The US card issuers' insistence that Americans use Chip-and-Sign rather than Chip-and-PIN continues to frustrate me. It is very hard to find a US-issued personal chip card that is Chip-and-PIN. Typically, only a small set of credit unions issue them while none of the major banks do.
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Re: A glance at the world maps ....
What do French Connection UK have to do with this map?
Re: Turning it off
I've stopped using Google on my phones/tablets now. I use DDG and, when the results are not sufficient, the !g flag to search google. Since using DDG to do Google searches, I don't get AMP results. This data point does not a proof make, but perhaps others have similar results.
"in critiquing elected American officials"
FCC commissioners are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate to serve 5-year terms. They are not elected, but they are politicians.
Re: Well duh
The Tay experiment said more about 4CHAN than societies in general.
Did Trump really invade Yemen? I mean, if it's continuing the policy of military intervention of GW Bush and Barack Obama in Yemen, can it really be said to be Trump's invasion?
Re: I note...
"I also note how it picked up on Samuel L Jackson holding the gun, but missed the two white dudes in the background."
I think you'll find that the background gun-wielders are a man and a woman. There's some irony in this, I'm sure.
I read the headline and immediately followed Betteridge's Law of Headlines by answering "No."
No crypto backdoors, more immigration ... says Republican head of House Committee on Homeland Security
Re: It's Fluoride
"Do you realize that fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous Communist plot we've ever had to face?"
Re: Big Brother Security to the rescue
"What a perfect example of government's heavy influence over the attitudes of the masses. Probably all that government-run early school training. Trust Big Daddy government, kiddies, it's for your own good!"
Hardly. I'm a believer in limited government, but I think the US government should do the things it's tasked to do by the people through the Constitution. I don't want the government to have sole responsibility for my personal cyber-security any more than I intend for the government to provide all of my physical security. Just as while I don't want or need to see tanks protecting my cities directly, I know that if $ENEMY attacks my city or family, there are people and tools equipped to respond with appropriate fury. What I DO want is the knowledge that the people tasked with those duties have the skills and experience to do them. I have no doubt that General Mattis is well-suited to be an outstanding SecDef; his record as a warrior monk speaks for itself. I have significant doubt that Rudy is suited to the task of advising the President on protecting government networks and whatever else fits under "White House Cyber Security Advisor". His company's website is part of his advertisement of capabilities. If it's less secure than my blog, he shouldn't do the job that the President-elect has asked him to do.
As to the question you asked initially, yes, I think the government has a duty to provide some modicum of cyber security. They definitely should protect their own networks. In fact, there's an agency whose putative purpose is just that already. (Or maybe there's No Such Agency.) They've been too busy spying on everyone to prevent someone from stealing all of the personnel records from the OPM, for example. Giuliani's CV is that of a good federal prosecutor, a mediocre mayor who was cast into the national spotlight because of 9/11, and then a few consulting gigs. None of that indicates he has the skills necessary to the task asked.
Re: Big Brother Security to the rescue
Quoting Big John: "But please, someone tell me when it became the government's job to enhance the nation's civilian cyber security?"
I guess it depends on how broadly one interprets "provide for the common defence", which is one of the explicit goals in creating the framework for the US federal government. If that phrase from the Preamble to the Constitution includes nation's cyber security, then 1789.
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Re: America isn't Crony Capitalism?
*Lightning. The Apple cables don't lighten anything..
Re: @O RLYPardoned for what?
During the Manning proceedings, there were articles suggesting the US was preparing charges against Mr Assange related to conspiracy to disseminate classified materials or even violating the Espionage Act. The wording of the pardon of Richard Nixon that I quoted above could conceivably be used in a pardon of Assange, if Mr Obama or Mr Trump were to choose to issue one. Whether it is, in fact, a crime for a journalistic entity (which is what Wikileaks call themselves) to publish classified documents is probably unlikely. Judith Miller was held in contempt for not identifying her source for classified information, not the information itself. Nor were the journalists who published the Pentagon Papers or the Snowden disclosures prosecuted. The "may have committed or taken part in" would cover such a circumstance where the specific crime is unclear.
Re: Pardoned for what?
The Presidential pardon does not require the pardoned to be charged with a crime, much less convicted of one, before a pardon is issued. Here are two recent examples. Jimmy Carter pardoned all those who disregarded conscription into service for the Vietnam War, some of whom had been charged and convicted, many not charged. His predecessor, Gerald Ford, pardoned Richard Nixon for crimes Nixon "has committed or may have committed or taken part in" before Nixon could be charged.
As an interesting aside, "Inflammable" came first (late 16th, early 17th century). "Flammable" came about and gained popularity some ~200 years after inflammable joined the English language because of the confusion about the prefix in- meaning "not" in most cases and meaning "in" or "into" in the case of inflammable.
My bullshit to English dictionary seems to be misplaced
What the fuck does this mean: "The time warp between an enterprise-friendly VMware and a consumer-friendly AWS is our cloud opportunity. Our first quarter results are reflective of the strength of our thesis on how enterprise computing will morph in the coming three to five years."
Is a "time warp" a place? Are accounting rules different there, whereby spending 2x revenue equals strength?
Blocking ads remains a crucial tool in a security posture
While I realise the way the web is paid for, as long as ads remain a credible threat to security and not just an irritation to the user, tools to smite ads will remain as mandatory in my system deployments. The irritation factor is important too, especially on metered network connections, but sites that refuse my adblocking browsers are sites I don't need to visit anymore (looking at you, Forbes).
