…most scenarios … involve physically handing [an ID card] to a uniformed official where an individual is under some kind of suspicion. Yet the overwhelming majority of times we need to authenticate our identity aren’t like that, because they’re almost all commercial transactions and often online.
From The Guardian.
I suspect it will be companies such as Visa—and not governments—that deliver useful systems that individuals want to use, if for no other reason than that I can easily change my bank within a week—it is nowhere near as quick or easy to change my government or the projects they have commissioned. If my government misuses my identity, who do I complain to—who regulates them? If my bank or credit card company misuses my identity, I have a higher authority to go to.
The Big Picture has some fantastic photos of the inauguration of President Barack Obama. My favourite is the last one: an envelope addressed by Bush simply to “44”.
The New York Times lists prominent neologisms and phrases from 2008, with lovely typesetting to boot.
My favourites include: “Caribou Barbie”, “DWT”, “Futarchy” and “Burrowing”.
That befuddling, nameless thing, that Janus-faced verbal monstrosity.
[That] much-condemned conjunctive-disjunctive crutch of sloppy thinkers.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Kentucky Supreme Court on the phrase “and/or”. (According to the first port of call for sloppy thinkers everywhere, Wikipedia—i.e., my first port of call!)
Maybe I'm late to this party, but PayPal allows you to send money to people by text message. Apparently the only cost is the price of sending the text message. I guess this would be another excellent reason for locking one's phone with a PIN.