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National ID ‘can’t be used as ATM card’

National ID ‘can’t be used as ATM card’

The national ID cannot be used as an ATM card to carry out banking transactions and there is no plan to adopt that system in the near future, Talaat Hafiz, secretary general of Media and Banking Awareness Committee of Saudi Banks (MBAC), was quoted yesterday by the local media as saying .

He said despite the technical developments experienced by most government departments in the Kingdom and an earlier report by the Agency of Civil Status of its plan of making the national ID card act as an ATM card, the plan is impractical.

The Agency of Civil Status in the Eastern Region earlier said the national ID card would work as a multipurpose card in the near future, including its usage as an ATM card.

But Hafiz said this procedure necessitates a series of steps and there is no plan to adopt such measures in the near future.

On complaints of customers, the MBAC chief said there had been a marked decline in the complaints. He attributed this to the improvement of banking awareness among customers.

He said the value difference between the GCC currencies makes it difficult for their nationals to use ATMs in other GCC countries but that a single currency will be the solution to that problem. Hafiz appreciated the efforts undertaken by GCC central bank governors for the realization of the unified currency. If the goal of single currency is achieved, Fake IDs GCC citizens could easily use ATMs in any GCC country without paying withdrawal charges as the ATMs will be fed with the same currency in all GCC countries, he said.

In a related development, Saudi banks last month warned against a new method of banking fraud involving the use of fake key number pads at ATMs to obtain the PIN of card users. are gangs outside the Kingdom who put fake keyboards made creatively and precisely to look like the original one, which enable crooks to get the personal information of card holders, but fortunately we have not spotted such cases in the Kingdom so far, the MBAC chief said.

The national ID cannot be used as an ATM card to carry out banking transactions and there is no plan to adopt that system in the near future, Talaat Hafiz, secretary general of Media and Banking Awareness Committee of Saudi Banks (MBAC), was quoted yesterday by the local media as saying .

He said despite the technical developments experienced by most government departments in the Kingdom and an earlier report by the Agency of Civil Status of its plan of making the national ID card act as an ATM card, the plan is impractical.

The Agency of Civil Status in the Eastern Region earlier said the national ID card would work as a multipurpose card in the near future, cheap Fake ID including its usage as an ATM card.

But Hafiz said this procedure necessitates a series of steps and there is no plan to adopt such measures in the near future.

On complaints of customers, the MBAC chief said there had been a marked decline in the complaints. He attributed this to the improvement of banking awareness among customers.

He said the value difference between the GCC currencies makes it difficult for their nationals to use ATMs in other GCC countries but that a single currency will be the solution to that problem. Hafiz appreciated the efforts undertaken by GCC central bank governors for the realization of the unified currency. If the goal of single currency is achieved,GCC citizens could easily use ATMs in any GCC country without paying withdrawal charges as the ATMs will be fed with the same currency in all GCC countries, he said.

In a related development, Saudi banks last month warned against a new method of banking fraud involving the use of fake key number pads at ATMs to obtain the PIN of card users. are gangs outside the Kingdom who put fake keyboards made creatively and precisely to look like the original one, which enable crooks to get the personal information of card holders, but fortunately we have not spotted such cases in the Kingdom so far, Good Fake IDs the MBAC chief said.

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Will a passport card work as identification to get you on a plane

Question: My passport is 100 pages, so thought I could avoid carrying it on domestic flights (especially when our California driver’s license is no longer accepted) by getting a passport card. I paid for one, and when the card came it was accompanied by a letter stating that it’s not good for air travel. What’s the point? And thanks for the tip about the Global Entry Card, which I already have.

The quick answer for Burgess is that you can use a passport card, which is sort of Passport Lite, for identification on a domestic flight, “domestic” being the operative word.

There shouldn’t be anything difficult about having the correct ID, right? Not so fast, Lucille.

Say you want to fly to North Dakota. You show your driver’s license to Transportation Security Administration at the airport checkpoint. End of discussion.

You want to go to Tahiti? You carry your passport to get into the country and to come home. End of discussion.

