Does a three letter agency have old copies of my Dropbox files?

I am limiting the scope of this question solely to the Dropbox service alone.

With some of the secret programs revealed by Snowden, I wonder what the real extent of reach the NSA had/has into specific systems.

If I were to know for an absolute fact that my specific Dropbox account had never been involved in a subpoena, could that be substantial enough information to prove there are no copies of my old Dropbox files being indefinitely stored by the NSA?

The real question I am after here is whether or not, at any point, the NSA had full access into Dropbox’s systems with no checks and balances.

Windows 10 invalidated PIN for three accounts out of four

I have a Windows 10 Pro 1903 with four accounts:

  • two are for adult users and two for children
  • one adult account is admin account, three remaining are standard users accounts,
  • all four are Microsoft accounts and uses Windows Hello feature to allow login with PIN number.

Recently I have changed by BIOS configuration, by disabling TPM 2.0 support and enabling TPM 1.2 support. Windows immediately “captured” this change and invalidated PINs, requesting users to re-login to Microsoft account via password and then recreate their PINs.

What surprised me the most is that above mentioned change occurred only to three accounts. One account — child and standard user account — was “missed” and can login without any problems, using the same PIN that was defined to this account prior to TPM version change in BIOS.

Am I missing something obvious? Shouldn’t PIN numbers for all four accounts be invalidated?

How to create a character with the best chance of successfully betraying three other player characters?

I am new to D&D. I played a few times when I was much younger, but have been reintroduced to the game by a group of friends. We get together weekly to play through a custom campaign our DM has worked up. In this campaign (and pretty much every game I play D&D or otherwise) I am playing a good character doing what’s right.

For Halloween our DM is cooking up a one shot campaign for a completely separate set of PCs than our normal party, set in a different world. I’d like to play against my normal type and play an evil character with the explicit intention of betraying the rest of the party at the end of the session.

I’ve already discussed the idea with our DM and he thinks it’d be fun to play through. He’s made sure that I understand that the likely hood of my character taking out the rest of the party is pretty low and the chances of my character dying are high. I’m okay with that and given that its a one shot I believe the other players will enjoy me playing against type.

Everyone in the party will be a 5th level character. The DM has given us a few clues as to the type of adventure we will be undertaking, but it boils down to a dungeon fetch quest with a big bad at the end.

Being new to D&D I am unsure of the type of character to build which would have the best chance of success of robbing / killing the other PCs at the end of the quest. I am thinking a lawful evil Drow (not wedded to this idea), but outside of that general outline am not sure what skills, spells, or stats to emphasize.

Obviously, taking the party by surprise as we defeat or just before defeating the big bad will be best bet, but how do I tip the odds even further in my favor:

  • Are there particular classes with a better chance to pull this off?
  • Would a different race be a better choice?
  • When rolling my character should I emphasize particular stats over others?
  • Cantrips or spells available to certain classes that make success more likely?
  • Are there feats which will give me a leg up?
  • Am I even thinking about this correctly or am I missing something I should be considering entirely?

Bottom line, how do I build a level 5 PC that has the best chance to survive betraying their own party of other level 5 characters?

Three State Workflow

I want to create a three-state workflow in SP (I do not have SP designer). I want to trigger the start of the workflow only when a field changes to a specific value but the workflow is starting as soon as a new item is created. Is that how all three-state workflows work? Is there a way to trigger the start of the workflow only when certain criterion is met?

Divide $n$ gifts among three people so as to minimize the difference in the total cost of gifts between the most lucky and the most unlucky people

Divide $ n$ gifts of different values among three people so as to minimize the difference in the total cost of the gifts for the most lucky and the most unlucky persons.

The total value of $ n$ gifts is $ W$ . The most fair division will be to give all of them gifts of the total value $ W/3$ .

Suppose $ W_1, W_2, W_3$ are the total values of the gifts of the first, second and third person.

We want to minimize: $ max(W_1, W_2, W_3) – min(W_1, W_2, W_3)$ .

Using the knapsack problem. Assign to the first knapsack the “weight” $ W/3$ and the same for the second knapsack $ W/3$ . Use double knapsack algorithm and get the for each knapsack the gifts that maximizes the total value but obeys the $ W_{i \in {1,2}} \le W/3$ property. Then the remaining gifts give to the third person.

The question is if such kind of algorithm is correct? If so why? If no can you provide your own solution to the problem?

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Sharepoint 2016 form with three PeoplePickers that each allow multiples within their respective field

I’m following this tutorial on how to setup a PeoplePicker and send the selected values via API.

My question revolves around a form that has 3 PeoplePickers on it. (Mgr, 2nd Mgr, and Assistant). The part of the tutorial that is confusing me is this section:

// Get the people picker object from the page.     var peoplePicker = this.SPClientPeoplePicker.SPClientPeoplePickerDict.peoplePickerDiv_TopSpan;   

Since I have three different people pickers, how do I keep track of which People Picker has which person selected? Do I define three different PeoplePickers in that section of code? Something like:

// Get the people picker object from the page.     var peoplePicker1 = this.SPClientPeoplePicker.SPClientPeoplePickerDict.peoplePickerDiv1_TopSpan;     var peoplePicker2 = this.SPClientPeoplePicker.SPClientPeoplePickerDict.peoplePickerDiv2_TopSpan;     var peoplePicker3 = this.SPClientPeoplePicker.SPClientPeoplePickerDict.peoplePickerDiv3_TopSpan; 

That just doesn’t seem right.. especially because of this code a few lines later…

// Get information about all users.     var users = peoplePicker.GetAllUserInfo();     var userInfo = '';     for (var i = 0; i < users.length; i++) {         var user = users[i];         for (var userProperty in user) {              userInfo += userProperty + ':  ' + user[userProperty] + '<br>';         }     }     $  ('#resolvedUsers').html(userInfo); 

I appreciate any help suggestions on how to tackle a form with three peoplepickers on it.

How many people need to succeed in a group check with three people?

In the comments of this answer it came up that the section on “Group Checks” states:

To make a group ability check, everyone in the group makes the ability check. If at least half the group succeeds, the whole group succeeds. Otherwise, the group fails…

It came up what does “half the group” mean when there also exists a rule on “Round Down”:

There’s one more general rule you need to know at the outset. Whenever you divide a number in the game, round down if you end up with a fraction, even if the fraction is one-half or greater.

There are two possibilities brought up in those comments:

  1. At least 1.5 people must succeed, and since you can’t have half-people 2-3 people must succeed on the check.

  2. The 1.5 people required rounds down to 1 person, so 1-3 people must succeed on the check.

Which of these interpretations is correct?

How should Thaumaturgy’s “three times as loud as normal” be interpreted?

This may be a bit of a silly question, but it came up during playing and left me wondering. The spell description states that your voice booms “three times as loud as normal”, but it leaves open how the volume of a voice is measured.

Two common ways to measure the volume of sound is to measure the pressure difference the sound causes as it travels through air and optionally to transform this level on a logarithmic scale (the Decibel scale). This table lists several things to reference. For example the upper end of a normal conversation sits at 0.02Pa or 60Db.

Now if we mean “three times as loud” on the linear pressure scale, that elevates a normal talking voice to the volume of a TV set. Not very impressive. If we mean “three times as loud” on the logarithmic scale, that comes out above the volume of a stun grenade. Very impressive, though probably a bit unbalanced for a cantrip.

Obviously neither of these interpretations is what the spell creator had in mind. But, then what is?