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Comment Appropriate for large $ funding efforts (Score 1) 366

This a result of the increasing size of the asks from crowdsourcing. I hope the outcome is that crowdsourcing regulations define a reasonable 'small venture' definition, and put the focus back on funding individual ideas rather than whole start-ups. In my opinion, Kickstarter is not the right place to raise millions of dollars. Managing a multi-million dollar venture does require overhead and proper accounting, which these proposed regulations acknowledge. Most of us just don't have to deal with it, so we trivialize its importance.

Comment Risk pool payment, not payback. (Score 5, Interesting) 356

Absolutely right, they shouldn't be forced to pay back government losses. They, along with every other too big to fail corporation, should pay annually in perpetuity into risk pool that will handle all future bail-outs. Not as a tax, but as an insurance pool, that coincidentally, should be required to be held in US treasury bonds.

I'm sure if you presented that idea, they'd rush to substitute the $10b payback.

Comment change or same mistake I made about announcement? (Score 4, Informative) 195

Is this a new change, because after I saw the google announcement, I saw a report that they would share all that data about loading of images with marketers. End result: safer images, but just as much information for marketers, as along as they make nice with Google as 'official' email marketers. Would love to be wrong. Here's my source, Ars Technica article.
http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/12/dear-gmailer-i-know-what-you-read-last-summer-and-last-night-and-today/

Comment Re:what makes this white hat? (Score 1) 68

Excellent point. It's an assumption of mine that no request to check vulnerabilities was made. That would make all the difference.
My other assumption is that people on a public wifi network are informed they should be using it for only routine non-secure tasks.
If the public network was being used for official business, then that's a problem, but it's not a technical problem. It's a training and education problem.
Public Wifi is never secure.

Comment what makes this white hat? (Score 5, Insightful) 68

'Hey, I just kicked in your door to show how easy it is to kick in your door!'
'Hey, I just graffitied your wall to show how easy it is to graffiti your wall!'
'Hey, I just kicked you in the balls to show how easy it is kick you in the balls!'

Calling yourself a security researcher doesn't magically give you rights to go dick with other people's networks.
Email over a public wifi network is no less secure than a cellphone call, hallway conversation or written notes.

A public wifi is a convenience and very useful for the right purposes. A white hat researcher reveals unknown vulnerabilities to the people who build protocols. This was an asshole with a script, a laptop and a desire for attention.

Comment Maybe use it to notify, rather than block... still (Score 1) 213

It would seem like a good system to help copyright holders be aware of usage. If it flagged videos for review by the holder, then left it to them to request take-down, that would seem to re-enforce Google's existing safe harbor protection, and would give artists the opportunity to not be douche bags. Of course, even with this, if you wanted to block something from being uploaded to youtube, like perhaps a political speech, you could just walk around with a boombox blaring Metallica's greatest hits in the background.

Comment Google great on resume, if U still need resume... (Score 1) 543

My guess would be that most of the original hires have long since moved on, due to financial stability and better opportunities. That leaves lots of 20 nothings competing hard to get those jobs. They are going to beat out inexperienced older workers easily. Most well-qualified older IT workers are not looking to start new jobs at Google, there's simply too many other exciting opportunities (Google is not going to have another IPO, afterall), and they don't need a career starting resume bullet. That said, I'd gladly work at Google (39), but they'd have to match my current 6 figure income, which is not going to be entry-level.

When you make your mark in the world, watch out for guys with erasers. -- The Wall Street Journal

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