Except, after you jailbreak, you can install a CVE patch to the PDF exploit via Cydia (the jailbreak version of the App store).
So my jailbroken 4.0.1 phone is more secure than your unbroken 4.0.1 phone.
I don't think this benefits Ticketmaster as described. Keep in mind scalpers are doing nothing but trying to take advantage of an arbitrage opportunity (buy cheap tickets, auction for a much higher value).
It's simply a question of who captures the "value" (economic surplus). Suppose consumers and scalpers pay $100 per ticket. Scalpers resell their tickets at an average cost of $200. In that case, consumers and scalpers captured $100 of "value". Those consumers that purchased from the scalpers captured $0 in value. And ticketmaster and the performers captured $100 in value (but lost an additional $100 they could have captured). I don't know if ticketmaster gets a flat fee, or a flat fee plus a percentage of the gross receipts, or what, but it would seem the primary loser in this instance is the performer (and ticketmaster potentially secondarily).
If scalpers can't resell their tickets, then *all* tickets sell for $100. Now consumers capture the same $100 in economic value (both the original consumers and now the ones who would've purchased from scalpers). The scalpers get $0 value. And the performers still miss out on the additional $100 in value. Ticketmaster is unaffected by this (assuming the show still sells out, which is would in this instance).
The "Grandma" argument is relevant, though it's likely a small percentage of Ticketmaster's sales. Airlines have the same policy - I've run into this where my father purchased a ticket in my name but United Airlines would not let me board the plane without having his credit card for validation (which as I pointed out to them is a retarded policy, since if I had *stolen* the card I would have it handy, and if I was a marginal criminal I would have his number embossed on a fake card). At the time I had to purchase a new ticket and he had to file for reimbursement (I'm not sure if this is still their policy).
It seems to be the biggest reason Ticketmaster would do this is the same reason the airlines went to e-tickets over paper tickets - it's *significantly* cheaper to handle. The airlines said that e-ticketing saved them $30 per ticket (even after accounting for all the automated ticket booths). Even if you don't believe that number, and you agree ticketmaster's costs are lower, if they save $1 per ticket that easily amounts to tens or hundreds of millions of dollars, with the added bonus of cutting down on credit card fraud (at least as well as the airline policy above describes)
We've got ~2800 RHEL4 and 5 servers and ~400 VMware ESX servers and 4 admins. The key is homogenity.
Now we can go back in time four times!
Don't all Intel-based Mac owners also own a PC capable of running Windows by using bootcamp?
AOL has had this for years. If you have an AOL ID you can see if at http://my.screenname.aol.com./ It's essentially "kerberos for the web". Unfortunately (a) it's a bear to get working (on the apache side), (b) is only used by their partners, and (c) forces you to use your AOL login. But other than that it's pretty nifty - if only they would open source it.
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