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Comment: Re:haha (Score 4, Funny) 87

by lucm (#48643365) Attached to: Google Sues Mississippi Attorney General For Conspiring With Movie Industry

this time it's to hide their own collusion, racketeering, bribery and likely other violations of federal law.

I wonder if the other inmates will appreciate her opinion that piracy is stealing when she's in the state pen

No, they will be too busy wondering how she ended up in the state pen for violation of federal law.

Comment: Re:Would this solution stem these unending breache (Score 2) 92

by lucm (#48639785) Attached to: Staples: Breach May Have Affected 1.16 Million Customers' Cards

It's not a case of a data center being hacked and data at rest being stolen. When the POS is compromised (which is how most of these incidents happen, it was the same with Target) it's more insidious. It's like having someone install a keylogger on your computer - it does not matter how your password is stored on the backend if the password can be obtained while you type it.

The issue is how casual some organizations are about their POS security. If they were to adopt a "need to know" approach as opposed to a "whatever is convenient" approach these incidents would not have the same impact.

Comment: Re:One number to breach them all (Score 1) 92

by lucm (#48639771) Attached to: Staples: Breach May Have Affected 1.16 Million Customers' Cards

Why can't I load up, say, a Mastercard app on my phone, login, tell it that the next time I swipe my credit card, make it generate a one-time number only good for $50?

Because that would be immensely tedious and annoying. Look at how the TSA has made the process of taking an airplane a fucking pain in the ass... Intrusive security is not an acceptable solution.

The problem is not the credit card transaction. The problem is how companies store information they don't need out of convenience and laziness.

Comment: Re:What took them so long? (Score 1) 33

by lucm (#48594985) Attached to: Facebook Drops Bing Search Results

the LIKE %abc% part makes it a bit difficult on the index, but overall, yeah, I totally agree with the general idea.

FB is not Google. They don't have to index the entire internet. All they have to do is let people search in the data they've entered in 3-4 different fields. How the fuck can they fail at this.

Comment: the graph emperor has no clothes (Score 1) 33

by lucm (#48594957) Attached to: Facebook Drops Bing Search Results

One of the problems nowadays is that people put too much stock into fancy graph databases. They build apps on top of those because it's easier to persist data from a developer's point of view (no data model, no need for an ORM, no need to learn sql), but then things like search become almost impossible to do without complex and unreliable algorithms.

There's no magic. Searching requires a decent data model and a reliable indexing/partioning scheme. Young developers should stop jerking off with Big O notations and just apply common sense.

Comment: Re:Not really missing vinyl (Score 2) 433

by lucm (#48594693) Attached to: Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

To this day if I had a thousand dollars to spend on music, I'd spend it on performance tickets rather than upgrading my sound system.

The most amazing live experience is stuff like brass bands, such as Empire Brass. No recording can give justice to the physical impact of natural harmonics of perfectly tuned brass instruments. Amazing experience.

But his works for "listener" music, such as opera or jazz, but not for pop/rock concerts, where the sound quality is not there, the event is more about decibels and the social experience. Also instruments such as guitars tend to be tuned for intervals, not chords, and this minimizes the audio impact.

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