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Comment Re:This happens with every change in administratio (Score 1) 161

The "same" thing happened when Obama was elected. Bush had significantly expanded many intelligence programs and there lots of folks in the intelligence community who feared that Obama's campaign focus on closing Guantanamo and pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan along with his focus on transparency and civil liberties meant that he would gut the entire community and all of its big programs.

They were wrong. It wasn't long before morale rebounded when people figured out Obama wasn't going to drastically shake things up.

That was partly them misunderstanding Obama, he's a pragmatic realist, he really believes in civil liberties and pulling out of wars, but he's also understands the current system evolved for a reason and is/was extremely cautious about breaking it.

But that was also just worries about downsizing, they didn't find Obama morally objectionable, they just thought they might lose their jobs.

Now, I think Trump, given his personality and what he has done so far, is more likely to shake things up then Obama was, but in the end this will end up being something that we point to the next time the administration changes and there is a story about people in the intelligence community fearing changes suffer a morale slump and start thinking about leaving.

Heck, the intelligence community loses way more people to the private sector because of things like "I can keep my phone with me at my desk," "I can talk about my work in public", and "I don't have to deal with the insanity that is government bureaucracy" way more than "the president might ask me to do something I find objectionable."

I think Trump really is fundamentally different. He doesn't seem to respect a lot of the informal rules that keep democracies democratic, and he seems quite happy with hostile foreign intelligence agencies attacking the US as long as they're attacking his enemies. There's even allegations that he's actually been under the direct influence of Russia intelligence operatives, it's not proven, but the fact that the allegations aren't insane is very disturbing.

Comment Re:Wut (Score 1) 446

Dropping rocks from the Moon? "Dropping" them? And who the fuck would waste so much money and energy trying to fling shit from the Moon when it's cheaper to use nukes from Earth itself and harder to intercept due to shorter distance?

So, Wu's argument is silly, but your rebuttal is equally silly.

Obviously you don't just "drop" a rock from the moon. You have to use a rocket or mass driver to get it out of the moon's gravity well, and you have to do it at the right time and angle to hit your target. I think that's implicit.

And obviously, using a nuclear-tipped ICBM is easier... but corporations don't have nuclear weapons, and given the regulations in most (all?) of the world would have a difficult time acquiring the materials needed to make them without being discovered. But some corporations probably will be able to get to the moon, and potentially build mass drivers on the moon.

I don't think this is anything we really need to worry about until/unless someone actually starts doing it. It'd be obvious, and shutting it down would be (relatively) easy... nukes could be used. But arguing that nukes are easier for corporations is ridiculous, because building a mass driver on the moon would be easier than acquiring nukes.

Comment Re:I don't see anything wrong with what he said (Score 3, Insightful) 158

I read linked article, and nothing in the transcript there stands out as wrong. You buy a $100K car to run Uber?! Take responsibility for your actions if it doesn't work out.

Yes, Uber shits on everyone. Yes, Uber isn't socially responsible company. No, in this case CEO wasn't wrong in pointing out that it was driver, and not Uber that f-up.

That defence works for most scams as well, so what if it's a bad deal? You shoulda seen it, Buyer beware.

The problem here is Uber's business model, and UberBlack really exacerbates it.

Since the driver has to supply the vehicle (and for UberBlack they probably have to buy or lease one) it means they're taking a huge investment upon themselves.

But then they don't have a lot of control over how that investment performs, Uber does. If Uber lowers the rate (as may have happened, it's unclear) you're suddenly getting a pay cut, or even if Uber has another PR disaster that drives away customers it's going to eat into your pay, and you don't have a lot of options other than abandoning your investment entirely.

That's the whole problem with this concept of Uber drivers and contractors. Sure they have flexible hours, but they don't have the job mobility of other contractors. The driver wasn't mad at Kalanick because Uber dropped their fares, he was mad at Kalanick because Uber told him it would be a great idea to buy a luxury car and be an UberBlack driver, but then Uber didn't deliver the business he needed to recover his investment. But he's still stuck being an UberBlack driver because he bought a really expensive luxury car and there's nothing else he can do to try and recover the investment.

Comment Re:Turn it off (Score 1) 234

Can you really expect an 8 year old OS to support the latest USB chipset out of the box?

Seems reasonable to me. Perhaps not full support, but enough to talk to a mass storage device seems very reasonable. It's not like this is a rapidly-evolving space.

Does the manufacturer even supply Windows 7 drivers that you could burn to CD and install?

Yep.

Comment Re:Another new headphone connector! (Score 1) 211

Trust Apple not to implement that. Of course it requires an audio amplifier, probably a chip so small it's difficult to see. There's also some extra logic around the USB chip, because that's a relatively high-current low-impedance task. But Apple has already driven its users to a different solution, and has no reason to admit that analog headphones are just fine, and that it can support them.

Comment Re:Obama is to blame (Score 1) 1124

Now, do Trump supporters show more racial biases than other people? Yes. Whether you call them "racist" is just a question of where you draw the line on using that particular label.

I think you desperately wish that to be true. Didn't the democrats have "the taco bowl"

No idea what you're talking about.

and didn't Clinton show up to meetings "on black people time"?

So Clinton is racist because SNL wrote a bad joke?

I have seen so many racist anti-Trump statements, supporters and actions than I have ever seen of Trump supporters.

I seriously don't even know what you're talking about.

Comment Re:Turn it off (Score 1) 234

Yep, that's the problem, Windows 7 on a machine designed for Windows 10. Microsoft require basic stuff like USB to work for the computer to carry the "designed for Windows" sticker, but of course only the version that it ships with.

You say that as though it makes sense. I installed a several-year-old copy of Debian Linux on the same machine without trouble. The USB controller chipset is newer than that old kernel, for example, but the generic controller drivers in the kernel work fine.

Comment Re:Turn it off (Score 1) 234

I have no idea how a Windows guy would have solved that.

You can make a Windows live CD (called Windows PE). It's rarely necessary though.

It sounds like the version of Windows you were trying to install was not officially supported by your hardware.

I was installing a purchased copy of Win7 on a machine that came with Win10, because the tools I needed to use (for which I purchased the machine) only run on Win7. Of course, the vendor of said tools didn't bother to document that anywhere.

For your scenario. downloading the drivers onto a USB flash drive is usually the simplest option. In a pinch you can download on your phone and simply connect a USB cable to the computer, or the flash drive to the phone.

As I said in my post above, Windows didn't have drivers for the USB controller. USB was not available.

Comment Re:People without a clue commenting on crypto (Score 1) 202

> If an attacker gets the hash, he can almost certainly recover the password.

How, other than brute force?

Why do you exclude brute force? Brute forcing typical user passwords given a cryptographic hash of them, even salted, and regardless of the hash function used, is very easy. Brute force is exactly the attack I was talking about.

It's best to assume that possession of a hash of a low-entropy secret is equivalent to possession of the low-entropy secret itself.

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