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Comment Re: Who would have guessed? (Score 2) 252

Let me premise this by saying I'm in no way defending HPE, who I otherwise find to be competent in some areas, and total nitwits in others.

At each stage in the procurement process are opportunities to screw things up. They often start at the needs analysis and systems analysis point that provides motivation for change. People aren't visionary and don't think well for five years down the road. Add in people that are looking for retirement plans, or who are plainly scared to try something new, or go out on a limb, and you have a recipe for disaster.

Then there's a bidding process, vendor qualification, the tender and win (perhaps a lose), and then a vendor is going to try to optimize profitability wherever possible, including using the cheapest labor they can find to meet the minimums of the requirements. You get very few stars, and mostly average people.

And they're all critics in one way or another. Some have a clue, some don't. Everyone can bitch and moan about a job, but few are competent enough to be valid critics of design. Everyone thinks they are, but few really do have the skills.

This said, I wish there were more motivators-- with teeth-- to protect the government's use of funding of projects in general, and IT specifically. Litigation is when everyone loses, despite any settlements. By the time litigation pays off, the problem is well past and now vastly more complex.

Comment Re:Soooo (Score 1) 146

No, the Fairness Doctrine didn't really cause this at all. Your knowledge of history is weak.

The result you cite hypothetically above is the result of three things:

1. Corporate media, sometimes called "journalists" aren't really journalists at all, and feed from a very narrow set of supplied "facts".

2. Public media journalists are routinely castrated, and create very little "journalism" on their own. They're scared of: CPB funding losses, and the barely breathing budgets of PBS and NPR affiliates.

3. The public gets their news from bias-side publications in the extreme, these days, and neutral, fact-filled sites are eschewed, in favor of their personal bias and so actual facts are difficult to find, and tougher still to verify and understand in context.

There is a journalism problem, as you cite. However, it's best to follow the money for the true answer, and go to the sites where the clickbait is comfortable for you.

Comment Re:Incomplete title... (Score 3, Insightful) 399

The aphorism: You can't fix stupid comes to mind.

And I can be stupid.

The quieter among us work at the polls, get people to vote by driving them, and try to aid the process. Many people have vocal cords and social media accounts, but many fewer still have the guts to actually work for a process that's inclusive and makes representative democracy a reality.

We don't change minds. We act upon convictions.

Comment Re:Turn over: yes. Decrypt: no (Score 4, Insightful) 136

No sane entity stores unencrypted ASSETS anywhere. No network is safe from anything, let alone the bunglers in government. Unless you want the world to know and therefore own your assets, encrypt it. AES-256 with extra hashes at minimum is good, but there are others that are just as painful to decrypt.

Cloud providers may have their own encryption schemes, but one presumes they're vulnerable, which is why you used your own-- and let the cloud vendor's scheme scramble it more.

This moots the initial question, which is should cloud vendors deliver the goods to $government. The answer is: you don't care. Go ahead, cough up whatever, it's useless without the keys and hashes/hashing algorithms used.

This is what CASB schemes are all about: control your own assets.

Comment Re:Wrong? (Score 1) 211

Another part of the rationale to change passwords has to do with the aging of a seriously hashed/encrypted password-- from the days when a SHA-1 took weeks to cook.

The rubric of the iterative, dictionary-attackable password presumes that one password leads to another, and that someone's going to program a rainbow table or dictionary attack to short-cut to such iterative devolution. Very few attacks that I've seen do this; buying a list of password cracks from say, Link-in break-ins aren't going to yield a significant amount of cross-linked attacks and yields on other sites. Instead, the usual bots use the usual stupid defaults, like admin/p@55w0Rd, etc, endlessly, repeatedly.

This said, permutations based on other stolen passwords still take a lot of time, and so aren't frequently seen. My take: keep changing them, even if it's just mutations, to prevent habituating 1) using the same password for numerous sites and 2) making it just a little difficult. Why? Because with a big enough hammer, you can break anything, and if they really want you badly, they'll p0wn you.

Comment Re:Doing Trump's work for him (Score 1) 461

They already ARE in desperate situations, as many minimum-wage earners (or even close by in some areas) are beholden to their jobs. US and state federal laws protect some, but for others, they really ARE beholden to their employers, on an inclining scale.

