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Clueless About Card Data Hack, PF Chang's Reverts To Imprinting Devices

Cmdr-Absurd Re:Imprint is still allowed? (142 comments)

I once went to a Staples to buy a ream of paper. Their computers were down. So they decided to close the store. Said they couldn't sell anything. Apparently, they couldn't locate any office supplies that would have allowed them to write up a sale.

about 2 months ago

Clueless About Card Data Hack, PF Chang's Reverts To Imprinting Devices

Cmdr-Absurd Re:Imprint is still allowed? (142 comments)

A bit of googling does suggest that imprints can be still used. Still, I can't imagine the security requirements being met in a fast food environment.

about 2 months ago

Clueless About Card Data Hack, PF Chang's Reverts To Imprinting Devices

Cmdr-Absurd Imprint is still allowed? (142 comments)

I was under the impression (no pun intended) that the old-school imprint technique was declared unacceptable (in the PCI-DSS rules) a few years back.
Perhaps the rules for securing the imprints were just so cumbersome that it made using them completely impractical. I can't imagine fast food joints maintaining the physical security required for this.

about 2 months ago

U.S. Drone Attack Strategy Against Al-Qaeda May Be Wrong

Cmdr-Absurd The Hydra (433 comments)

Companies don't fall apart when they lose their CEO or CFO

So what this boils down to is the notion that head of organizations, be they terrorist or corporate (insert joke here), we overspend on resources directed at the top.
In targeting terrorists, we spend big bucks on weapons systems and focus intelligence attention at the top.
In the case of corporations, we pay huge salaries -- believing the heads to be irreplaceable.
In both cases, there are plenty of qualified, motivated individuals ready to do a hydra-like head regeneration of the top levels.

about 3 months ago

Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage

Cmdr-Absurd Over the air (342 comments)

(IANAL). I was quite surprised this even reached the high court. The broadcasters have a revenue model of paying by putting ads in front of eyeballs. This service arguably helps them meet that goal. Yes, I'm sure they'd like to double-dip and get paid for the "rebroadcast," but if you are giving your product away for free over the public airwaves, you should not be allowed to complain about where folks choose to locate their antennas. Be happy for the extra eyeballs.

about 4 months ago

Will Living On Mars Drive Us Crazy?

Cmdr-Absurd Sounds like "Friends" in hell. (150 comments)

Three men, three women, not much to do. Watch what happens with their mode and relationships.
Will there be a Ross and a Rachel on the mission?
Wait... The puffy shirt was on Seinfeld!

about 5 months ago

How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

Cmdr-Absurd one bit at a time (983 comments)

Same as always.

about 5 months ago

Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

Cmdr-Absurd Re:but lion is not (241 comments)

Parent suggested that SL was older than it is. I don't think it is out of line to expect Apple to support an OS that shipped on its hardware for at least the length of the warranty.
SL is hardly ancient. It does, however run 3rd party software that won't run on newer OSen.

about 6 months ago

Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

Cmdr-Absurd but lion is not (241 comments)

In my office we have a machine or two that shipped with SL and are still within the 3 year applecare warranty period.

about 6 months ago

Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

Cmdr-Absurd not so much machine, but software (241 comments)

Folks stick to SL for basically 3 reasons:

  1. They prefer the SL interface to the more recent offerings.
  2. They want/need to run 3rd party software that fails to run under later versions (PPC apps in particular -- Rosetta was dropped in LIon)
  3. Apple apps that were dropped -- such as Podcast Producer in the server version.

about 6 months ago

Oracle Seeking Community Feedback on Java 8 EE Plans

Cmdr-Absurd Fix first (109 comments)

I'd be happy if they concentrated their efforts on fixing the seemingly never-ending parade of security holes in the 6 and 7 before they move on to 8.

about 7 months ago

Home wireless security level?

Cmdr-Absurd + distance (438 comments)

WPA2+Hidden SSID+base station underground and road ~100m from front door.

1 year,21 days

My NSA-induced paranoia level:

Cmdr-Absurd I could tell you... (290 comments)

But then the NSA would have to kill you.

1 year,29 days

Is Daylight Saving Time Worth Saving?

Cmdr-Absurd Re:Electricty has made daylight savings obsolete (646 comments)

But with electric lighting, it's pretty much never dark in areas where people live and work.

That argument works if you are indoors, but if you are outside gardening, cycling, etc, more hours of post-workday daylight are a real boon. Of course we could also solve the problem by adjusting the clock time start/end of work days or adopting more flex time working, but that seems to be just as controversial.

about a year and a half ago

I sit in front of a screen for ___ of my waking time.

Cmdr-Absurd might be close to 100% (196 comments)

I voted a 60-80, but then realized that my bicycle has a GPS. So even when I'm on an all-day ride, I'm technically sitting in front of (or perhaps behind) a screen.

about a year and a half ago

Hotmail & Yahoo Mail Using Secret Domain Blacklist

Cmdr-Absurd Re:Is this a repeat? (345 comments)

I was thinking the exact same thing. I'm SURE I've seen this exact story before.

about a year and a half ago

On Daylight Savings Time:

Cmdr-Absurd block of daylight (475 comments)

Gives me a block of daylight to do yard work or get in a bike ride after work. (Or both on the longest days)

about 2 years ago

Give me a solder gun, and I can produce ...

Cmdr-Absurd not mutually exclusive (321 comments)

I can do both option 2 and 6. In fact, both results are pretty much assured.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Getting a Tech Job With Skills But No Formal Degree?

Cmdr-Absurd Demonstrate skills (266 comments)

When I'm hiring for unix admin jobs, I don't give a fig about what degree you have. Just what you can do and how fast you can learn.
Demonstrate that, and there will be no shortage of job offers.

more than 2 years ago

My most recent tax bill was ...

Cmdr-Absurd less than a dollar (394 comments)

Sales tax on lunch.

more than 2 years ago


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