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Comment Re:they also found... (Score 1) 314

....that black hosts were also less likely to accept requests from guests with African American-sounding names than with white-sounding ones.

My company recently offered debiasing training for hiring... Being an arrogant white male chauvinist pig from a country with little diversity I'll admit I was slightly skeptical. But the training was rather academic and presented some interesting perspectives:
1) it's not racism, it's largely bias (it's predominately unintentional)
2) bias is an deviation error in our decision function (we're not making optimal decisions)
3) bias is a part of our culture (it doesn't matter whether you are part of the minority that there is a negative bias towards - everybody is biased - it's in our culture)

In many ways the good news is we're not all racists, but most of us are likely biased (unintentionally). Anyways, doing something to blind ourselves from our own bias is a positive thing, as it just corrects an error in our decision logic that currently causes us to make sub-optimal decisions. Note: and correcting the error in our decision function should ideally lead to more profit, in addition to the much more important human fairness aspects.

Comment EME flash (Score 2) 153

From what understand Mozilla is working hard to make sure EME will work with firefox under linux... It'll still require binary blobs, but these can be downloaded automatically and will run completely sandboxed.

Mozilla took a lot of fire for the decision to support EME, but in reality the alternative is that DRM'ed content will only be available on Windows/OS X/IOS/Android/ChromeOS using IE/saferi/chrome.
Yes, EME is still a sad practical choice, but at least the linux desktop will continue to be a viable option. That's how I see it.

Comment Re:The easiest idea of all (Score 2) 260

To speed up the lines, get rid of the TSA

I doubt that one would be accepted... perhaps as a compromise we just have everybody walk past a bomb sniffing dog... It'll create the same illusion of security.
And if we train the bomb sniffing dogs to be sit really still, then 6 months from now we can replace them with stuffed dogs as a further cost saving measure :)

Comment Re:Empty threat (Score 5, Insightful) 302

It's amazing the morons in EU\EC think they can harass US companies and not evoke a response from the US.

Oh, cry me a river... There are courts in the EU, you are more likely to see your rights honor there than in the US, a country known to deny effective council, torture people and lock up people without trial.

When you workaround taxes in both the EU and US, I for one encourage Vestager to throw the book at you. Really, when a company like Apple decides to test boundaries of the law, Apple should expect the authorities to do exactly the same.

On topic, I'm sure the US generally likes this because without this pressure the money would have stayed in tax shelters. I for one think it's okay to go after companies that are actively speculating against the state, in hope of better future tax breaks...

Comment Shared virtual machine images (Score 1) 34

3. attacker VM must know the contents of the page in the victim VM

Not that hard... Often people will use a public virtual machine image for database server, proxy, load-balancer, or container host. I'm sure coreos is rarely customized, I see few reasons to do. It's often neat to attach extra disks and use cloud-init to configure VMs, rather than building custom VMs.

And even if you do build custom VMs, you're often basing it of some official VM.

Comment Re:Ubuntu Is Dying A Slow Death (Score 1) 92

My problem with unity is the papercuts... Opening dash and sometimes I can't get a terminal by typing t + enter, other times it works... Small things like that.. Oh, and animations and stuff that flickers... Even with intel graphics and latest ubuntu it still felt sketchy and crash occasionally.

Gnome shell isn't much better, but a little... as long as get nautilus as patch by ubuntu, can't live without decent type-ahead... I tried, and I'll never be able to move away...

Comment Re: Dey tek er jebs! (Score 2) 332

There aren't many 30k/yr H1Bs see the distribution:
And this is a strict lower bound, I make a lot more than what is reported in my LCA. Sure there is some abuse IMO 60-80k is problematic.
Most likely it seems like you just need the laws to be enforced... Like so many other broken things in America.

Comment Re:Turn over: yes. Decrypt: no (Score 1) 136

A smart provider however will have implemented its data management software in such a way that only his client has the key to decrypt the data it just turned over to the government. That way it cannot even be forced to decrypt it without violating the rules of mathematics and complexity theory.

The problem is that sometimes the key is temporarily present on the providers machines, either sent with API requests for server-side encryption, or present on a VM running client software in provider cloud.

And as of recent stories it seems US govt believes it can't force the cloud provider to record the key when temporarily present. To me that is the equivalent for forcing the provider to spy on your behalf because the provider isn't merely providing stuff it has on file. Curious what is your take on this?

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