 idiots running SAP under attack after flubbing 2010 patch

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Re: emperor's new clothes

I see you've never actually used OS/2, which was quite the battleship.

Novell Netware, OTOH, had such bad security holes, I found 3 "gets ya supervisor" during a weekend look through their API docs. Stuff was designed with holes in it.

EDIT: and I'll never forget when Drew Major came to our uni and syscon kept flashing "PLEASE WAIT" while pulling up the user list.

"How many users you have?"

"Oh about 3500 on this server"

"Whups, I put a bubble sort in there, that's why it's so low. Never expected that many"

Our Data Structures & Order Analysis instructor was there. The *look* on his face...

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Google open sources Thread in bid to win IoT standards war

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f'n retarded names

Why the hell do people give projects these common over-used names?

Ironically, you know how difficult that's going to make Googling for it? Finding anything on StackOverflow et al and differentiating it from the mass of posts about multitasking libraries will be an exercise in frustration.

It's like the idiots that named the open-source Visio knockoff "Dia" - it's a decent tool... shame about finding any info on it in the noise from "diagram"

You'd think Google, of all people, would be more brand-conscious.

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This is what a root debug backdoor in a Linux kernel looks like

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Hahaha. I've personally seen stuff like this get missed by "upstream review and merge"

IMHO that process has become yet another Agile/DevOp tickbox that doesn't mean anything any more.

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Lyft, Uber throw Texas-sized tantrum over Austin driver law

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Re: They aren't unemployed

I don't know if that model works. It doesn't seem to, for the taxi companies here in Orlando.

They all have the same busted-ass app, just with different branding. This is an app that can't:

1. take your location from the phone GPS

2. take your location from the address you type in

3. take your location from selecting it in Google Maps

4. take your location from the GPS coordinates you type in

Instead it gives them a semi-random location near city hall, and you get blackballed for not being there when the taxi shows up. It's "spectacularly incompetent". This is from experimentation when we weren't in a rush to get home, so a friend and I tried 3 taxi companies, with an Android and an Apple phone.

The app company doesn't apparently give a shit. It's sold the apps and got the money.

The taxi company doesn't apparently give a shit. Their attitude is "OH COMPUTERS!"

Uber seems to work because it owns the entire stack and understands the technology.

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Can ad biz’s LEAN avert ADPOCALYPSE?

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Re: Ads

> 99% of websites have so little imagination that they can't think of other ways to fund their product

Not really. A lot of webcomics used to fund themselves with "buy a t-shirt/mug/cap with our funny thing on it" and discovered that you can only wear so many t-shirts proclaiming you have the sense of humor of a 6-year-old.

They created "Patreon" which is a bit where you can throw $1/$5/$10/whatever a month at your favorite webcomics artists.

It seems to be working from what I see.

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eBay buys AI biz Expertmaker for machine learning boost

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Convo at eBay HQ

Suit #1: The AI says he already bought a vacuum cleaner, he doesn't need any more

Suit #2: Nah, that can't be true! Send him more ads about vacuum cleaners!

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Watch it again: SpaceX's boomerang rocket lands on robo-sea-barge

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Re: Landing just before the 30-minute mark...

Yeah, from the flare, it looked like just another crash explosion so the announcer sounds really disappointed, then things cleared and they're "holy crap, it's landed! in one piece!"

This is a new 1st stage. They haven't gotten around to test-firing the other recovered stage yet, as (I think) they're still taking it apart for engineering analysis.

I don't know if that's a bad thing ("oh crap, look at all the broken stuff") or not...

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Have Microsoft-hosted email? Love using Live Mail 2012? Bad news

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So wait...

They support their own competitors, such as Yahoo & Google, but NOT their own? Am I reading this right?

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Comcast screws family

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"Comcast called the situation unique"

Where's the "lying sacks of shit" icon?

What's the bet some spotty but enterprising yoof has discovered how to make his cable box bill to a third party?

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'Toxic' WIPO catches flak as US congressmen call for Gurry's head

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Paging Ed Snowden

They're concerned about retaliation against whistleblowers? Seriously?

They should get out of their glass house before throwing stones.

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Paying a PoS*, USA? Your chip-and-PIN means your money's safer...

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Re: The ones who've adopted Chip 'n Pin

Actually no. Target's the *only* vendor I've used with chip AND pin. Most are swipe & pin, and a couple are "stick it in the chip slot and wait a while"

And as for credit card signatures, I sign with an "X" and have not been challenged. Ever.

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