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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

theArtificial Re:Not a chance (627 comments)

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.

2 days ago
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2600 Profiled: "A Print Magazine For Hackers"

theArtificial Re:Hard to find (71 comments)

I don't get why anybody wants a print version of a blog in 2014

How many blogs can you go back 30 years on? I've had paper last far longer than any computer.

2 days ago
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2600 Profiled: "A Print Magazine For Hackers"

theArtificial Re:Hard to find (71 comments)

Purchased one a few days ago from a Microcenter. Maybe they were just out?

2 days ago
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Changing the Rules of a 15-Year-Old Game: Quake Live Update Causes Controversy

theArtificial Re: It ain't no Team Fortress Classic (170 comments)

Uh oh, my heart just stopped... there it goes. I vividly recall the happy bday stuff too. Good times

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

theArtificial Re: Dominion & Munchkin (382 comments)

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?

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

theArtificial Re:Dominion & Munchkin (382 comments)

Understandable. The whole point of the game is cooperation and if you cannot get people to work together play a different game pronto. I like this game specifically because its a team building game.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

theArtificial Re:Dominion & Munchkin (382 comments)

It's a completely different style of play, and it is much more focused on play and having fun, than winning at all costs. And it means one person doesn't always win the game, and everyone else decides they have better things to do.

Indeed! I'm a big fan of German style games specifically to avoid Monopoly like situations.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

theArtificial Dominion & Munchkin (382 comments)

Dominion! This is an excellent card based game. Not difficult to pick up, a warmup game clears up things quickly, and as a bonus they've got an official electronic version online at http://playdominion.com built using html and js, and there is a chrome extension too. You can play without signing up or logging in and against bots or other players not to mention the entire base game is free. You are not hindered with the "base game" and there are several expansions which add additional cards to the game. The game itself uses 10 cards at a time which you can randomly draw to keep things interesting or if you prefer you can build decks. Dominion shines with 3+ players and maxes out at 8. Games last anywhere from 10-45 minutes. I'm actually working on an IRC port of this since everything is better on IRC >.>

Munchkin is another great party game.

about 2 months ago
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Putin Government Moves To Take Control of Russia's largest space company Energia

theArtificial Re:Trillion-dollar boo-boo (252 comments)

on a par with second world countries (which is what Russia really is these days)

The Second World refers to the former Socialist, industrial states (formally the Eastern Bloc), mostly the territory and the influence of the Soviet Union. Following World War II, there were nineteen communist states, and after the fall of the Soviet Union, only five socialist states remained: China, Cuba, Laos, North Korea and Vietnam. Along with "First World" and "Third World", the term was used to divide the states of Earth into three broad categories. In other words, the concept of "Second World" was a construct of the Cold War and the term has largely fallen out of use since the revolutions of 1989, though it is still used to describe countries that are in between poverty and prosperity, many of which are now capitalist states. Subsequently, the actual meaning of the terms "First World", "Second World" and "Third World" changed from being based on political ideology to an economic definition.[1] The three world theory has been criticized as crude and relativity outdated for its nominal ordering (1, 2, 3) and sociologists have coined the term "developed", "developing", and "underdeveloped".

about 3 months ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

theArtificial Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

Sounds like a wonderful, idealized, place to live. Many countries place restrictions on citizens who've been convicted of felonies. These restrictions make it a little less democratic don't you think? That appears to be at odds with your binary democracy. Which so called democratic country do you hail from?

about 3 months ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

theArtificial Re:What?!? (928 comments)

While some may consider this joke somewhat tired, well done. I laughed.

about 3 months ago
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Mathematicians Push Back Against the NSA

theArtificial Re:Fight your own battles (233 comments)

Clarification, unless you can get the elites on your side (they're on their own side :/) it doesn't really have much of a chance. Here's a link to the paper, form your own opinion. Warning PDF.

about 6 months ago
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Mathematicians Push Back Against the NSA

theArtificial Re:Fight your own battles (233 comments)

Certainly the electorate needs to get off their collective asses and change things, but at present there is no effective mechanism for them to do so. The election system has been gamed to the point that it's virtually impossible to wrest control from the two-faced party currently in control, short of a major grass-roots campaign to toss the bastards out, and such campaigns inevitably need leaders and organization to give them focus, which the NSA is quite likely doing their best to disrupt (we have documented evidence that the intelligence organizations have been infiltrating and undermining potentially powerful citizen groups since at least the McCarthy era, do you really think anything has changed?)

America is an Oligarchy interview with the paper's Author. Another analysis which I would recommend skimming over.

What is most incredible to me is that the data under scrutiny in the study was from 1981-2002. One can only imagine how much worse things have gotten since the 2008 financial crisis. The study found that even when 80% of the population favored a particular public policy change, it was only instituted 43% of the time . We saw this first hand with the bankster bailout in 2008, when Americans across the board were opposed to it, but Congress passed TARP anyway (although they had to vote twice).

Unless you get the "elites" involved you're doomed.

about 6 months ago
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How the FCC Plans To Save the Internet By Destroying It

theArtificial Re:Be Specific (217 comments)

Not sure if you've seen this: Princeton Study Confirms 'US Is An Oligarchy' (warning pdf). Here's a little summary of it.

The study found that even when 80% of the population favored a particular public policy change, it was only instituted 43% of the time.

about 6 months ago

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