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Comment Re:"self investigate" == mental illness (Score 1) 749

The guy that is the leading contender for Trumps 'national security advisor' which is arguably a major position of trust is perhaps the most notable of many Republican leaders who pushed this story and even claimed that it would end in an prosecution. This is common knowledge that anyone who has followed this story has seen, yet you choose to ignore it. In fact Flynn's son (been called his 'chief of staff') has even recently doubled down on that very statement. The simple fact is that you and other republicans have chosen to ignore the party leadership's direct complicity in spreading these dangerous lies.

Comment Re:"self investigate" == mental illness (Score 1) 749

Sure, but only if you in turn 'accept responsibility' for the kid who shot up a black church, or the other that shot up a school, or the others that shot up another school, or that other one. Or the dozens and dozens of times every day that the GOP has lead America in the gun culture which hands dangerous weapons to unstable people. Oh, wait, right wing lunatics only talk about 'personal responsibility' when pointing at other people.

Comment Re:how about barcodes? (Score 0) 109

A blockchain is nothing more than a log of all transactions, including splits which would need to be 'attached' to a physical unit for the use described in this story. It's very much like a bar code, but individualized for each package and inclusive of the blockchains of ingredients rather than a pre-registered number dependent on individual company database for context. If properly done there are clear advantages in tracking ingredients from farm to table especially when it comes to recalled food, but it will take a tremendous effort throughout the supplier chain. However, Walmart has used its position for such leverage before.

Comment Re:TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP (Score -1, Offtopic) 209

So exactly which vague unworkable promise do you think that the public would notice that Trump won't complete first? Perhaps it will be the 10% growth or the promise of more manufacturing jobs, but I bet the first of his, nay the GOP's, great disappointments might be the wall mexico will pay for. Next up will likely be the deep recession in part caused by a trade war he picks with a tweet.

Comment Re:When the employee was contacted... (Score 2) 48

A couple of years ago, a company for which I had been working was refreshing all the laptops. As part of the program, the USB ports were locked down so that only encrypted drives could be used. As soon as you plugged in a drive that was not encrypted, it insisted on encrypting the contents before allowing it to be used as a drive. In fact the company policy was that one could continue to use your personal thumb drives, but insisted that they be encrypted and password protected (which seemed odd to me at the time)

I suspect that he, like many people (but not me), had a bunch of his 'day to day' files on a thumb drive, perhaps even the data he wanted to 'keep safe' while getting new equipment, but may have been untouched in months if not years. As part of his 'departure plan' he uploaded all of the old data*, including that 'silly extra step' of encrypting his old thumb drive. However, that transaction was logged as an upload to the encrypted drive and at least one of those file names was later flagged as containing 'Personally Identifiable Information'. The thumb drive might not have even left the office, but clearly wasn't accounted for on his exit.

Not every blunder deserves handcuffs.

Businesses

Amazon Looking To Abandon UPS, FedEx In Favor of Its Own Delivery Service (arstechnica.com) 239

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A report by The Wall Street Journal claims that Amazon is building its own shipping service to replace FedEx and UPS, giving it more control over its packages and possibly allowing it to ship packages from other retailers. Amazon has said its own delivery services would be meant to increase its capacity during busier times of the year, like the upcoming holiday season. However, "current and former Amazon managers and business partners" claim that the company's plans are bigger than that. The initiative dubbed "Consume the City" will eventually let Amazon "haul and deliver" its own packages and those of other retailers and consumers. That delivery network would also directly compete with the likes of UPS and FedEx. It makes sense that Amazon would want to sell, ship, and deliver orders on its own. The report estimates that the company spent $11.5 billion on shipping just last year, amounting to 10.8 percent of sales. The shipping process is currently a bit convoluted: packages from Amazon warehouses get sent to one of two shipping routes, either FedEx or UPS, or to a sorting facility that lumps all packages with similar zip codes together. FedEx and UPS handle its shipments and deliver them to customers, while the packages at the sorting facilities either get delivered via USPS or by Amazon employees themselves. If Amazon were to have control over its shipments over longer distances, it's estimated that the company could save about $3 per package -- about $1.1 billion annually.

Comment Re: $907? (Score 4, Informative) 75

I suspect that each thief used multiple accounts until each of the ATMs was out of money, then moved to the next one. Perhaps 10 or twenty large withdraws each one might take 10 to 20 minutes. Five to ten minutes to get to the next ATM would give four to eight 'sessions' over two hours, so I'd guess that each one worked 40 to 160 transactions, lets say 100 each for lack of better data. Meaning about 140 crooks for the 'back of napkin estimate', I'm no expert on the Yakuza, but that number seems really 'doable'.

Comment Re:These people don't stop existing, though (Score 1) 305

Why do you think that people are not entitled to their opinion? The irony is that you complain about 'political correctness' while complaining viciously about 'other people's language'. I can only come to the conclusion that they aren't 'politically correct' for your tastes

In reality, what you seem to think are earnest 'self righteous' (let me use the word you almost said) 'Social Justice Warriors', are simply a new version of trolls. 'this new generation' of trolls understands that everything you do or say online will be linked permanently and thus instead of calling other random people 'ass knockers' (which could be dug up and perhaps used against you in 20 years), they simply pound out anger on whichever righteous target is trending on Twitter.

Meh, welcome to trolling 2.0

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