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Comment Re:The single most popular in use is .xyz. (Score 3, Interesting) 146

Don't mention that they gave away hundreds of thousands of .xyz domains for free to people who didn't even ask for them to get there.

Which has, incidentally, given it a reputation of being 99.9% spam, just like .biz. I visited the day Google announced its reorg, and that remains the only legitimate domain I've ever seen in that TLD. I have postfix rejecting anything with a .xyz "From" header, and it looks like I'm about to add .shop to the list.

IMO the only thing these new TLDs are accomplishing is fracturing the namespace into ever more useless niches that will never be widely accepted or compatible. Oh well, it's their money, if they want to waste it.

Comment Re:Verizon is NOT "deploying" a drone (Score 1) 38

I bet they're itching to get some of these drones deployed next time. I've had The Weather Channel streaming as background noise for the past couple of days, and the reporters have been frequently mentioning that Verizon service is down, calling out Verizon specifically instead of just saying "cell service is down." Outages are to be completely expected during this type of event, but it's still not great advertising for vzw.

Comment Re: Misleading headline; incentivized reviews cont (Score 3, Interesting) 77

Amazon is in the business of selling products that don't leave a bad taste in the mouths of Amazon customers. They have a vested interest in removing shitty products from their site, as the shitty products reflect poorly upon the Amazon brand. Honest and objective reviews, insulated from retribution by the seller, are a good thing.

Comment Re:not sure how they handle recurrent payments (Score 2) 222

I think credit card issuers *should* change your card number every year. It would have a slightly PITA quality to if you had a ton of automatic charges, but it would also mean the number would expire sooner rather than later and increase the chances that if the number were harvested somehow it wouldn't have a long life.

FYI, VISA offers merchants a service called VISA Account Updater where if your credit card number changes, VISA will happily sell your new number to any merchant who had your old one. Just great, huh? It used to be if you were dealing with a hostile merchant who refused to stop billing you (think AOL for example), your "nuclear option" was to have your card number changed. Now even that won't work if you use a VISA card, because VISA themselves will sell you out.

Comment Re:Good idea (Score 1) 222

Rotating every minute is probably too fast for this purpose. Consider your average consumer poking around online, it might take them more than a minute just to type in their card information, then they see that "Continue Shopping" button and realize they want to add something else to their cart. Next thing you know, 10 or 15 minutes have elapsed between the time they entered their card info and the time they click "Checkout." The card issuers are loath to introduce any frustration into the purchase process. An hour window seems like a good compromise.

Comment Re:Useless numbers? (Score 1) 222

A broken 12-hours clock is right twice a day and those broken numbers will be right 26 times in those three years.

Unless you're attempting to use a stolen card every hour for 3 years, you'd have to get really fucking lucky to run your charge at the correct time. And attempting to charge a card every hour is going to get the card flagged for fraud long before your blind squirrel finds his nut.

Comment Re:Virtual cards ? (Score 3, Informative) 222

Regarding this number changing method, how are the new number generated? How does the bank know that numbers are valid ?

I presume it works just like a SecurID or other access control dongle. Your card is seeded with a value known to the bank. The card plugs that seed and the current time into an algorithm that generates the number. When you go to make a purchase, the bank runs the same calculation and looks to see if the numbers match.

Comment Re:I don't understand DNS. (Score 2) 215

I mean, presumably if I have a server somewhere, on Google cloud, AWS, at home, whatever, and it it has a public IP address, then I can have it serve up IP addresses of all my other machines when I give it some name. With whatever naming scheme I might like to use. I can make my own IP address lookup system.

Yes, absolutely. This is how I block advertising and malware sites, I set up a DNS server that resolves 20,000+ domains to and pointed all my devices at it. Nothing is preventing you or anyone else from setting up a DNS server, the only challenge would be convincing others to use it, if that was your goal.

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