"The Target problem could revive the debate about the security of magnetic stripes on cards. Banks in other countries issue cards that are embedded with a computer chip, which are considered to be more secure because they create a unique number for each transaction.
"We have all known that the magnetic stripe is a 1970s technology," says Mark Weiner, managing partner at Reliant Security, a New York-based security firm. The Target breach "will absolutely push the U.S." toward newer card technologies, he said."
NEWER CARD TECHNOLOGIES= Gemalto all the way !!! When the crowd @ CNBC ,Fox Bus and (GOD Forbid) CRAMER wake up to Gemalto folowwing the Target fiasco we are off to the races.
See pp 163-164 of Merger Proposal:
"We expect to complete the merger by Jan 31, 2014"
Expect can be a long word !! MY best Guesstimate is by Q1 2014 at the latest.
Odd, but I received a 2nd (duplicate) proxy ballot yesterday. Along with it was a postcard message urging me to vote, and--- to quote Linn :
"Thank You for Your Support ! We appreciate your confidence in us"
Just to sanity check this I called the number on the card (888-742-1305) the lady just recorded my vote over the phone.
This merger has been incubating a long time, and the level of detail provided in the( 1/2" THICK!) merger documents (almost a blow-by-blow story about the negotiations) is way more then I've ever seen before. I'm thinking Linn is going all out to provide a level of disclosure over and above the usual just to soothe the SEC and investors.
OK my ballot showed up last Friday , and my vote is in. Scottrade a bit late to the show, but they came through. I'm looking for 5-10% POP on the merger approval and some more upside when merger is actually completed
Noodles--Good Cheap Comfort Food !!! Food for hard times. This is what led to the growth of the "Cincinnati Chili Parlor " concept . They built out during the Depression and kept going post WW2, 1950's & 60's. They are a staple of Regional cuisine in and around that Ohio area.
Can Noodles do the same ?? Maybe, we are in a Recession ( or Depression if you are out of a job) To score they have to do it on a National, not Regional basis. Food tastes vary WIDELY around the USA. I'm not quite sure that the Noodles name is a total draw for all American eaters, BUT, hey look what McDonald's did with their "Brand"---Happy Investing
Why ?-- Because Crowe's leaving ?? Because we refi-ed some notes?? Or we are in bed with NSA ??
Who knows ??
Another thought----Buried within the NETWORX contract requirements (A doc. I can't find on the net anymore) I seem to recall some ways that sensitive or perhaps restricted info on Gov. network connections were handled
It was the concept of "Hide in plain site" --- the racks, cards,cables, connections and any associated hardware were simply NOT marked or designated in any special way to indicate their nature
So IF you knew which was which, tapping them would be relative simple.
Getting into the GOOG & Yahoo stuff would be the same or perhaps even easier
If you are a Gov. #$%$ and can break the law as part of your job, network spying is just another weapon in your toolbox of tricks
It seems like a trap to me, if you make the FREE product PRETTY GOOD to entice new users, it will be OK for a lot of folks, and they won't want to pay up for premium services. I've been using freeware for a decade + and I see no need to pay for any upgrades. I thinks its a mistake to offer anything for FREE, makes it seem to have no value. I will say they get a lot of exposure for free, but where is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow???
OK---here's my question ----we are due to have our App listed on the Apple Store (maybe its there, already?)---its a FREE App. How do we make any money giving away free apps ?? What kind of business model is that ---Oh, maybe we make it up in the volume ??? (hehe)
Sunit Patel comments @ Goldman Sachs Conf.
"It has been, yes. And I think one of the big advantages that Level 3 has had over other carriers is we are not fiber-constrained in our long-haul network. So we have plenty of degrees of freedom to accommodate multiple technology platforms to slide up the different fiber strength and that's been a big advantage for us.
So therefore while we had seen several other carriers announce 100-gig deployments, a lot of that was driven by fiber constraints, so they have to up more in the fiber that they had, even though it's more expensive. So in our case, as we've said for a number of years, we'll move to 100-gig when it really becomes cheaper than deploying 10-gigs. I think we're getting closer to that.
And also the other key is you actually need customers who want to buy 100-gigs. So a lot of the 100-gig deployments have to do with just managing internally the traffic loads, and the network planning and all of that. So I think the economics are continuing to improve and hopefully we'll get to a point soon where it makes sense for us. "
In a few years Keith will be down in Florida selling Resort Condo Timeshares to retirees from the snowbelt. With some luck he may get his name on a Bus Stop Bench like Saul on " Breaking Bad" That will be THE high water point of his life.
It won't be free to do a major upgrade like that. Probably a hit to our capex to light it up. BUT the Infinera approach IS a cost effective way to do it.