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Comment sorry , but (Score 2) 170

I have to type this quietly from under my desk - because *they* are watching.

Although having somebody remind me to get focused again isn't a horrible thing. How many watercool conversations have you been part of or overheard and thought "yeah - this topic has gone off the rails - back to work" --- and the gang somehow doesn't do that until a more senior person asks, "you folks work here?"

Comment Re:This doesn't seem unusual. (Score 1) 152

This seems policy plain and simple. This employee looks to have loose lips - giving out details for what the company considers IP. My employer has a social media policy - plus I am also prohibited by law from speaking about the products (making false claims about product capabilities etc). Not only am I not allowed to disparage the company in general - I must also obey the law (which the policy also points out in an addendum because not all employees work on products in this area).

A company can have any policy that they want - for whatever reasons they want (or need) - and employees are expected to follow them.


Submission + - Lawrence Lessig Wants To Run For President So He Can Resign->

An anonymous reader writes: Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig has announced his intention to explore a bid for the U.S. presidency. By Labor Day, he will decide whether he has the support necessary to enter the Democratic primary. His goals are rather unusual — he says, "I want to run to be a different kind of president. 'Different' not in the traditional political puffery sense of that term. 'Different,' quite literally. I want to run to build a mandate for the fundamental change that our democracy desperately needs. Once that is passed, I would resign, and the elected Vice President would become President." His top picks for a running mate include Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Lessig calls it a "Presidency as referendum," a hack for the U.S. Constitution to give more power back to the citizens. "In no plausible sense do we have a representative democracy in America today." In an interview with the Washington Post, Lessig added, "Until we find a way to fix the rigged system, none of the other things that people talk about doing are going to be possible."
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Submission + - Oracle exec: Stop sending vulnerability reports->

florin writes: Oracle chief security officer Mary Ann Davidson published a most curious rant on the company's corporate blog yesterday, addressing and reprimanding some pesky customers that just will not stop bothering her. As Mary put it: "Recently, I have seen a large-ish uptick in customers reverse engineering our code to attempt to find security vulnerabilities in it. ".

She goes on to describe how the company deals with such shameful activities, namely that "we send a letter to the sinning customer, and a different letter to the sinning consultant-acting-on-customer's behalf — reminding them of the terms of the Oracle license agreement that preclude reverse engineering, So Please Stop It Already."

Later on, in a section intended to highlight how great a job Oracle itself was doing at finding vulnerabilities, the CSO accidentally revealed that customers are in fact contributing a rather significant 1 out of every 10 vulnerabilities: "Ah, well, we find 87 percent of security vulnerabilities ourselves, security researchers find about 3 percent and the rest are found by customers.".

Unsurprisingly, this revealing insight into the company's regard for its customers was removed later. But not before being saved for posterity.

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Comment Re:Can we quit pretending that it's car "sharing"? (Score 2) 231

Right - this is no longer hooking car-pooling folks up. This is a self-business taxi service for some.

Around here - the local city govt took Uber to task. The city had a problem years ago with unnamed drivers painting their cars yellow and going into business. Not following laws (put in place due to previous safety issues), criminals banned from service, non-insured drivers, unsafe cars, and other basic "cleaned up the system due to bad actors." One concern was these folks would just turn to Uber.

An agreement in place now allows Uber to operate in the city.

Comment Re:Honestly, is anybody surprised? (Score 1) 62

I, for one, rely heavily on the credit card fraud protection - and that I'm not responsible for theft of services.

VISA/MC/AMEX might care because they foot the bill. But it ain't my problem.

I've had my cards reissued twice due to "strange purchases in far away places" - which is a PITA because I must update all of my auto-bill-pays. So I have adopted a ringed mechanism - I have a card that is used only for bill pay - and another for shopping. Hopefully reducing *my* PITA from stolen cards. The one I use for shopping has "an app" that pops up immediate "Your card was used to buy $xxx at StoreABC"

Comment Was hoping Netflix rumor was true (Score 1) 207

As a Netflix user - I was hoping that rumor to be true.

I've been purchasing TopGear through iTunes for years because my local cable didn't carry TopGear UK (or it was in a package I didn't want to fork over an extra ++ $50 / month). I did the math. TopGear was $44 / year. Cable wanted an extra $52 Per Month.

Now I have a reason to buy Prime - faster shipping by itself wasn't worth it previously.

Amazon made a good move. They know this show will drive demand - and if the show lives up to expectations - Amazon stands to make money, and expand Prime. Which makes more money.

Now the USA needs a Federal Tax code :-P

Submission + - Cameron tells pornography websites to block access by children or face closure->

An anonymous reader writes: David Cameron is to give pornography websites one last chance to produce an effective voluntary scheme for age-restricted controls on their sites or he will introduce legislation that could see them shut down.

At the election the then culture secretary, Sajid Javid, said the party would act to ensure under-18s were locked out of adult content and the Conservative election Facebook page in April promised legislation to achieve this.

It followed a Childline poll that found nearly one in 10 12-13-year-olds were worried they were addicted to pornography and 18% had seen shocking or upsetting images.

In a consultation to be launched in the autumn, the government will seek views on how best to introduce measures to further restrict under-18s’ access to pornographic websites.

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Comment Re:Street lamps don't help much (Score 1) 307

I heard a podcast episode on 99% Invisible that talked about "Moonlight Towers." Giant arc lamps setup in cities to chase away the dark. It had an advertising slant too - people could come out at night and do stuff. Buy stuff. Kind of like Daylight Savings is thought to extend the shopping day because there is more light out.

There is also a semi-related run in with crime (serial killer) that may or may not have pressed the need to erect these lights.

Give it a listen

Comment Re:How do they fare in colder climates? (Score 1) 904

While the batteries do lose some range - they work quite well. I'm in VT (USA) where winter "gets real." - and a local person purchased a Leaf a few years ago (2013). She reported on using it over the first year. It had impressive range - even with access to 120V chargers during the day. For those of you unfamiliar with local landmarks - some of the distanced she drove were impressive. A few routes are rather, remote. She attempted trips on a low charge that I'd make sure of having 1/2 tank of gas. Very brave - but necessary due to lack of charging stations. Still the car did it. Her fear of running out of juice slowly dissipated.

And just yesterday I saw a blue Info sign pointing to an EV charging station in the middle of town. So the infrastructure is coming. Until now charging stations have been in key areas - in front of City Hall etc. While I see dozens of Tesla's & Leafs in this area - hybrids are most common.


Submission + - Amazon Announces New Car Show Featuring the Old Top Gear Presenters->

mknewman writes: Amazon has announced that Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May will be reuniting to create “an all-new car show” that will be exclusively on Amazon Prime.

The new show will be produced by the old-time Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman and is scheduled to go into production “shortly.” It will apparently appear on screens in 2016. For what it’s worth, Jeremy Clarkson has said that the move makes him “feel like I’ve climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship.”

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Comment Re:Why do you need this stuff on the internet at l (Score 1) 85

Similar to my question. I don't understand how these things are on the internet - what does that mean? I haven't been able to find technical details.

If I have a basic home firewall (e.g. Netgear) - with uPNP disabled - are these things on the "internet?" Are these devices found via portscan?

I went through this when looking at baby monitors. I only want to use them in my house - on the local WiFi. Are these things tunneling out to "the cloud" and are accessible through another channel? Can they be blocked at the perimeter of the house network - using basic equipment?

In the baby monitor case I decided to go with a proprietary model without "internet" features.

You scratch my tape, and I'll scratch yours.