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Comment: Re: Neener (Score 1) 64

by Shados (#48639945) Attached to: Staples: Breach May Have Affected 1.16 Million Customers' Cards

Personally at this point my favorite is LevelUp, though its a lot more localized. Its just a barcode picture, you point whatever version you have to the machine, it turns green, you're done, save a ton of money, and can use whatever device you want (android wear watches work nicely with it).

Its not as fancy shmancy as NFC, but it the deal is better for both the customer (get pretty decent discounts) and the merchant (pretty much no transaction fee whatever and free hardware in many cases)

Comment: Re:Would this solution stem these unending breache (Score 1) 64

by Shados (#48639873) Attached to: Staples: Breach May Have Affected 1.16 Million Customers' Cards

this isn't a password you can hash and compare hashes. You have to use the number, so it kind of has to be in number form somewhere... Even if it was encrypted and the key was on a different machine... it will get read and decrypted next time its needed. Then you can steal it there.

Now for a lot of cases you don't need to store credit card numbers at all, you can just replay a transaction, but thats not always possible.

Comment: Re:Well DUH, You can't stop piracy. (Score 4, Insightful) 115

by Shados (#48586611) Attached to: IsoHunt Unofficially Resurrects the Pirate Bay

I'm not saying I agree or not with piracy, but this is a ridiculous arguments. "You can't completely stop X, therefore you shouldn't even try to do anything about it".

That can be said about -ANY- crime/undesirable behavior.

"You can't ever completely stop home invasions. Its a waste of effort to put lock on doors".

Some people will do whatever, all the way down to the extreme, no matter what you try to do about it. Efforts to stop "X" is generally to stop as much as you can.

The question is purely: "is it beneficial to society to spend X amount of resources to stop Y amount of piracy (or to try at all). Yes/No.

People feel pretty strongly on both sides of the fence as if it was an obvious question with an obvious answer to either of the sides. It is not that simple.

Comment: Re:The Netherlands has something similar (Score 2) 291

by Shados (#48563845) Attached to: Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

If it was a reasonable company doing it, it wouldn't be so bad. In this case for example, for a lot of people, the account setting to turn it off doesn't work (you get an "unexpected error" when clicking the button on the website). You're also only notified of it up to several months after they turn it on, and their customer reps lie about it and ways to get out of it.

If they were up front, honest, and had a decent workflow to get out of it such that a non-techy could understand how to do it without being lied to, and it wasn't enabled by default in areas where population density means a saturated 2.4ghz space, thus making a lot of every day devices fail because of it, there wouldn't be any problem.

Comment: Re:Suing over something that can easily be changed (Score 1) 291

by Shados (#48563821) Attached to: Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

"Unfortunately" (for this particular scenario, as its quite nice fore most purpose), I live in a loft where the walls are lined with windows.27 windows, roughly 35x70~ each, one next to each other all around. Blocking the walls won't help much :)

Comment: Re:What about things like the JVM inside a contain (Score 1) 149

by Shados (#48561775) Attached to: Ubuntu Gets Container-Friendly "Snappy" Core

Think of it as running separate VMs in an hypervisor, but SOME stuff can be shared. If its all in the package, yes they'd have their own mysql or postgres, but its the same thing as if you had VMs with everything included.

Nothing stopping you from having an instance for the database, and an instance for the web server that connects to the database.

Comment: Re:Suing over something that can easily be changed (Score 1) 291

by Shados (#48561745) Attached to: Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

Comcast tends to make it hard to bring your own modem. The list they give of the ones that will work is frequently out of date, once you have one you may or may not need to talk with them to get it recognized, and they may just lie to you instead of helping.

Beyond that, its just that, again, they don't tell you when they turn it on (until months later, I eventually got a letter, though I already knew they had). I had tried to turn it off via the account settings (there's a button to do so), but it always has "an unexpected error". I eventually managed to get it turned off by talking to an agent (I wasn't in the mood to fight with a third party one that should work but doesn't because Comcast's a dick company).

Now, even after all that, it still doesn't matter: I live in a very high density area, and there's something stupid like 30+ xfinity wifi hotspot within range. The 2.4ghz band is totally useless from interference.

Easy right? I just got a 5ghz router, and that works great. Oh, but the Wii U is 2.4ghz... Well, I'll wire that. My TV is 5ghz so thats fine. My roku is 2.4ghz...I could buy a new one. Oh but the Nest thermostat....and the list goes on.

Its just something they shouldn't be doing, flat and simple.

Comment: Re:Might change the choice of platforms (Score 1) 545

by Shados (#48541229) Attached to: Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

Fair, but then it has nothing to do with the platform. Windows has a lot of flaws, but requiring a lot of IT people to maintain a large number of them is not one of them. Domain policies, centralized app deployment and management out of the box and all the features you'd expect have been in for a very long time and work very well. Its one of its strengths, not weakness.

Comment: Re:Risk? (Score 4, Interesting) 118

by Shados (#48540011) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Paying For Linux Support vs. Rolling Your Own?

Except there's support included when you get a Microsoft product. If you're beyond that and don't have a support contract, its $250 to pass the buck over to them if their shit goes kaboom on you.

Once, I was at a company where we ended up with a critical bug in SharePoint ( ::shudder::...that was a long time ago...) auditing.

After going through the support monkey, we eventually had something silly like 12 microsoft engineers and PMs on the line in a conference call debugging the issue with us a few times over a week. In the end they gave us a fixed up DLL, and things were good.

Net bill: ~$250 (give or take).

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