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Comment Re:Destroy code? (Score 1) 522

I'd think the more flexible solution would be to build the encryption tools to have -optional- have two passwords for a volume. Each accesses a different file table. If you provide keys, noone can ever prove if the keys were to the "one volume I set up" or to the "hidden portion of the secure volume"

Effectively a decoy keyset

Comment Paying dues... (Score 1) 632

When I got out of college with an IT degree in '89...

1st job: Low paying job setting up a network, scored the job purely because an old boss worked there and knew I was back in town
2nd job: Medium/Low paying job driving around the state, working 80 hour weeks installing computers for a power company.
3rd job: Medium paying job at a software company where I joined in Tech Support to get a job in my chosen field.
4th job: 2 years later at the software company I was running the development side of the business.

Having a degree does not entitle you to get a job doing what you want to do. It gives you improved odds to get the opportunity to work your ass off to learn the real world and get your foot in the door and prove yourself.

Comment Re:Who's Responsibility? (Score 5, Interesting) 246

While I find the abusive techniques being reported as abhorrent as the next fellow, I would challenge the assertion that it's their job to disclose security issues.

I'm not saying that they morally are not obligated. They are morally obligated to do so, in my personal opinion, to maintain the general fabric of security for the country.

But I'm not so sure that they have a legal obligation to do so.

There are some pretty convincing cases where they could argue that an obscure exploit can be disclosed and upgrade the digital security of the nation by 0.01% or they could hold onto it and use it to help prevent specific bad actors with big plans.

So yes, while I'd like to think we're all above board and working towards a bright shiny future with full disclosure, I'm not sure that the charter for agencies running covert ops lists vulnerability disclosure as their operational mandate.

Comment Re:Dead pixels normal... in 2001. (Score 1) 241

We purchased a 75" Samsung TV last year. It had a single pixel in the middle of the screen stuck on as a bright red dot.

Returned it without any issues. Just said there's a pixel stuck on bright red full time and it was happily exchanged for a replacement set.

Nintendo need to get it's head out of it's Asterix. Word of mouth like this is how you kill a product launch.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 4, Insightful) 113

I think it's even more overstated than that.

Without having any indicator other than that link to an article a couple of lines long, we have no info.

Is the $150 million value the "normal throughput of transactions during the regular operation of that same time frame that the outage occurred? Because if so, I highly doubt they lost that much. I tried to place an order somewhere during that outage. There was an error. So i tried again later and placed my order. The company lost nothing in regards to my order. I'm sure mine is not the only transaction that was not re-tried later on.

Bold statements about what an outage costs are not helpful unless the methodology for calculating that cost is both divulged and reasonably calculated.

Comment Re:Probably (Score 1) 167

I think there's probably some subtleties in there, more granular than full-day coverage.

Perhaps the camera are remote activated at the start of each dispatch call, if they are not already on and cannot be turned off until dispatch closes the call. That way between calls, the camera does not have to b on when some poor schmoe in blue is taking a leak or eating his lunch. We all deserve some "off time".

Comment Re:Translation: (Score 4, Insightful) 723

This is the sort of one sided rhetoric that demeans us as a nation. I'm a "lefty" that worked hard and made something of himself. I believe in doing my fair share and at the same time I understand that it's harder for some folks to make their way. We are ALL standing on the shoulders of those that came before us. There is a penultimate point at which we all worked hard before we managed to get ahead. What I reject is the notion that it somehow makes us better than others. We all should be working to help every one of us do better. The divisiveness of politics today is our greatest weakness as a nation. We work as a team, we succeed as a team. That is the lesson lost in the current wave of righteous indignation and self-reinforced politics. We are all Americans and we should spend more time working to help our fellows than casting stones over the differences which from the outside are minuscule. We spend our time attacking our neighbor for their beliefs than in trying to find common ground. Politics is the new racism.We would rather find fault in our neighbor than actually think about what all of these actions mean to us as a people. It is easier to attack than to think.

The great American Experiment in a way of life is losing it's momentum as more become focused on their personal issues than the society as a whole and I find myself greatly saddened by the direction we are choosing.

I beg of you all, please stop being angry and start thinking about us as a people.

Comment Re:Something is missing (Score 1) 359

I would guess the difference is in creating new routing algos that reduce/eliminate left turns.

It's not that point A to point B with no left turns is necessarily shorter/faster, it's that 3 deliveries in one linear route with reduced left turns could lead to a more optimized circular route utilizing more right and straight events and lead to increased efficiency versus the "turn however you need, to get to the next closest delivery point" approach.

Comment Re:The professor is an idiot (Score 1) 311

I haven't seen any actual numbers on how the supposed UBI would work. Any info out there?

If you offer a basic income, some portion of the populace will drop off the employment rolls. I mean above and beyond those who already subsist on government programs today.

If the premise of the professor is that we'd all be on UBI while corporate robots do the work, won't that essentially be a populace living on some level of standardized income and we're all paid by what... the government... who gets the money from what... corporate taxes as it's the last thing still working? And Corporations would be the only thing paying taxes anymore, and would control the government in a way that makes today look like nirvana. When corporations pay taxes and citizens do not, isn't that the next "taxation without representation" revolution after which only corporations get to vote and citizens do not?

I am having a hard time seeing that vision being something that works.

Comment Re:WALLED GARDENS (Score 1) 183

I believe it's a matter of context.

To me, my handheld devices are appliances. my expectations of them are connectivity, flawless operation and and a constant deluge of new apps to amuse myself with. I'm happy to live within the Apple walled garden for this class of device. I don't want to spend any time worrying over the various security and abuse topics for these devices like I would for a truly open system

My desktop systems however, for these my expectations are for unfettered use as I see fit, with open ended ability to install, use or create any application I choose to.

So there are cases where it's not just a brand loyalty, but rather a contextual separation that drives some of the differences in perception between some walled-off ecosystem and desktop systems.

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