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Comment Re:WTF!!! (Score 2) 513

If *your* wife had at most 2 months to live, seriously, would YOU be working? (okay, husband whatever)

He obviously felt he really needed the work, especially the benefits. Why would he risk his chances of getting the job by complaining about extra off-hours work during the interview process? Why would he share any of this with the writer of the article when it doesn't fit with his agenda? (brand new lawsuit pending)

From TFA:

the woman didn’t entertain temporary alternative arrangements, such as working from home if needed. She simply insisted he needed to be available at the office 24/7.

His words.

Typically even a soul-sucking HR drone isn't going to "insist on 24/7 availability" if it's not in the job requirements. These people follow a script, and if it wasn't in the script she wouldn't have been asking for it.

Comment Re:How was he wronged? (Score 1) 513

Do you really think the distinction between a cryptographer and a cryptanalyst is going to survive from actual job requirements though to the publication of this article? Besides, isn't an applications heavy firm going to put some crypt-analytic duties on any actual cryptographers they do have?

I mean, they're not inventing the next Twofish, AES, or elleptical encryption scheme, they're just implementing and adapting existing technology for the most part.

Comment Re:difficult to tell who is at fault from article (Score 1) 513

"available 24/7" doesn't mean awake all the time, it means being near a phone (more likely beeper etc) for when the important call does come in.

and 24/7 on call hours as a requirement is a bit of a red flag. Any team environment should be able to "hand the beeper off" so you don't wind up doing much more than 50% on call hours.

Although, having urgent family issues that could call you away at any moment pretty much precludes you from any on call duty at all.

Comment Re:Who wants DVDs? (Score 1) 157

> Bluerays are still quality superior to streaming,

What are you talking about? The guy at Best Buy who wanted to sell me a 4k TV, since that's all they had anymore, said "internet streaming" was a good source of 4k video. (I get the feeling they didn't have many "ultra" blue-rays yet...)

I almost laughed at the thought of who could be that selfish with their bandwidth... Then got a little scared inside.

Comment Re:Copyright term rollback? Plead the Fifth (Score 1) 157

> I was more referring to exporting to the European market and the post-Brexit British market,

Ya, um. Considering both sides of the Atlantic have been ping-ponging the extensions back and forth every 20 or so years to keep Steam Boat Willie in chains. I really don't think that's as big a problem as it sounds assuming we're careful to abide by the letter of the treaties *except* where they are copyright foo-barred.

As to the fifth amendment. We just need to legally establish that copyrighted content is not private property, being a publicly granted government monopoly with limited purposes in the first place. Of course, this is very different than trade secret property or any other private / secret data individuals have right and ownership to. Or, 1) repeal all retroactive term extensions, they were illegal in the first place. 2) Only apply the new "60-year" law (should be 20) only to works created from this day forward. 3) There'll be some middle-works with insanely long term-lengths, oh-well.

Comment Re:First Step (Score 1) 366

That's 1 / 2 the North American problem. The other half is stop using fossil fuel burning vehicles. (bikes, post-grid-update electrics, stay at home, maybe hydrogen)

Of course, my boss claims solar based on mirrors (not the chemically polluting photovoltaics) can displace nuclear in places where hydro isn't feasible. But I say build out the nukes first then worry about something better. We know fossil fuels are going to end us, I'd rather lose a couple cities every 200 years than the entire human race.

Comment Seriously, security dongles. That's the old new? (Score 1) 162

We run general purpose computers. Can't we trust our own operating systems enough to think they might store a couple bits of secretish data? If not, what good is any encryption since the attackers get every session key anyway? (not to mention the keylogger with the raw password and the memory debugger that sees every block encrypted and decrypted)

The only thing a dongle provides is certainty that another computer can't impersonate a fully compromised device without the dongle. Of course, dongle-failure could very well lock you out of your own services. (and with a back-door in place, session hijacking is very possible)

Many sites, like gmail for example, require "registering" each new device via phone IM or pre-shared key. This happens after password success. Secret keys are then created and stored as securely as the device is maintained. Only if the device is deeply compromised will they be stolen.

If we create a landscape where 90% of computers AREN'T compromised thoroughly this really isn't that horrible. Throw in a bit of geo-location and email warnings about every interesting event (password change, new device registration, stale device login, Computer moved to Ukraine) and really things aren't all that bleak especially for services used every day or even once a week.

Then of course, there's cracking down on IP's and ISP's generating compromising packets, but that's a whole other subject.
See: 18 U.S. Code 2701 - Unlawful access to stored communications


Comey Denies Clinton Email 'Reddit' Cover-Up (politico.com) 459

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Politico: The FBI concluded that a computer technician working on Clinton's email was not engaged in an illicit cover-up when he asked on the Reddit website for a tool that could delete a "VIP" email address throughout a large file, FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday. Republican lawmakers have suggested that the July 2014 Reddit post from a user believed to be Platte River Networks specialist Paul Combetta showed an effort to hide Clinton's emails from investigators. However, at a House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, Comey said FBI agents concluded that all the computer aide was trying to do was replace Clinton's email address so it wouldn't be revealed to the public. "Our team concluded that what he was trying to do was when they produced emails not have the actual address but have some name or placeholder instead of the actual dot-com address in the 'From:' line," Comey said. Comey said he wasn't sure whether the FBI knew about the Reddit posting when prosecutors granted Combetta immunity to get statements from him about what transpired. However, he added that such a deletion wouldn't automatically be considered an effort to destroy evidence. "Not necessarily ... It would depend what his intention was and why he wanted to do it," the FBI director said.

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