But the conversation is opening up because of driver’s licenses that don’t meet federal law based on recommendations by the 9/11 Commission. That may create a need to verify your identity with a different document.

Passport cards are one, but they seem to create confusion, as Burgess’ question suggests. Fake IDs

Burgess submitted her question as a follow up to a Feb. 19 column on Real ID, the federal legislation that mandates states strengthen their policies and procedures for getting a driver’s license.

This legislation has been in place since 2005 so it doesn’t have the urgency of a 10 alarm fire.

Or it didn’t. But now, deadlines are looming that mean you may need to take action to ensure you can get on a plane because not every state meets the standards.

Nor does every state want to. You can find out which ones are which at Department of Homeland Security’s compliance map.

When you look this up, you’ll see that some states, including California, are still working on it.

“No driver license issued by the California DMV [Department of Motor Vehicles] will be considered compliant with the federal law until California is deemed fully compliant,” the DMV said in an emailed statement. In other words, we are not golden until the feds say we are, and that is not yet.

Many of those states that don’t meet the standards have received extensions (including California) so they can work toward implementing whatever they need to fix or strengthen to comply.

Right now, you can still use your California driver’s license to get on an airplane.

But some states have put their foot down and have said they are never going to comply, citing cost to the state and, often, privacy.

The world is now divided into compliant, Fake ID noncompliant and outright defiant states. Those last two categories mean your license one day won’t get you on a plane or into a federal facility such as a military base. To see how long you have until you will have the ID blues, see that compliance map.

If your license doesn’t comply, you will need to carry another form of identification. You can see what the TSA deems acceptable here.

The wallet size passport card is on that list, both the TSA and State Department confirmed, and will work for domestic flights but not international air travel. land and sea ports from Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Bermuda. A new passport card costs $55 for adults 16 and older, $40 if you’re younger than 16 and $30 if you’re renewing by mail.

Which should you have the book or the card? Depends on your travel needs and your budget.

Let’s say you’re a family of four, two adults and two children younger than 16, and you’re taking a cruise to Mexico. You don’t have a passport or a passport card, so you’ll need one or the other for this trip.

The total cost to acquire four passport cards for the family will be $190. Acquiring passport books, which are good for air, land and sea travel in any country (assuming you have the proper visa if one is required), best fake id,will cost $480.

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Learn Photoshop

If you could learn a single piece of software, besides your main CAD or 3D program, then Photoshop would be the one we would highly recommend. Photoshop is a very versatile software tool for architects, as flexible for seamlessly compositing different elements into a beautiful photomontage as it is making your renders look even more stunning. It’s quite often for architects to create mostly sketches for their project presentations, however, some of the big players out there have already noticed that the way your project looks can make the difference between a successful presentation or an ok one, since as  most of you know first impressions count and clients sometimes have hard time reading a building plan, so why not make it easy for them.

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A Letter to Prospective Architecture School Parents

This article was originally published by Common Edge as “A Letter to Prospective Architecture School Parents.”

Is your child suddenly wearing angular clothes and pretending to need glasses and talking about things like maylines (sorry, forgot we’re not in the 90s anymore) and 3d-printing and the power of the research lab to change the world studio? Has your child started rejecting your Frank Lloyd Wright photo books and started asking for that super sweet punched-out Chora L Works thing that makes no sense to you because there are literally holes in it? Has your child refused to go on anymore holiday house tours because, seriously mom, this is what I do all day at school?

Then congratulations! You now have an architecture school student child. And as much as we have—and need—the framework of, say, Adult Children of Alcoholics, just as deeply do we need a framework for Adult Parents of Architecture Students. You may be panicking right now. You may be wondering why Bessie is suddenly hating prints (unless she’s wearing all the prints at the same time); why Mark is rolling his eyes when you say there’s a nice-looking house for sale down the block. Rest assured, these are phases that will pass.

I would like to offer you the Phases of Architectural Education, so that you may feel calmer as you embark on this new journey:

 

Phase 1 – The “Omigod you so totally don’t get what architecture even IS” phase.

