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Comment Re:Alternative Approach (Score 1) 127

Instead, companies could set reasonable standards for productivity and discipline those who don't meet them. It doesn't matter if an unproductive employee is unproductive because they are on their phone, or because they spend too much time at the watercooler, or because they are just pretty bad at their jobs.

I think part of it is a (work) cultural problem.
At one employer, working in a sort of repair/assembly atmosphere, my boss text messaged while I was working. In fact, he sent several text messages.

Hours later he asked me, "Hey, I wanted to talk to you, didn't you get my text messages?"

I told him that I usually don't check my messages while I'm working, and that I could do that if it was what he wanted.

I didn't get the feeling he was testing me; I genuinely think he expected me to stop what I was doing, pick up my phone, and read my messages as I received them. I don't think he realizes that it means every time I get a text message, I have to stop what I'm doing and take out my phone to verify if it is from him. That from that point forward, every text I get is money out of my employers pocket.

Comment Re:The numbers have gotten worse (Score 1) 51

When I was shopping for a car, maybe around 2009, I picked up the car edition of Consumer Reports. The car I was looking to replace was a late 80's Toyota Camry station wagon. I could reliably get 28 MPG on the highway, and maybe was getting 24 MPG on average, driving around suburbia.

After looking in the Consumer Reports at pages and pages of cars, I found that the average MPG was around 20, and highway driving was 24ish. The average 2009 car did not come close to the 20 year old car I was looking to replace. There were cars that were outliers, mostly Toyotas and Volkswagons, and these cars commanded a higher value for being more fuel efficient. I was thoroughly disgusted that in 20 years, the average car didn't beat mine.

Then again, I never looked at how bad the other cars were in the late 80's.

Comment Re:How many can get updates from carriers!? (Score 1) 75

And, to cover any misunderstandings, if the phone has no carrier, it cannot transmit, either.

If by no carrier, you mean no nearby cell towers, I would agree.
If a phone has access to a carrier's tower, I would not be surprised to find out that it could transmit surreptitiously.

If you can make a 911 call on a phone without a sim card, I see no reason as to why a carrier couldn't track you via IMEI number. And if they can identify your IMEI, why couldn't they enable you to communicate without having a proper sim? Sure, this requires the government to be buddy-buddy with the carrier...

I read the article, trying to figure out who was targeting the activist. Israeli company NSO provides the attack to probably the UAE (who had previously been targeting Mansoor). NSO is majority owned by US private equity firm Francisco Partners. I wouldn't expect either group (Francisco/NSO) to be interested in quashing democracy in UAE.

Comment Snowden? (Score 2, Informative) 110

Part of me wonders if this leak is somehow related to Snowden's mysterious messages a couple weeks ago.
I can't find mention of Shadow Brokers on Google before this hack. (Granted, they may have wanted to remain hidden.) Did the Shadow Brokers exist before this hack? Did they adopt a new name because of the scale?

Comment Re: Fuse (Score 1) 128

It is not on all devices yet, but you can bet it won't be long..

There are a number of lesser known phone manufacturers, and it seems to increase every day... Blu, Huawei, OnePlus, and others. For the most part, they aren't widely stocked by carriers, and so there is little market for them in the subsidized phone realm. Being that there is no carrier forcing them to lock down the phone, there is less reason for them to do things like locking bootloaders. There is no carrier bloatware to protect, and no carrier lock-in to attempt to enforce.

Comment Re:One branch of DOJ ... (Score 1) 61

Christ, no. The judge remarked that Tor was not good for protecting data because he thinks the FBI can easily break it and identify users on it.

The director for the Cybercrime Lab at the Department of Justice urged a roomful of 100 federal judges to use Tor to protect their computers

The director suggested they all use it.
Judge Bryan disagreed with the usefulness of it because the FBI could possibly compromise it.

Comment Re:Good luck (Score 1) 225

I'm no expert, but I suspect that if you aren't running a plugin to falsify your browser fingerprint (which makes browsing the web awful in itself), you are probably being tracked to some degree.

For instance, I find myself having to whitelist various content providers that serve across multiple websites (like CloudFront). If I assume that CloudFront fingerprints me, I will leave a trail on every site that I enable scripts on that pulls from CloudFront. Then, maybe CloudFront and some other CDN's put their data together and form a bigger map of where I've been. It might not be a complete map. However, I don't trust NoScript and RequestPolicy to prevent me from leaving any sort of trail (unless I simply don't run any scripts, ever).

Comment Re:Yeah so (Score 0) 177

You can insist on a perfect candidate and pout if you don't get one. Or you can be smart like Sanders, find the least worst option you can, and do your best to improve it.

My problem is this: If Democrats let the Democratic Party get away with this, it sets a standard for what sort of bullshit is acceptable.

Also, if the betrayed Bernie supporters "do their duty" and vote in Hillary, they face the possibility of her being in for two terms. I can barely stomach the idea of voting for her once, and by doing so I'm losing the ability to choose my candidate for two elections (if she is indeed voted in for 2016).

Comment Re:Public Admission of Stupidity (Score 1) 219

The email Larry sent credits Autopilot, and Elon Musk credits Autopilot. Nowhere does Larry's email assert that autopilot was disabled. If Larry is going to portray Autopilot as his guardian angel, then he should accept his dunce hat. Electrek makes an assumption that autopilot was disabled, without actually contacting any of the parties involved to verify that assumption.

Comment Re:Public Admission of Stupidity (Score 1) 219

It's also prudent when trying to locate the siren to slow down a little regardless. Emergency vehicles do drive recklessly on occasion. You can't rely on the emergency vehicle to stop at the mouth of a side street. They may pull in front of you and expect you to respond to it. You may also be approaching a dangerous scene before the first responders.

It is likely this guy was blowing down the road in autopilot when he should have had control of his car. Given that the Tesla isn't made to respond to emergency vehicles lights and sirens, this guy is a bit of an idiot. "Here is a situation in which I should have been in control and driving cautiously, but wasn't."

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