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Comment Re:Quantum-safe encryption? (Score 1) 217

Yes. Categorically symmetric key crypto (the type that is used to secure system drives) is not vulnerable to quantum computer attacks like public key crypto is (the type used in stuff like HTTPS). In the post quantum world, most of the commonly used public-key algorithms will have to be thrown out. The situation is not without hope though. There are many algorithms up to the job.

On the other hand, creating NSA-proof algorithms is a bit trickier. I think this is possible as long as you don't let the NSA on your standards committee and let them dictate curious details like they did with the Dual_EC_DRBG elliptic curve algorithm.

Comment Cool article... (Score 5, Insightful) 136

...other than the fact that it's one-sided bullshit.

One of the reasons Uber, Lyft and all the other "ride sharing" app companies get so much flack because they are breaking the law. The taxi industry is regulated for very good reasons (one being safety) and all the "ride sharing" app companies blatantly ignore them. This, in turn, infuriates the traditional taxi industry that follows regulations and sees them as unfair competition.

The other reasons for the controversy revolves around some pretty awful labor exploitation but that's a whole nother story.

Comment I'll pass (Score 1) 317

From the review it looks like real under-the-hood improvements with performance and security are contrasted with a broken mess in the UX department. The new start menu getting amnesia past 500 entries in the menu database coupled with an inconsistent Amazon jungle of differing UI paradigms elsewhere would signal the end of my sanity.

No thanks.

Comment Re:The next big bubble? (Score 2) 54

The plutocrats are so enamored with these companies because they basically eliminate the concept of traditional employment.

All these "sharing economy" app companies make you fill out a 1099-MISC if you want to work for them so you can be considered a contractor. Classifying workers as contractors is the real reason why these companies are able to drive out traditional competition. It prevents workers from forming unions and frees the companies from having to pay various taxes, workers compensation, unemployment, and health insurance. If the monied interests are able to buy enough congress critters to get this crap fully legalized, then you can bet your ass this style of labor abuse will be coming to a workplace near you.

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