What a crass reply from the spokesperson. They may not be material to the body politic at Dell Tech, but the layoffs are material to the people affected.
One would have expected the flack to have phrased it better by saying the estimates are grossly overstated instead of the statement released.
Good point, although none of the Attorneys General involved are up for reelection this year. OK, NV, AZ last elected their AG in 2014; Texas in 2015.
Of course, they are supporting their party's candidates in the fall...
Sounds like Ig Nobel prize material!
This is exactly the sort of science the Igs would reward.
This year's Ig Nobel recipients won 10 trillion dollars (Zimbabwe dollars). Among the winners were Volkswagen, who won the Chemistry prize "for solving the problem of excessive automobile pollution emissions by automatically, electromechanically producing fewer emissions whenever the cars are being tested.", and the Canadian and US team who won the Peace prize for the study "On the Reception and Detection of Pseudo-Profound Bullshit".
Re: Wait, Windows has a media player?
@AC, you mean the software written by a company whose stock in trade is making spyware for governments? The software that took advantage of three zero-day vulns which were patched within days of disclosure?
Yeah, I see the similarities between that and an exploit that's been discussed publicly for at least ten years. They're as similar as "whose" and "who's".
"A saner lot than the nut cases, sociopaths and meglomaniacs in San José and Silicon Valley/California generally."
McCain: Come to my encryption hearing. Tim Cook: No, I'm good. McCain: I hate you, I hate you, I hate you
Theatre. Nothing more.
If Senator McCain really wanted Tim Cook there, McCain's committee has subpoena powers. Of course, Cook has lawyers who can fight a subpoena, but McCain can certainly send an invitation with teeth.
Re: All of a sudden ...
"The Americans" is based on real life.
Re: The risk isn't so great
Completely agreed, and it's likely that developers have iOS devices dedicated for use for development rather than using their primary devices.
Re: O Canada
I didn't mean to imply it was a permanent block and I did see where it had been rescinded before I posted it. It was blocked in Canada due to defamation, though, which was my point.
The video fits both the telcos on both sides of the border very well, indeed.
The same country that blocked this video, "The first honest Cable company", for "defamation" presumably of Canadian telecoms companies despite being produced by Americans and targeted to Americans. Maybe someone up in the Great White North felt it hit too close to home and couldn't be tolerated...
Maybe the student was addressing the essay to John Cleese, who loved one carnally...
Re: Driver Friendly?
Uber hired basically the entire robotics and automation team from Carnegie Mellon University, among the world leaders in robotics, in order to build autonomous cars simply so they can get to the point of not paying you to drive passengers. As soon as they can do so, Uber will dump you. For now, you're a pawn in their struggles in Austin and when you were driving, your actions fund their process to replace you.
I sympathize with your plight; losing earnings in a pissing match sucks, but I despise Uber as a corporation.
Re: The Mail is making a reasonably healthy profit
I can tell when an article in a UK paper's online edition has been linked in the Drudge Report simply by the comments that appear below.
Re: Newton fishing
Didn't Jobs kill the Newton because of the stylus? That's what the Isaacson biography says, I think.
And that story was part of the Apple Pencil launch snark.
Re: I think the hackers have got at the article
Aren't typos just l33t speak? I mean, not in command syntax of course...
Re: What I want is an iOS blocker extension, not a browser
Wow, iCab! Thanks AC! This brings some nostalgia as I used the browser on my Macs back in late '90s and didn't realise they had resumed releasing browsers. The download page indicates I am 8 years late in learning that, but that makes my day!
Re: Fuck Off Microsoft
My two criteria for my TV purchase last year were a dumb TV with at least three HDMI ports. Beyond that, I was flexible about most other things, although I had a range of sizes and other features that needed to be met. I'd be trading horrid network security and an always listening Telescreen for apps that are barely functional poor facsimiles of what I can do with a Playstation, Roku, Apple TV, or Raspberry Pi.
AC who commented about epithets.
Yeah, I agree there are several others that are available and appropriate for the Shinners. I wanted to strike a narrow focus on whether republican was one of them and try to avoid the deeper, still present issues of Irish politics which create fluid and contradictory definitions of things like "Ireland" (see the 26+6 comment above as an example), "Sinn Féin", "IRA" and variants (this is a tech blog. "*IRA" a la "*NIX"?). And yes, I realise "republican" is one of those words that has a range of definitions as well. I probably should have just left it alone, haha.
Sinn Féin are a party that spans the entire physical island of Ireland. The party's principal goal is a unified republican Ireland. As such, they seek election to both the Dáil in the Republic and UK Parliament. They used to boycott both legislative bodies in protest against the governments' perceived illegitimacy. It's only been since 2014 that SF ceased their abstention of the House of Commons. "Republican" is a perfectly acceptable epithet for Sinn Féin.
While I appreciate creative headlines, replacing starting letters with "z" affects readability. The! Yahoo! headlines! with! an! exclamation! point! at! the! end! of! every! word! are at least generally coherent (if harder to type). The votes I get will indicate whether I'm alone in this view.
Re: University of Austin
Found a decent picture of the school's mascot species, but couldn't get the name right... At least he didn't conflate Texas A&M and UT. Them's fightin' words!
Bacon and avocado
I realize this has nothing to do with with your post other than the complete nonsense about food choices.
Bacon and avocado go great together. Cisco execs and storage? No idea, but you mentioned food and and it's around time to eat here.
Here are just three awesome pairings:
* Guacamole bacon hamburgers
* Avocado halves filled with bacon and eggs
* Avocado slices on a bacon-turkey club sandwich
And all of those go well with a pint!