Credit cards, medical records, and solving the wrong problem

One of the problems of working in tech is it can get annoying when you see lots of money being spent solving the wrong problems, or implementing completely ineffective solutions. Take credit cards and RFID, for example. There’s a big push in the US to include RFID in every card. I’ve had a card with RFID for just over a year now. The benefit to me? Theoretically, I can hold the card against the card reader, instead of having to swipe it through the slot.

End times

Red Sox win World Series. Twice. Debian project releases ‘Sarge’. Apple switches to x86. (Get your badge now!) Microsoft switches to PowerPC for Xbox, picks Macs as development systems. Deep Throat confesses. Labour wins third UK General Election in a row. Mathew learns to drive car, moves to Texas. Coming soon: Showers of frogs. Duke Nukem Forever ships. Pope dies, replaced by Dalai Lama. Passport replaced by RFID embedded in hand.