You know what'd be really useful? A programmable magnetic card for EVERYTHING

KingNothing

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Let's see...I have my

Rev It With Dew gift card
Mastercard gift card (from the Expedition test drive thing)
Dormitory ID card
Credit card
ATM card
Hallmark card
Library card
University ID card
Blockbuster card

Is it too much to ask to have a magnetic card than can remember each pattern for these cards and then give the right one at the right time? The only cards here with a signature on them are my credit/ATM/mastercard card, but that could be replaced with a small display of the signature or something.

<-- dislikes sitting on this lump of plastic known as a wallet
 

dighn

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Originally posted by: KingNothing

Is it too much to ask to have a magnetic card than can give whatever code is required depending on the situation? The

yes

 

Zenmervolt

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Is it too much to ask to have a magnetic card than can give whatever code is required depending on the situation?
Kind of like having a personal bar code? I would not like that.

ZV
 

dighn

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imagine the effort would be needed to research, standardize and implement it.

someday... but not today
 

her209

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Originally posted by: KingNothing
Originally posted by: her209
Too much security risk.
Okay, take the three cards with signatures off the list and then what? Still too much security risk?
I think its obvious that it is easier to lose one card than to lose three cards or five cards.
 

Ameesh

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Originally posted by: her209
Too much security risk.

how is it a security risk? they could have better security if everyone just had one smart card and all locations used some standard secure identification process.
 

Ameesh

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Originally posted by: her209
Originally posted by: KingNothing
Originally posted by: her209
Too much security risk.
Okay, take the three cards with signatures off the list and then what? Still too much security risk?
I think its obvious that it is easier to lose one card than to lose three cards or five cards.

how is it obvious? most people keep their cards in there wallet and if they loose one they most likely lost their whole wallet.
 

KingNothing

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Originally posted by: her209
Originally posted by: KingNothing
Originally posted by: her209
Too much security risk.
Okay, take the three cards with signatures off the list and then what? Still too much security risk?
I think its obvious that it is easier to lose one card than to lose three cards or five cards.

Haven't lost my driver's license yet, and I've had that for a while.

Standardize, implement, what exactly? I'm not talking about the "one code to rule them all", I'm talking about a card with a magnetic strip that can be reprogrammed on the fly. Like, you take all your cards, swipe them through a reader, then the reader transfers to the uber-card's memory the pattern for each one.
 

dighn

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Originally posted by: KingNothing
Originally posted by: her209
Originally posted by: KingNothing
Originally posted by: her209
Too much security risk.
Okay, take the three cards with signatures off the list and then what? Still too much security risk?
I think its obvious that it is easier to lose one card than to lose three cards or five cards.

Haven't lost my driver's license yet, and I've had that for a while.

Standardize, implement, what exactly? I'm not talking about the "one code to rule them all", I'm talking about a card with a magnetic strip that can be reprogrammed on the fly. Like, you take all your cards, swipe them through a reader, then the reader transfers to the uber-card's memory the pattern for each one.

ic. well ur post wasn't exaclty very clear on that. i think everybody assumed "one code to rule them all"

in that case umm i think there are things out there that can do what u want. card copying
 

KingNothing

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Originally posted by: dighn

ic. well ur post wasn't exaclty very clear on that. i think everybody assumed "one code to rule them all"

in that case umm i think there are things out there that can do what u want. card copying

Edited for more clarity. Can you provide a link? I don't want to copy my cards, per se, I want to transfer the magnetic patterns into computer memory and then retrieve them at will.
 

dighn

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Originally posted by: KingNothing
Originally posted by: dighn

ic. well ur post wasn't exaclty very clear on that. i think everybody assumed "one code to rule them all"

in that case umm i think there are things out there that can do what u want. card copying

Edited for more clarity. Can you provide a link? I don't want to copy my cards, per se, I want to transfer the magnetic patterns into computer memory and then retrieve them at will.

nope sorry. but i think that's exactly how ppl steal debit cards and the likes :p
 

Zenmervolt

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Originally posted by: KingNothing
Originally posted by: her209
Originally posted by: KingNothing
Originally posted by: her209
Too much security risk.
Okay, take the three cards with signatures off the list and then what? Still too much security risk?
I think its obvious that it is easier to lose one card than to lose three cards or five cards.

Haven't lost my driver's license yet, and I've had that for a while.

Standardize, implement, what exactly? I'm not talking about the "one code to rule them all", I'm talking about a card with a magnetic strip that can be reprogrammed on the fly. Like, you take all your cards, swipe them through a reader, then the reader transfers to the uber-card's memory the pattern for each one.
Ah, I thought you were talking about "one code to rule them all". Still, what happens when you need 3-4 different cards in the same trip? You'll have to bring the reader along. What happens when the reader (with all the codes) is stolen?

ZV

EDIT: Oops, I was mistaken again. I thought a re-programable card. You're talking about one card with multiple codes on it.
 

her209

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Originally posted by: KingNothing
Originally posted by: her209
Originally posted by: KingNothing
Originally posted by: her209
Too much security risk.
Okay, take the three cards with signatures off the list and then what? Still too much security risk?
I think its obvious that it is easier to lose one card than to lose three cards or five cards.
Haven't lost my driver's license yet, and I've had that for a while.

Standardize, implement, what exactly? I'm not talking about the "one code to rule them all", I'm talking about a card with a magnetic strip that can be reprogrammed on the fly. Like, you take all your cards, swipe them through a reader, then the reader transfers to the uber-card's memory the pattern for each one.
The reason why you haven't lost your dl is because you rarely take it out of your wallet to use it. With a dorm card, credit card, etc, you have to keep taking it out of your wallet to use, and one of those times you will forget it somewhere.

Plus its not very practical. Say you did lose your dorm card. You still have all your other cards. You aren't affected as much. Now say you lost your all in one card. You can't buy anything, can't get into your dorm, can't drive, etc.
 

KingNothing

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Originally posted by: her209
The reason why you haven't lost your dl is because you rarely take it out of your wallet to use it. With a dorm card, credit card, etc, you have to keep taking it out of your wallet to use, and one of those times you will forget it somewhere.

Plus its not very practical. Say you did lose your dorm card. You still have all your other cards. You aren't affected as much. Now say you lost your all in one card. You can't buy anything, can't get into your dorm, can't drive, etc.

That's like saying I shouldn't own a PDA/cellphone combo because I keep taking it out and using it and eventually I'm going to lose it and then I'll be in a world of hurt. Integration always brings that risk, you just have to be careful not to lose it. :p Besides, you would still keep all your original cards you just wouldn't carry them around with you all the time.

Zenmervolt, If I understand your post correctly, the idea is that the card can hold all the patterns at once and you can call up the right one for the right situation. Why would you carry the reader around with you?