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Comment Re:Advance notice? (Score 1) 109

I think you're half right. Security is just an added expense. OTOH as someone else pointed out it's also good PR to say you've found x bug and have fixed it. And bad PR when it leaks that the NSA found all kinds of ways to exploit your software and you didn't. So there are costs on both sides. In the end the main reason I have no confidence in MS is that they are, after all, a very large American corporation, and the NSA and all the rest of the cop agencies exist to protect them. So why wouldn't they cooperate?
Transportation

Alcohol-Related Car Accidents Declined In New York After Introduction of Uber, Analysis Finds (economist.com) 69

According to a new paper from Jessica Lynn Peck of the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, ride-hailing services may have helped reduce alcohol-related traffic accidents by 25-30% in New York City. The report specifically focuses on Uber, which was first introduced in the city in May 2011, and looks at how the ride-hailing service has impacted New York City. The Economist notes in its report that Uber is "largely banned outside of New York City." From the report: To control for factors unrelated to Uber's launch such as adverse weather conditions, Ms Peck compares accident rates in each of New York's five boroughs to those in the counties where Uber was not present, picking those that had the most similar population density and pre-2011 drunk-driving rate. The four boroughs which were quick to adopt Uber -- Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx-- all saw decreases in alcohol-related car crashes relative to their controls. By contrast, Staten Island, where Uber caught on more slowly, saw no such decrease.
Facebook

Facebook To Use Photo-Matching To Block Repeat 'Revenge Porn' (aol.com) 70

An anonymous reader quotes a report from AOL: Facebook is adding tools to make it easier for users to report so-called "revenge porn" and to automatically prevent the images from being shared again once they have been banned, the company said. "Revenge porn" refers to the sharing of sexually explicit images on the internet, without the consent of the people depicted in the pictures, in order to extort or humiliate them. The practice disproportionately affects women, who are sometimes targeted by former partners. Beginning on Wednesday, users of the world's largest social network should see an option to report a picture as inappropriate specifically because it is a "nude photo of me," Facebook said in a statement. The company also said it was launching an automated process to prevent the repeat sharing of banned images. Photo-matching software will keep the pictures off the core Facebook network as well as off its Instagram and Messenger services, it said.

Comment Long overdue (Score 1) 73

Our coop president called Verizon many many many times to tell them we wanted FiOS. He offered to organize a meeting of nearby buildings. This is a relatively wealthy neighborhood. Eventually Verizon stopped answering his calls. Verizon took huge subsidies for FiOS and used them to build out their cellular network. The fact that the city still hasn't made a serious effort to enforce the contract shows that the city and Verizon are on the same side.

Comment Not a security pro, but... (Score 1) 498

I've never understood the argument for changing your password monthly. Let's assume your password is attacked on its first day. Surely it doesn't take a month to hack it. What are the odds that it will be attacked on its thirtieth day? And the new one is just as likely as the old one to be attacked, so what's the point?

Comment Re:Good News, but ... (Score 5, Interesting) 70

I've been in Cuba dozens of times in the last fifteen years and I have never been unable to access a single web site. This is going back to when I used a dialup account from the apartment where I was living. Same was true when I used the U. of Havana computers, same is true using the government-sponsored wifi, same is true using hotel wifi. So let's just drop the whole "Cuban government internet censorship" meme, shall we? Since it's never existed.

Comment Re:Blame the news websites. (Score 2, Insightful) 624

"Crime" is not a fact. First of all, what is "crime"? Are you talking about convictions? That, obviously, is socially determined--who gets prosecuted for what, the extent to which the cops and the prosecutors lie, quality of the defense attorney, etc. So, no, "race" is not correlated with crime. It's correlated with who gets locked up, which has little if anything to do with crime.

Comment This just in! (Score 1) 106

In what must be the biggest surprise story of the week, Apple, a big corporation, acts like a big corporation. Jokes aside, the government is *Apple's* government, not yours. Like it's Exxon's or Monsanto's, or Koch whatever. It's called capitalism, a lot of you say you like it, so don't get all outraged when capital rules. And you don't.

Comment Civil penalties--and big ones (Score 1) 351

Governments can't be trusted to enforce laws vigorously that are politically sensitive, as prosecutions of DDOS cases might be (who to prosecute? are you going to charge another government? etc). So go with big big civil penalties. There'll always be someone who will sue anybody--like the 9/11 victims families in the US trying to sue Saudi Arabia against the wishes of the US govt.

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