we live in an age of surveillance, tracking, targeted ads and the whole dystopia
and sites STILL show me temperature in Fahrenheit!
come on people, use all this data for something useful for once! I know you know who I am!
@hisham_hm Was the temperature in question 451°?
At least, that way you'll know when we reach Fahrenheit 451.
@hisham_hm Yes, that's a disgrace indeed. Everybody should use Kelvins.
Curiously the ones at Asda (British Wal*Mart) give me a choice of English, French or German, but those outside banks in Ipswich and Felixstowe are English only.
Presumably in Wales you might get Welsh (I''ve never used an ATM there!)
I'm not sure if the ATM *does* even know your preferred language or that many details, AFAIK they still work on the same batch processing methods they did in the 1970s, but with an Embedded Windows front end..
@gemlog @hisham_hm @vfrmedia Some, like in Japan from my experience, automatically switch the displayed language as soon as you insert the card (since they can easily know the issuing bank of the card, and hence its language or maybe even more introspection if querying the bank about the account holder?)
@pmevzek @hisham_hm @vfrmedia
In the early 80's when ATM's were just beginning to spread across Canada I read an issue of SciAm that introduced me to public key encryption and cashless societies.
At the height of the cold war it warned that this was the single-most effective way of tracking and controlling a populace.
Recent advancements in biometrics have only increased this threat to endemic levels and our only trust is in capitalist controlled governments? Not good is it?
@gemlog @hisham_hm @vfrmedia Governments force more and more restrictions on cash transactions: the maximum amount shrinks over the years, banks will force you to give explanation of where does it come from if you try to put some amount on your account (and at the same time, people are able to move millions or even billions across states without being caught it seems), etc. etc. Clearly some hope to get rid of cash to be able to track any money exchange...
it seems that only (some?) Canadian banks have multiple languages, tried a number of UK banks and they only allow English (even those operating in Wales) and for NL only Dutch, so maybe the language selection thing is more common in Canada (and in big cities elsewhere that attract tourists?)
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