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Comment Distinctions (Score 5, Insightful) 166

"AMX claimed that the two accounts were only used for debugging,"

No, you only use them for debugging.

Even if we choose to trust that you're not using these accounts for nefarious purposes (which we shouldn't), that's not the point. The point is that they exist at all, and just because you created them doesn't mean someone else cannot use them.

Comment "Firewall" (Score 0) 313

"Firewalls are supposed to prevent campaigns from viewing data gathered by their rivals."

Firewalls? Please. Anyone who knows anything about what a firewall is knows that firewalls do not do this sort of thing. Firewalls are 100% about controlling which ports are open or closed on a computer, and under what circumstances. They have nothing whatsoever to do with separating customer data, and anything you have that does that is called something else.

Listen, DNC: I know you need to give us a lie that minimizes your legal liability in these sorts of situations. Please prepare a plausible lie in the future.

Comment Interesting implications for diplomacy (Score 2) 118

The USA's continued cooperation with Russia on the ISS mission has been one of the many things that keeps me assured that we're not going to just completely devolve into war, because nobody wants to come to blows over that particular asset. And now we're trying to get out of ISS involvement "as quickly as we can."


Comment Re:Why is prostitution illegal in the first place? (Score 1, Interesting) 390

Two reasons:

1. The expected moral indignation of those in our population who believe prostitution is just bad. I don't think there's much constructive discussion to be had here one way or the other.

2. Prostitution is *heavily* associated with human trafficking, along with other behaviors that boil down to a girl being forced to sell her body, rather than wanting to. This is the reason that really matters.

Comment CEOs stepping down (Score 5, Informative) 215

Protip: The CEO stepping down after a public embarrassment has never been anything other than a publicity stunt to save face. It does not represent remorse or an intent to change policy. At most, it means "we want someone who will do continue to do the same things we've always done but, somehow, will magically make these revelations stop happening".

I would be shocked if Biderman wasn't receiving a nice golden parachute along with it. Or at least silver.

Comment Re: Industry 2nd opinion (Score 5, Informative) 394

I used to work for a company that, in a roundabout way, presented advertising to consumers. And, I mean...yeah, of course they waited longer than 100ms for everyone to get their bids in.

What many people don't consider is that while the primary ad presenter is getting bids, many of those buyers are doing an auction to their own list of buyers, and some of those do auctions too, etc., etc. So a lot of those buyers would take longer than the time limit we wanted to come back to us, but they were usually some of our biggest buyers. The ones that didn't actually buy many ads would get discontinued, because we didn't want to slow down load time for someone that never actually won the bid. But the big buyers, we would generally loosen the time constraints.

The wording of the summary and article make it sound like the advertisers are cackling and holding up their pinky finger, smiting the populace with longer load times for the monies. The reality is that they aren't thinking about your load times at all, most of the time. You are the product. Load times really only entered the minds of business leaders when traffic volume was dropping.

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