ITT shitty technology that's still around and won't go away.
It's 2015 and paper currency still has to be perfectly flat and inserted face-up in order to be properly detected and used in vending machines and ATM's.
Because we like to 'keep things American'
seriously there are still people out there who are like, "What do you mean you don't take a check?!"
so if we start using a card, oh its big brother, oh its obama, oh its because of nato bullshit fucking moron faggots
God I hate how retarded my nation can be.
More recent vending machines have improved slots and sensors that almost never spit your money back out. Although in fairness, I live in canada and our bills are fucking indestructibly firm now.
>seriously there are still people out there who are like, "What do you mean you don't take a check?!"
This is the best reaction when someone said this at my old job
I think the only places that still take them are government offices? It's seriously the easiest way to steal shit
Dude, the fucking card readers at Target can read smart cards. They have the functionality. That function is just disabled.
As far as tearing goes, yeah. They tend to stick to each other, though... And they don't like heat very much. Figures we'd make currency that can't handle high temperatures...
For payments below 50$, all you need to do is tap the card on the reader and you're g2g. It's super fucking convenient. Just get an RFID blocking wallet.
Even Africans have managed how to reliably deploy electronic payments without having to use cash
"I'm not into that new age stuff"
"this is whats wrong with the country"
I'm starting to see a few american credit cards with the chip shit like in european credit cards.
Pretty sure it's just the USA that is behind.
Every other country uses cashless transactions, has no use for "checks", and hardly uses magnetic strips anymore.
It's so strange that the USA is both the most advanced country in the world and also the most backwards.
I think they called it M-PESA.
not sure which african country started M-PESA
>It's 2015 and paper currency still has to be perfectly flat and inserted face-up in order to be properly detected and used in vending machines and ATM's.
Jesus you Americunts sure use outdated technology.I live in a second world country and our vending machines and ATMs accept bank notes on what ever side they're turned and regardless what face is pointing out.Plus,debit cards and credit cards all have chips on them,or even additional RFID on them.But I dont remeber when I used any of my cards.Got mobile banking so I pay everything through NFC or by scanning barcode image on the phone screen,if the shop uses older system.
Significantly reduces credit card fraud.
But I guess you don't mind having your account locked down twice a year because of irregularities in the payments (Fun fact: If you're ever going to Malaysia, make sure to tell your bank/credit card company first, otherwise they'll lock it the moment you make a purchase there).
There's also a big fight between the two different standards (Java and Multos), but that's more a question of contracts with larger companies for the cards they actually put out.
OP you don;t understand just how revolutionary this old shit was! :^)
>Companies here are making money with established methods. They have no desire to use something new and potentially not make so much money.
betcha the google wallet or whatever they call keeps track of what you're buying.
it's no wonder M-PESA is more superior and i'm sure it's /g/ approved
> Following an Oct. 1, 2015, deadline created by major U.S. credit card issuers MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express,card-present fraudliability will shift to whoever is the least EMV-compliant party in a fraudulent transaction.
Banks don't like liability so they'll probably issue chip cards to everyone by then
One of my family members works in the field. It's a lot more secure than that, at least for the ones issued by banks. Stuff like bus passes could potentially be easier to fuck with, but then there's no point as you wouldn't profit from it.
>the mythbusters, a educational show on the discovery channel got forced to not air an episode by credit card companies
censorship just proves you're doing something wrong, striesand effect and whatnot
Oh God, that spelling, I know you yanks have to have it your way, but please, it's spelt 'cheque.' And every time I see it spelt 'check', I can't help but think that whoever wrote it never learnt how to use the letter 'q.'
RFID is not the same as contactless smart cards defined in "ISO/IEC 14443". The latter is designed not to be cloned. Implementations can suck but the protocol is secure by design.
Maybe Mythbusters confused the two as you and couldn't air their show cause it contained false information and conclusions.
Thanks. This just proves my point. They are talking about RFID. Credit cards do NOT use simple RFID. They use contactless smart cards defined by "ISO/IEC 14443".
>perfectly flat and inserted face-up
America never ceases to surprise me at how backwards it can be. Here in my backwater country we can put stacks into ATM in whatever position and the machine will accept it.
The country that builds infrastructure towards some end-goal tends to keep that infrastructure long past its end-of-life.
Japan did that with pretty much all personal electronics
USA did that with financial transaction systems, internet, electrical code, among other things.
Honestly, USA pioneered so much shit that there's so much old shit left behind that needs to be thrown out and done again.
Why is paper currency even still around? They should replace notes with little plastic chips equipped with RFID tags. Tech is secure enough, and the tags can be mass-produced for a few cents per piece.
Fucking drive thru speakers.
It's 20 fucking 15. I can talk to someone in almost real time HD audio on the other side of the world but I can't understand the fucker 10 feet away in the restaurant taking my order.
What the fuck is up with this shit?
Those speakers see a lot of vandalism, so they get ruggedized to withstand rain and spit and piss at the cost of sound quality. That, and also the employees on the other are using $2 headsets.
>most advanced country in the world
It's 50$ here in Canadaland (Just under 40 USD at the current exchanged rate).
"Paper" currency is actually made of a type of cloth.
The American Dollar is actually pretty well engineered. They get much longer lifetime out of their dollars than most other cloth-based currency.
But you're probably paying for gas, grabbing a coffee or a water bottle and some jerky or something inside, though.
Selling something at a loss is a very standard way of getting a customer. That's why certain products like yogurt are always on sale at grocery stores. People go where the sale is and then just purchase all their groceries there.
Actually, legally they are required to turn on the machine to give you air if you ask.
Windows Embedded is actually still supported via security updates. In fact, there's a registry hack where you can still get updates for XP if you make it look like embedded.
>Be from Quebec
>People always talk about how great universal health care is, blah blah blah
>Wait 36 hours in an ER with dysentery, something that needs a grant total of <5 minutes of work for treatment
>Sat across from a guy with a broken clavicle who waited 28 hours
>Guy sitting next to him waited ~24 hours with his severed thumb in a ziplock bag of what used to be ice
Lowest income tax bracket in Quebec ends up being 30% (combined federal + provincial). Have both a Goods and Service Tax as well as a Quebec Sales Tax and you actually pay taxes on the act of paying taxes for it.
Moving out of that shithole was the best decision I ever made.
I still have to use a VCR because my video camera uses tapes. Plus I have Jurassic Park for it.
It's free in Fatmerica too if you get your fat arse out the car and ask the casheir polietly to turn the machine on.
its only the legacy and the cheaply made machines that have a problem with this. Most modern systems do not have issues with currency and can accept many bills at once that are not perfectly ironed