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Comment Re:goodbye jiffy lube hello $60-$100 dealer oil ch (Score 3, Insightful) 242

My Toyota dealer charges $30. Comes with a pretty thorough inspection and a car wash. As far as I can tell, they haven't ever ripped me off. Didn't tell me my battery needed to be replaced until it was 8 years old and failed their load test. Offered to have a guy weld a hole in my exhaust for $200 rather than replacing the entire thing for 5-10x that much.
Not sure if all Toyota dealers are like this, or if I'm just lucky to have found a great one.

Comment Re:Use a Local Not a Remot Passwords Manager (Score 1) 415

The problem with this is if you're traveling and your stuff gets stolen, or your house burns down. How do you log in then? If your passwords are stored using a service that uses insecure cloud storage, you can at least borrow a computer from someone, install your software, and recover access to your accounts. If it's local software on your computer and phone, you're shit out of luck until you can access your backups.

Comment Re:Or politicians can go back to basic services (Score 1) 469

I also see the problem of people not even bothering to consider public transportation before deciding on jobs or houses. In all of mine I definitely have. "Does this job pay enough to make up for driving?" is a question I ask before taking a new one. The savings I've made taking public transportation exceed the money I'd have made at a couple other jobs I considered before the last two. And not just the money: The time, and the stress. 35-40 minutes to surf the internet, check some email, or just watch out the window absolutely blows away 20-30 minutes in rush hour traffic.
I'd need a good $10k-$20k pay raise to go back to driving. And if that drive is closer to an hour, double that.


Apple Losing Out To Microsoft and Google in US Classrooms ( 130

Apple is losing its grip on American classrooms, which technology companies have long used to hook students on their brands for life. From a report on MacRumors: According to research company Futuresource Consulting, in 2016 the number of devices in American classrooms that run iOS and macOS fell to third place behind both Google-powered laptops and Windows devices. Out of 12.6 million mobile devices shipped to primary and secondary schools in the U.S., Chromebooks accounted for 58 percent of the market, up from 50 percent in 2015. Meanwhile, school shipments of iPads and Mac laptops fell to 19 percent, from about 25 percent, over the same period, while Microsoft Windows laptops and tablets stayed relatively stable at about 22 percent.

Submission + - Bill Would Legalize Active Defense Against Hacks

Trailrunner7 writes: A new bill intended to update the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act would allow victims of computer attacks to engage in active defense measures to identify the attacker and disrupt the attack.

Proposed by Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.), the bill would grant victims of computer intrusions unprecedented rights. Known as the Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act, the legislation seeks to amend the CFAA, the much-maligned 1986 law that is used in most computer crime prosecutions.

The proposed legislation includes the caveat that victims can’t take any actions that destroy data on another person’s computer, causes physical injury to someone, or creates a threat to public safety. The concept of active defense has been a controversial one in the security community for several years, with many experts saying the potential downside outweighs any upside. Not to mention that it’s generally illegal.

Submission + - Another high level official uses personal email, denies it in front of Senate (

ventsyv writes: It appears that the use of personal email accounts to conduct official business is in vogue with the political elite these days. Yet another high level official in the Trump's administration, Scott Pruitt, head of EPA, has used his during his tenure as AG of Oklahoma the WP reports.

Yet several of Pruitt’s official emails, released in a lawsuit in Oklahoma, were copied to his personal email — an Apple account that was partially blacked out before being released. The emails copied to Pruitt’s personal account included ones from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a corporate-backed group that focuses on state legislatures; the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, which has substantial interests in EPA issues; and members of Pruitt’s staff.

Similarly to others, he has denied doing so, including during his confirmation hearing.

When asked whether he had ever used a private email account while on the job, Pruitt told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee: “I use only my official OAG [office of the attorney general] email address and government-issued phone to conduct official business.”

Submission + - Canadian DMCA in Action: Court Awards Massive Damages in Modchip Case (

google20000 writes: Michael Geist reports that a Canadian court has awarded massive damages in the first major Canadian digital lock copyright ruling involving circumvention of technological protection measures. The ruling, which is the first to conduct an extensive examination of the anti-circumvention rules established in 2012, adopts expansive interpretations to the digital lock protections and narrow views of the exceptions. The case launched by Nintendo confirms that Canada has tough anti-piracy laws with one of the most aggressive digital lock laws in the world and will fuel calls to re-examine the effectiveness of the anti-circumvention exceptions in the 2017 copyright review.
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Mike Pence Used His AOL Email For Indiana State Business -- and It Got Hacked ( 445

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Vice President Mike Pence used a personal AOL email account to conduct sensitive state business -- including issues related to homeland security -- as the governor of Indiana, according to a report from The Indianapolis Star. Not only that, but Pence's email account was also compromised last year, the report reveals. Because personal email accounts are not subject to same types of public transparency laws, it's up to the official and his or her transition staff to hand over any sensitive state-related messages for archiving. Emails from a state account are automatically stored on state servers and subject to public records requests. Pence's office claims the contents of his personal AOL account used for state business are in fact in the process of being archived. A larger concern, however, is security. By using a private AOL account to conduct sensitive state matters, Pence could have exposed sensitive state business. In the hacking incident last year, Pence's email account was compromised by a scammer who used it to try and extort money from members of his contact list by claiming Pence and his wife were stranded in the Philippines, The Indianapolis Star reports. This hack didn't appear to have had been designed specifically to breach Pence's office, which made clear that his AOL account could be compromised by relatively benign breaching techniques designed by spammers and low-level hackers. It is not illegal in Indiana to own and use a personal account while in office, nor is it against the law to handle work-related matters from a personal account -- so long as those emails are in some way archived. However, the Star reports that Pence made no efforts to preserve his AOL emails under after he left office and is only just now doing months after public records requests were first made. "Similar to previous governors, during his time as governor of Indiana, Mike Pence maintained a state email account and a personal email account," reads a statement given to the The Indianapolis Star. "As governor, Mr. Pence fully complied with Indiana law regarding email use and retention. Government emails involving his state and personal accounts are being archived by the state consistent with Indiana law, and are being managed according to Indiana's Access to Public Records Act."

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