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Bernie undermines..... #Bernie....with #capitalism....
Bernie's dreams of socialism destroyed by his best selling book:
- ### Providing an in-demand product justifies high incomes for those who produce it:
When confronted as being among those he has long villainized, #Sanders became defensive:
“I wrote a best-selling book,” he declared. “If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too.”
"I made my money fair and square, so quit hassling me about it."
You can make a lot of money if you work at it:
...one of the central myths of the Bernie Sanders wing of the #American #left is that people who become #rich do so on the backs of the #poor.
"I wrote a best-selling book. If you write a best-selling book, you can be a #millionaire, too."
"You can make a lot of money if you work at it. It's just that easy!"
This sounds #suspiciously like the " #bootstraps" argument which the left so often and so vehemently rejects. And it's pretty odd to hear it from Bernie Sanders.
Millionaires and #Billionaires provide a #benefit to #society:
had Sanders merely written a book, he would not have made millions. But since he wrote a #best-selling book, that brought in a lot of #money. But if the key to getting rich is to sell something a lot of people want, doesn't that show that "millionaires and billionaires" are providing a benefit to society?
Bernie didn't #exploit anyone to become a millionaire:
As to the matter of #inequality, Sanders hints at its origins. What if not everyone writes a best-selling book? Wouldn't that mean some people have millions of dollars and other people have much smaller amounts of money? Wouldn't that create inequality?
Sanders apparently believes it is possible to produce a good or service without #exploiting the #workers. After all, his books did not appear by magic out of thin air. Human beings #worked to #print the books, #assemble them, and #distribute them. Sanders made money from their #labors. In fact, he made a lot more money than any truck driver who #delivered his books to stores. He made a lot more than any #factory worker who #assembled the books. Does Sanders believe he took #advantage of these workers? Apparently not. Sanders #justifies his #wealth as a matter of writing books. He doesn't mention anything about the workers at all.
1. He believes that #providing an #in-demand #product or #service #justifies high incomes for those who #produced it.
3. If you do the same, you can be a millionaire, too.
That's quite a little #capitalist #manifesto from Sanders. #funny #democrat #socialism #fail
Slack announced today that it is launching Enterprise Key Management (EKM) for Slack, a new tool that enables customers to control their encryption keys in the enterprise version of the communications…
Article word count: 386
HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19420532
Posted by bookofjoe (karma: 4103)
Post stats: Points: 131 - Comments: 97 - 2019-03-18T12:38:43Z
#HackerNews #control #customers #encryption #hands #keys #over #regulated #slack
Slack announced today that it is launching Enterprise Key Management (EKM) for Slack, a new tool that enables customers to control their encryption keys in the enterprise version of the communications app. The keys are managed in the AWS KMS key management tool.
Geoff Belknap, chief security officer (CSO) at Slack, says that the new tool should appeal to customers in regulated industries, who might need tighter control over security. “Markets like financial services, health care and government are typically underserved in terms of which collaboration tools they can use, so we wanted to design an experience that catered to their particular security needs,” Belknap told TechCrunch.
Slack currently encrypts data in transit and at rest, but the new tool augments this by giving customers greater control over the encryption keys that Slack uses to encrypt messages and files being shared inside the app.
He said that regulated industries in particular have been requesting the ability to control their own encryption keys including the ability to revoke them if it was required for security reasons. “EKM is a key requirement for growing enterprise companies of all sizes, and was a requested feature from many of our Enterprise Grid customers. We wanted to give these customers full control over their encryption keys, and when or if they want to revoke them,” he said.
Belknap says that this is especially important when customers involve people outside the organization such as contractors, partners or vendors in Slack communications. “A big benefit of EKM is that in the event of a security threat or if you ever experience suspicious activity, your security team can cut off access to the content at any time if necessary,” Belknap explained.
In addition to controlling the encryption keys, customers can gain greater visibility into activity inside of Slack via the Audit Logs API. “Detailed activity logs tell customers exactly when and where their data is being accessed, so they can be alerted of risks and anomalies immediately,” he said. If a customer finds suspicious activity, it can cut off access.
EKM for Slack is generally available today for Enterprise Grid customers for an additional fee. Slack, which announced plans to go public last month, has raised over $1 billion on a $7 billion valuation.
Someone could scoop up Slack before it IPOs
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Operating systems – can we make them private?
Every #operating #system (and #application) ever created becomes less #private with each new version.
As technology has evolved, developers are under increasing pressure to spy on their #customers and extract their #data for #exploitation.
Users are always advised to update their #software to improve its #security, its #interface and embrace new features – sometimes with good reason (like #patching a known #vulnerability). Other times the #developer is simply adding spyware. Some 'useful' applications are designed solely as #spyware and do nothing but #collect data.
As most here know, the #OS with the biggest data collection appetite is Windows 10 . #Microsoft have invested their time and money into a #business model that demands its online products extract user data to drive their #ad #targeting #revenue #streams.
Gone are the days when we could install an OS from a CD or have a choice to accept or reject an update.
#Windows is no longer a product but a “service” and with #services come #fees. Microsoft will charge for its OS’s in future. Even #windows7 will incur fees for users who prefer it to #windows10 from January 2020, the cost will rise each year.
