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Submission + - Why Uber Won't Fire Its CEO (

mirandakatz writes: As negative press about Uber has piled up, multiple people have called for the ridesharing giant to fire its CEO, Travis Kalanick. But that's so much more easily said than done: The only person who can decide Uber needs a new CEO is Travis himself. At Backchannel, Jessi Hempel unpacks the dual-class share structure that has become so popular among savvy tech founders in recent years, as it allows them to maintain control over decisions the company makes, even if their ownership in the company is significantly reduced. As Hempel writes, "The argument for allowing a small set of founders complete control over their boards is the same one to be made for enabling benevolent dictatorships. Benevolence, however, does not come with a permanent guarantee."

Comment Re:Umm (Score 5, Interesting) 402

Protip: if your "truth" winds up offending lots of people, there's a good chance it's actually just your own shitty opinion. And, y'know, it's fine to have shitty opinions, it's even often fine to spout your shitty opinion out loud, it's just not a good idea to delude yourself into thinking that shitty opinion is "truth".

Furthermore, if you then feel the need to call people who object to your shitty opinion "snowflakes", there's a good chance that you're actually as sensitive, if not more so, than the people who are telling you where to stick your shitty opinion.

Was this true when a minority spoke out about slavery, or segregation, etc?

Comment Re:Not me, not in California (Score 1) 940

Hilarious!.. Ok, so the homeowner can sell his place to the person needing it for (say) $300K and then a month later buy it back for (say) $298.5K instead of taking $1500 in rent for a month. Would that satisfy you? They can do this every month until person 2 no longer needs to buy it etc.

Submission + - US cops make 'first ever' Bitcoin seizure following house raid (

An anonymous reader writes: American cops have made their first ever seizure of Bitcoin after raiding the house of an alleged drug dealer. The Drug Enforcement Administration seized a haul of 11.02 Bitcoins (worth $814.22 at today's rates) from an address in South Carolina on April 12. They were in the possession of a man suspected of dealing drugs using the infamous Silk Road marketplace, accessible only as a hidden Tor service. The case came to light thanks to eagle-eyed Bitcoin advocates, who searched the police record of seizures.

Submission + - Google is going Puritan on us (

DougDot writes: In three days, Google's Blogger will begin to delete scores of blogs that have existed since 1999 on Monday under its vague new anti-sex-ad policy purge.

On Wednesday night at around 7pm PST, all Blogger blogs marked as "adult" were sent an email from Google's Blogger team.

blogger sex purge
The email told users with "adult" blogs that after Sunday, June 30, 2013, all adult blogs will be deleted if they are found to be "displaying advertisements to adult websites" — while the current Content Policy does not define what constitutes "adult" content.

To say that Twitter ignited with outrage would be an understatement. Blogger users are panicked and mad as hell at Google.

Comment Re:Does your office door have the same key as home (Score 2) 377

Do you ask them to rekey your office door and the building access to match the doors at home?
I thought not.. you carry one key for home, and one key for work.

If they wanted me to buy my own lock then I would

The point here is your employer cannot demand to control your property. You want to control something you pay for it.

Whether or not I will agree to carry a second phone is orthogonal. I might if my job required it but not if it was just for being able to work off hours. But again, that's beside the point.

Comment Re:BYOD means I/T loses some control over it (Score 2) 377

You shouldn't trust your own network to begin with. How do you make sure no-one plugs in whatever they want?

Managed switches.

No unauthorised devices get plugged in. Every device has to authenticate with the switch (so not simply MAC address blocking).

From the fine summary:

Because you own the device, you have certain rights to what is on the device and what you can do with the device.

Yeah right, feck off.

When you BYOD onto my network, we control it, we can wipe it, we can install and uninstall apps and if you dont agree to our terms, dont bother complaining that you cant BYOD. BYOD is not open slather, if you want to bring your own device, fine, we welcome that but you will be registering it with our MDM (Mobile Device Management) system before you're even so much as able to put mail on there, that means our policies get enforced on your device (and your administrative privileges for that device get taken away). Sorry, but this part isn't negotiable.

Well, if it was my choice to B[M]YOD, I'd let IT get admin privileges on my devices. But if its at the company's insistence, then hell no!
Here's the deal:
- I can do off-hours work if I get email on my phone.
- I won't carry a second phone for work
- I am willing to add my work email on my phone PROVIDED:
    -- I am not required to register my device for monitoring
    -- I and ONLY I have admin rights on my phone
    -- No remote monitoring of my phone allowed

I will, however, agree to follow policy like setting a passcode, time-out locking, enable find-my-phone and remote wipe (which I will control).

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