Moira sitting on the floor, looking REALLY peevedAnother picture taken with my new camera, this one of Fuzzball. She’s not happy in this picture, which should surprise no one.

Work on Thursday was somewhat annoying. The “security upgrades” that they’re forcing through have absolutely nothing to do with security. They’re only being put in place so that the Payment Card Industry oligopoly can say, “You aren’t in compliance with the latest ├╝ber-paranoid security measures!!1!” and fine people thousands of dollars for problems that don’t actually exist.

So, according to our testing, with the “security measures” in place, users can’t perform a lot of actions which they could do without a problem before. I don’t have any idea what this’ll mean for us in a week’s time. Ideally, the people responsible for this cluster@#$%^ would have to personally take every single tech-support call, and be held responsible for every single dollar of revenue lost, but that probably won’t happen. No, the people responsible for this will probably be rewarded for “increasing security”, and the people on my team will probably be yelled at. When the suits want something that’s physically or technically impossible, the engineers are usually blamed.

I wish there were a way around this. However, thanks to the oligopoly the credit card industry has on payments made over the Net, there isn’t one. Oligopolies retard innovation, cause ordinary people to pay higher prices, and prevent things from progressing. They also seem to be the natural state of things. Government should be working to reduce or eliminate the power of oligopolies for the benefit of ordinary citizens; instead, elected officials are usually in collusion with them because it’s easier and more lucrative. I don’t know how to fix this. Even if I did, I don’t have the power to do so.