This is when your child comes home from college and says, “I’ve decided not to major in international relations because all politics is a power game and besides the real way to intervene in structural economic problematics is to problematize the problem of space within a Foucauldean metric,” and you’re like, “Oh, that sounds nice honey, are you going to look at buildings?” and your child is like “OMIGOD IT’S NOT EVEN ABOUT BUILDINGS.” This is the phase where the discourse and theory of architecture are first introduced. If your child is at a school like Princeton, there will be many presentations about letters of the alphabet and also axonometric drawings. If your child is at Harvard, he or she will grow up to get a job one day and you can literally stop worrying right now; you don’t even need to read on. If your child is at Sci-ARC, expect a bunch of cool-looking shit of indeterminate function. If your child is at UC Berkeley, prepare to be very deeply schooled in the micro aggressive potential of the vending machine. (It’s like… a machine …within the machine, bro.)

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Phase 2 – The “OK, I’m actually looking at buildings now” phase.

This is when everyone has calmed down a bit and started looking at buildings. Suddenly your child may be asking if you can visit all the train stations in the surrounding area so that she may be more deeply diagram the relationship between train station, train track and bird flight. Your child may not be able to explain to you why the bird flight is so important, but rest assured that your child’s professor has offered the suggestion to “do something diagrammatic with bird flight which will later make sense to you” and that your child is learning something. (Hint: when not to listen.) Be prepared for lots of “Well, THIS parking lot sure is inefficiently angled” and “No, the point is obviously not to go through the doors after buying the tickets” and also be prepared for fervent sketching, which will then be turned into an Instagram-filtered photo which will then have various raster effects applied (you don’t need to know what raster effects are; your child probably doesn’t either) and then printed out very very huge and suspended from the ceiling like a Calder mobile of flightful birds.

Phase 3 – The “Why didn’t I just major in international relations? Why didn’t you STOP ME?” phase.

This is when it all stops getting fun and starts getting real, i.e. your child has either come up against an enormously powerful theorist who reads Derrida out loud and says things like “The structure is not the structure but it is the form” or goes all Hejduk and says, “What is a wall even, isn’t it just a floor that was turned into a wall?” or brings up the famous Louis Kahn apocryphal quote about “a window is … a… …..  ……. [fifteen minutes of silence]… hole in ….. a….. [another fifteen minutes] wall.” This is where your child will really need your support. Simply be there for your child. Do not say, “I’ve been hoping this day would come…” or “Why don’t you look into what it would take to transfer to international relations?” or “I never really thought you could draw anyway.” Simply say, “It sounds like you’re learning a lot!” and “How do you spell Hejduk?” Give them concrete reminders that they ARE learning stuff, it’s just super ephemeral and complicated and weird—and also remind them that architecture doesn’t need to be that super ephemeral and complicated and weird.

Phase 4 – The “I’m going to save the world” phase.

This is the best phase. This is where your child—now a few years into his or her architectural education—has waded through all the theory and the “what is an object, and is a building an object, and where is the architecture even?” and has realized that, Hey, architecture changes the way people live! Like Diller + Scofidio’s Slither project in Japan gave everyone a front door! That was cool! All we have to do is figure out how to give everyone a front door! Oh wait, budget? Codes? No, but there’s a solution! This is when your child will come home for Christmas break and point out to you all the flaws in your own home. “Do you see the alienation that having the master bedroom at the end of the hallway creates? Do you see how this apartment complex is indicative of the depersonalization of the individual self? Are we going back to the Middle Ages and everyone sleeps in the same bed but just whenever they want because there’s no bedtime and everyone has two sleeps?” This is the time to be proud of your child! 1/100th of this spirit may remain, and it is important to cultivate that 1/100th.

Phase 5 – The “I’m graduating in two months and wtf am I going to do for work” phase.

This is the worst phase. Sadly, it comes right after the best phase, and is often at the whims of things like The Economy and also, The Rhetoric of The Economy. There actually are a lot of jobs in architecture. I know this for a fact. I work with an architecture firm and we are trying to hire two people. That’s two jobs! Now multiply that by all the architecture firms in the world: That’s so many jobs! It is also a very annoying myth that almost no one uses architects. Actually, many people use architects. Some architects end up designing bathrooms and hallway closets for a while, but that’s how they get skills in drafting, etc, and eventually they design the rooms adjacent to the bathrooms and the hallway closets. Some architects win awards and competitions and are suddenly very famous and then they need a lot of people who can actually design stuff and have practiced a lot by sketching parking lots and then taking pictures with their iPhones and rasterizing them.

