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Submission + - Credit Card security: Who pays for breaches?

PetManimal writes: "A scheme to steal customers' credit and debit card information at a New England supermarket chain highlights a little-understood fact about credit card security: Customers still think that the credit-card companies have to eat fraudulent charges, but since PCI DSS standards were adopted, it's actually the merchant banks and merchants who have to pay up. And, according to the author of the last article, it's a good thing:

The main reason PCI exists is that there are tens of thousands of merchants who don't understand the basics of information security and weren't even taking the very minimum steps to secure their networks and the credit card information they stored. ... PCI pushes that burden downstream and forces merchants to take on a preventative role rather than a reactive role. They have to put in a properly configured firewall, encrypt sensitive information and maintain a minimum security stance or be fined by their merchant banks. By forcing this to be an issue about prevention rather than reaction, the credit card companies have taken the bulk of the financial burden off of themselves and placed it on the merchants, which is where much of it belongs anyways.

Submission + - Ajax and E-Commerce Solutions

ecart writes: "Ever wonder what large e-commerce retailers use for a shopping cart solution? Do they build their e-commerce solution in-house or outsource? Do their CIO's go through the same process of researching and selecting a cart solution that us little guys go through? You betcha.

They fish in a much larger pond than micro/small e-commerce operations and the solutions available to them blow many of the hosted shopping cart solutions that we know and love right out of the water. Take for instance Demandware.

Demandware has an impressive client list that includes Playboy and Vermont Teddy Bear. Even more impressive is their solution. Features include an AJAX shopping cart, highly evolved merchandising ability and a robust checkout system that can include incentives and offers for upselling. Oh and did I mention they offer AN AJAX SHOPPING CART?!!?

Sorry of getting so excited over this technology but it makes the shopping experience SO MUCH better than other web technologies. With AJAX you can kiss the following goodbye:

  — Requiring customer to click to go through a checkout.
  — No more disjointed steps to "Add to Cart" or "Continue Shopping".
  — No more clicking to get shipping costs.

All of these benefits sum up to higher sales conversion rates for the store. Quite simply, the easier you make to buy something from your online store — the more people will buy. Think out it as a one-step checkout on steroids. I'll take it further and say the AJAX shopping carts make one-step shopping cart looks so 1990's. The big boys know this and are going through great pains to update their e-commerce solutions to make uee of AJAX. The Gap even temporarily closed their online stores down to upgrade AJAX. Yes, it's that important.

Now us little guys will just have to wait for an affordable AJAX hosted shopping cart to come along..."

Submission + - Longhorn server is virtually ready

Rob writes: The next release of Microsoft's server operating system depends on the company deciding its virtualization capabilities are ready to go, according to the company's UK server director. In April 2005, Microsoft's CEO, Steve Ballmer, announced that the company would introduce a virtualization hypervisor in the next version of Windows Server, which is codenamed Longhorn. The hypervisor technology will be embedded within Windows and enable it to take direct advantage of processor-level virtualization technologies to improve the performance and efficiency of running virtual machines. The approach being taken by Microsoft is similar to that taken by its open source rival and partner XenSource Inc in that it creates virtual environments at the operating system layer rather than the hardware virtualization model taken by incumbent VMware Inc, a division of EMC Corp.
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Journal Journal: Vista Upgrade

I am not sure how things go for those poor beings who decided to do an upgrade from XP to Vista... somehow I have this weird feeling it will be as bad as the 98 to XP change. The horror of the Vista Upgrade must be even worse for a simple user such as this guy in his webcomic :)


Submission + - The Top 100 Alternative Vendors

Anonymous writes: "Everyone can name the market leaders in different technology segments. HP has overtaken Dell in PCs and is the undisputed market-share leader in printers. Microsoft holds the title for operating systems. Symantec stands at the top of the hill for antivirus software. Cisco is king in data and voice networking. And EMC ranks ahead of all others in storage hardware. Alternative vendors? They're everyone else, with innovative technologies that complement hardware and software offered by market-share leaders. And, according to, they often offer higher margins and better sales opportunities. Here are 100 you should know across 10 key technology segments."

Submission + - Ballmer to analysts you're too bullish about Vista

An anonymous reader writes: Speaking at a recent recent financial analyst briefing in New York, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told analysts they were "somewhat too bullish" about the sales of Microsoft's new Vista operating system. Ballmer also revealed that while he believed the controversial Windows Genuine Advantage anti-piracy program might improve Vista revenue growth, he wasn't counting on it to be a "huge thing on the scale of this business".

Submission + - BonziBUDDY ported to Mac OS X - the world's end?

An anonymous reader writes: As it could be read recently on digg and Ars Technica, the world famoust spyware, the BonziBUDDY, has been ported to OSX, no exatcly like the original but as price for the spyware freeness, with a bit more "profane" attitude to the users. Does spyware free ports of the world famoust spyware bring the mac world in danger? At least it's worth a good laugh.

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