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Comment: Re:Black hole? (Score 1) 277

by Frigga's Ring (#47475627) Attached to: Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues
I can definitely imagine situations where email forwarding isn't the best answer. My company has a lot of interaction with outside businesses and if John Doe leaves the company, any businesses he has a relationship with still need to be able to communicate with my company. Whether that means that John Doe's manager has John's email forwarded to him or simply adds it as a secondary inbox within Outlook is a matter of company preference. Regarding your example of criticizing your manager to another employee via company email, that is a terrible idea and you can be fired for it so please be careful. Make sure you're absolutely clear on your company policy and any EULA you accept before you end up in a position you don't want to be in. In the case of communication to HR, my advice would be to use email only to ask HR to set up a meeting so you can discuss your issue and leave the details to an in-person meeting. Your manager should not get access to view those complaints nor should they hold it against you if they did, but this is hardly a perfect world. If your manager makes the case that they have a business need to access your email (either auto-forwarding or another method), the Legal, HR, and InfoSec teams I've worked with won't bat an eye at granting that access just as easily as they can get a list of websites you're visiting at work if your company uses any sort of web filter.

Comment: Re:Black hole? (Score 1) 277

by Frigga's Ring (#47473795) Attached to: Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues
I can't speak to other countries, but in the US it's not illegal. Employers will put a section right in their Employee Handbook or contract that states the company owns all of the data that employee creates, their work email, their work documents, etc. In InfoSec, we're often called to perform an investigation on what a user has been accessed and what they're doing, and we can do legally this because having that ability is noted in the employee handbook.

Comment: Re:Where I live, that's normal weather (Score 1) 290

by Frigga's Ring (#46238769) Attached to: Massive Storm Buries US East Coast In Snow and Ice
I think it's a poor comparison. An earthquake, hurricane, or tornado is magnitudes more destructive than a little bit of snow even with black ice on the roads (I'd say we are prepared, as Boston was hit with all three over the course of 2012). However, unlike the snowy, icy situation where my in-laws live outside of Raleigh, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes and volcanic eruptions are just as dangerous if you drive 20mph instead of 70 on the highway. With snow, it's often the difference between arrive home safely and a serious car accident.

Comment: Re:Where I live, that's normal weather (Score 1) 290

by Frigga's Ring (#46238069) Attached to: Massive Storm Buries US East Coast In Snow and Ice
Here in Eastern Massachusetts, we do get hit by hurricanes as well. And admittedly, they're hardly the strength that hits Florida or the Outer Banks, but they can still cause significant damage to the area. If your town's infrastructure isn't designed to handle the ice and snow, I both understand and offer my sympathy. However, I do look in amazement at scenes of the roadside carnage in the south caused by what I perceive as a dusting of snow. It's the same look I get when I complain to my store managers in Florida about it being oppressively hot in Boston when it's 'only' 96 degrees in August.

Comment: Re:really? (Score 3, Insightful) 66

by Frigga's Ring (#45292959) Attached to: Book Review: <em>Stay Awhile and Listen</em>
You're definitely correct about most of your references, but I want to mention that, while some of the characters in Borderlands 2 are typical of the male power fantasy, there are a number of important characters who are gay but not defined by their sexual orientation: something the other games you list can't also claim. Also, I might also argue that most of the male characters are showed as flawed or inferior to their female counterparts. Compare the stories in Borderlands 2 of BL's male playable characters to Lillith or the one-sided Scooter and Marcus to Ellie. I would even go so far as to say that the game does more to parody and mock the male power fantasy (see Mr. Torque) than to perpetrate it.

I may be acting nit-picky here, but if I had the mod points, I would have just modded you up instead.

Comment: Re:Man i hate this game (Score 3, Interesting) 288

by Frigga's Ring (#45071557) Attached to: Red Cross Wants Consequences For Video-Game Mayhem
**GTA V SPOILERS**

I don't want to get too deep into spoiler territory, but the person who orders the torture works for a parody of the real life US Government Agency that uses torture (or "used" torture, I suppose these days it's just "enhanced interrogation techniques"). I haven't gotten much further in the story than that scene, but I assume that the people who order the torture get what's coming to them. But regarding the Trevor driving the victim to the airport while talking about how torture is a useless interrogation tool, Trevor mentions he that did that because he was instructed to kill the victim and refused to be their hired gun. (I believe the government guys who ordered the torture threatened the main characters if they *didn't* torture the victim)

We could have a discussion on that scene and its effects on the player, but I doubt many people played through that scene and felt good about what they were forced to do. Assuming that's true, I think the game just had a more powerful effect on behavior than any Red Cross warning could.

Comment: Re:Man i hate this game (Score 3, Interesting) 288

by Frigga's Ring (#45070631) Attached to: Red Cross Wants Consequences For Video-Game Mayhem

of course in GTA if you kill a civilian then you get his money and his car, although that's not a war crime so much as a regular crime.

And a wanted level. In GTA V, I believe murder gives you a two star wanted level which means the police come after you with force and will open fire to stop you. You could argue that evading the cops and getting them to forget about you is difficult, but having a crime witnessed in the GTA games does come with a consequence.

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