* Posts by Tom 38

3255 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009

Software update turned my display and mouse upside-down, says user

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Re: easier way

And Enter, presumably ? I'm not very familiar with Emacs, but it's similar in Vi, and I stand by my words; please feel free to fire up Emacs and actually try it -from edit mode- in fewer that a dozen strikes

Whoosh

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Re: easier way

Wow, you'd need to be typing some very strange stuff while lot looking at your monitor for at least a dozen keytrikes for that to actually happen in Vi.

In emacs its just C-z M-e M-Tab, followed by your keyword.

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Dear America, best not share that password with your pals. Lots of love, the US Supremes

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Re: Why the upset?

Using the same argument basis that put Nosal behind bars, both you and your spouse have engaged in criminal activity:

- You have directly violated the EULA by giving out your credentials.

- Your spouse (more to the point), has accessed the service using a set of credentials that they have no right to.

Fucking hell, where the fuck do you people learn about the law? Criminal acts are those which are contrary to laws. Some shite written in a EULA is not a law, so breaking the EULA is not a crime. The account holder does not access computer systems without authorisation, and so in no way can be described as engaging in criminal activity.

Breaking an EULA cannot be a criminal act (unless the act is illegal in itself, eg Twitter probably disallow profane images of some kind; uploading those would be against the EULA, but would only be illegal if the images are illegal themselves eg CP)

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'Israel hacked Kaspersky and caught Russian spies using AV tool to harvest NSA exploits'

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Make your mind up Terry6

Tribal warfare

Sadly, that can be said about a lot of places. maybe all of them if you extend the definition of warfare to the non-violent political stuff. What else is the SNP or Catalonia or Brexit, or Myanmar about, other than asserting tribal history?

Clever piece of propagandist writing that. Assert that the behaviour of one group is the same as another. And just leave it standing as if it was in some way true. No need for rational argument there.

Yeah, Israel and Palestine are exactly like Spain and Catalonia. Why, just 10 years ago I remember Madrid bombing Plaça de Catalunya with white phosphorous.

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Kotlin's killin' Java among Android devs

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Mushroom

Cool, another Java scripting language

So I write my Android app in Kotlin, Jenkins can run CI tests on it using Groovy, the analytics are generated by Pig using Scala, and all the servers are deployed using Puppet (Clojure)?

Fucking Java.

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Moon trumps Mars in new US space policy

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Sounds like 2004 all over again, when GW Bush Proposed new launch systems subsidies for Boeing and Lockheed

FTFY

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Hipster disruptor? Never trust a well-groomed caveman with your clams

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"Old Thrashbarg said that it was the ineffable will of Bob, and when they asked him what "ineffable" meant, he said look it up.

This was a problem because Old Thrashbarg had the only dictionary and he wouldn't let them borrow it. They asked him why not and he said that it was not for them to know the will of Almighty Bob, and when they asked him why not again, he said because he said so."

(isn't it from Mostly Harmless ("the fifth book in the increasingly mistitled HHGTTG trilogy"))

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Google touts Babel Fish-esque in-ear real-time translators. And the usual computer stuff

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Re: Audio jack

Ahahaha a 3.5mm described as robust! Top giggles

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Facebook, Google, Twitter are the shady bouncers of the web. They should be fired

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Re: Some nutter says "We'll cancel student debt"

Ok, he didn't say "I'll cancel student debt". He did promise to cancel tuition fees and then said

I don’t see why those that had the historical misfortune to be at university during the £9,000 period should be burdened excessively compared to those that went before or those that come after. I will deal with it.

He then backtracked on that once it was explained how much debt was being discussed. It's important to note that "those that come after", under Corbyn, would not have any debt - so to not overburden one group compared to these people would mean...? Saying he'll "deal with it" means?

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'Alexa, play Charlie Bit My Finger.' I can't do that, Dave. No, really

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Re: Let me guess

You don't have to guess, it's in TFA.

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My name is Bill Gates and I am an Android user

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Re: Thriller

I can't for the life of me think of a single thing Ballmer got right

Ballmer is a salesman, he built many people's fortunes at Microsoft with his sales techniques, building the M&S channel, conferences for resellers etc etc. He was an excellent VP of sales, but rubbish as a forward thinking CEO or doing strategic development.

OTOH, what has Nadella done that is so amazing? He's screwed up less, but he's not attempting to achieve as much.

