48 posts • joined Thursday 26th April 2007 17:42 GMT
I know someone who had 3 fail in a week - first with poor call quality and volume buttons not working, then the replacement wouldn't charge and the third one wouldn't even turn on.
As for selling well into the enterprise market, I doubt it as there's still no VPN (not that Android fares much better on the VPN front).
Bulk email != spam
We send out a monthly email newsletter with special offers and new ranges etc. I wouldn't call that spam, and neither do the 40,000 customers that receive it (we have a simple opt out procedure in place for those that aren't interested).
It's not about spamming potential customers, and if you're not keeping in touch with your existing customers in this way then you're missing a trick!
@Rtdro: If you have a Maestro card at present, I doubt you will for long. IIRC all major banks are ditching Maestro.
I'm having to update a payment system to implement 3DSecure just because MasterCard have enforced it on Maestro transactions. I can only assume they've done this to increase 3DS use without harming MasterCard if it all goes wrong - which it is, considering that all major banks are ditching Maestro and many merchants are no longer accepting it (my PSP even has an option to refuse all Maestro payments).
As for being more secure, it's simply not and that's just a cover for its real purpose - it offloads responsibility from the card companies to customers if they're enrolled, and to merchants if the merchant isn't using 3DSecure.
Of course, once I've finished updating the payment system to handle 3DSecure, it's on to PCI DSS - another huge pile of crap from the card issuers.
I've been looking at the same stats this week
Courtesy of gs.statcounter.com.
Sadly, the UK has a completely different result - IE7 has twice the market share of FF3. There's an undeniable IE6 trend though - its share drops off drastically on weekends.
Only 38 days?
That's nothing, I've been waiting months for BT to transfer a business fax number from an ISDN service to an analogue line, and I'm not even swapping providers. In the meantime, I've transferred 10 numbers from the same ISDN service to a VOIP provider within a couple of weeks.
Maybe if you ignore the 1949 Aerocar...
@Why no C, C++ etc.
Because it's an article about scripting languages.
@"little or no experience of other languages" / "none of these languages are really suitable for enterprise-scale work"
I started as a C developer and moved on to C++. I still have a soft spot for them and occasionally enjoy scaring Java developers with tales of pointers. When I moved into web development, I started with ASP, moved to PHP, then had to go back to help out with an ASP / MSSQL project and cried myself to sleep. My right hand man is from a Java and Oracle background.
We use PHP across the board, with a few small exceptions. E-commerce web site - PHP, MySQL. CRM / EIS - PHP, AJAX, MySQL. Hand held computers - PHP, AJAX, SQLite. Even our cron jobs call PHP scripts.
We may not be on the enterprise scale, but using a scripting language is great when someone says "this doesn't work properly" - fix, test, update on server, job done. Especially when you're away for the weekend - find a laptop, download PuTTY, log in to server, vi... job done, 'nother beer.
/Mine's the one with a Nokia N800 running nginx, PHP & SQLite with files copied directly from my PC's test environment onto an SD Card. Did someone mention zero effort cross platform support?
"Why in the world isn't there a generic database interface such that code doesn't need to reference mysql explicitly every time a call is made? This is inexcusable and amateurish considering a correct implementation could have been so trivial."
Ignoring the pros and cons of abstraction layers... DB, Metabase, MDB2, ADOdb, dbFacile, PDO, Zend_DB to name but a few.
I use both PDO and Zend_DB, as well as straight mysql_.
...wasn't tested by the ISC reader which is where the 9 and 11 information comes from. The Security Tracker post says it was tested on 9, 10 and 11, and described as "11 and prior versions". So no, downgrading won't eliminate the risk. Besides, the only risk is your player crashing.
@AC - "conviently failed to mention the difference between PSP2000 and PSP3000"
FTA: "The PSP-3000's brighter screen (bottom) cuts battery life by 20 to 30 minutes"
Is it just me, or does the bottom one look darker?
P.S. I'm fairly sure "conviently ", "sacrafice", "journellism" and "teh" aren't real words.
Stuff generally works
But the support is bloody useless.
I have a dedicated server support hotline number, whenever I ring it I get put in a queue for a few minutes, then it fails over to 2nd line support in India that check if dedicated server support are available, which they never are, so I get told to try again in half an hour "because there's only 1 engineer in and he's been on the phone for 20 minutes". Rinse and repeat.
Shouldn't really complain though, I'm paying peanuts for it.
Warning: This post contains (mostly) correct spelling. Continue with caution.
Considering that English is technically my second language and was banned at school outside of the twice-weekly English lessons, why is it that I'm continually correcting the spelling and grammar of English friends and colleagues?
On the topic of further education, I once attended a lecture about the importance of "spelling and grammer". Sigh.
Every stats / analytics program and log analyser I've ever used has automatically filtered out bots. Most log analysers I've used actually have a separate section showing what bots have visitied etc. They generally work using UA checks but obviously that can be faked, and IPs can be used to some extent too.
I didn't say that because it runs one of those it MUST be a PC, what I meant is fact that a box runs something other than Windows doesn't mean it's not a PC
@ Geoff Edwards
I see your point, but the term was around before the IBM PC. The Apple Mac is a personal computer - intended to be used by one person at a time, unless you're using it as a server, appliance.... Also, "doesn't have a common hardware platform"? Don't think that's been true for a fair while now.
PC != Windows box
I wish people would stop using PC incorrectly. Whether it runs Windows, Mac OS, Linux, BSD, DOS, OS/2, RISC OS, or any other flavour, or has no hard drive it's still a PC.
That said, IE's still the dominant browser on PCs, sadly.
/Mine's the one with adjacent sibling selector capable browser.
BOFH looks left, sees greetings card with "HUMAN ERROR. AGAIN." Smiles. Chuckles at a user being unable to add 90 to a total to cancel out a £90 discount.
Acknowledges "It's got stuck. Can you help?" problem by wandering off for a coffee.
Excuse my ignorance, but what have Introversion got to do with games degrees being useless?
RE Whole address / whole postcode
AVS was designed for card terminals, which only have buttons with numbers.
For a long time I've thought that a good e-commerce solution would be for credit / debit card companies to maintain a list of delivery addresses. When ordering, a customer chooses from the addresses registered with their card. This would also avoid the annoying "solution" of only allowing goods to be delivered to the registered card address - I'm at work all day, why would I want anything delivered to my house?
FTA: "They were trained to smell chemicals used in the production of CDs and although they could not distinguish genuine CDs from pirated ones, they were to help enforcement teams sniff out hidden discs."
I've had the odd problem with SecureHosting, but nothing lasting more than half an hour (if that). 12 hours is ridiculous, especially after being warned of the problem after testing. If any of my suppliers refused to answer support calls I'd find an alternative immediately, regardless of whether it cost 5 times the price.
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