Work with a few, directly, to understand their concerns, and how they are sucked dry of things like withholdings for uniforms, arcane unpaid travel to sites, and more.

Slavery doesn't necessarily mean chattel. And the subtleties can be gruesome.

Comment Re:Doing Trump's work for him (Score 1) 461

We mostly agree. You have the brain power to have accomplished these things, and have given value to your life. There are a significant number of those that started with nothing, and still have nothing, and have had subjugation to overcome their entire lives. It transcends racial, cultural, ethnic, and other boundaries.

To be on /., you have to have a lot of skills that you may believe are simple but for some, not so. The issues are many. Your high-value gets you paid, and you know what to do with the 1099 and your life. Others are not equipped to do so--- for the aforementioned wide variety of reasons. Their choices are fewer, yet they need the same basics you and I do, and the system is rigged against them, to exploit them, and to rob them of even basic dignities.

Comment Re:Doing Trump's work for him (Score 1) 461

Those born into choices often don't understand the context of those that don't, weren't born into choices, tried, failed, or have been subjugated.

Consider those that won't even be on a computer today, because of so many reasons. They seem like wallpaper on the streets of towns and cities across the country. Their struggles are many, and choices, few.

Some struggle mightily, and might get by, and might not get by, for reasons not within their control. You can chest-thump and espouse that everything is in their control, but it doesn't change the fact that the reality is different than that.

Comment Re:Doing Trump's work for him (Score 1) 461

I'm not trying to diminish the horror of real slavery, but the analogy sticks. Consider that full-time slavery and part-time slavery are vectors from each other.

Perhaps "wage submission" is a better way to describe it, but the connotation of no-choice still applies.

The captives on a ship in the Indonesian Ocean are slaves, we can agree. Those in submission to the only job in their neighborhood they can get, Burger King, are voluntarily submitting to the Burger King franchise's policies, and in a way, a meaningful way, they are slaves to both the wages and the policies, as the alternatives are not viable for them-- they must submit or migrate or starve.

Comment Re:Doing Trump's work for him (Score 1) 461

And you're obviously managing this well, and perhaps can charge a decent amount, profiting well net-of-expenses. Others aren't so lucky, and corporations flaunt personnel numbers while cutting their pension liabilities, and other costs of employment in doing so. They've also shaken the employment market, and make US Labor Dept employment numbers obscured by the 1099ers in the workforce. Overall, I'd say contracting can be fun and lucrative, but it also stacks the deck on the side of contracting organizations, rather than the labor supply, and also shifts a lot of costs to government burdens, as well.

Comment Re:Doing Trump's work for him (Score 1) 461

The highest bidder isn't as important to me, as the ability to exercise and develop my crafts, and not be chained. Certainly I serve others, but the money isn't the highest priority. Living well, doing things for my family, friends, colleagues, and my discipline are also important, too.

There is such a thing as wage slavery, and it has to do with the fact I have gifts that others either don't have, or have no means to develop into a "highest bidder" market. The market for these individuals doesn't even guarantee vacation, or even full-time hours to gain meaningful benefits from.

Worse, they could be in contractor hell, essentially employees but for an IRS definition, unable to get taxes withheld, benefits of any kind, and sometimes payment on terms that bankruptcy lawyers know all too well.

We don't have to be Darwinian. We can be kind.

Comment Re:The ego... (Score 1) 428

Some people on YouTube make money, but the way that the Fair Use Copyright law is used, coupled to how media companies contract and pay artists, means that the media companies are clearly benefiting from how YouTube exposes media/music/videos.

I don't believe any of them are really fair to artists, save the few Indie artists that do their own promotion via YouTube, and it takes lots of worth, not to mention decent music/videos.

Commercial content does very well on YouTube, especially the free stuff. So does user-to-user content, like how to rebuild a Honda brake caliper, or do basic knitting.

That Apple isn't inventive enough to capture the fancy of people willing to use YouTube as a content dissemination medium is just sour grapes. Apple might be inventive, but unless they can somehow advance or protect their inventiveness, they will be ceaselessly snacked on.

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