Today in my ongoing series of photos from my travels over the years: a sign in a cafe in the Vienna airport declaring the 500 Euro note invalid. This is the most valuable note in the world I'm wrong -- there are Swiss and Latvian notes that are more valuable -- learn something new every day! -- part of the answer to the logistical question of transporting lots of black-market money around, and it's natural that it would end up a counterfeiter's dream. There was talk of embedding anti-counterfeiting RFIDs in the bills, but I can't tell if that ever went through -- certainly, it seems like a genuinely bad idea to make it possible to remotely detect which wallets are worth stealing. The sign was laminated (hence the poor quality of the photo), and it made me wonder about the secret life of the world's most valuable note.
Senator and 2020 US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ “High-Speed Internet For All” plan, unveiled today, promises $150 billion to build publicly owned broadband networks — and to break the chokehold that Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T have on Americans’ access to information and communication.
There are few intellectual exercises better than a good game of chess against a capable opponent, which is why a lot of old hands at the gameplay it online. But there’s still nothing like the tactile thrill of moving a knight into checkmate. (Or sweeping the pieces off dramatically when you lose.) That’s why we’re […]
Got a real music junkie on your list this year? It’s a good bet that they already have a solid pair of earbuds, but probably nothing quite like these Seeds Earphones. Here’s the thing: Wireless earbuds are all the rage right now, and there are a lot of good reasons for that. But for true […]
When it comes to the qualities of a good project manager, you hear a lot of talk about “soft skills” like leadership ability and confidence. And where does confidence come from? It comes from people who are dead certain they know the right steps to take. In other words, you’ve got to master the hard […]