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Comment: Re:Anything you say online... (Score 4, Informative) 243

by animaal (#44534855) Attached to: New Zealand Court Orders Facebook Disclosure To Employer

Since your question is general, not specific to this case - it depends on the Contract Law in whatever jurisdiction the employee works.

In most countries, the replacement will now be an employee. If the country provides protection to employees against termination, (s)he has it. The employer may have to suck up the additional costs of employing an extra employee. This is why dismissals should be undertaken with great care.

In reality, many countries allow a probationary period for new employees. If the employer isn't happy with the new employee by the end of the period (or even earlier), the employee can be et go with minimal fuss. So the replacement may be let go for any reason.

+ - Sony's PS4 to have less stringent DRM than Microsoft's Xbox One->

Submitted by Tackhead
Tackhead (54550) writes "E3 is turning into Bizarro World this year. Sony has not only promised that that the PS4 will support used games without an online connection, they trolled the Xbox folks hard with this Official PlayStation Used Game Instructional Video. Compounding the silliness, and hot on the heels of the political firestorm surrounding Donglegate, Microsoft went for rape jokes during their Xbox presentation. This isn't the first time that Microsoft has stumbled into an embarassment over gender issues, but at the rate the PR gaffes in the launch of the Xbox One are accumulating, perhaps they would have been better off just letting it happen; it’ll be over soon."
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Comment: Re:Overstepping your jurisdiction much? (Score 1) 243

by animaal (#43749939) Attached to: Irish Judge Orders 'The Internet' To Delete Video

Google threatening to relocate its business to a friendlier European state is probably enough to make Irish politicians crap themselves and change the law to suit Google.

Except that in Ireland, the Judiciary is entirely independent of the government. One cannot interfere with the other. Erm, unless they happen to meet at one of those Bunga Bunga parties.

Comment: Re:Easy to mitigate. (Score 2, Interesting) 109

by animaal (#43480383) Attached to: Researchers Hack Over a Dozen Home Routers

They're pretty much all CSRF vulnerabilities. Don't save your password to your router or don't use a common router IP address like

I'm scratching my head here - why would an address like be a problem? It's only an internal IP address. An attack from the outside would come through the external IP address. Once they've breached the router, surely it'd be simple to find internal addresses anyway?

(Really hoping I don't have to re-address my stuff!)

Comment: Re:Actually it is a problem (Score 1) 180

by animaal (#41376285) Attached to: Verizon Offers Free Tethering Because It Has To

You might think forced free tethering is awesome.

Here's the actual effect it has had - everyone gets to pay more for data since everyone has to be able to tether. The new mandatory shared data plans are more expensive than older piecemeal plans. WHat about people that didn't want to pay for tethering? Too bad.

Or maybe this will happen instead...

Users will be able to use the data they're paying for, regardless of what device is consuming it. People who don't use much data will opt for cheaper capped plans that only offer as much data as they need.

Are you suggesting is that it's more expensive for my carrier if I consume 1MB of data on a tethered laptop than if I consume the same on a phone-based browser? Or that people who don't use all the data they're paying for should be subsidising those who do?

Comment: Re:Are we not objective anymore? (Score 1) 148

by animaal (#39128883) Attached to: Microsoft Files EU Antitrust Complaint Against Motorola Mobility

Note: I don't support government intervention often, but the overall good of everybody is tied into our technological devices today in the same way that it once was in a fair market for automobiles.

I would have thought that the concept of patents and copyright are instances of government intervention. The government creates the legislation that grants temporary(!) monopolies to holders of these patents.

Lack of government intervention would mean that no such monopolies could be enforced.

Comment: Re:Auto-Installing *anything* needs to die. (Score 1) 284

by animaal (#34964146) Attached to: Mozilla Flips Kill-Switch On Skype Toolbar

It still wasn't an automatic install. You could uncheck the box and it wouldn't install. By definition, an automatic install is an install that happens no matter what you do.

That's a strange interpretation of "automatic". There's nothing in the definition of the word "automatic" that says you can't do something in advance to prevent the event from happening.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?