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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 All communication is monitored (Score 4, Interesting) 187

There is literally no way you can communicate with another person where you can be assured that your communication is not monitored. Even face-to-face communication in code is compromised, if the other party is compromised. Cell phones only work by collecting a lot of data about the caller and the caller's recipient. If CBS is only now figuring out that D.C. is a hotbed of cell data leakage, they are fantastically bad at their jobs.

Comment Re:Changing jobs increases wealth (Score 1) 148

"institutional memory"

Massively underrated IME. Luckily we have a few lifers here but i've lost count of the number of times we have had no idea why something is the way it is or some subtle wrinkle that's non obvious in how something gets processed. People that have years and years of experience often fill in gaps that would otherwise cause big problems.

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:Only a penny a page, duplex? (Score 1) 5

I'll be better able to figure it when the cartridge is empty. The savings come from not having to pay eight or ten bucks for copies that I'm proofreading.

They're already online as free e-books, HTML, and PDF, with printed copies available at a price.

Comment Cataracts and Suse (Score 1) 6

IIRC you're Canadian (if in the US you'll need insurance) and should be able to get CrystaLens implants for an extra $2,000. They cure nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and cataracts.

I ran Suse back in 2003 and liked it, but moved to Mandrake because my TV didn;t like it; I was using the TV as a monitor with an S-video cable. Still trying to find a distro that will run on an old Gateway laptop.

Comment Re:Only a penny a page, duplex? (Score 1) 5

I based the estimate on $5o for a cartridge that prints an average of 3,000 pages. A color laser would be nice, but as you say, far more expensive both in up-front costs and toner. And changing toner in a color printer is a PITA, at least the ones at work were.

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