I’m a woman in computer science. Let me ladysplain the Google memo to you. - Vox 

It is striking to me that the manifesto author repeatedly lists race alongside gender when listing programs and preferences he thinks should be done away with, but, unlike gender, he never purports to have any scientific backing for this. The omission is telling. Would defenders of the memo still be comfortable if the author had casually summarized race and IQ studies to argue that purported biological differences — not discrimination or unequal access to education — explained Google’s shortage of African-American programmers?

24 hours later, ANOTHER massive Wells Fargo fraud scandal / Boing Boing 

Here’s a quick Wells Fargo fraud scorecard: stealing thousand of cars with fraudulent repos; defrauding mortgage borrowers; blackballing whistelblowers; creating 2,000,000+ fraudulent accounts, and stealing millions with fraudulent fees and penalties.

Starting at least in 2009, Wells Fargo and AHS entered into a marketing and payment processing agreement. Wells allowed AHS to solicit their mortgage customers to buy home warranty service, through phone calls, junk mail, and inserts in monthly mortgage statements. Wells would then collect the monthly payments for AHS as an additional charge to the mortgage.

According to one borrower from Newark, New Jersey, AHS claimed its junk mail constituted a “binding contract” that automatically finalized if borrowers didn’t reply to turn it down. “No signature, no affirmation and YET it is considered a BINDING CONTRACT??” the borrower wrote.

The man who put us through password hell regrets everything 

But there’s some good news: The NIST is currently overhauling these guidelines and they’ve just been finalized. One revised recommendation is that IT departments should only force a password change when there’s been some kind of security breach. Otherwise the changes we make are often incremental; when forced to switch out our passwords every 90 days, people tend to just swap out one character. That makes the bulk of passwords incredibly ineffective; this practice actually harms security rather than helping it.

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