The problems with credit and debit cards are bigger than we thought

The Target hack shows our payment systems are in big trouble.

The problems with debit and credit cards are no longer about high-tech skimmers at gas stations and restaurants.  Things have gotten worse, not better. According to a December 19 update on the Target problem by security reporter Brian Krebs, as many as “40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been impacted between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, 2013.” After first claiming that ATM PINs weren’t involved, Target later conceded they were stolen, too.

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How Target knows when it’s shoppers are pregnant

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Target tries to hook parents-to-be at that crucial moment.

You share intimate details about your consumption patterns with retailers every time you go shopping. And many of those retailers are studying those details to figure out what you like, what you need, and which coupons are most likely to make you happy. For example, Target has figured out how to data-mine its way into your womb, to figure out whether you have a baby on the way long before you need to start buying diapers.

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Self-guided bullet can hit targets more than a mile away

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A new bullet from Sandia Labs is self-guided — and it can hit targets more than a mile away, the inventors say.

If you are a fan of science fiction movies of the 80s you might remember “Runaway,” in which Gene Simmons plays an evil scientist who invents “smart” bullets that seek out specific human targets. (video)

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Smart Rifle That Fires Radio-Controlled Bullets

Smart Rifle:  Fires Radio-Controlled Bullets

The XM25 rifle is being developed for the US army.  

A rifle is being developed that will fire radio-controlled ‘smart’ bullets that will target enemies no matter where they hide.

The XM25 rifle uses bullets that explode when they have travelled the set distance showering the people below. Soldiers will be able to use them to target snipers hidden in trenches rather than calling in air strikes.

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Australia Moves Slowly Closer to Complete Plastic Bag Ban

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Plastic Bags are Bad, Mkay?

Today’s the day. The day when the state of South Australia officially bans single use plastic shopping bags. Perhaps you heard, at the start of the year, retailers will be fined if they provide customers with plastic, or even so called ‘degradable’ bags. All they can offer instead are truly compostable (ie, worm and microorganism friendly), or reusable bags.

Other states did not come to the party when the Australian government attempted, last year, to make the nation plastic bag free. So South Australia is going it alone.

Well, maybe not entirely alone….

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Top 10 Most Fun and Crazy Hats

Top 10 Most Fun and Crazy Hats

 10. The Strawberries ‘N Cream Hat

Can’t get your sweet tooth off your mind? Wear it on your head instead! The strawberries and cream hat is fun, flirty, and not as tacky as you might expect! Before toting it to a fashionable event, I would double check the dresscode – but this is a fashion statement perfectly suited to bake sales! (PICS)

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General Electric’s Light Within A Light

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General Electric’s new Energy Smart CFL.fluorescent light is one of those things that makes you scratch your head and wonder: How the hell do they do that? A fluorescent spiral lamp into a traditional bulb?

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Smoother Steering When Driver’s Fix Gaze On Specific Targets

Smoother Steering When Driver’s Fix Gaze On Specific Targets 

 This video frame shows the blue target bar positioned on the tangent point — the point at which the edge line on a road seems to begin changing direction — as the road curves to the left.

A study recently published in ARVO’s online Journal of Vision may inform the next generation of in-car driving assistance systems. New research finds that when drivers fix their gaze on specific targets placed strategically along a curve, their steering is smoother and more stable than it is in normal conditions.

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