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Submission + - Statistics professor with no political agenda banned by Google (

walterbyrd writes: Statistics professor Salil Mehta, adjunct professor at Columbia and Georgetown who teaches probability and data science and whose work has appeared on this website on numerous prior occasions, was banned by Google on Friday.

What did Salil do to provoke Google? It is not entirely clear, however what is clear is that his repeated attempts at restoring his email, blog and other Google-linked accounts have so far been rejected with a blanket and uniform statement from the search giant.

Submission + - SPAM: 1.8 million Chicago voter records exposed online

schwit1 writes: A voting machine company exposed 1.8 million Chicago voter records after misconfiguring a security setting on the server that stored them.

Election Systems & Software (ES&S), the Nebraska-based voting software and election management company, confirmed the leak on Thursday.

In a blog post, the company said the voter data leak contained names, addresses, birthdates, partial social security numbers and some driver's license and state ID numbers stored in backup files on a server. Authorities alerted ES&S to the leak on Aug. 12, and the data was secured.

A security researcher from UpGuard discovered the breach.

The data did not contain any voting information, like the results of how someone voted.

Jim Allen, a spokesman for the Chicago Board of Elections, said the leak did not contain or affect anyone's voting ballots, which are handled by a different vendor.

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Comment Re:What ? (Score 4, Insightful) 187

So ... multiple judges and juries have decided that it's nothing wrong with it but and they want to change that ?

The judges have determined that it's not against the law, not that there's "nothing wrong with it." The proposal is to change the law.

Not that I necessarily agree with this proposal, but it's not really correct to conclude that something is "right" or "wrong" based simply on court decisions. I'm sure we can all come up with cases where we think that the law should be written differently than how it now stands.

Comment Re:Every dev job I've had since the turn of .... (Score 1) 315

The number of times that another employee has distracted me in that entire time is zero.

Seventeen years, and you have never had another employee distract you from your work?

While that may be true for you, if it is, you should probably realize that your experience is way, way outside the norm. People with other experiences are likely to feel very different about the subject.

Comment Re: No words. (Score 2) 436

Again, systemd does the safe and sane thing here.

Let's see -- systemd's incorrect username validation caused a privilege escalation here. Yeah, real safe and sane, guys.

The actual correct implementation -- permit any username that the system allows to be created -- suffers from no such problems. As such, it is the safe and sane thing.

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