Saturday, August 29, 2009

Didn't win the lottery last nite

But found these interesting lottery stories:

http://www.snopes.com/rumors/lottery.asp

Also, please join us for German-American Month:

http://GermanParadeNYC.org/events
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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Slashdot: Amazon Confirms EC2/S3 Not PCI Level 1 Compliant

Jason writes "After months of digging though speculation and polar opposite opinions from PCI experts, I finally sent a direct request to Amazon's AWS sales team asking if they are in fact PCI compliant and will provide documentation attesting that they are as is required by PCI guidlines. I fully expecting them to dodge the question and refer me to a QSA, but to my relief, they replied with a refreshingly honest and absolute confirmation that it is currently impossible to meet PCI level 1 compliance using AWS services for card data storage. They also very strong suggest that cardnumbers never be stored on EC2 or S3 as those services are inherently noncompliant. For now at least, the official verdict is if you need to process credit cards, the Amazon cloud platform is off the table."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.


http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/YZxY3trCXZE/Amazon-Confirms-EC2S3-Not-PCI-Level-1-Compliant

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Thursday, August 06, 2009

Chinese bride trains eye on wedding dress record

BEIJING (Reuters Life!) - A Chinese bride is hoping to enter the record books after getting married in a wedding dress with a train more than 2 km (1.2 miles) long trailing behind her.

http://mobile.reuters.com/mobile/m/FullArticle/CODD/noddlyEnoughNews_uUSTRE5751VE20090806?src=RSS-ODD

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Saturday, August 01, 2009

World Science Festival 2009: Bobby McFerrin

World Science Festival 2009: Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale from World Science Festival on Vimeo.

Blackberry Apps

Does anyone have good recommendations for apps on my Blackberry?

I am considering Skype, and I already have Google Voice, Mobile, and Maps.

What recommendations do you have? Shazam?

Some apps are WAP-only: LinkedIn

Today's interesting products

We're getting the usual batch of catalogs. Here are my interesting picks:

Simple Lasagna Pan (***), OXO Good Grips Salad Chopper (**), Bacon Genie (****), Henry VIII Mug (****), Fishing scale (****, useful for weighing propane canisters to avoid hosting a "bring your own propane bbq), shop glasses for the kitchen (*),
Alphabet/Number Cake Pan (***), Globe with Constellation Night Light (**).

And from Hammacher Schlemmer: Faraday Wallet (*****), Negative Converter (****),
The Solar Pool Heating Rings (***) And a few really bad ideas: Steering wheel speaker (*/2), The Safest Pet Nail Clipper (*).