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Comment: Re:Password updating (Score 1) 150 150

by jmauro (#49734527) Attached to: Survey: 2/3 of Public Sector Workers Wouldn't Report a Security Breach

If you leave the organization forced-password change means after a set time 60-90 days you cannot log in anymore if someone didn't properly close your accounts and same for the shared account passwords.

Yes, if companies had proper HR-to-IT checkout procedures and shared accounts went away this wouldn't be an issue and your passwords could stay the same, but sadly, the password change is the best approximation most places have to functioning procedures.

Comment: Re:Not forced... (Score 1) 302 302

by jmauro (#49628375) Attached to: Uber Forced Out of Kansas

It would require them to say that the drivers are employees and not independent contractors to self-insure. Once they say the drivers are employees in Kansas could then be used in all the other jurisdictions in the US that are pressing the issue.

Making them employees would shift the risk from the drivers onto Uber, which would be catastrophic to Uber's business model.

They could also form an insurance arm and sell insurance, but they couldn't force their drivers to buy it (since they are independent contractors) and it would open them up to a whole host of other regulatory issues.

Comment: Re:Fast track (Score 4, Insightful) 355 355

by jmauro (#49571325) Attached to: University Overrules Professor Who Failed Entire Management Class

The "coming entitlement generation" has been on its way since at least the late 1980s when it was supposedly my cohort...and probably much, much longer.

Those articles started to appear in the 1880's. Every upcoming generation has been described as some sort of variant of entitled, lazy or "me first". It's the "get off my lawn" version of a newspaper editorial.

Comment: Re: No more bailout (Score 1) 690 690

by jmauro (#49015617) Attached to: Free-As-In-Beer Electricity In Greece?

They aren't running up more debt. They've had a primary surplus since 2013, the problem is in the ECB/Euro system they have no way of reducing the external debt (i.e. let the relative value of your currency drop) to bring thier flows in sync with where they should be.

The only thing that will relieve them is for Northern Europe to increase thier inflation or to have the debts forgiven. That isn't politically possible due to internal politics in Germany, France, etc. So they're forcing the issue to end the "beatings will continue until moral improves" that is currently foisted upon them.

Comment: Re:No more bailout (Score 1) 690 690

by jmauro (#49015581) Attached to: Free-As-In-Beer Electricity In Greece?

No one nation will ever get ejected from the EU or the Euro. Most of the elites see the EU as the moderating force to prevent war in Europe from ever happening again. The prospect of nations warring rather than suing each other in The Hague is enough to keep everyone in, even if some members are anti social from time to time.

Comment: Re:The Cuban Miracle (Score 4, Insightful) 690 690

by jmauro (#49015557) Attached to: Free-As-In-Beer Electricity In Greece?

Taiwan under Chang Kai-Shek, Indonesia under Suharto, Portugal under Salazar, Spain under Franco, most of South and Central America from the late 60's to the early 90's, the list goes on. Hell, even present day Russia and China would fall under that category depending on how you want to slice the apple.

Dictatorships don't really proclude any economic system.

Comment: Re:Private Links != Paid Priority (Score 1) 258 258

by jmauro (#48394449) Attached to: Comcast Kisses-Up To Obama, Publicly Agrees On Net Neutrality

If that was the case, why did Comcast and Verizon fight putting the OpenConnect Netflix system directly on their network avoiding the peering entirely?

It would of gotten rid of any of the peering issues and allowed faster service for everyone. Netflix offered to pay for the entire install and support as well so it would of cost Comcast and Verizon nothing, other than the right to shake down Netflix and the other peering services.

Also L3 offered to pay for the peering upgrades as needed, but both of them would rather try to shake down Netflix then you know actually solve the problem.


Comment: Re:Time for Solidarity? (Score 1) 284 284

by jmauro (#48262285) Attached to: Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

They kind of function like unions anyway. The ABA decides who will be a lawyer and on what terms in order to join the bar of your local state. Same with the doctor licensing boards and the CPA boards for accountants.

Unlike industrial unions though they've codified their positions in to the laws and as such can be "voluntary association" instead of a mandatory union shop, even though they function just the same.

+ - The Guardian reveals that Whisper app tracks 'anonymous' users->

Submitted by qqod
qqod writes: After visiting the offices of Whisper to discuss future journalistic collaborations, from the article:

"The practice of monitoring the whereabouts of Whisper users â" including those who have expressly opted out of geolocation services â" will alarm users, who are encouraged to disclose intimate details about their private and professional lives.

Whisper is also sharing information with the US Department of Defense gleaned from smartphones it knows are used from military bases, and developing a version of its app to conform with Chinese censorship laws."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Uhh... (Score 2) 203 203

by jmauro (#47965145) Attached to: Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

But then in the next paragraph, they say "here are the terms of the contract between the creator and the backer". I suspect this would be very problematic to enforce. You can't be both arms length, and dictating terms to two parties of a contract without also being a party. It is a logical contradiction.

Every lawyer does this every day when he or she is writing up a contract signed by other parties. The lawyer isn't involved unless one of the parties can prove that the lawyer performed malpractice in writing the contract.

All Kickstarter is offering is a standard contract and terms that both parties can agree to or not agree to. The standardize nature of the contract mean's it's easier to raise money and see who's raising money, so it's more likely everyone uses the standard contract. It's the parties involved choice on whether or not they sign sign the terms.

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.