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  1. Except researches have been able to defeat the fingerprint readers on all the smartphones which have them? Regardless, this article sums up the discussion nicely. https://www.troyhunt.com/face-id-touch-id-pins-no-id-and-pragmatic-security/
  2. "Non-compete" agreements are legal in a lot jurisdictions (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-compete_clause)
  3. PUBG is now using Azure for multiplayer rather than AWS

    Why would you spin up a server for the game, run the game, then kill it? That's needlessly expensive & time consuming, and especially for something like a game where it would be so easy to recycle nodes instead (slightly modified service discovery and you're done). Higher performance, lower cost, better UX I suspect that there is money in it, but I'm not sure if it's as large as other sectors. The most expensive line items for a lot of cloud-hosted services is bandwidth cost (which can exceed $100/TB for small services), so just imagine how much money a CDN/video streamer would then be paying to host on AWS/GCP/Azure. Now, game state updates are significantly smaller than images/video, so I'd wager that they have significantly lower hosting costs then their media-serving-based counterparts. AWS has a fine GUI for 98% of the people who should be using it. The reality is though, if you're trying to do anything advanced you should no longer be doing it in the GUI, instead you should be using software to do it for you. Like, I can't imagine doing a red/black deployment by hand, that sounds like hell.
  4. Generally, companies are not allowed to fine employees unless the employee has agreed to it in writing. Regardless, big tech companies (especially Apple) are starting to have zero tolerance for leaking information. "Non-competes" are not a thing in tech/are illegal in California
  5. Trying to rotate points within 3 dimensional space.

    What if he's trying to make a browser game?
  6. Although this discussion has been going well so far, it was brought to our attention that it is still a political one. Sadly, that means we have to lock it per the CS. Don't worry, I only gave myself a warning for talking about politics
  7. Google runs an ad exchange. Basically, whenever you visit a web page, an auction is held for people to sell an ad to 'you' (kind of? in reality they only get a kind-of ad profile for you, if you meet their target criteria they place a bid). The servers participating in this bidding can be one of Google's (if you use DoubleClick), or some other sort of advertising platform which interacts with Google. Anyway, the point is, the advertiser doesn't "pay extra for directed ads", instead, they set budgets for spending on each of their target platforms. If they discover that you're placing their ads on content which they dislike, all they need to do is set the budget to 0 to "pull out" from your platform. And that's entirely fair. BuzzFeed News (note, this is different from BuzzFeed Entertainment, couple years ago they seperated them and hired a bunch of super legit journalists from the likes of Politico, etc) is actually a pretty reputable source (recently they released a great in-depth investigative piece on Breitbart). I know less of Al Jazeera, but as far as I know they've never been too egregious (anymore than any other state run news organization). Regardless of all of this, it's down to the advertisers themselves to decide who they're willing to be shown next too, so beyond what I've said, IDK really what to say
  8. Eh, these kind of things are still relatively unclear, mostly because there's been no real precedent-setting rulings on the issue (different courts within the US have ruled both for and against protection). Passwords aren't even guaranteed to be protected (just google "us password ordered to be revealed").
  9. I think you missed part of my comment Content from a major news organization is one of those "Oh hey, this is controversial... but its the NYT so it's fine".
  10. The only responsibility they have to their clients (partners?) are what is set out in the contract, which is what makes this suit odd, because they're not suing for breach of contract. But again, I suspect this is probably because the advertisers didn't want to be associated with the channel more than anything else, which is very likely accounted for in the contract. Tech companies do a lot to try and prevent ads being shown on controversial content (controversial, from their advertisers perspective) because historically they've had large advertisers drop them immediately after incidents.
  11. Why does it have to be a dichotomy? Perhaps no solution exists to this problem But would that meet the burden required to even get a normal warrant. Don't they need to demonstrate a reasonable belief that relevant evidence would not be discoverable without the warrant? Mining rigs and graphics cards typically do not perform well on the type of mathematics which we use for encryption. Eh, it's really overhyped. Google released a paper in 2014 using CNNs to categorize videos, they got a 65% accuracy, but used quite a bit more content then "only a few frames" (100 .5 second clips randomly selected from the video), also Stanford released a similar paper (in 2014) using C3Ds and LSTMs and go about the same performance. I did see a more recent paper by Google which used deep CNNs to get a 77% rate, but they sampled around 250 frames per video. Don't get me wrong, it's impressive, but ML is still really not anywhere near what the hype makes it seem like it is Would it be fatalist to say that "due to our current understanding of mathematics, it literally is impossible"?
  12. 1st amendment doesn't apply to private entities They could have also been entirely demonetized. This is common for controversial pages on social media platforms (the exact same thing is done by Twitter and Facebook) to appease advertisers who do not want their ads shown on the content. What part of this do you consider censorship? If it is censorship, how do you believe we should respond?
  13. Dedicated SSL Certificate

    IPS isn't a Certificate Authority and thus cannot issue certificates.
  14. Is this encryption method secure?

    Trust is an inherent issue in our CA system, but from @ChalkChalkson post it seemed as if he was talking about some other issue. I haven't heard of the issue with Blackberry, but in the past manufacturers have added their own certificates in the trust (i.e. Lenovo), I guess they did something similar?
  15. Caffeine: does it suck?

    As a university student it's basically required
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