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Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 1) 580

by theArtificial (#48630961) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

But we are too chickenshit, and perhaps more importantly in debt to China, that both NK and China will get away with this shit.

"in debt to China" TL;DR. Vast majority of the debt is domestically held, saying China "owns" the U.S. or any other country for that matter is nonsense.

And while I'm tossing blame, Sony itself is to blame for its crappy Security. How the hell does Muti-terabytes of data leave your network, without even a HINT of it. I'm sure that whatever cost savings they were going for when IT budgets came out was well worth it. I hope Sony gets it pants sued off (see first paragraph) by the likes of all the actors, crews and other employees.

Wonder if their IT was outsourced?

Comment: Re:My what impressive sources you have! (Score 1) 388

by theArtificial (#48620025) Attached to: Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS
For the record this event couldn't have happened to a better company. Since we're talking individuals and not collections of people: It's not just these parts, for example take violations of prisoners, specifically rape jokes. How are those convicted of sex crimes, say involving children (Sandusky) treated inside the system?

Comment: Re:Not a chance (Score 1) 631

by theArtificial (#48257189) Attached to: Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

It is very illegal for a merchant to store your credit card number for more than the 5 seconds it takes to authorize the transaction, unless they implement fairly strong protection to make sure nobody can steal those numbers later. But even if they do this, it is still very illegal for them to try to share those card numbers and what they purchased, which would be necessary for different merchants to "track" your purchases.

You seem to have a pretty good understanding of the topic and I'd like to expand upon it. I've worked with several payment processors and been involved with many systems which handle credit card data and PCI compliance has very a specific definition (expanded, see also) about what card holder data is. Your first and last name, billing address, expiration, last 4 and the card type are not card holder data. Plenty there to "track" legally without touching the PAN (Primary Account Number). That said, I have no desire to see CurrentC implemented.

This doesn't even really touch companies like Acxiom. Here's a little scoop on the whole data broker thing for those unfamiliar with the scope of collection.

Comment: Re: Dominion & Munchkin (Score 1) 382

by theArtificial (#47779117) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?
What? I must've missed where I claimed all of these games were "German style". I listed some games in one comment and in another comment mentioned that I liked German style games. These are not in conflict. Also, Settlers of Catan and Pandemic qualify and Catan is explicitly mentioned in what I linked, take a look under the history section again.

The Settlers of Catan, first published in 1995, paved the way for the genre in the United States and outside Europe.[citation needed] It was neither the first "German game" nor the first such game to find an audience outside Germany, but it became much more popular than any of its predecessors.

What are some games you like playing?

It isn't easy being the parent of a six-year-old. However, it's a pretty small price to pay for having somebody around the house who understands computers.