Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Technology Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Technology | He Has Driven for Uber Since 2012. He Makes About $40,000 a Year. Advertisement Supported by ByDavid Streitfeld April 12, 2019 COTATI, Calif. — Uber’s public stock offering next month will make a bunch of people remarkably rich. Peter Ashlock is not one of them, although he has toiled for the ride-hailing company almost since the beginning. Mr. Ashlock, who will be 71 next week, has racked up more than 25,000 trips as an Uber driver since 2012. His Nissan Altima has 218,000 miles on it — nearly the distance to the moon. His passengers rate him 4.93 out of five stars. His favorite review: “Dude drove like a cabdriver.” While he is an integral part of Uber’s success, Mr. Ashlock is barely getting by. His 2018 tax return will show an adjusted gross income in … [Read more...] about He Has Driven for Uber Since 2012. He Makes About $40,000 a Year.
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What a week for Facebook. The news blitz began over the weekend, as the company responded to multiple recent controversies, from livestreaming to disappearing blog posts. Then on Wednesday, security researchers at UpGuard found that two different third-party apps left more than 540 million Facebook records unprotected in the cloud. On Friday, we reported that Facebook had been letting cybercrime groups operate in plain sight. It never ends. Speaking of entrenched problems: The security nightmare that is President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort was back in the news this week after the arrest of a Chinese woman who snuck onto the property with, among other things, a thumb drive containing malware. We broke down all the many reasons why the “Winter White House” is, as one expert says, “an attacker's dream and a physical security nightmare." We profiled ethical hacker Eva Galperin, who’s been on a mission to eradicate consumer spyware used by stalkers and domestic … [Read more...] about Security News This Week: Facebook Won’t Stop Being Sketchy
Jonathan Oosting The Detroit News Published 12:55 PM EDT Mar 25, 2019 Lansing — Michigan House Republicans opposed to Democratic Gretchen Whitmer’s proposal for a 45-cent-per-gallon gas tax increase are expected to propose an alternative road funding plan next month. “Nothing is off the table,” said state Rep. Graham Filler, R-DeWitt, who added he personally supports “discussion of additional revenue” and did not slam the door on debate over some type of a smaller tax or fee increase. “I just think you’re going to get a good, varied discussion of the budget,” Filler said of the upcoming GOP plan, which he expects will be made public in two to three weeks. “And it’s not going to have a 45-cent (gas) tax increase.” Filler spoke with reporters Monday morning after a Whitmer budget presentation in DeWitt, where the governor touted her “road to opportunity” plan and explained the … [Read more...] about Whitmer warns against ‘phony solutions’ for roads fix
In his 2008 white paper that first proposed bitcoin, the anonymous Satoshi Nakamoto concluded with: “We have proposed a system for electronic transactions without relying on trust.” He was referring to blockchain, the system behind bitcoin cryptocurrency. The circumvention of trust is a great promise, but it’s just not true. Yes, bitcoin eliminates certain trusted intermediaries that are inherent in other payment systems like credit cards. But you still have to trust bitcoin—and everything about it. Much has been written about blockchains and how they displace, reshape, or eliminate trust. But when you analyze both blockchain and trust, you quickly realize that there is much more hype than value. Blockchain solutions are often much worse than what they replace. First, a caveat. By blockchain, I mean something very specific: the data structures and protocols that make up a public blockchain. These have three essential elements. The first is a distributed (as in … [Read more...] about There’s No Good Reason to Trust Blockchain Technology
Disney’s 2012 film Wreck-It Ralph proved that a movie based on video game nostalgia could actually be more than a gimmick. It’s the story of Ralph (John C. Reilly), a villain in a Donkey Kong-esque 1980s-style retro arcade game, who ventures outside of his own cabinet and into the world of other games to prove he’s not such a bad guy after all. Along the way, he befriends a wisecracking racing-game misfit named Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman). Together, they learn that what’s important isn’t what others think about you; it’s about what you think of yourself. It’s kinetic, clever, and filled with video game cameos, though it doesn’t fully achieve its Pixar-perfect ambitions. For the sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet, directors Phil Johnston and Rich Moore open things up: Ralph isn’t just hopping between games within a single arcade. Now, he’s able to access the entire internet, providing tremendous opportunities for … [Read more...] about Ralph Breaks the Internet is The Lego Movie of Disney films