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Comment Identity Access Management (Score 2) 63

It must be supported by auditing and reporting.

This is totally true and feasible in the enterprise. I work for a company that sells a product that aggregates all existing accounts, and then periodically sends out emails to managers saying, "Here's a list of accounts belonging to your team." The manager has to approve each one or revoke them. That way, there is accountability down the road if it turns out there were lingering accounts that shouldn't have been accessible or exploitable. Can also be used to certify the accounts on each remote application by the application "owner" or administrator.

These certifications are then reviewed by third-party auditors to validate their completeness. Several other vendors offer similar variations of this functionality.

Comment Re:It would be interesting to see the tipping poin (Score 1) 244

Many scientists have postulated that there is a bigger truth being hidden here-- the existence of a time machine used by future revolutionaries to undo the Third Reich's tyranical word dictatorship after Germany won World War 2.

Traveling back in time to "kill Hitler" has become so synonymous with time travel fantasies that it's unlikely future time travelers would actually do it for fear of divulging the existence of their powers and contaminating their preferred timeline. If people in current time knew they were at the mercy of time travelers, they could protect themselves by destroying records and implementing pervasive anonymity (ala technologies like Tor).

Thus, time travelers prefer to be more discrete and control history through lower profile nudges, like using future quantum computers to brute force the enigma machine and bring back the solution to the chaps at Bletchley Park.

Comment Re: Excellent (Score 1) 218

No they fucking aren't. I can get a ride with uber at half the price or less.

Those rides are subsidized by venture capital money. They're not profitable in how they are operating. They've lost billions of dollars. Enjoy your half-price rides while you can. Once they succeed at starving off the taxi industry, they expect to hold a monopoly over the transportation service market, at which point you will pay way higher fees. Somebody will have to compensate these venture capitalists for all the billions they've lost so far. Sounds like you are their intended target.

Comment Re:ToS (Score 4, Insightful) 218

Per this insightful article, venture capital money is artificially subsidizing those rides to make them seem cheaper than public transportation.

So why do people keep using and working for Uber? Money has a lot to do with it. Uber has used venture capital money to offer lower fares that attract more customers. Those subsidies also help Uber attract drivers despite often erratic corporate policies and a lack of job security.

These subsidies create false perceptions about transportation costs such as the one you voiced. People think Uber is doing it right and the traditional taxi companies have been doing it wrong the whole time.

The national taxi business is only worth $11 billion a year. Why is Uber so highly valued? Why is so much venture capital funding injected into Uber?!? Those investors are expecting to own a monopoly position in the transportation service market. Obviously, the intent of such a monopoly would be to ruthlessly squeeze as much money as possible out of consumers.

Comment Re:not surprised (Score 1) 67

Yes, I had thought about that, but I like smaller cars (MR2, STi) and the Model S is a huge car. The Model 3 is just about the size I'm looking for... BMW 300 series size, not Lincoln Continental Ocean Liner ;-) And besides, I'm assuming Tesla will be charging that much for the Ludicrous version with maximum range...

Comment Re:not surprised (Score 1) 67

The Model 3 won't come to the UK before next year anyway, so I'm looking at the end of 2018 to pick one up after they work all the bugs out.

I'm doing the same thing. I'm actually thinking 2019-2020 to get a model 3, specifically because of what you said: Tesla seems to have a lot of problems building a car with good reliability. I tend to like sporty cars that are very reliable (Toyota MR2, Subaru STi). I anticipate a lot of problems with early Model 3s, but am hopeful that Tesla will fairly quickly figure out the problem areas and address them. I already have an electric car, but look forward to one with greater range. A fast 0-60 would be nice. I'm figuring I'm going to have to spend between $50K-70K to get what I want... but I want to be sure it'll be reliable (and that Tesla will be around to fix it when it breaks).

Comment Re:Yawn... (Score 1) 627

This is a very good suspicion. By downloading a full image of his phone's storage, the FBI or NSA gets photos of all the places he's been along with GPS breadcrumbs. It could very well be that this engineer crossed paths unintentionally with another surveillance target while traveling. Checking these breadcrumbs helps them determine whether they should add him to the surveillance list.

I wholeheartedly disagree with his compliance with their requests. I just want to support the AC's rationale for why the engineer was selected.

Comment Re:Actual implementation... (Score 1) 652

Israel has been doing it for years (including access to your emails), for example. I do not like it, but I don't like my luggage and person being searched either — this is not especially more outrageous.

I actually feel this is a lot worse than searching my luggage and person, although I don't like that either. As our lives increasingly leave digital fingerprints, access to that data conveys a lot about you (which is of course why they want the data). The search surface of my luggage and my body is pretty small. The search surface of social media is pretty darn huge, especially for younger people (and some of my friends who seem to have to post about every little boring detail of their life).

Personally I'd be much happier if they just make sure I'm not carrying any bombs or weapons and not try to determine at the border whether I'm a nice person or not.

I've watched some of those CBP reality shows on Netflix, and I've been amazed at some of the stuff people get turned away (from Canada and Australia I think it was) for. Like... omg, you committed a crime 45 years ago... Sorry, we don't want you in the country... Kinda surprises me that they look/care about stuff so far back. Is that going to happen with social media? "You made a bad posting on Twitter 20 years ago, we don't want you in our country" ???

Comment Re:Why do people use Oracle? (Score 2) 198

It's fast while huge.

If you care about your transactional data, it can't be beat by any other on-premises RDBMS.

But the major reason is Oracle's customers are using web applications built to run on top of Oracle. They buy the web application and then purchase Oracle as the infrastructure.

The reason Oracle is trying to dissuade customers from hosting on AWS is that they're desperate to get those customers hosting on Oracle's own cloud solution. AWS has a slick Database Migration Solution.

Comment Re:Utter nonsense. (Score 1) 288

That sort of thing does happen when you do things without appropriate planning permission.

That was the way I understood the world to be before Uber came along and demonstrated that with enough money and placated constituents, local regulations can be ignored by big business.

Perhaps Trump is proactively offering Musk a pardon for his personal airport tunnel route in exchange for not productizing the TBM (Tunnel Boring Machines) and selling them to Mexicans looking to circumvent the border wall.

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