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Comment: Re:Naming Names (Score 1) 650

by Serpents (#44389707) Attached to: US Lawmakers Want Sanctions On Any Country Taking In Snowden

Snowden should be held accountable for his actions and he should be tried on all charges they want to throw at him.

I don't live in the US but I thought that's what the NDAA was for? You lock up a guy without charges or trial to make sure no one ever hears his side of the story. It's a perfect opportunity to use it and show potential whistleblowers that not only are they guaranteed to spend all their life in some detention camp but they will also be denied rights any convicted serial killer or child molester enjoys because technically they are not going to be prisoners. Frankly, I think the guy is royally fucked.
As I see it his two choices are:
1) Spending the rest of his life in some detention camp without the right to see any visitors
2) Getting asylum, moving there and disappearing without a trace/ dying in a freak accident some time later

PlayStation (Games)

+ - Sony fined nearly £400,000 over 2011 PlayStation data hack->

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Dupple (1016592) writes "Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has been fined £250,000 ($396,100) following a "serious breach" of the Data Protection Act.

UK authorities said a hack in April 2011 "could have been prevented".

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) criticised the entertainment giant for not having up-to-date security software.

Sony told the BBC it "strongly disagreed" with the ruling and planned to appeal.

"Criminal attacks on electronic networks are a real and growing aspect of 21st century life and Sony continually works to strengthen our systems, building in multiple layers of defence and working to make our networks safe, secure and resilient," a spokesman for the firm added.

The company had previously apologised for the hack which saw its PlayStation Network knocked offline for several days. In May 2011 company executives bowed in public and offered users free games to show their remorse."

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Comment: Re: 5, you're doing it wrong (Score 1) 341

by Serpents (#41310973) Attached to: I go through keyboards ...
I'd been using a Logitech G3 mouse for 6 or 7 years and switched to a different one a couple of months ago only because I started playing more RPGs and I ran out of buttons. I still use it with my laptop though and I think it might last another 6 years if I don't drop it or something. When it comes to keyboards I wholeheartedly recommend mechanical keyboards. I switched from an excellent Logitech keyboard (G11) I'd also been using for many years but after I'd tried a Ducky Shine with Cherry Blue switches the Logitech suddenly seemed... flimsy, uncomfortable and just wasn't good enough. There are plenty of mechanical keyboards with different types of switches and while they are on the pricey side I think they're well worth it.

Comment: Re:I like Apple bashing as much as the next man... (Score 1) 148

by Serpents (#41092433) Attached to: Polish MP Returns iPad Citing Lack of Control

The gist of the story (native Polish speaker here):

1) The guy lost his iPad and asked the admins what he should do.
2) They told him they could copy all data from the tablet onto a CD/DVD.
3) He then asked them if they could also copy his private e-mails and they said 'yes'
4) He reached the conclusion that since they could copy and store all his data it could easily be made public (and, knowing his party's track record, no wonder it scared him shitless).
5) He returned the iPad and got himself a laptop.

So no, it's not a case of "Me not like" but rather a case of "What do you mean by *we've got all your data right here and we can read your e-mail* ?"

Comment: Re:32 hour week! (Score 1) 615

by Serpents (#41053615) Attached to: Are 12-16 Hour Workdays Productive?
I'd say it depends mostly on company culture. I used to work in one international company where you could forget about your direct superior socializing with you. Now I work in another, even bigger, and it's not uncommon for our CEO to crack a joke when we talk and he's considered to be pretty awkward with people compared to the other in such high positions.

But, back to the topic: I used to work 14 hour shifts right after college but that was in construction and all I did was to move around heavy stuff as I had no actual skills. It can be done but the question is: do I like and need the job so much that I can give up my life? Now, I've changed jobs, work in my profession and while in this kind of a job 8 hours is more than optimum, I occasionally work for 14 hours or more but it's once or twice a month tops. And when I do I always either get paid extra (more than the regular rate, even more on weekends, at night or on holidays) or get time off (in addition to regulatory 26 days off per year, and if I work even a single minute on a holiday, like Christmas, I get an entire day off). I don't see why not. My employer buys my time (which can be considered a kind of commodity) and in return I get my salary. We signed a contract, it says how much I'm supposed to work, how much I get paid, what our responsibilities and rights are. We both agreed to it. When I hear that unpaid overtime has become a standard in the US I cannot help but think that it's like walking into a grocery store and telling the clerk "Look, I'm going to take a gallon of milk but pay you just for half of that". There's no difference, really. We both sell something and we set the price. Pay up or look for some sucker who's going to work twice as much for half the money.

Comment: Re:Gee, thanks SOPA. Sort of. (Score 1) 94

by Serpents (#40789857) Attached to: Web Giants Form US Internet Lobby Group

would prevent companies having to give up user data, or even retain it etc. etc.

Google and Facebook are never going to give up retaining user data. If anything, it's in their interest to push for laws which would enable them to store as much of it as they can for as long as they please. This is what allows them to get advertisers, who are their customers. We, the users, are their commodity.

Comment: Public consultations (Score 4, Informative) 73

by Serpents (#40735509) Attached to: EU Parliament Debates a DMCA Equivalent
I wonder how "public" they're going to be. During the ACTA debacle the Polish government invited representatives of all movie/music/whathaveyou industry organizations and not a single NGO, representative of an alternative point of view or somebody who actually has some idea about how the Internet works and they called it "public consultations". I wouldn't be surprised to see something similar here

Comment: Re:Bullpoop (Score 3, Insightful) 346

by Serpents (#40451593) Attached to: Facebook Says Your Email Is @Facebook
Forced? I've never had a FB account and never had problems staying in touch with the people I wanted to communicate with. You can always call/text/email/IM them. If you can't be bothered to do as much from time to time, either you're better off without "friends" like them or they're better off without a "friend" like you...

Comment: Re:Oh please, get a life. (Score 2) 206

by Serpents (#40437527) Attached to: Witness Ridicules 'Hands-On' Reviews of Surface
It's not about whether or not MS allowed the "journalists" to play with the tablets. It's that they lied and said they used and loved something they were not allowed to touch. It's not about Apple/Google/MS product releases. It's about a bunch of people with cameras and press badges calling themselves "journalists", while all they did was copy/paste the press release - something I see more and more often. I really think we should have some kind of a distinction between a journalist as in "someone with minimum professional integrity and IQ above room temperature" and guys who call themselves press just to pick up chicks...

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