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Comment: PCI DSS (Score 1) 313

If you are going to be working with credit cards then read NOW and not later the PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry - Data Security Standard) standards and follow them, or the company could be liable to penalties from your financial institution. Firewalls are indeed mandatory, as is proper documentation, management and review of the firewall rules.

Download PCI-DSS v3.0 here: https://www.pcisecuritystandar...

Comment: Re:If you want to earn big bucks... (Score 1) 306

by Alioth (#47564605) Attached to: Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

Unfortunately I've not had more time than enough to just dabble in Erlang and the related OTP, but it struck me that you could do a lot of things very elegantly with Erlang. In particular the very light weight share nothing threading model, years ago at university we used Jackson Structured Design where everything was designed as if it had its own process all to itself (no matter how trivial), and it seems that in Erlang you can actually implement it that way rather than flattening the design out.

Comment: Re:um yea... (Score 1) 498

by Alioth (#47564437) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

I have a credit card but I don't pay a 7% or 30% fee on anything. The card is paid off in full each month. It costs me nothing but at the same time gets me buyer protection, I don't have to carry as much cash (so if I get robbed, less is lost and I can cancel the card). If someone gets hold of my credit card number and CVV, they can't drain my bank account with it and leave me with nothing to buy this week's food (and I get fraud protection and can dispute the charge).

Credit cards are stupid if you don't pay them off in full, then they become very expensive. But paid off in full they have benefits that paying in cash does not.

Comment: Re:So! The game is rigged! (Score 1) 498

by Alioth (#47564421) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

The thing is the way it works with mortgages in Europe (at least the bit I'm from) is my bank didn't look at my credit history because it turns out I don't have one.

They looked at my income and expenditure and the deposit I was putting down on the house, and decided whether the amount I had to pay would be affordable, and that was it. (The good thing is I got a standard variable rate mortgage, and with interest rates so low I'm paying something like 0.75% interest at the moment)

Comment: Seriously, fuck Greenpeace. (Score 1) 287

by jcr (#47541405) Attached to: Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

They're like the goddamned Westboro Baptist Church, trying to leech publicity from anything that makes the news. They are not, and have never been an environmentalist organization. They're a marketing organization, that sucks up money by guilt peddling.

If you want to help the environment, then donate to a local group in your area, the Sierra Club, Ducks Unlimited, or any of dozens of others.

-jcr

Comment: Re:Heck, we probably already fund them (Score 0, Troll) 125

by jcr (#47535129) Attached to: The NSA's New Partner In Spying: Saudi Arabia's Brutal State Police

They bomb hospitals under UN protection

They bomb hospitals that UN personnel have allowed Hamas to use as weapons depots, and they call and warn people to get out of them first.

Taking Hamas propaganda at face value is a good way to make an ass of yourself.

-jcr

"I have not the slightest confidence in 'spiritual manifestations.'" -- Robert G. Ingersoll

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