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Comment: Re:I am torn! (Score 1) 455

by Pallidrone (#46604119) Attached to: Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

refuse to accept it unless security is improved

Who would decide the point at which security had sufficiently improved, though? The chip-and-PIN system used in the civilized parts of the world is, of course, much better than magnetic swipe, and *should* become prevalent here in the states. Unfortunately, it would cost billions to upgrade the US's entire infrastructure to support it, and I honestly don't see anyone picking up the tab for any part of such an upgrade any time soon.

They are already in the process of doing this. ISO are suppose to be EMV ready by 2015. New cards issued with EMV are suppose to start circulating then as well.

Comment: As much as it pains me to say this (Score 2) 455

by Pallidrone (#46604041) Attached to: Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees
Walmart has a point. CC transactions costs for a store are ridiculous. If you have a 'rewards' based card, the store gets charged a slightly higher rate then using a card without rewards attached to it. Debit based transactions are usually lower then credit transactions because they charge a flat rate for the transaction instead of a percentage of the sale. In Europe the transaction rates are ridiculously low compared to the US. Here a MC/Visa transaction is anywhere from 1 to 2 percent of the sale. In France it is anywhere from 0.22 - 0.45%. Smaller merchants, those that do not have the volume to negotiate usually pay a much higher percentage then a place like Walmart. Visa uses fraud as the main reason on why the rates are so much higher. Going to EMV cards would solve a lot of the fraud issues, but the issuers are fighting it tooth and nail because the cost to make a EMV card is 38 cents versus 14 cents. An entire industry has been formed because of fraud and it costs software developers a ton of money just to be 'certified' so they can follow the standards that Visa has laid out. Going EMV would all but eliminate the need for PCI and probably make the entire industry obsolete, which is another reason why they are fighting it so much. I really hope that Walmart wins this case and others follow suit. Maybe it will force Visa to finally adopt standards that will lower the cost of doing business as well as protect us from fraud in the future.
PC Games (Games)

Blizzard Boss Says Restrictive DRM Is a Waste of Time 563

Posted by Soulskill
from the what-about-lan-play dept.
Stoobalou writes "Blizzard co-founder Frank Pearce reckons that fighting piracy with DRM is a losing battle. His company — which is responsible for one of the biggest video games of all time, the addictive online fantasy role player World of Warcraft — is to release StarCraft 2 on July 27, and Pearce has told Videogamer that the title won't be hobbled with the kind of crazy copy protection schemes that have made Ubisoft very unpopular in gaming circles of late. StarCraft 2 will require a single online activation using the company's Battle.net servers, after which players will be allowed to play the single-player game to their hearts' content, without being forced to have a persistent Internet connection."

Comment: Saw HTTYD over the weekend (Score 1) 495

by Pallidrone (#31818016) Attached to: Do You Have a Secret Immunity To 3D Movies?
I thought it was OK. The in depth effects were pretty cool, but when things come out of the screen, it was kind of cheesy. This is no different then what they have been doing at Disney World for years. It just makes me wonder, when people become tired of the 3D effects, will they start to put out Smell-o-vision.
Movies

Sony Begins Selling HD Movies On Its PSN 153

Posted by Soulskill
from the pants-and-cheeseburgers-to-follow dept.
itwbennett writes "Sony on Tuesday 'rolled out the ability to buy HD movies from the PlayStation Network,' writes blogger Peter Smith. Sony claims they're the first service to offer HD titles to own from all six major movie studios. Smith runs the numbers on 'standard' pricing for titles ($19.99 for new releases; $17.99 for older movies), file sizes (ranging from 4 GB for Zombieland to 7.5 GB for 2012), and resolution (720P as far as he can tell)."
Wii

Wii Hardware Upgrade Won't Happen Soon 325

Posted by Soulskill
from the can't-show-ugly-mario-in-hd dept.
As high-definition graphics become more and more entrenched in this generation of game consoles, Nintendo has had to deal with constant speculation about a new version of the Wii that would increase its capabilities. Today, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime bluntly denied that a hardware revision was imminent, saying, "We are confident the Wii home entertainment console has a very long life in front of it." He added, "In terms of what the future holds, we've gone on record to say that the next step for Nintendo in home consoles will not be to simply make it HD, but to add more and more capability, and we'll do that when we've totally tapped out all of the experiences for the existing Wii. And we're nowhere near doing that yet."

Comment: Re:Extremely speculative. (Score 5, Interesting) 544

by Pallidrone (#28712385) Attached to: Software Glitch Leads To $23,148,855,308,184,500 Visa Charges
Actually it looks even simpler then that. It looks like $2.31 was his amount and the rest was his CC number, since the 4885 is a typical Visa Check Card sequence issued by BofA. I wonder if this guy was smart enough to look at his card number and verify that was not the case here, especially before putting it out to the press.

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