Friday, 23 March 2007

BBC on youtube

I only just noticed that BBC have a Youtube account. Kudos to them.

Wednesday, 21 March 2007

Free movie tickets

ANZ is having a promotion where they are giving away free Hoyts double movie tickets.

Call 1800 852 299 and leave your name, contact and address. Its as easy as that.

Friday, 2 March 2007

The PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry - Data Security Standard) defines who wears the loss when someone misuses your credit card. Essentially the blame rests with the merchant who will bear the cost of a fraudulent transaction.

Some bloggers have suggested that this is the appropriate spot to place the blame, suggesting that as the merchants are on the pointy of maintaining the security of the card information that they should be responsible for the breach - however this is entirely the wrong approach to take.

There is nothing that merchants can do to stop themselves from being defrauded & this is due to the fundamentally insecure way in which the transaction occurs. There are few, if any, solutions in place that would allow a merchant to validate whether or not the credit card number they've been provided actually belongs to the customer - all they can do is accept the risk of fraud & pass the costs of this on to the consumer. So under this model, no processes are improved & ultimately the consumer ends up paying for the cost of fraud anyway through increased prices.

The credit card companies, who are the only ones who can actually change the system, are left with no responsibility or financial penalties at all - and if they don't suffer then they won't change anything. If they were responsible to make good fraudulent transactions, you'd be sure that we'd have a more secure payment system in a short time.

You see while a particular merchant may be responsible for the leak of the credit card data - it likely will not be the merchant, or at least not alone, who will feel the pain of that leak. The stolen credit card data will be used to defraud other merchants, who may have protected their data quite well. So what incentive is there for a merchant to tightly protect the data when they'll still be impacted no matter how much they spend.

Consumers and merchants are both users of the credit card system - it is the credit card companies who are selling a service to these users & they alone are the ones responsible for fixing the insecurities in it.

Thursday, 1 March 2007

Google TV - NOT!

This video is an interesting one.

A guy by the name of Mark Erickson shows you how to sign up for Google TV - a service, he claims, that is in Beta release from Google that lets you watch television shows from major studios.

The video is a fake - Google TV doesn't exist, however Erickson does a good job of faking it.

While its fake, theres something about it that captures your attention. It'd be nice to be able to stream our favourite TV shows as easily as this. Ironically, within a few years this sort of service will likely be available & if I was in Google's shoes I'd be asking myself "Why not?".

TV studios make series to make money, they make this off of the distributors, who in turn make money off of the advertising. Now although the traditional method is to get advertising from broadcasting it over the air waves - whats wrong with broadcasting it over the Internet instead. YouTube has already proven that they're capable of streaming massive amounts of video simultaneously - so its not an infrastructure issue.

If the studios don't quickly adapt to what consumers want, a new breed of content producers will spring up that will deliver what is wanted... in fact, if they aren't there already then they're very close.

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