Why Banks Will Never Run Out of Credit Card Numbers and the Best Sushi in America

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  1. Actually a good article on CC numbers. He did more than just treat it is a 16 digit number. As he points out, the 1st digit, BIN and check digit greatly limits the amount of numbers each bank actually has. It is nice to actually read a well researched article for once and not one by a lazy writer.

    Gary, thanks for the link and another reason why I read this blog. Your articles fall into the same category too.

  2. Uchi is such overrated garbage white man colonization fetish. A loser that never even worked in food service interns at a sushi restaurant while backpacking in Japan and only becomes a sensation because the sushi scene in Texas is such a joke. The average strip mall in southern California has better sushi than Uchi and costs 1/5 the price. I’m glad you also think Uchi is overrated, it means you (unsurprisingly) have good taste, Gary.

  3. Have you ever had the Omakase counter (not the regular omakase) at Sushi Taro? If you’ve had that, then that’s what should be on the list.. everything else is reasonably pedestrian…

  4. I was more than a little surprised to find Sushi Ran on this list. It was good but I have had better in the Bay Area at places that wouldn’t make the cut on this list. The menu was unusually sparse when I was there. The fish quality was good but I don’t get the hype behind this joint.

  5. Somehow I find the sushi list suspect. Not really sure the criteria, but I’m willing to bet there are many more sushi locations in NYC alone not to mention the west coast that are better than other places on this list.

  6. I have no doubt that all of those restaurants are great, but it really is an incomplete list. We have amazing ones in Los Angeles. There’s one that I’ve been wanting to try –n/naka after seeing it on Chef’s Table. Yum.

  7. That CNBC article has quite a few flaws.

    The CVV isn’t the 3 or 4 digits printed on the card – it’s correctly called a CVV2, CSC or something else (each Scheme has a different name). Further, the CVV2 et al is determined by running the PAN and expiry through an algorithm used by each issuer – there’s no means of changing the CVV2 without changing one of the other values.

    And, as amusing as it is to consider the possibility, a PAN beginning with ‘3’ could also be a Diners Club Scheme card. The first 2 digits are required to determine the Scheme the card uses with certainty in all cases.

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