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Comment Re:Big surprise some jackhole Silicon Valley (Score 1) 224

"My pitch" is entirely "this other lawyer says I have a case, but he personally can't file it for me. Will you look at what he has prepared and consider filing it for me on contingency?" and the answer to that is "no". I personally don't know a fucking thing about the matter other than that someone else who's supposed to know better says I've probably been wronged and that he personally is barred from righting it for technical reasons I don't understand, and all I want is for someone to look at his pitch, and they won't even do that.

Submission + - BleachBit stifles investigation of Hillary Clinton

ahziem writes: The IT team for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton used the open source cleaning software BleachBit to wipe systems "so even God couldn’t read them," according to South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy on Fox News. His comments on the "drastic cyber-measure" were in response to the question of whether emails on her private Microsoft Exchange Server were simply about "yoga and wedding plans."

Perhaps Clinton's team used an open source application because, unlike proprietary applications, it can be audited, like for backdoors. In response to the Edward Snowden leaks in 2013, privacy expert Bruce Schneier advised, "Closed-source software is easier for the NSA to backdoor than open-source software," in an article in which he stated he also uses BleachBit. Ironically, Schneier was writing to a non-governmental audience.

Comment Re:Sketchy (Score 1) 34

How is this not some kind of insider trading and/or pump and dump scheme? Only company principals would have access to this type of info and it's not legal to divulge such prior to public filings... SEC should look very closely at who has established short positions in this security.

As long as it's an independent researcher, it's fine. No reason you need to be an insider to spot security flaws. That's how the stock market works: you have all the companies engaged in just-borderline-legal puffery, exaggeration, and hockey sticks, and you have the short-side researchers trying to spot the biggest liars. It works well overall because the analysis becomes public quickly enough, giving ordinary investors a chance to learn both sides of the story.

Not so much from a white-hat security perspective, of course. But as long as they aren't working for the company, nor of course out there exploiting the flaws to kill people, they're OK. It's not insider trading if you're an outsider.

Comment Re:The MS Merry Go Round. (Score 1) 200

The main customer who will not abandon Windows no matter what are businesses (esp. large ones) and governments. The US government just loves MS (plus HP Enterprise); even if all their individual customers and most businesses left them, they could just jack up their prices to $1M per computer and the US government will happily pay that.

Comment Re:Crowd source the egress (Score 1) 143

I think you are creating generalities from your specific situation.

No, I specifically said it varies; did you miss that? You even quoted it. I also said that addressing is controlled by local governments, so places with alleyways are obviously going to be handled differently.

AFAYK. But it's not that way in real life. There is no "default". You have to know.

No, you'd don't "have to know". Enter some lat/lon coordinates into Google Maps, and it'll show you a location on the map. It doesn't ask you for your datum. That's because there IS a default.

That's funny, because I can get my location in any number of datums using GPS. Wikipedia isn't always right..

And I'm supposed to believe you over a cited article? If you think it's wrong, then go correct it. From a little bit of Googling, what I've read supports Wikipedia:

The only reason anyone uses other datums is because they have old maps that are based on them, not because they're better in any way (they're not).

Comment Re:Not sure Microsoft is to blame (Score 2) 202

"All" might be hypebole, but they got rid of the vast majority between 2014 and the 2015 mass layoffs. I knew several people who were affected. SDT isn't really a role there any more any more: some made the transition to SDE, some found one of very few remaining niches, most were out of luck.

It really sucks because most of the other big employers in the area also don't have QA (or very few), since we're all smoking the DevOps crack: managers pretending you can just hire devs, since they're smart enough to do QA and ops. Stupidest fad ever.

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