GRIN # 50
There are two things that perpetually confuse me: financial stuff and technology.
I went to the bank last week to talk about 529s, which led to a discussion of bonds and CDs and taxable and non-taxable money. And I’m still reeling from that. I had flashbacks while helping Tyler with his homework which was basically just adding up quarters and dimes. So I need a real breather from money for a while. Unless someone’s giving it away.
But I want to tackle technology. Two questions. Not rhetorical. I’m genuinely confused. C’mon Computer folks; I know you know the answer to at least one of these.
1. The crazy, squiggle code: What if you can’t READ the code you’re supposed to type in the box when you’re ordering online? Is that the letter “l” or the number “1?” Is it a lower case “a” or a funky “o?” If you’re too stupid or blind to guess correctly, the system kicks you off and you try again, hoping for a more decipherable code.
Are programmers worldwide sitting around saying, “NO, that’s way too easy. Let’s curve it up like this and shadow it. They’ll never get this one.” What is the POINT of the squiggle code?
2. The “security” code on the back of your credit card: I’m talking about that little three-digit code on the back of your credit card. It’s called a security code and yet they go to great lengths to tell everyone what and where it is. How secure its that?
Soooo, if my card is stolen, some Yahoo can buy whatever he wants, since they’re telling him where the damn code is.