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Hackers Steal Kroger's Customer List

stilwebm Re:Who else is using Epsilon? (185 comments)

So far I've seen the following brands/companies affected:

McKinsey, Brookstone, U.S. Bank, Capital One, Citibank, JP Morgan Chase, Kroger, New York & Co, and Tivo.

Some additional clients of theirs include Best Buy, Fender, TIAA-CREF, MD Anderson, Visa, Kraft, Marriott International, and Johnston & Murphy/Genesco.

I expect that client list to shrink as more notifications go out.

more than 3 years ago
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Boeing's 787 Dreamliner Takes Flight

stilwebm Re:LOL. (278 comments)

The A380 is not a competitor or substitute for the 787. The A380 is Airbus's bold bet on hub-and-spoke flight operations, and most closely competes with the Boeing 747 series. The 787 is designed for a smaller number of passengers than the A380 while having long range options, making longer point-to-point routes possible. Airbus's answer to the 787 is the A350, which has been redesigned several times. The A350 has 505 "firm" orders, while the 787 has 840 "firm" orders.

more than 4 years ago
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Best Practices For Infrastructure Upgrade?

stilwebm Re:I'd say (264 comments)

Having managed old infrastructure boxes in the past, I know it's harder than it sounds. The reliability was rock solid, but as demands of the network grew - not only in numbers of nodes but the way the nodes were used - and security concerns mounted, it was no longer feasible to maintain the boxes as-is.

Compiler, library, and package management changes over that time period makes it difficult on *nix boxes and Windows support expirations likewise make it difficult in Windows land. You reach a point where the time invested to patch a system exceeds the cost of replacing the system. Additionally, the downtime from the patch process (good luck finding a decent staging server for something seven years old) offsets the purported reliability of the setup. Lose a major component on one of those machines and you'll get a crash course in starting over and modernization.

more than 4 years ago
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MS Money Poll

stilwebm Re:Online Banking (291 comments)

Scheduling a credit card payment and mortgage payment for the end of the month, before you leave the country for a month won't show up until they hit the accounts affected. Nor will a check you write and mail to someone who might take anywhere from 5 to 30 days to deposit it. By putting transactions in on the anticipated date, you can see both the current, real bank balance, and the virtual balance at points in the future. This makes it easy to manage your cash flow, especially if you want to maximize your return on cash rather than just keeping large balances in a checking account. It also makes it easy to avoid negative balances, overdraft fees, and late fees.

more than 5 years ago
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MS Money Poll

stilwebm Re:missing option (291 comments)

If you signed your card and reported it stolen immediately (within 48 hours), most banks would give you zero liability and legally the maximum liability is $50. Your liability is $0 if you report its loss/theft before it is used. Carrying a credit/debit cart has less risk potential than carrying any amount of cash over $50.

more than 5 years ago
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Google Demands Higher Chip Temps From Intel

stilwebm Re:Not too surprising (287 comments)

Good point, I hadn't thought of the high failure rate tolerance as a way to contribute to Intel's R&D. That's exactly the type of partnership value they'd seek.

more than 5 years ago
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Google Demands Higher Chip Temps From Intel

stilwebm Re:Not too surprising (287 comments)

"Guarantee us a higher temp CPU or we will switch to AMD...and tell everyone about it."

That's not really how the negotiation goes in this type of situation where there are two major supplier choices (AMD and Intel) and Google is a relatively small customer when compared with Dell, HP, IBM, etc.

In all likelihood, the negotiation is more of a partnership where both parties work together to create value. Google says, "We buy thousands upon thousands of your chips, but we also pay millions of dollars annually to cool them. We'd be willing to pay little premium and lock in more volume if you can help us save money by increasing the temperature inside our data centers." Google has done the math and comes prepared with knowledge of how much those specs can save them and forecast of chip need of the next 12-18 months, and the two work together to create value. For example, Google might offer to allow endorsements (as they did with Dell for their Google appliances) in exchange for favorable pricing and specifications.

The "do this or I'll switch" tactic only works well when there are many suppliers and products are relatively undifferentiated, like SDRAM or fan motors.

more than 5 years ago

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