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Now with 3D Secure!

Apparently just secure isn’t good enough, now there’s 3D Secure! While I was checking out of DealExtreme (was looking for a pouch, but also ended up picking a mushroom plush), I was prompted with the following screen:

3D Secure

Apparently 3-D Secure is a real thing and DealExtreme didn’t just make it up! According to Wikipedia:

3-D Secure is an XML-based protocol used as an added layer of security for online credit and debit card transactions. It was developed by Visa to improve the security of Internet payments and offered to customers as the Verified by Visa service. Services based on the protocol have also been adopted by MasterCard, under the name MasterCard SecureCode, and by JCB International as J/Secure. American Express has added SafeKey to UK and Singapore on 8 November 2010.

[…]

This authentication is based on a three domain model (hence the 3-D in the name). The three domains are:

  • Acquirer Domain (the merchant and the bank to which money is being paid).
  • Issuer Domain (the bank which issued the card being used).
  • Interoperability Domain (the infrastructure provided by the credit card scheme to support the 3-D Secure protocol).

Sometimes Humanity Surprises Me Into Believing In It Again

Saw this on reddit and wanted to reshare, but it was too long to tweet: Japan pensioners volunteer to tackle nuclear crisis

Yasuteru Yamada

“I am 72 and on average I probably have 13 to 15 years left to live,” he says.

“Even if I were exposed to radiation, cancer could take 20 or 30 years or longer to develop. Therefore us older ones have less chance of getting cancer.”

Someone in the comments posted:

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.

A society falls when old men cut down trees whose shade they know they’re not going to need any more.

Which someone replied to the 2nd saying with:

Welcome to the United States

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-07-24

  • Words with Friends just got better! There's a re-shuffle button which doesn't require shaking & actually tells you which word is misspelled. #
  • Things you try as a kid: http://www.leasticoulddo.com/comic/20110717 #
  • @loganb Interesting… I wonder if Firefox has an extension for that. in reply to loganb #
  • New #win7 trick I learned by chance: Tabbing when renaming files moves onto next file in renaming mode! #
  • I began watching Steins;Gate which the internet seems to really like. I'm 4 episodes in and the story is just too crazy so far. #
  • Haha! Operation G-BACK. Operation jibaku (自爆 – self destruction) #
  • @hjo3 what happened? in reply to hjo3 #
  • @AllYourAnime Saw Ergo Proxy awhile back. Really neat drawings, but story got way too complicated and philosophical near the end. in reply to AllYourAnime #
  • @AllYourAnime Sure. It's been awhile since I saw Ergo Proxy, but hopefully I'll be able to hold a meaningful discussion. in reply to AllYourAnime #
  • @rothgar That reminds me of those old Microsoft Works jokes. Seems to just be smarter to never name a software product 'Works' in reply to rothgar #
  • @angelgrrl813 I find that @google is able to incorporate my behavior of "driving fast" into its time estimates ;p in reply to angelgrrl813 #
  • The folks @ Apple are genius. To get the better cpu & SSD for my Mac mini, the minimum amount of expensive RAM I'll be replacing is 4GB. #
  • Want! #cuttherope #omnomplushtoys http://lockerz.com/s/122146004 #
  • @ZeptoLab @Cut_The_Rope Are the Om Nom plush available for preorder? They're so adorably cute! #
  • Nooooo! tuturuu! tuturuu! tuturuu! #steins gate #

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-07-17

Colorful

Colorful PosterSo Random Curiosity, an anime website I frequent recently did a review on Colorful. I didn’t really read much of the article. In fact, I pretty much stopped reading after the first paragraph as to not spoil it for myself:

As a rule, I’m not going to blog the same shows here on RC that I do on Lost in America, with the exception of a couple of Spring series that I’ll be taking over from Kiiragi. But as we get ready for Summer to start, I asked to make an exception for Colorful. Why? Simply, because I really want this movie to get as much attention as possible. I admit it, this one is personal – I love the film and I want to promote it any way I can.

Funny thing is I’m actually writing this review with the anime paused in front of me right now. The anime is a feature film and runs for a little over 2 hours. Colorful reminded me a lot of the works done by Shinkai Makoto. It appears that Colorful was directed by Hara Keiichi, and was based on a book. Colorful was extremely beautiful and the story deep. The characters are well developed and you quickly get attached to them.

The anime starts off in 1st person view. It appears you’ve died after committing a great sin. We never do (or at least not yet) learn about what sin you committed or how you died, but it was so great that you would not be given the chance to reincarnate. However, “the boss” is willing to give you another chance. He gives you a challenge, a test, by putting your soul into the body of a boy who just committed suicide with the instructions to live life. You don’t immediately learn why the boy whose body your overtook committed suicide, but slowly and surely you learn about the boy’s life.

I highly recommend this anime. It’s a bit melodramatic (I might be using the word wrong here) and definitely not your typical action/battle anime. However, don’t let this scare you away as there were many emotional moments and several intense moments I was clenching my fist. Like I mentioned above, it’s very Shinkai Makoto-like. If you’ve enjoyed Voices of a Distance Star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, or 5 Centimeters per Second, you will surely enjoy Colorful. Don’t confuse it with the 16 episode anime series Colorful, which appears to be a comic relief/parody type.

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Just some random thoughts…

Just to get this off my chest before I see the ending. I have a hunch that that the soul that currently resides in the body of Makoto (the boy) is actually Makoto himself and he’s being given a 2nd chance. His suicide, the great sin, somehow caused him to forget who he was. And it makes sense that if you’re willing to kill yourself, you shouldn’t really be given a chance to reincarnate.
Update: I was right!

Anyway, you learned (or are led to believe) the main reason why Makoto committed suicide was because he caught his mother cheating on his father. Halfway through the anime, he confronts his mother about it. He wasn’t really confronting her to give her a chance to explain, but more of a reason why he’s being so cold to her. The mom becomes devastated and tries her best to be a better mom, yet he continues to give her the cold shoulder.

At certain points in time, I thought the mom was going to commit suicide because it became so unbearable to face her own child. In one scene, you see her pumping oil from a giant tank into a smaller tank and overfills it because her heart was somewhere else.

In another scene, Makoto comes home to find his mom “asleep” on the couch. It’s a Japanese tradition for the person coming home to say tadaima and the people at home to say okaerinasai. I was so afraid that she had already killed herself. Makoto was just starting to come around. When his brother came up to ask him to come down to talk about some important family matter, I was so scared the mom had died and the brother and dad were trying to softly break the news on him. It would’ve been so sad!!!

That was also another reason I believe that the soul is really Makoto, or why else would he care so much about the mom having an affair.

The anime also shows how important it is to have a friend you can entrust your problems with, even if it’s just one, so you don’t feel like you’re alone in the world. When you’re stuck by yourself and feeling the world is unfair and against you, you are led to do some crazy and stupid things.
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