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Limp Weiner to get 21 months in the hole

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Re: Full of it?

newspaper industry in the UK which, during the 80's thrived on scandal and getting the 'freshest' page 3 models

And the 90s too. I remember one week, the Sport (it's a daily printed publication in tabloid format, but calling it a newspaper is generous) ran a series of "they're coming" articles on a particularly pneumatic 15 year old girl; she was basically nude in these pics, but with boobs obscured by chairs etc. This all lead to her "unveiling" for her 16th birthday in the Sunday Sport

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Re: Spot the magic word...

I love bombastic_bob and Big John, no-one else has ever made me feel more like a righteous member of the proletariat before.

Up the workers!

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Twitter reckons Trump's Nork-baiting tweet was 'newsworthy'

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Re: Twitter

Sometimes I think for Trump, 140 characters is too much. He seems to get to the end and forget what he was talking about at the start.

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Latest Linux kernel release candidate was a sticky mess

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This is why I still use rcs and refuse to switch to CVS.

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London Mayor backs talks with Uber after head honcho's apology

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Loose words loose downvotes on loser - no lose

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Insteon and Wink home hubs appear to have a problem with encryption

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WinkHub

Sounds like the kind of website that I have to remove from my history after use.

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Cops shut 28k sites flogging knock-off footie kits and other tat

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Re: "other tat"

Ooooh! BURN!

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Inept bloke who tried to sell military sat secrets to Russia gets 5 years

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Re: "while in jail he had had a religious epiphany."

I can't help but think that not all of these poor souls are being entirely honest.

And the mercy seat is glowing

And I think my head is smoking

And in a way I'm hopin'

to be done with all these looks of disbelief.

A life for a life

And a truth for a truth

And I've got nothin' left to loose.

And I'm not afraid to die

And the mercy seat is smoking

And I think my head is melting

And in a way that's helpin'

to be done with all this twistin' of the truth

An eye for an eye

And a tooth for a tooth

And any way I told the truth

But I'm afraid I told a lie.

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The developers vs enterprise architects showdown: You shall know us by our trail of diagrams

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Troll is obvious

The whole article is written in a style to insinuate that EA are hopelessly out of date dinosaurs who just cannot survive with DevOps. Split people off in to binaries, and then insult both of them - It's a good troll, I see it, but I'm still failing for it.

The truth is different. DevOps does not mean not planning your architecture. The worst kind of DevOps is unplanned, with developers slapping instances without thinking of why or how.

Even when you have a DevOps team doing things brilliantly, you still need someone who has that top level view of projects and systems, how they interconnect and talk to each other, and what the effects of modifying those systems are. That's the EA. If that EA is causing problems for developers, probably he is preventing the developers causing problems for the business.

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TfL hackathon showed data can keep transport running and people safe

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It produces a lot of these data using its connected Split Cycle Offsets Optimization Technique (SCOOT) system, which uses embedded road sensors to see how traffic is flowing on the street, and what omissions are like.

E&OE :)

Normally I go straight for the "Tips & Corrections", but this is too good a typo not to highlight.

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US government sued by 11 pissed-off travellers over computer searches

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Re: America is in decline! Go elsewhere

I always get putain and poutine mixed up. Which one does Canada have again?

In the very best Montreal bordellos, you can get both!

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Re: America is in decline! Go elsewhere

Go to Canada, eh? Friendly folk, poutine and maple syrup. What's not to love?

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Re: "People of color"?

Actually, white is a combination of primary colours.

Its not strictly a colour, like black isn't a colour.

"White" people aren't actually white though are they, its various shades of pink and brown. There is no-one whose natural shade is #ffffff.

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AMD Ryzen beats Intel Core i7 as a heater (that's also a server)

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Re: I've thought of this often

You evidently know little of the complexities and immense costs of district heating systems, nor of the very limited uses of very low grade heat.

But I'm not, I live in a house using district heating, powered by burning wood pellets to generate electricity to heat the water. The source water for that comes in at (say) 10 C. Would we use more or less wood pellets if the water instead came in at 40 C from the large DC that is also served by the district heating? Would that make it cheaper or more expensive?

By the way, I find the district heating a lot more efficient than my previous boiler/radiators. It's roughly the same price, but I'm warmer in winter and have virtually infinite hot water, whilst before I had enough for a shower, and to the do the washing up, each day

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Re: I've thought of this often

You don't even have to cool the rack, as long as you are moving the heat to somewhere you can extract it.

