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Comment: Imprint is still allowed? (Score 1) 142

I was under the impression (no pun intended) that the old-school imprint technique was declared unacceptable (in the PCI-DSS rules) a few years back.
Perhaps the rules for securing the imprints were just so cumbersome that it made using them completely impractical. I can't imagine fast food joints maintaining the physical security required for this.

Comment: The Hydra (Score 1) 433

by Cmdr-Absurd (#47065029) Attached to: U.S. Drone Attack Strategy Against Al-Qaeda May Be Wrong

Companies don't fall apart when they lose their CEO or CFO

So what this boils down to is the notion that head of organizations, be they terrorist or corporate (insert joke here), we overspend on resources directed at the top.
In targeting terrorists, we spend big bucks on weapons systems and focus intelligence attention at the top.
In the case of corporations, we pay huge salaries -- believing the heads to be irreplaceable.
In both cases, there are plenty of qualified, motivated individuals ready to do a hydra-like head regeneration of the top levels.

Comment: Over the air (Score 5, Insightful) 342

by Cmdr-Absurd (#46825413) Attached to: Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage
(IANAL). I was quite surprised this even reached the high court. The broadcasters have a revenue model of paying by putting ads in front of eyeballs. This service arguably helps them meet that goal. Yes, I'm sure they'd like to double-dip and get paid for the "rebroadcast," but if you are giving your product away for free over the public airwaves, you should not be allowed to complain about where folks choose to locate their antennas. Be happy for the extra eyeballs.

Comment: not so much machine, but software (Score 3, Informative) 241

by Cmdr-Absurd (#46357953) Attached to: Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone
Folks stick to SL for basically 3 reasons:
  1. They prefer the SL interface to the more recent offerings.
  2. They want/need to run 3rd party software that fails to run under later versions (PPC apps in particular -- Rosetta was dropped in LIon)
  3. Apple apps that were dropped -- such as Podcast Producer in the server version.

Comment: Re:Electricty has made daylight savings obsolete (Score 1) 646

by Cmdr-Absurd (#43120531) Attached to: Is Daylight Saving Time Worth Saving?

But with electric lighting, it's pretty much never dark in areas where people live and work.

That argument works if you are indoors, but if you are outside gardening, cycling, etc, more hours of post-workday daylight are a real boon. Of course we could also solve the problem by adjusting the clock time start/end of work days or adopting more flex time working, but that seems to be just as controversial.

"We are on the verge: Today our program proved Fermat's next-to-last theorem." -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982