Even though I am a geek, it sometimes concerns me when certain pieces of technology get smarter. Computers and cell phones and web browsers I don't mind so much, but there has to be a line drawn somewhere. Personally, I think that line should be drawn just before vending machines.
I wrote a few months back about a vending machine at work that seemed to suggest specific snacks for me every time I walked by. It still does it from time to time, but I noticed something different about it recently. In addition to accepting coins and dollar bills, the vending machine was fitted with a debit/credit card reader.
It's not the fact that the machine accepts credit cards that got me. It's what the LCD screen said:
I wouldn't think it to be necessary to specify that the card used to make a purchase be valid. I mean, if one used an invalid card, wouldn't the machine simply reject it and move on? No, apparently it feels the need to require valid cards only.
Seems like a case for OddlySpecific.com, if you ask me.
Happy Monday, folks.