Microsoft 'Confirms' Windows 7 New Monthly Charge
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Windows 10 has had 3 major update scandals this year alone where #devices frozen or random files were #deleted.
Thousands of Windows 7 & 8 users have had their devices upgraded to 10 without their permission, while many businesses are refusing to change from Windows 7 forcing Microsoft to extend their support for it.
I will try to explain how we can make Windows 10 #safer in future posts but users will have to face the fact that
Microsoft's Software is Malware
Furthermore it contains backdoors. I have tested this myself. I’ve turned off all updates on a Windows 7 device yet have still received updates! These were flagged up by Windows 7’s event manager – ironically, a Microsoft product betraying another Microsoft product. However, I did not disable updates in the #registry on that #device – the surest way of truly stopping updates – because one mistake can trash the system. The #hacking #community tells me they have developed a souped-up version of #XP running with all #backdoors closed, although I have no proof of this.
Microsoft's Software is Malware
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Australia no longer 'respects right to privacy'.
Article word count: 363
HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19242698
Posted by qzervaas (karma: 2565)
Post stats: Points: 115 - Comments: 72 - 2019-02-25T03:39:42Z
#HackerNews #anti-encryption #calls #customers #faces #fastmail #laws #loses #move #over
FastMail loses customers, faces calls to move over anti-encryption laws
Hosted email provider FastMail says it has lost customers and faces “regular” requests to shift its operations outside Australia following the passage of anti-encryption laws.
The Victorian company, which offers ad-free email services to users in 150 countries, told a senate committee that the now-passed laws were starting to bite.
“The way in which [the laws] were introduced, debated, and ultimately passed ... creates a perception that Australia has changed - that we are no longer a country which respects the right to privacy,” FastMail CEO Bron Gondwana said. [pdf]
“We have already seen an impact on our business caused by this perception.
“Our particular service is not materially affected as we already respond to warrants under the
“Still, we have seen existing customers leave, and potential customers go elsewhere, citing this bill as the reason for their choice
“We are [also]regularly being asked by customers if we plan to move.”
Gondwana’s comments are similar to those of Senetas, which said it now “regularly fields questions” from customers about how encryption-busting laws might impact the products they have installed and are using. Senetas also said that its sales pipeline had dulled.
FastMail also used its submission to the senate committee to raise concerns that secretive “technical capabilities” added to products and services to aid law enforcement were unlikely to stay secret for long.
Moreover, he said that technical capabilities could be removed and destroyed internally by coders not privy to those capabilities even existing in the code base.
“Our staff are curious and capable - if our system is behaving unexpectedly, they will attempt to understand why. This is a key part of bug discovery and keeping our systems secure,” Gondwana said.
“Technology is a tinkerer’s arena. Tools exist to monitor network data, system calls, and give computer users more observability than ever before.
“Secret data exfiltration code may be discovered by tinkerers or even anti-virus firms looking at unexpected behaviour.
“[Additionally, as code is refactored and products change over time, ensuring that a technical capability isn’t lost means that everybody working on the design and implementation needs to know that the technical capability exists and take it into account.”
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A bug in Comcast’s router and modem activation process potentially exposed the private data of millions of customers who rented hardware from the company.
Article word count: 347
HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19205484
Posted by apsec112 (karma: 15234)
Post stats: Points: 122 - Comments: 93 - 2019-02-20T04:22:22Z
#HackerNews #activation #bug #comcasts #customers #data #exposed #potentially #private #process
Millions of consumers continue to pay cable companies like Comcast a monthly fee to rent a modem or gateway (a combination modem and WiFi router)—and Comcast keeps proving thatʼs a really bad idea.
From the company’s arbitrary and unnecessary broadband caps and overage fees to all manner of sneaky below-the-line surcharges, Comcast has made an art form of advertising one price, then socking consumers with significantly higher rates once the bill comes due. As a result, the company is facing several ongoing lawsuits for misleading billing.
One of the most profitable surcharges for America’s biggest cable provider is the fee it charges users to rent a modem, router, or gateway. Comcast has slowly but surely jacked up this rental fee over the years. After yet another price hike at the beginning of 2018, Comcast now charges customers $11 a month to rent both modems and gateways.
Over time, users wind up paying Comcast significantly more money than the modem or router is worth. One analyst estimated that Comcast makes between $275 million and $300 million each and every quarter just from these rental fees. And given that Comcast buys hardware in bulk, it’s estimated the company pays as little as $40 for each modem.
Those turned off by Comcast’s reputation as one of the least liked companies in America should do themselves (or a loved one) a favor and stop unnecessarily padding the company’s bottom line.
While the company doesn’t like to advertise the option, users have the ability to buy their own modem or router, provided it’s on the company’s list of acceptable devices known to play nice with the Comcast network (the same is true for Charter Spectrum.) Many of these devices can be bought for a pittance via online retailers, and even less if acquired second hand.
Unsurprisingly, Comcast’s historically abysmal customer service can sometimes make this more challenging than it should be. For example, the company has long had a nasty habit of charging users the rental fee even if they own their own modem, requiring users keep an eye on their bill.
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