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Phase 6 – The “You know, I actually learned a lot in architecture school” phase.

This is a few years down the road, where your child may or may not work as an architect. But no matter her profession—she might be a writer; a cook; a novelist; an editor; a PR person for a developer; a shaman—this is where everything she learned in architecture school will come into play. “Remember that thing about bird flight I did?” she will remind you as she boards the plane for Leipzig, where she will work on bird conservation for the next three years. Or that thing about the depersonalization of the self, as she works in development for one of those apartment building designers who don’t let you open your windows more than 4 inches (so she adds on a little trick for how you can do it).

Architecture school is a peculiar beast. It almost never actually prepares students to be practicing architects, and 90% of what is written by architects and architectural theorists is incomprehensible garbage unlike what you may find at https://livecasinobonus.net/. But being able to discern what is and what is not incomprehensible garbage is a profoundly useful life skill. As is knowing if you are good at drawing or not. As is knowing how to look more deeply at a train station and to consider bird flight, even if it seems irrelevant. Actually nothing in this world is ever inherently irrelevant; and architecture school is the only place where that is taught.

So rest assured that your child will grow up to make a difference in this world, simply by having existed. And know that the difference will probably have many more modes of investigation and inquiry because that’s what architecture school gives: ten thousand ways of looking at a blackbird in flight, and the thousand ways of representing that. And if nothing else, just be really relieved your child didn’t go on and get a PhD.

Eva Hagberg Fisher is the author of two books about architecture—Dark Nostalgia and Nature Framed—and of It’s All in Your Head, a best-selling memoir about brain surgery, maybe-cancer and friendship. She has two degrees in architecture and is en route to her third.

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The Meaning of Architecture – A Practical Definition of Architecture

What’s the Meaning of Architecture?

Last year, ArchDaily published an article listing 121 Definitions of Architecture as represented by quotations of many famous architects. While we find this list inspirational, it leaves us still seeking a grounded answer. Rather than a series of mind-expanding perspectives on the practice, we present to the community our understanding of the meaning of architecture as defined by an accessible, and practical definition of architecture.

Architecture (Latin architectura, from the Greek ἀρχιτέκτωνarkhitekton “architect”, from ἀρχι-“chief” and τέκτων “builder”) is both the process and the product of planning, designing, and constructing buildings and other physical structures. Architectural works, in the material form of buildings, are often perceived as cultural symbols and as works of art. Historical civilizations are often identified with their surviving architectural achievements. -Wikipedia’s Attempt

From this crowd-sourced definition we understand that architecture is a process. Specifically one that creates physical structures from ideas. Many people get caught up in the designing piece of the term, but the making is an equally important.

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How Do We Establish a Practical Definition of Architecture?

Now that we understand the process, let’s break down the the two phases into their respective requirements.

DESIGN – Starting with the design portion, we assume there must be a way to know what to design. It turns out, what to design is often the easiest part. Often there is a demand that is noticed by a client and then a project is born from this initial need. What is more challenging is how to design it. Obviously there are required program elements for certain types of projects, but to bring them together under a common physical language, there must be an understanding of context. From where the site is to whom the building is for, context directs an appropriate aesthetic and suite of design tools specific for each project. So the initial design portion of the architectural process is best explained as the contextual organization of a physical need.

BUILD – Advancing from the former phase, there are various steps that bring ideas into physical form. Initially, there must be a way to explain the idea. This is where drawings and models are created in as scaled 2D and 3D representations of what will be build. From pen to paper, pixels on the screen, and hammers upon wood, the second phase is the application of tools to materials that yield a prescribed design.

Our Practical Definition of Architecture

Bringing it all together, we are left with the following:

The process of satisfying a physical need by applying tools upon materials to realize a contextual organization of space.

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