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Foil Crooks By Writing a Fake Pin Number on Your Debit Card

Foil Crooks By Writing a Fake Pin Number on Your Debit Card

Once you’ve ensured that you aren’t using an obvious pin number on your debit card, one step for extra security could be to write a fake pin number on the card.

Should the card ever get stolen, the criminal will probably try to use the pin number written on the card to withdraw your money. The secret is to write it in such a way that it’s hard to read (difficult to parse eights and threes, for example). If you’re lucky, they’ll try three different incorrect PINs, which in most cases will lock out the card.

To be clear, if you know your card is stolen, you need to call and cancel it. But this is a nice extra layer of protection if you don’t notice the theft right away.

LPT: Put a sticker with a fake PIN number on your debit card. Make the numbers hard to read. If you lose it and someone tries to use it (3+ times) the terminal will lock your account and eat the card. | Reddit

Photo by Chad McDermott (Shutterstock).

ASUS teases new Transformer Pad coming September 4th, confirms it definitely has bezel

ASUS teases new Transformer Pad coming September 4th, confirms it definitely has bezel

As IFA starts to slowly edge its way over the horizon, the product teasers start to rain. We’ve already seen hints from Sony, an outright admission from Samsung, and speculation from HTC. The latest tidbit, comes via ASUS’s Facebook, which suggests it plans to show a new tablet at the event. What can we say about it? Well, odds on it’s another Transformer Pad, running Android, and if you’re into numerology (and consistency), Tegra 4 inside. Coincidentally, an unknown ASUS tablet (pictured after the break) with model number K00C popped up at the FCC last week, revealing little more than the usual WiFi and Bluetooth radios, and a display somewhere around 10-inches. Though the description of it as a Transformer Pad could indicate that whatever its exact configuration, it’s arrival in the US won’t be that far out.

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My boss just gave me a warning. Is there a way to get faster at solving bugs?

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This Q&A is part of a weekly series of posts highlighting common questions encountered by technophiles and answered by users at Stack Exchange, a free, community-powered network of 100+ Q&A sites.

BeeBand asks:

I’ve just been told by my boss that I will receive a negative performance review on Monday. He wants to talk to me about why I am so slow and why my bug fix rate is so low.

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What’s The Best Car Part For A Baby Name?

What's The Best Car Part For A Baby Name?

I’ve recently met parents who feel paralyzed about making decisions for their child. Which school should they go to? Should they eat all-natural, or only organic? And is Dora the Explorer evil? But the biggest decision of all you can make for them is the name they are bestowed with.

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Taking A Bacon Car On A Bacon Tour Of New York

Taking A Bacon Car On A Bacon Tour Of New York

Today is International Bacon Day, and what better way to celebrate than to go on a bacon tour of New York in a car wrapped in bacon? There were four stops, a billion milligrams of sodium, and way too many bacon-topped cupcakes, but it was just OH SO DELICIOUS.

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Alcatel quietly reveals One Touch Idol S, Idol Mini and Evo 8 HD tablet

DNP Alcatel One Touch Mini, S, Evo 8 HD

Unlike babies that wail when they’re born, the three new members of Alcatel’s One Touch family have silently slipped into the company’s website. The two handsets, the Idol S and the Idol Mini, follow the original trio revealed at CES this year, sharing similar elements despite the difference in size. Both run Android 4.2, can read microSD cards up to 32GB in capacity and support quad-band GSM, as well as some UMTS (3G) bands, depending on the model.

Idol S, the larger of the two weighs 110 grams, has a 4.7-inch 1,280 x 720-pixel screen and DC-HSPA data connectivity. It’s powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, has 4GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel rear / 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. On the other hand, the Idol Mini has a smaller 4.3-inch 854 x 480-pixel display, weighs 96 grams and comes with HSPA+. It’s equipped with up to 8GB of internal storage, 512MB of RAM and a 5-megapixel rear / VGA front camera.

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Source: Idol Mini, Idol S, One Touch Evo HD

How To Barbecue Ribs: A Guide For The Perplexed

How To Barbecue Ribs: A Guide For The Perplexed

Pork ribs are to Serious Barbecue—which is something distinct from the burgers-and-dogs routine for which your average Suburban Dad-type unfurls his "Kiss The Cook" apron on the odd sunny July weekend—what the four-seam fastball is to pitching.

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Beardyman captures the quiet sounds of the 21st century

A fan hums softly.

We live in a silent century. Though no less powerful than their pre-millennial ancestors, our post-millennial innovations are mostly intangible; even when they do occupy physical space, they but wobble neighboring air particles and scarcely make a sound.

Compiling the “Sounds of the 21st Century” is a steep challenge, therefore, but one that legendary beatboxer Beardyman didn’t shy from.

“There’s an absence of sound rather than a defining sound,” he tells Wired.co.uk. Pay attention to the objects around you—the one’s that are truly 21st century make next to no noise when we interact with them. The clatter of keyboards? 20th century. The din of car engines? 20th century. The cacophony of the city? Choose whichever century BC you like.

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It’s a truck with a jet engine going 210 mph!

No, really, that’s what this is. Plus a lot of fire. Apparently, for the truck engine to start, it has to burn down half the stage at this show.

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Just Cure It With A Dab Of Oppo

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