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Re: Will Not Happen (was: bearer = anonymous = freedom to contract)
Bill Stewart said
>Wells Fargo was running a trial here in San Francisco,
>and there was a big Wells Fargo branch and a Starbucks' Coffee that
>would accept Mondex within two blocks of my office. Cool.
>So I walked into the bank with the big Mondex signs on the window,
>expecting to hand them some dead presidents and get a $20 Mondex card.
>Nope. They pointed to the desk over there, where you fill out a form,
>call a number on the phone, and they'll mail you a card.
I have to say I agree: if you could just walk in with a $20 bill and walk
out with $20 on a smart card, more people would have given the system a
try. But the potential of the pilot was still limited by the fact that
you could only use the cards in shops (e.g. Starbucks), the least
interesting place to use e-cash. No internet, no mobile phones, no TV, no
kiosks, no parking meters, no BART tickets etc etc.
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