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Comment Re:Hmmm. (Score 2) 90

Yikes! It's starting to happen fast.
In terms of being prudent about encryption, what could one start to do now to prepare for the coming quantum computers?

I'm not certain, but I believe the elliptic curve algorithms are supposed to be quantum computer resistant, right?
Specifically, what kind solutions would enable these kinds of algorithms in tools like TrueCrypt (for local encryption) and PGP (for message exchange)?
I have large amounts of data stored in both formats in cloud backups that I would like to make sure doesn't get snapshotted and trivially decrypted in a few years.

Comment Re: The long, slow downfall has begun (Score 1) 187

Funny because I just saw that Slashdot article too and thought of "you," whoever you are. :-)
I agree there seems to be an increase here in coverage/visibility of Uber's shittiness all of a sudden.
Maybe Slashdot editors are deciding they now want to rank negative Uber pieces higher in the inclusion criteria?

As for the broader media, well, I feel it's about time. I've been sick of seeing all this Uber is soooooo greeeeeaaaaat coverage for so long and such minimal coverage of their atrocious management. It's years overdue, IMO.

Comment Re: The long, slow downfall has begun (Score 3, Informative) 187

I agree! This video doesn't seem anywhere near as horrifying as many other things Kalanik has done.

And yet, he issued this statement in response:
"My job as your leader is to leadand that starts with behaving in a way that makes us all proud. That is not what I did, and it cannot be explained away. It’s clear this video is a reflection of me—and the criticism we’ve received is a stark reminder that I must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up. This is the first time I’ve been willing to admit that"

Really?! He never thought calling his company "Boob-er" revealed his need to grow up?

It's obviously an empty apology stemming from the heat he is feeling these days on all fronts.

Comment Re:The long, slow downfall has begun (Score 5, Informative) 187

Hit job?! The media barely has time to cover all the crappy things Uber does because there are so damn many of them!

What?! So this shows the CEO is an A-hole?! Never could have known that before!

Uber’s 10 Worst Actions—Threats, Lies, Sexism & Shady Business Deals
http://observer.com/2016/02/ub... [observer.com]

Anticompetitive and dishonest business practices against rivals.

Using their geolocation data to harassing and personally threaten journalists who didn't cover them favorably.

Exploiting workers, not only as contractors but by enticing them to enter into exploitative financial agreements.

Rampant corporate sexism and misogyn from the CEO on down.

Comment Re: Bloggers (Score 3, Insightful) 334

If he's ever used Uber though, he should be watching his back. They have a track record of using their geolocation data to find out where journalists they don't like live and personally threatening and doxing them.

If this company dies, the sooner the better. It's hard to imagine a more evil corporation, despite the fact they had a damn good product idea.

Uber’s 10 Worst Actions—Threats, Lies, Sexism & Shady Business Deals
http://observer.com/2016/02/ub... [observer.com]

Comment Re:Sounds good to me (Score 5, Interesting) 334

Good riddance!
It would be hard to find an example of a more despicable corporation (with a damn good product idea nonetheless).

Uber’s 10 Worst Actions—Threats, Lies, Sexism & Shady Business Deals
http://observer.com/2016/02/ub...

Anticompetitive and dishonest business practices against rivals.

Using their geolocation data to harassing and personally threaten journalists who didn't cover them favorably.

Exploiting workers, not only as contractors but by enticing them to enter into exploitative financial agreements.

Rampant corporate sexism and misogyn from the CEO on down.

Comment Re: Umm. Because of economics, stupid (Score 1) 290

The objective of business however is to maximize profit, not unit sales. If it were the latter, all software would cost $0.01.

"In economics, profit maximization is the short run or long run process by which a firm determines the price and output level that returns the greatest profit."

Comment Umm. Because of economics, stupid (Score 3, Informative) 290

> Why don't software makers look at the average income level in a given country -- per capita GDP for example -- and adjust their software prices in these countries accordingly?

Because that's not how supply and demand works.
For the same reason that iPhones and Honda's aren't pegged to GDP... the costs of R&D and production don't change and make a product less costly to produce because it is sold in a country with lower GDP.

Comment Re:Next up dead (Score 3, Funny) 399

3D TV's always seemed stupid as hell to me. I can't say I'm surprised they're gone. I never got the point, even before you factor in the need to wear special glasses and their tendency to induce eyestrain/headaches.

Good riddance!

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