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Facebook let advertisers target 'Jew-haters'

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Re: “How to burn jews”

Not really, Facebook provides tools for you to target people based upon what they have filled in on their profile. So you can target people who have "Software Developer" as their job title, or work at "HSBC". TFA is saying that they found people who had put things like "Jew burning" as their profession, apparently because Facebook was not monitoring those fields for unacceptable content, which allowed them to be targeted.

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UK Data Protection Bill lands: Oh dear, security researchers – where's your exemption?

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Can you make a word have the same meaning in different contexts just by saying it has

Sure. Remember, this is English, where we can make the word spelt "Happisburgh" be pronounced "Hayesburra".

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Apple's 'shoddy' Beats headphones get slammed in lawsuit

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WTF?

No opinion on the headsets

They seem expensive and are apparently shit, but that's not the interesting part.

$5,000,000 damages for having bought them? 5 MILLION? What the fuck could the headphones have done so badly that caused $5 million in damages?

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Facebook posts put Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli in prison as a danger to society

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I'm fairly certain he was high as fuck when he made the original post.

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Trello boards the desktop with Mac and Windows apps

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Re: That helps, does it?

See also: Flowdock's "native" application; webkit and a slow JS implementation mean that it uses even more resources than it did in the browser.

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Re: Spoilsports

Yep, that's why they were asked to leave Europe in the first place.

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Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

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@Eddy Ito

Never looked at a map on your phone? Listened to music? Checked a price online? Looked up the latest sports scores? Checked the weather forecast? Used a whatsapp group?

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Re: My wishlist

Return the old way of unlocking the phone so I don't have to do two actions or use my fingerprint to unlock it

ISTM this is to encourage purchases of the fingerprint sensor enabled phones.

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Re: Windows Phone Type Tiles

4. Ditch Itunes, I'd rather pay spottily than use Itunes.

I'll admit, its been 3-4 years since I had an iphone, but I cannot recall needing itunes for anything.

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Another reason to hate Excel: its Macros can help pivot attacks

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Re: Waddyamean 'Another reason to hate'?

I'd love to hate Excel at work, but sadly I'm only allowed to hate LibreOffice Calc. Cheap bastards.

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If you wagered Bet365 would buy up Basho's remains, you'd be a big winner right now

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Re: I guess this is okay?

It's a damning indictment of how Basho ran the company, as effectively Bet365 have just said "This technology is important to us, we're prepared to spend a lot of money now and each year on preserving and growing it, we just weren't seeing any benefit from giving the money to you first".

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Everyone loves programming in Python! You disagree? But it's the fastest growing, says Stack Overflow

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Re: Best Description I Ever Read of Python....

Python's a great language for people who aren't programmers and never intend to become full-time programmers. I'm a systems engineer; I can knock shit together in Python fairly quickly and easily. I know network engineers who learn it. Hell, I know architects - not systems architects, actual building architects - who have learned a bit of python to help with scripting in Revit. Actual programmers who specialize in Python as their main job? Not so much.

Well this is just wrong. Python's ease of use for the novice is a benefit for the pro as well. It is an extremely expressive language that allows you to write a lot of functionality with a small amount of code. You can prototype faster in python, and the expressiveness means that refactoring is simple and, if following the pythonic style, simple.

The speed of python is not really relevant in most scenarios as anything cpu intensive can be written as a C extension, with a pythonic API added over the top. This usually makes the underlying library much easier to use, for instance it is much easier (less typing and clearer to the reader) to write XML and XPath manipulations using the python lxml library than it is to use libxml2 in C, but the speed of operation of both is virtually identical - python is just the plumbing around the boiler.

I don't think the criticism of the python open source libraries is particularly fair, as it applies to all languages with lots of open source libraries; you have to assess the quality and reliability yourself before using it. There are a lot of rubbish ones, but there are a lot of good ones also.

PS: The term "pythonic"; lots of people don't seem to like it, but this is what it stands for (verbatim from the language spec):

* Beautiful is better than ugly

* Explicit is better than implicit

* Simple is better than complex

* Complex is better than complicated

* Readability counts

Argue against any of those points..I'm guessing bob will try

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Re: Extinct

Well, not really that clean.

b = [1,2,3]

a = b

[ ... complaining about assignment by ref ... ]

That's clean. Everything is assigned by reference. It's working out how "x += 1" works that's a little different.

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User demanded PC be moved to move to a sunny desk – because it needed Windows

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Re: PC fail

A nurse girlfriend told me that A&E patients had found that BabyCham bottles were not as ideally shaped as they looked.

