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Comment Re:This Means Very Little. (Score 1) 179

Those who are regular Uber users or non-users looking for traditional taxi alternatives will continue to use or look to Uber

And their user experience is going to continue to decline. Getting canceled repeatedly if you're going to an airport hotel, drivers who don't speak English, and drivers suddenly "losing connection" to the app and asking for cash. Instead of competing with cabs, Uber decided to go after the mass transit market. They cut rates twice and increased the company's percentage. More and more of those Uber ratings are reflecting the market's opinion of the company.

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GlobalSign Supports Billions of Device Identities In an Effort To Secure the IoT (globalsign.com) 28

Reader broknstrngz writes: GlobalSign, a WebTrust certified CA and identity services provider, has released its high volume managed PKI platform, taking a stab at the current authentication and security weaknesses in the IoT. The new service aims to commodify large scale rapid enrollment and identity management for large federated swarms of devices such as IP cameras, smart home appliances and consumer electronics, core and customer premises network equipment in an attempt to reduce the attack surface exploitable by IoT DDoS botnets such as Mirai.

Strong device identity models are developed in partnership with TPM and hardware cryptographic providers such as Infineon and Intrinsic ID, as well as other Trusted Computing Group members.

Comment This is not surprising (Score 5, Interesting) 245

After their interference in the last election where the FBI was on the same side of a US election as the GRU, is this any real surprise? The perception it creates is an image of a law enforcement agency that's gone off the rails. Snooping without a warrant and the nearly unchecked expansion of surveillance powers makes me wonder where this country is headed and whether the FBI needs a reboot.

Comment Re:What in the blue hell are you talking about (Score 1) 834

there's a lot of opportunities to reduce our costs in this area, and the alternative of keeping all the work here in the States just got a little worse.

And if the big boss knew they were going to pay a tax or tariff on outsourced services, that might also change the decision math.

Maybe the only good thing Trump has done so far is to put companies on notice that if they keep dicking over American workers it's going to catch up with them at some point. It doesn't even have to be 100% enforcement. Stomp on one, scare 10,000. At least he's doing something, as much as it gags me to support that idiot on anything.

I see outsource providers who think they have a right to US markets and foreign workers who act like they have a right to the US labor market. Trump has proven that both of those assumptions may be false.

Comment Re:OK, help me out... (Score 1) 834

So, what's the "group think" on this one?

I'm not certain about the group think but maybe we could admit we were letting too many people into the country in general and letting too many companies get away with abusing work visas.

I don't think it's racist or xenophobic to suggest we needed to clamp down on abuses in the H1-B program long ago. What makes people from other countries feel like they have a right to our labor market?

I hate Trump but can we at least admit he identified a real problem that was eating at many Americans? Or are we beyond the capacity to have a rational discussion about anything related to his policies?

Comment Re:Convenience, assurance and cost (Score 1) 61

I don't have to pull out my wallet, worry about tips or even talk to the driver.

Drivers have a word for people like you, Captain One Star. Keep that up and your user rating will eventually drop low enough you'll start having trouble getting a ride.

Tip your Uber driver...every single time. Just a couple bucks is enough. Most of them are making between $9 and $13 hour, before expenses. In a few major high density areas (LA, New York, Boston, Seattle) they're making between $18 and $25 but that's not normal. Working the surge at LAX, some really good drivers can average $27 over a ten hour shift. You try operating a car profitably on $13/hour. Write back, I'll wait.

Some of those poor chumps are sleeping in their car trying to squeeze out a living and you can't part with a couple bucks in spare ones?

Comment Re:6% yearly? I find that hard to believe (Score 1) 61

not because if price (it's expensed after all), but because of quality of service.

If Uber keeps promoting Pool, the quality of service is going to decline dramatically. Experienced drivers won't take Pool rides, even in the face of being deactivated. That means the best cars and best drivers are the most likely to go do something else rather than be forced into competing with mass transit with bottom feeder rates. Uber had a great business model but Pool is corrupting the entire industry.

Comment Absolutely. I never give it a second thought (Score 4, Insightful) 257

I pay for a lot of content through Dish, Netflix, iTunes, etc but if there's something I can't find there (and it happens more than I would have thought possible) then I don't even hesitate. It's 2017 and I want everything ever made and I want it at the click of a mouse or press of a button on my remote. I understand that it isn't something I'm in any way entitled to but that's how the world works a lot of the time now. Sorry.

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