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Comment What exactly did they reveal? (Score 2) 689

So it's Russia's fault you did bad things? What are you going to tell us next, that you can see Russia from your back yard?

What exactly did they reveal? from where I'm sitting nothing, except maybe that she mentioned that "politicians sometimes needs to have a public and a private opinion", which taken out of context sounds sketchy -- in reality no doubt necessary and perfectly fine -- politicians should negotiate compromises on behalf of the people they represent, that sometimes means putting your private positions aside.

It could also be contrived as two-faced, which is bad. The argument Hillary made, namely that politicians presents different arguments to different groups isn't bad either...

Anyways, seems like another non-issue, certainly not a scandal comparable to any of the ones Trump has got going.

Comment Passwords shouldn't have to be good (Score 1, Interesting) 210

If servers would just be smart about always requiring a captcha for each additional login attempt, and limit amount of login attempts, email on failed login attempts, have timeouts between login attempts...
Well, then passwords don't have to be strong. This doesn't fix password reuse though :)

Comment Re:Pretty shocking (Score 2) 115

The US is a huge country with lots of empty areas that has great air quality. If instead of median particulate matter, they used median particulate matter humans are exposed to it might look different. I doubt densely populated US cities full of cars are doing very well.

But yes, for once the US is by all measures for one not ranked among 3rd world countries.

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...

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