The Core Dump

A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures

[By Nic Lindh on Monday, 15 December 2003]

RFID credit cards

JWZ has been doing some thinking about wireless credit cards. Eminently worth a read.

Perhaps I’m just becoming a Luddite, but how does having your money sitting on a chip in your pocket that is readable by anybody with a scanner without you knowing it not freak people out?

Is taking out your credit card, swiping it, then signing the receipt really such a pain point for people?

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