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Comment The problem is user error. (Score 3, Insightful) 366

The problem isn't that the GPS is wrong, the problem is that the user is in error. In the Iceland case, the driver made a typo and wound up going to a similarly-named road 250 miles away. Had he entered the correct street name, he would likely have made it to his destination without a problem. I'm guessing the Belgium-Croatia case is similar.

Comment Their business is likely failing. (Score 1) 653

I've noticed that when companies start doing this sort of thing it's because they're losing money, corporate is not pleased, and they need a convienient bogeyman to blame their decreased revenues on. It will only be once they've implemented their futile anti-Adblock methods and are still losing money six months to a year down the road that they will be forced to address the real, underlying issues (a decline in article quality, a decline in relevance to their readers) that are causing them to fail.

Comment Wasn't the HBGary attack not a hack? (Score 2) 63

From what I recall, the attack on HBGary was actually clever social engineering, emailing one of the secretaries for one of the executives pretending to be a high-up who needed his password reset. All they really did was use the stolen login credentials to get the emails and other data off HBGary's servers and then deface their website. The subsequent "hacks" were the result of Barr using a universal password.

Comment Re:What would they expect him to do? (Score 5, Insightful) 186

The problem with that statement is that HR professionals are usually required to have some knowledge of employment law. For this person, this means one of two things:

Either he saw the agreement and had no idea it could be in violation of employment law, which means he was incompetent at his own job;
or he saw the agreement, knew it could be a violation and instead decided to ignore that and willfully proceed to fire these people without reporting it.

Given the level of training most companies do these days to ensure that no one violates antitrust or other employment laws, it's likely that the second one is the case.

Comment Buried by lawsuits (Score 1) 166

Hopefully, AMX will be buried by thousands of incoming lawsuits for this childish behavior. The article never mentions what this backdoor would actually let someone with access to it do, but I'm assuming that the possibility existed for someone to use that backdoor to obtain classified or proprietary information. That they tried to hide the backdoor once it was discovered rather than immediately patching it out is just another piece of evidence usable by anyone wishing to sue them. I can foresee a large-scale data audit in AMX's near future as any business owning their software tries to determine whether any of their information was taken, on purpose or inadvertently.

Comment Backdoors are a two-way street. (Score 3, Insightful) 345

What I don't understand is how none of these politicians who want backdoors into all encryption fail to understand that it would be just as easy for IS or Al-Qaeda or any other group that considers themselves enemies of the United States (North Korea, Iran, etc) to find and use the same backdoors against them. Sure, the government would likely continue using encryption themselves, but what's to stop IS from finding the backdoor and exploiting it to hack into the phones of foreign journalists or contractors? When (not if) IS or another group find their own way into that backdoor, they'll have essentially obtained a way of finding foreigners to behead for propaganda purposes, or to hold hostage for money in the case of Al-Qaeda or Iran, complete with real-time GPS tracking data.

Comment Re: What's next? (Score 2, Insightful) 191

What proof does she have that her husband's killers were recruited by IS via Twitter? Absolutely none. Most of IS's recruiting is done physically in person, and for obvious reasons (Twitter is a hell of a lot easier for the NSA and military to track). Hell, almost every story I've heard about people joining IS is virtually the same: they met with a person at their mosque who saw them as an impressionable target and convinced them over a long period of time that they are being oppressed by the west and need to fight back.

Most of what IS posts on Twitter is not meant for their own members but to instill fear in the people they consider their enemies.

Comment Denuvo punishes paying customers (Score 5, Interesting) 364

Ever since game devs started using Denuvo, I've refused to buy anything that uses it on the grounds that it unfairly punishes the paying end-user. The devteam behind Lords of the Fallen, which was one of the first games to use Denuvo, admitted that they were sacrificing large amounts of performance (as much as 10 to 15 percent framerate) in order to use it. There were also a lot of concerns from SSD users, because Denuvo uses up a ton of read/write operations due to constantly encrypting and decrypting files, putting far more stress on an SSD than a non-Denuvo game does.

If game developers are going to sacrifice performance and the potential for mod support to use the most draconian DRM they can find, I'm not going to be buying it.

Comment Re:Ah, not quite, but for a different reason (Score 1) 287

Actually, the going rate for discovery is much lower than that. There are external firms that hire people to process discovery documents - I work for one and it's the worst job I've ever had. People at this company get paid $13 an hour to prepare, scan, and index documents into a database that the actual attorneys can browse at their leisure. As an actual example from my company (which they've explicitly told me not to post in addition to the fact that I should never, ever post anything online so they can fuck right off):

My company does discovery processing for the Blue Cross/Blue Shield network of insurance companies. We get handed thousands of boxes full of paperwork dating back to the early 90s and get told to process everything. A lot of the crap - things like lunch menus, copies of publicly-released promotional material, handwritten notes about the office's Secret Santa pool - gets weeded out at this level so that no one needs to bother to look at it. I've personally seen an entire folder full of printed copies of emails that were less than five words each, something like "This is okay" or "Send back for revision" and another that contained nothing but press releases in Chinese from a firm that Blue Cross either partnered with or was considering partnering with ten-plus years ago.

Honestly, just from a common-sense perspective, 75% of the stuff we scan is so non-controversial that it is highly unlikely that it would ever appear as discovery in a lawsuit and there's really no reason that someone couldn't have just thrown it out years ago. I highly doubt that a potential insurance lawsuit is going to request copies of lunch menus from 2001 when they have the full meeting agenda available.

The workers where I am are treated like garbage. Mandatory 12-hour days to meet deadlines are common (I actually just got home from one two hours ago) and losing contracts even moreso. The pay is low, the managers are assholes, and I'm quitting in two weeks so I can try to get any job that isn't this one.

Comment Re: Voluntary? (Score 5, Informative) 428

It's "voluntary" in the same way that the drinking age being 21 is voluntary. The federal government actually does not have the right to regulate drinking age: that actually falls to the states. The "mandatory" part is that the federal government will deny highway funding to any state with a drinking age under 21, which is why every state has 21 as the drinking age. While the feds likely could not say "no one without a Real ID compliant license flies" I'm sure they could stir up trouble in other ways with states that don't comply.

Comment Re:Err, no - Government does NOT have the right. (Score 4, Interesting) 232

Asset seizures and forfeiture, especially without charges or conviction, are inherently unconstitutional.

Well see, yes and no. Asset forfeiture came about as a means of stopping organized crime - the same reason that RICO exists. The idea was to prevent the mafia from hiding all of its money, which was a legal seizure because it had come about as the result of criminal activity. Essentially, the police are using an anti-mafia law against regular people now that the mafia has largely been wiped out in the United States.

The entire reason asset forfeiture is still legal is because technically, you do have recourse if the police take your money. The problem is getting the proof together to do so.

Comment How could this possibly be racketeering? (Score 2) 104

While I understand the charges are likely based on political paranoia within Venezuela's government and a desire to find a scapegoat for their financial issues, how could a website that merely reports an exchange rate (the site in question appears to be a news site and not an actual currency exchange) be guilty of racketeering? If the exchange rate was wrong, no one would use them as a reliable source of information in the first place. This would be like trying to charge the New York Times with securities fraud because they report stock prices.

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