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Submission + - What asset tracking software do you recommend? 1 1

grahamsaa writes: I work for an organization that has a number of physical assets, as well as presence in multiple data centers. On the DC side, there are a number of specific things we need to track (one thing we want to be able to account for is how much power do we need for each rack). On the office side, our needs are more basic. We need to be able to tag and track laptops, workstations, monitors, etc.

I would like to use a single system for all of this, but have yet to find something that will work well on the office side and the data center side. Free / open source solutions are preferred, but we're prepared to spend money on a commercial solution if it meets our needs. What would you recommend?

Submission + - If a financial institution mishandles my data, what recourse do I have? 2 2

grahamsaa writes: My sister recently consolidated her student loans, and the bank e-mailed the paperwork, which included her name, address, date of birth, social security number, drivers license number and bank account information to the wrong e-mail address. The address (a gmail address) is associated with a real person (not her), so someone now has all of her personal details. My sister claims that she read her e-mail address to the bank representative over the phone twice, but that it was transcribed incorrectly.

The real issue is that the bank was willing to use unencrypted e-mail at all to send sensitive information, and I told my sister that at a minimum the bank should cover electronic credit monitoring for her for a minimum of a year, but I feel like that alone probably isn't enough. While my sister should have insisted that they use a more secure means of sending this information, I think it should be the bank's responsibility to ensure that this kind of thing doesn't happen. What kind of recourse does a person in my sister's position have? Did the bank violate any laws (she lives in Connecticut in the United States)? Is there a standard penalty for this kind of thing? I'm not a lawyer, but I know some of you are. What are her options in this case? Thanks!

Comment Re:Rent seeking (Score 1) 570 570

Also, how is this subscription service suppose to work? Am I suppose to give M$ my credit card number for recurring charges? I don't think so - although I imagine that's what many Apple consumers do (I don't know).

For the record, OSX users do not have to give Apple a credit card to receive updates. OSX updates are free and legal to install on Apple hardware. I have my fair share of gripes about Apple, but this isn't one of them. If you have their hardware and it is recent enough to run their latest software, you get it for free.

Submission + - Nexus 6: Who's to blame for the abysmal release process?

grahamsaa writes: I'm sure some of you are aware of the inventory problems Google has had, as well as the frustrating pre-order process. Customers can't even pre-order unless they happen to be visiting the play store when units are available, which, from what I can tell is several minutes every Wednesday.

What has Google gained by selling the phone this way? Why can't customers just get in line, pre-order a phone and get it when inventory is availble? Why didn't Google and Motorola anticipate the demand for the Nexus 6? They had similar problems with the N4 and N5, so they're either unable to learn from the past, horrible at planning for releases, or there's some hidden agenda / benefit that they get out of releasing devices this way.

Who was responsible for this release? Why was it handled this way? Why is Google making it so hard for me to give them my money?

Comment Overwhelm them with complaints. Use these links (Score 4, Informative) 558 558

https://www.riteaid.com/custom...
http://www.cvs.com/help/email-...

Here's the message I sent. If you're lazy, feel free to use it:
Disabling Apple Pay and Google Wallet, which were previously accepted is not OK. If you want to come up with your own competing system and give people rewards to use it, that's fine, but don't break existing functionality. Google Wallet just works. Apple and Google's solutions don't cost you any more money than a credit card transaction. Your payment app isn't even available yet and relies on QR codes, which means that when it does launch it will likely be very clunky by comparison.

If you can't come up with a sane response to this, I guess I'll be switching to Walgreens.

Comment There is absolutely no good reason for this. (Score 4, Insightful) 558 558

I used to use Google Wallet / tap to pay at Rite-aid frequently as there's one across the street from my office. I liked it. The other day when I went in and tried and got a message about Apple pay not being supported, I was pretty confused. I don't use Apple pay. Why disable functionality that was previously working and that customers want to use? Google wallet does not charge merchants at all (http://www.google.com/wallet/business/faq.html). If stores want to set up their own competing wallet apps, that's fine, but disabling something that previously worked and that costs them nothing is really stupid.

Submission + - Zappos proactively resets account passwords for users

grahamsaa writes: I received an e-mail tonight stating that my Zappos password had been reset. Since I rarely use the site and don't store credit card information there, I used a throwaway password for that account. Apparently my throwaway password made it onto the the list of passwords, so Zappos proactively changed it.

Have any other sites done this to you recently? What's your stance on using an easy to remember 'throwaway' password on sites that don't have any of your sensitive data?

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