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Comment: Re:Never store sensitive data you don't need. (Score 4, Informative) 142

"Things have changed now; storing credit card data has come to be regarded as routine in the post-1 click, impulse buy Internet world."

Having intefgrated with several payment processing systems, I can tell you no one stores credit card information any more. At least in Europe. PCI-DSS regulations are very clear on this.

What we have now is a token we can use. The token is returned after a payment is made. You can keep this token int he DB to allow repeat purchases. This is similar to storing the credit card, but you can only re-use that token with the single payment processor company and give the original payee that money.

Pretty much useless for a criminal.

The liability for leaking a cc number is now with the payment processor, and they are generally held to a higher security standard than your average chinese retaurant chain.

Comment: Re:Phoronix Rocks (Score 3, Interesting) 134

by gigne (#47167539) Attached to: Testing 65 Different GPUs On Linux With Open Source Drivers

Yeah i'm going to have to second that.

Not only do they have great perf tests, but there is also a great depth of kernel news, x/wayland/mir and other general good to know linux news

If only those popup ads were destroyed. On my mobile it can be hard to get rid of them.

I'm going to head over there right now and pay for a subscription

Comment: Re:The Nook is/was excellent (Score 1) 321

by gigne (#47111295) Attached to: I Want a Kindle Killer

What happened to keeping things simple. I really like that my Kobo has one function... e-books. All the rest of that stuff, annotations etc are just fluff.
I just want to read the book. No mess, no fuss.

I only pine for a better backlight that doesn't illumate my room in the dark. Waking my wife because she thinks she is in the headlights of an incoming car is not ideal.

Comment: Re:Move along nothing to see here. (Score 1) 56

by gigne (#47099563) Attached to: Servo Stock 3D Printer Brings Closed-Loop Control To Reprap


I have spent a lot of time with servo motors and closed loop PID. (mainly Openservo) Even the best servo has some slop in the mechanics.

The real problem here isnt the mechanics, it is the PID loop. Unless precicely calibrated (and I mean really precicely) then the overshoot or settle becomes a big problem.

Much better to close that loop with a stepper motor or decent DC and precision gearbox.

My UM has never missed a step that I know of, and is certainly more precise than +/- 2 steps.

Comment: Re:I'd rather not use (Score 1) 521

by gigne (#47075933) Attached to: Goodbye, Ctrl-S

I used to be in the group of people that didn't save often.... at least until I owned a box that would bluescreen randomly.... and frequently. Amazing how that has changed my habits forever.

Now I have the problem of auto-saving breaking my shit.

If I open a doc and start changing it, I may want to save it as a different file completely. Problem is, autosave has overwritten theoriginal file. (admittedly this has only happened once, and it was a not so great application).

Now if I am changing a doc, the first thing I do is save-as.

Comment: Re:Wearable device feasibility (Score 2) 180

by gigne (#46638301) Attached to: A Third of Consumers Who Bought Wearable Devices Have Ditched Them

Agreed. Simple wins. I have really thought that my Pebble would get forgotton as time went on, but I find it so easy and so convenient that I really miss it. The Pebble (unlike the gear) is simple, sleek and performs one function well. You barely even have to charge the thing.
In a world where a clock on the wall is increasingly rare, having the time on your wrist is massively useful. Not everyone wants to drag a smartphone out just to tell the time.

One of the most overlooked advantages to computers is... If they do foul up, there's no law against whacking them around a little. -- Joe Martin