Whine and Dime #0017

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If you have ever built a web or native app that prevents paste functionality for password fields: pick a new career. Because seriously, if you think that preventing paste into a password field somehow improves the security of your app or site, you really haven't got a clue what's going on.

Shine

The Europeans really know how to do trains. The Eurostar is just fantastic. London-Paris (and vice versa) by train has to be one of the best international capital city routes in the world. And speaking of Paris, I'm spending a bit of time there each week at the moment, so I'm making some #ParisObservations about the quirky and interesting differences that make it such a great city.

Industry News

What is the Australian Payments Plan? Watch the video and read the material to find out where the Australian Payments Council think payments will go in Australia over the next 10 years. Seems to have a lot in common with the UK's World Class Payments.

Are you thinking about applications other than banking for blockchain technologies? Try this: Banking Is Only The Start: 12 Big Industries Where Blockchain Could Be Used. Note: not all of the twelve ideas discussed present a strong case, but a couple of them are quite interesting.

Elsewhere: this is a cracking idea for a non-financial use of blockchain tech: The GIF That Fell to Earth.

I keep hearing more and more about IBM's Bluemix. One of the advantages it has over public or hybrid elastic infrastructure (the term 'cloud' should be banned!) like AWS, SoftLayer, Heroku among others, is that there is an on-site version. Bluemix Local has all of the same features as the hybrid and multi-tenant versions, but it can run behind an organisation's firewall. This makes it attractive for banks and financial institutions that are generally prevented by regulators from using public or multi-tenant infrastructure. Expect to hear a lot more about this in the near future.

Look out for a new term: "conversational commerce". This article explaining why: "2016 will be the year of conversational commerce" lays out the concept and the reasons why it will be a thing this year. I agree. Definitely something to watch.

And finally, it looks like millions of e-commerce sites are at risk from a new Magento bug. E-commerce is hard.

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