Usually newer tech means faster tech but that's not the case with EMV. Chip based cards are actually slower than mag based cards because there's a lot more data being transferred back and forth compared to the swipe. Your card, the POS system and your card issuer are having a high tech chat that includes encryption and randomizing your data. More secure, yes. More time consuming? That too.
With all the talk swirling around about immigration, building walls and expelling millions of people from the US, I thought I should tell my story about becoming an American citizen. It's a story of romance, passion, and great expectation and how this all crashed upon the rocks of government bureaucracy only to succeed wonderfully in the end as a manifestation of what makes the country great.
This week saw another brazen attack on America. The target: our values. The perpetrator: Donald Trump, who called for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States." Along with being an assault on our bedrock beliefs, this is also a test of the media, which, after allowing Trump's ugly views to gain legitimacy, have finally begun to call him out. Perhaps it's time to resurrect the idea of the Homeric epithet, adding an obligatory descriptor to each mention of a name. Those of us raised on Greek myths can't think of Athena without our minds autocompleting with "owl-eyed." Let's make sure that no one can think of Trump without their brain autocompleting with "mendacious racist" (Ben Smith's suggestion) or "sexist" or "serial liar" or "birther and bully" -- or get your Homer on and suggest your own in the comments section below.