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Comment Re:Why? "Signal not an option for many people"... (Score 1) 69

The point is that if WhatsApp is not blocked and Signal is, using WhatsApp is better than other options. You say yourself that the single block-able route is not the difference, its that one is blocked and the other isn't. As for the article, I would say that if someone's life or freedom depends on whether WhatsApp is secure -- they better well understand how this vulnerability applies to them based on their specific usage pattern, not based on some generalization from a newspaper article.

Comment Re:text of email (Score 2) 274

Given the nature of the hack, it seems like if Podesta had just enabled two-factor like he was told, the typo wouldn't have mattered and even giving the hackers his password wouldn't have mattered. The IT guy says right there that two-factor should be enabled as soon as possible, and even implies that it already should have been. Actually this level of person not using two-factor is just madness. And how does the first part of the email even make sense? Why would he use mfisher's two-step verification codes?

Comment Re:Headline correct; summary wrong (Score 1) 399

I won't say there aren't districts where there is waste, there are plenty, but one does have to build and maintain buildings, which can be quite expensive. There are also pensions to consider, which are not always managed sensibly. So a lot depends on what is in that $18k figure. If it includes facilities and the district made a really bad facilities decision 15-20 years ago, that can be a huge chunk right there that the teachers don't see one penny of. And in that situation, blind cuts will just hurt the people who are just doing their job because the overhead of that bad decision is probably impossible to change. (e.g. a bond issue or similar)

And this idea that parents pay taxes for the education of their own children is madness. Taxes that go to schools principally pay for the education of *other people's* children. That is and always has been what public schools are for. It seems like this should be obvious, since people don't just pay those taxes while their children are in school. So the thing you should argue for is better schools at the same cost. The community has already decided it is worth $18k per year per student, but that value for that money can be improved.

Comment Re:Headline correct; summary wrong (Score 1) 399

But the problem is that, as you say, the $30M gift probably cost Alphabet half that but they probably wrote off the full amount. i.e. it's just a scam to get a $15M tax write-off. And it's probably less than half so they get an even bigger fraction as write-off. If they gave that hardware to employees, they could still write it off as a business expense, but only at cost. So this is the employee being told "instead of giving you a gift, we are giving a poor child's school your gift (which they will probably never use), and ourselves an even bigger gift as a result." Because Alphabet itself is clearly the neediest party in this situation.

Comment False equivalence (Score 1) 335

A few reporters getting duped is NOT the same as intentionally and repeatedly manufacturing fake news. This is actually a strategy of the fake news pushers... try to dress something up well enough to get picked up by the more reputable sources. Then declare them irriputable when one of dozens of false-flag operations gets through. But the point is that this story was (a) discredited by other news sources and (b) will be or already has been retracted by the WP and (c) reporters will lose their jobs or be demoted, not promoted like they would at a fake news operation.

Also, I'm sure that Rolling Stone has been scouring the Washington Post for something poorly sourced like this, since it was the Post that eviscerated Rolling Stone for the expose on gang rape on college campuses, which turned out to be fabricated by the victim (though actually in a very convincing way).

The problem isn't fake news, it's a public who can't pay attention longer than one 24-hour news cycle. The real facts are almost never known within 24 hours. If people drew their conclusions after there had been enough time for consideration and cross-checking, fake news would have no power. Just like superpacs would have no power if people would just not believe a word of what someone paid for them to hear, duh.

Comment Re:It's not that easy (Score 4, Insightful) 179

It's funny to me that they say the Earth's rotation is "determined" by IERS. No, it is *measured*. A subtle implied difference, but a critical one. The problem here is actually with unix time, not UTC. TAI as an alternative to unix time actually makes pretty decent sense. When was the last time you manually converted from seconds since epoch to day/month/year?

I think the point is that since time zones are actually updated more frequently for political purposes than leap seconds occur, it makes sense, for network-connected computers at least, to just stuff the leap seconds in the same distribution channels (already done actually) and abandon trying to hack around the clumsy (non-monotonically increasing) definition of unix time.

Comment Re:Tired of this shit. (Score 3, Insightful) 179

The problem is not so much with UTC but with unix time, as POSIX and NTP have conflicting conventions for handling leap seconds. Well and Google NTP has yet another convention. But the spirit of what you say is correct, we should probably abandon unix time as the fundamental representation on computers in favor of TAI. Software already has to consult a timezone database to convert to local time anyway, why not also require that for conversion to UTC too (to get the leap second offset from TAI).

Comment Re:You're a "fake" newspaper (Score 3, Interesting) 667

So your argument comes down to exactly how "close" the quoted advisor is to a still-forming administration. -- so not fake news. i.e. the quote was not made up, the person does exist, and he is related to the nascent Trump administration in the way stated. I'm also happy to hear that you agree that cutting NASA's climate science budget would be extremely important news if it came from the mouth of someone close enough to the administration -- let's just agree that some more cautious people might worry that we don't actually know who those people are and are not quite yet.

Comment Re:Editorials as News (Score 1) 154

These are usually marked as "Opinion:", so this is really just a processing mistake. This is obvious to anyone who has ever been to google news, so I don't know why you are pretending that google doesn't mark opinion as such. And you shouldn't "trust" google news for anything!!!! It's just a scraping service. If you don't pay attention to the actual source of the link you are part of the problem.

Comment Re:Unless you run your own email server. (Score 1) 534

Just a reminder that the state department email that she should have been using also was not allowed to have classified info in it. The classified information thing is a red herring, the real issue is whether Clinton was evading records laws, but the previous republican administration did that in exactly the same way (private email) but to so much more of a degree that they try to distract you with this classified information red herring. So they'll just do it again. Like Bannon is going to start using a government email address for all his government-related communication. HA!

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