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Comment: Uber isn't stupid (Score 3, Interesting) 226 226

Uber isn't stupid. They know the existing transport monopolies are maintained due to political connections aka lobbying. Uber knows there is no way it will be able to upset this status quo without support from local politicians. That, unfortunately, means lobbying. Love it or hate it, it's how things get done these days.

Comment: Re:O rly (Score 1) 369 369

It's called wrongful termination and the civil lawsuit consequences

And if his employment was 'at-will'? If so then he has just as big of a leg to stand on as if he were fired because wore a green shirt to work on a Tuesday... none.

So long as you are not dismissed in violation of an employment agreement (which are usually worded in favor of the employer), in violation of law, or you can make a compelling case that you are a member of a protected class & that was actually the reason... you aren't going to win such a battle.

Comment: Re:if it was that valuable... (Score 1) 173 173

Does the place you work have two or more completely separate networks with no access between the inside & outside ones, requiring you two have two PCs on your desk, one for searching Google for how an API works or posting to /., and another you do your sensitive work work on? Probably not.

After 9/11 there was talk about setting up federal systems this way... clearly that still hasn't happened as once you breach a single PC inside of the corporate network, even if that PC doesn't have access to your target data, it and it's users permissions can be used to climb the ladder to find someone who does have data and use them.

Comment: Re:Bah! Media! (Score 1) 173 173

Sony must not have been either when oodles of data got pulled out of them... or those detection measures were not enough.

Even if you are looking for mass uploads or downloads, there is no reason the bad guy wouldn't be willing to have the ex-filtration take a bit longer by spreading it between multiple offsite servers with smaller packages of data and over a longer bit of time.

Comment: Re:Link? (Score 5, Insightful) 308 308

The summary is poorly worded.

It's not that clearing your browsing history, throwing out old logs/emails or flushing your toilet are inherently illegal, it's when you use them and why.

If the cops are knocking at your door and you decide to flush the drugs, that's obstruction, if you just hacked someone's system and then wiped all of the local logs on your machine to hide the evidence, that's obstruction. If however you have as a routine process... not to retain any email older than say... 30 days and purge pretty regularly (either manually or automatically), that's not obstruction, that's just good cleanliness, and if some incriminating evidence happens to be wiped out on day 30, it's a lot harder to prove that you were doing so to hide your wrongdoing rather than simply not wanting to have to keep around old Amazon offers which clutter your inbox.

Comment: Re:No media center? Windows 10 is DEAD to me... (Score 1) 468 468

You realize the last "Media Center Edition" was XP... right? Media Center was built into the higher SKUs of Vista & 7 and available as a quick and relatively cheap add in ($15?) for 8... free keys for which they gave away for quite a while. ... or are you saying that XP was crap? ... which would be an unusual view on /. these days.

Comment: Do you want a diversity hire? (Score 5, Insightful) 287 287

Google hires people based on talent. Women and minorities are under-represented in the technical and engineering community. That is a fact of life. Until more women and minorities CHOOSE to enter this field, getting a "diverse workforce" would have to mean you exclude more qualified white males in order to hire less qualified minorities and women.

Think about that for a moment. Suppose hospitals did things this way? If you need critical brain or heart surgery, do you want your surgeon to be one of the best in his or her field, or one that was a "diversity hire"?

Until you're comfortable with the second option, this "diversity" idiocy needs to stop. It's one thing to exclude perfectly qualified candidates because they're female or minority. It's another thing to make that the primary reason you're hiring them instead of making sure they're the best qualified for the job.

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