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Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy

hsmith Re:umm duh? (175 comments)

You do realize there are several flavors of encryption, right? Microsoft SQL Server TDE is an example. You can login, perform queries, update data in any table, but all data is encrypted - it is - transparent as the name indicates.

That also ignores things like encrypted volumes, etc. Just because individual files aren't encrypted with unique keys, doesn't mean that encryption isn't there.

4 days ago

Bot Tweets Anonymous Wikipedia Edits From Capitol Hill

hsmith Re:Some hilarity (95 comments)

While i see the "point" in this Bot, the fact is a lot of the editing is probably bored staffers and interns editing things they find interesting.

about two weeks ago

The Oatmeal Convinces Elon Musk To Donate $1 Million To Tesla Museum

hsmith Re:Fair enough (78 comments)

Never go full potatoe [sic]

about two weeks ago

New Zealand ISP's Anti-Geoblocking Service Makes Waves

hsmith Re:Not Australian, but I support this! (153 comments)

Aussies have voted themselves high taxes on all goods. If they are tired of paying the high taxes on them, well golly do something about it.

about three weeks ago

Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

hsmith Re:Segregation By Choice (265 comments)

Perhaps it is because people don't find those companies do anything worth note. Google and Facebook try to recruit me once a year and I simply have no interest in working for them - I don't find anything compelling that they do for me personally. Perhaps females want to work somewhere that has a better mission than what they offer?

Everyone is looking for the discrimination angle but I think it is simpler than that.

about a month ago

Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

hsmith Re:This means nothing without context (265 comments)

I went to a local Google office yesterday to watch the IO keynote.

Number of people in the room? 40

Number of women in the room? 2, 1 was from corporate.

Free to sign up, free to attend, so where were the ladies? I think this is just another made up issue people are looking to find a solution for.

about a month ago

NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

hsmith Everyone loves car dealers! (455 comments)

They are great, they protect the consumer, ensure fair prices, charge fair prices for repairs, ensure you don't get ripped off, the list goes on! Good for them, Tesla deserves a beat down for trying to get rid of these middle men.

Oh, jk.

about a month ago

New Permission System Could Make Android Much Less Secure

hsmith Re:Most people don't care (249 comments)

No, I get it why it is good to have detailed information. But, I bet you can ask 99 other people at random and you are the only one that cares. It is simply where the market is - people don't give a shit. Which, I agree - is bad.

about a month and a half ago

TweetDeck Hacked

hsmith Not really a hack (19 comments)

More like exploited. Failure to escape content, which you should have been doing for the last 15 years, is hardly hacking.

about a month and a half ago

New Permission System Could Make Android Much Less Secure

hsmith Most people don't care (249 comments)

So what does it matter? How many people read the finely grained permission pages when installing apps as is? Perhaps this approach will be better because it will condense it into something people will be less likely to "ok" without reading.


about a month and a half ago

Virginia DMV Cracks Down On Uber, Lyft

hsmith Monopolies upset (260 comments)

That their monopolies are threatened and leverage government to protect them.

Way it is and way it will be.

about 2 months ago

GM Names and Fires Engineers Involved In Faulty Ignition Switch

hsmith Doubtful (307 comments)

Having worked in large organizations before, even surfacing problems to management in meetings the issues get ignored. Perhaps the guy wasn't smart enough to create a paper trail saying there was an issue. Seems like too nice a scape goat. Where is the QA? Anyone that designs makes mistakes, but the point is you have a team helping verify what you produce is up to spec. Telling me none of the other thousands of people involved in the vehicles didn't catch the issue either?

about 2 months ago

The Sudden Policy Change In Truecrypt Explained

hsmith It is all pretty obvious (475 comments)

U.S. changed to "United States" - "use bitlocker," "use any crypto package in Linux," when setting up an OS X disk image no encryption...

The message is clear what happened.

about 2 months ago

Amazon Wants To Run Your High-Performance Databases

hsmith Re:AWS is too expensive (142 comments)

We are using AWS for our startup. Our bills are around $2200 a month. $1700 of that is a charge to have dedicated instances instead of shared. this gets us 6 servers - 4 small 2GB RAM web servers and 2 4GB ram DB servers (in reality what we need at the moment, we can scale the DB later when we bottle neck).

We've done the math ourselves and in reality we could probably save some money (face value) or buying servers ourselves and colocating them. But, then you have to add in the maintenance costs, a part time infrastructure support person, downtime, replication, etc. Plus, things like good firewalls, load balancers, are terribly expensive which we didn't factor into the equation.

In reality, it boils down to convenience for us to stick with AWS, though it maybe a slight premium in the end. It simply cuts out a lot of costs having to deal with infrastructure.

Is AWS perfect? No, not really. Any big storm you pray to baby Jesus US-EAST stays up. But, we've been happy so far with it. I'd say all in all it isn't even a premium, factoring in all the costs it is probably break even at this point. But for us we were able to scale from $200 in server costs a month to $2000 a month easily and we can scale to $10000 a month easily. it has its value.

about 2 months ago

Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

hsmith Re:I believe it because.. (291 comments)

Insane. We flew within 2 months of our daughter being born and will be taking her to Japan next year.

It is an excuse for the lazy.

about 2 months ago

Chelsea Clinton At NCWIT: More PE, Less Zuckerberg

hsmith Re:Celebrity journalism at it's finest. (255 comments)

Why? She has done absolutely nothing of note in her entire life besides going to school.

about 2 months ago

Why I'm Sending Back Google Glass

hsmith Google will abandon glass itself (166 comments)

But, the SDK and UX they are developing they will license.

I've had a set since december and worn them maybe 2 hours total. The video is cool, but in reality it is nothing more than a toy.

about 2 months ago

The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say

hsmith Re:Could be worse. (373 comments)

Could be worse? How many people died in fires from Tesla? GM covered this up for years. Their solution? Fire two engineers - no one in management who acted like it wasn't an issue.

about 2 months ago


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