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Comment What is a CEO's job? (Score 1) 104

A CEO's job is...

A) Run the company in the most successful way that returns the greatest value over the long run.
B) Run the company in the way that most benefits society and the employees.
C) Create the greatest short term growth in stock prices so the current investors, who control their hiring, can sell and realize a profit.

Given it's the involved, activist shareholders that determine most CEO's hiring and firing - and they're looking for a dramatic change in company value over the short term...

Any CEO who chases A or B is an idiot who's going to ultimately get replaced by shareholders who want a sudden bump in value and then to get the hell out. They don't give a damn about whether the company will be worth more money in ten years because they intend to have sold, bought again when value tanks, sold after a short term solve, bought again when the value tanks... and repeated many times.

How a company does over ten years as a metric of CEO efficiency is just a demonstration of completely missing what CEOs are rewarded for.

The CEO who created a massive short term growth, then left and left the company to tank for a while, is worth that large bill to the shareholders who are trying to get just that.

Also, we don't get ponies just because we really, really want one and it's only fair!

Comment Re:Complete overreaction, TSA style (Score 1) 160

> "The authorities" instead cry wolf.

Nah, I doubt its really them. More likely scenario is this is a solution looking for a problem and a government contract.

As a bonus, once they have tested it on wildfires, it can be used to suppress information gathering by non-approved entities elsewhere.

This is a sales pitch to despots everywhere.

"Your news organizations will buy commercial drones, with this, you can direct them away from whatever atrocity you want to hide"

Much like the sales of tools for mass surveillance are selling like hotcakes to despotic "allies" around the world, so will this. Sure, it wont stop a dedicated hobbiest who ignores it....but lets be honest.... most news orgs will buy off the shelf and compliant.

  They will be most easily controlled around the globe if this sees widespread adoption.

Comment Non-sequitor (Score 4, Insightful) 145

The recommendation doesn't make sense. Yes, your phone may not always be in your possession. That would rule out software authenticators too, since they reside on the same phone that may not always be in your possession. Even dedicated hardware tokens may not always be in your possession, they can be lost or stolen just like a phone. So if not being always in your possession is the criteria, then all of the NIST's recommended methods fail to meet it.

As for VoIP lines, yes they can be intercepted. They do however share one characteristic with cel-phone lines: they don't normally share a path with the network connection being authenticated except possibly at the user's ISP and computer (if the VoIP line terminates on their computer as opposed to their cel phone). That limits the ability of a single attacker to intercept and alter both paths, which is the central facet of what 2FA does.

Ultimately the only secure 2FA is a dedicated hardware token that requires biometric authentication to function. Anything less than that is insecure, the question being merely whether the insecurity reaches the point of being unacceptable.

Comment Re:Seen it a hundred times at least. (Score 4, Insightful) 79

Or it may be related to the reliability of recovering from backups. Backups are intended to recover from catastrophic failures, not mere accidental deletion of messages, so recovery of any particular message can be problematic. Even if the message was stored long enough to be caught in a backup, incremental backups mean it may take searching a month's worth of backups to find the exact one that backed up that message. Fail to scan a large enough range and you won't find the message even if it's backed up. If the message was received and then deleted before the next backup run then it may not be on any backup, and there's no way to distinguish not finding it because it wasn't backed up from not finding it because you didn't search the right set of backups. Explaining all that to ordinary users is all but impossible, so from a service-level standpoint it makes more sense to not bring backups up at all and simply say "If you deleted it, we can't recover it.". That, users can comprehend even if they don't agree with it.

A request from a court for discovery is a completely different matter not limited by the service level provided to users, so it makes sense that Yahoo may be able to produce a message in response to a discovery request that it won't recover in response to a user request simply because they don't want to argue with every user whose message never made it into a backup or who wants them to go back through 5 years worth of backups to find it.

Comment Re:Emissions fix? Call me skeptical... (Score 1) 64

I just opened the comments thinking, do I even want this "fix" on my car? If I lose MPG or power then; it aint no fix in my book. MPG and power were factors I considered when buying my car. I paid a lot of money based on the MPG and power the car had when I bought it. I have no interest in seeing either reduced.

If I can, I will probably avoid this "fix"

Comment Re:License to work (Score 1) 637

> What I suspect is REALLY going on here is that John Deere and other manufacturers have adopted a model of selling their equipment to farmers either at a loss or at cost, with the understanding that they'll make their profit in implicit servicing contracts.

Is it a sale or a lease? If its a sale then fuck them. If its a lease, then maybe they should have said so up front....then not gotten the contract because the farmer didn't want a lease.

If its a lease, and it breaks down, I want a new one. IN fact, if its a lease, I want to trade it in for another one in a couple of years so I always have a fresh one. In addition to all this being spelled out up front and the word SALE never even having been uttered, unless it was "we don't offer" or "you could also...."

If its not a lease, then pound fucking sand.

Comment I can't tell if you're trolling or not... (Score 1) 1140

Because I know there are tens of millions, if not at least a hundred million Americans, that believe your statement sincerely. I even have a few family members that have espoused such sentiments. And so I will reply accordingly.

We Americans have been bred to honor and respect property rights. It is ingrained so deeply, even so far as our honorable Constitution itself, that the hard-working-man's "honest wages" are as sanctimonious as Holy Communion in the eyes of the red, white, and blue. So, no matter how absurd and adulterous ones income, I understand that taking money from those that "work hard" to distribute among those that "hardly work" is no different than the priest taking a piss into the chalice as his way of blessing the wine.

I get it. Really, I do.

But I just have one question for you: Are you OK with 20 people in our nation controlling more wealth than one hundred and fifty five million? Are you -really- OK with this? Because that's where our continued ignorance and/or unwillingness has gotten us. Your bull-headedness is putting the ridiculous wealth of 20 individuals in our nation ahead of the general welfare of 155 million. In any other nation throughout the course of human history, this level of wealth unbalance has instigated violent revolt and revolution among the masses. And it's only a matter of time before it happens here, as long as people like you continue to believe what you've just said.

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