Guys, please practise safe sex and remove the cork first.

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Re: PC fail

No homophobia here please. Kindly report to your nearest re-education camp.

Oh, you poor poor sheltered AC...

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How alien civilizations deal with climate is a measure of how smart they are. Just sayin'...

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Boffin

ISTM that (almost?) every living entity has symmetry, and the more complex the organism, the more likely its bilateral symmetry.

So probably no uneven numbers of boobies.

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Smart cities? Tell it like it is, they're surveillance cities

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Re: Cough

If you took the entire cost of the the London CCTV infrastructure and staffing and invested it in the NHS you'd probably save far more lives.

Maybe. Maybe not. What would be certain however is that after the next terrorist attack, we wouldn't know what happened, where it happened, and we'd have scared tooled up cops running around confused about what to do and where to go.

As someone who lives, works and socialises in places terrorists seem determined to attack, I'm OK with a little video action. No, its not going to stop the attacks, but it might minimise the effects and prevent another Bataclan.

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Re: Cough

London, with more cameras than anywhere else in the world [..] unfortunately still gets attacked.

Surveillance only works if you are looking in the right place, at the right people.

During the June London Bridge attack, armed police were dispatched before the first 999 call came in because of CCTV monitoring, which probably saved lives.

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Facebook claims a third more users in the US than people who exist

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Re: What Is The Point of Facebook ?

Yes, easily. Your arguments to the contrary are nonsensical. At best you are just pointing out that people are lazy creatures of habit and unwilling to learn anything new.

Your social network is "email" and the people using facebook are the flies wallowing in shit unable to learn anything new? We get it, you don't like facebook, and are insular enough in your own life in order to reject communication with anyone who does use facebook as a means of communication.

In my age group(s), 25-34 and 35-44 - I'm on the cusp - it is the usual method of arranging things between multiple people. Having a party? Going camping? Its a facebook event, with its own page, map to the venue, information, list of guests etc. We invite people to our parties whose emails and phone numbers we don't have nor want, and they don't have to share them. We don't have problems that someone invited last minute is missing the first 100 emails in the thread.

We also don't do this horrific practise of sitting down with people and tediously passing them our holiday snaps, like they could give a fuck. We don't email them around or create mailing lists to distribute them, we just post them to facebook and anyone of our friends who cares to view them can do so.

Facebook does a bunch of things that I don't like, but it does a lot of things that simplify communicating with my extended friends and family. I'm capable of learning new things (like this "email" thing, do you have a link?), but I'm also capable of utilising a tool that provides benefits whilst minimising its negative aspects.

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Google puts the last coat of polish on Chrome 61

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Facepalm

adds native support for JavaScript Modules via the script type=module element

Crap, does this mean now that I finally have yarn, npm, webpack and all these other shite making a single bundle for my website, I've now got to unpack them all again and serve as single modules?

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It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower

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@Gruezi

Have you found any settings for your PC that can maybe help with errant designers? I wonder if it is possible to fuck around with colour settings so that when a program requests X shade, it instead displays Y shade, that is less pastelly and more likely to have good contrast.

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Stealth, lightweight Android breaks cover

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Apps are more of a problem

Lazy rich app developers who test on the latest 2.5GHz octocore flagships with 8GB of RAM cause devices to become "old" much quicker than they actually are. My current phone is not shit, 4 1.5GHz cores and 3GB of RAM, but if I load and leave the facebook app active/backgrounded, the phone is ridiculously sluggish, because the phone is out of RAM and is swapping.

There is no reason for the facebook app to use that much RAM, its laziness, lack of botheredness, and in some cases, deliberately doing things a slow way in order to spy as much as possible on your behaviour*. They could write the UI in an efficient manner, but they'd prefer to write it using React and javascript and HTML.

* Click a "link", it won't open in your browser, but instead in a less efficinet chrome view window that allows them to track what you do...

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UK not as keen on mobile wallets as mainland Europe and US

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Re: So?

Yeah, God forbid you have to spend an extra 10 seconds at a checkout, when you could be using that time to make the world a better place.

Let's be f***ing serious here, coal mining is an onerous and time consuming task.

Foam a bit more, you completely missed the point. Compared to swipe and leave [kudos on trimming the quotation to omit that part], chip + pin is onerous, but that doesn't mean that we should move to swipe and leave. There is more to choosing authorization mechanisms for payment cards than convenience.

But no, keep frothing, a bit more hyperbole. Sigh.

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