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  • bemildred (5793 posts)
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    Of course Uber allegedly had a tool to remotely destroy evidence

    Early contender emerges for ‘least surprising story of 2018’

    Uber is once again standing accused of shady behavior, this time allegedly developing mechanisms to rapidly shield documents and other files from the eyes of police.

    A report by Bloomberg today claimed the dial-a-ride broker built a tool called Ripley to remotely lock and remove potentially incriminating data from machines in branch offices that were being raided by cops. Yes, the same xenomorph-ass-kicking Ripley from the Alien movie series.

    “The Uber HQ team overseeing Ripley could remotely change passwords and otherwise lock up data on company-owned smartphones, laptops, and desktops as well as shut down the devices. This routine was initially called the unexpected visitor protocol,” the report alleged.

    https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/01/11/uber_ripley/

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  • leveymg (3802 posts)
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    1. Uber is just a giant tool to destroy working class jobs and to leech rent off

    auto ownership by millions of underemployed persons.  Like charging medieval peasants a signorial tax on their cottages and for keeping a cart and oxon.

    The “shared economy” is all about creating an indebted, landless peasantry, destroying wage-paying employment (except for work for giant corporations on their own terms), and gaining signorial rents on all goods.  It’s essentially a rebirth of feudalism

    • bemildred (5793 posts)
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      2. Looks like a con to me.

      There is a certain segment of the tech community that views computers as mainly a way to obfuscate what they are doing. A sort of magic wand to wave around to spruce up the bullshit.

      It ain't the things you don't know that hurts you, it's the things you know that ain't so.
      • leveymg (3802 posts)
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        3. If it leeches money off the rest of society, its a con.

        The greater the net cost to society (as measured by the loss to the theoretical median person) the greater it should be taxed.  Too far into the destructive zone, and the rate should be increasingly punative.

  • FloridaProg (475 posts)
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    4. I've never Ubered but know a lot of people who do.

    #DEMEXIT asap if you haven't already. It's your duty as a citizen.
  • RufusTFirefly (2724 posts)
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    5. The anti-worker zeitgeist in this country is so pervasive…

    … that even “good people” often fail to recognize its ubiquity.

  • MistaP (6948 posts)
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    6. something something Wright Brothers something something Luddites

    something something Galileo

    that’s usually how these techies roll it–that and their jazz standards “Don’t Get in the Way of Progress” and “I Never Said That!”

    http://www.salon.com/2016/11/09/the-hillary-clinton-campaign-intentionally-created-donald-trump-with-its-pied-piper-strategy/ (Third Way = Bell Curve)
    • bemildred (5793 posts)
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      7. Humma humma humma ah blah blah blah.

      It ain't the things you don't know that hurts you, it's the things you know that ain't so.
      • MistaP (6948 posts)
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        8. Chesterton would say this is what happens when people need a substitute

        for religion–don’t worry about ozone, we’ll be living inside the computers! don’t build rail! we’ll have self-driving cars in a decade! (this was from 2000) or Musk’s underground maglev sledges for your car (they’ll have no gridlock and cost one-tenth of all actual tunnels “because they’ll be DESIGNED to,” as his heated fanatics always insist)

        the Rapture for Nerds

        http://www.salon.com/2016/11/09/the-hillary-clinton-campaign-intentionally-created-donald-trump-with-its-pied-piper-strategy/ (Third Way = Bell Curve)
        • bemildred (5793 posts)
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          9. "Rapture for nerds". Perfect.

          It ain't the things you don't know that hurts you, it's the things you know that ain't so.