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+ - Australian Govt lose privacy alert subscription database in the Mail-> 1 1

Submitted by darinfp
darinfp writes: As an Australian, I'd like to announce a new definition of the word "Irony". A government contractor put a list of users and details in the mail and it was lost. The list contained users subscribed to the government's privacy breach alert system.
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Ask Slashdot: Does Being 'Loyal' Pay As a Developer? 735 735

Posted by Soulskill
from the looking-out-for-numero-uno dept.
An anonymous reader writes "As a senior developer for a small IT company based in the UK that is about to release their flagship project, I know that if I were to leave the company now, it would cause them some very big problems. I'm currently training the other two 'junior' developers, trying to bring them up to speed with our products. Unfortunately, they are still a long way from grasping the technologies used – not to mention the 'interesting' job the outsourced developers managed to make of the code. Usually, I would never have considered leaving at such a crucial time; I've been at the company for several years and consider many of my colleagues, including higher management, to be friends. However, I have been approached by another company that is much bigger, and they have offered me a pay rise of £7k to do the same job, plus their office is practically outside my front door (as opposed to my current 45 minute commute each way). This would make a massive difference to my life. That said, I can't help but feel that to leave now would be betraying my friends and colleagues. Some friends have told me that I'm just being 'soft' – however I think I'm being loyal. Any advice?"
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Gamer Plays Doom For the First Time 362 362

Posted by Soulskill
from the new-is-relative dept.
sfraggle writes "Kotaku has an interesting review of Doom (the original!) by Stephen Totilo, a gamer and FPS player who, until a few days ago, had gone through the game's 17-year history without playing it. He describes some of his first impressions, the surprises that he encountered, and how the game compares to modern FPSes. Quoting: 'Virtual shotgun armed, I was finally going to play Doom for real. A second later, I understood the allure the video game weapon has had. In Doom the shotgun feels mighty, at least partially I believe because they make first-timers like me wait for it. The creators make us sweat until we have it in hand. But once we have the shotgun, its big shots and its slow, fetishized reload are the floored-accelerator-pedal stuff of macho fantasy. The shotgun is, in all senses, instant puberty, which is to say, delicately, that to obtain it is to have the assumed added potency that a boy believes a man possesses vis a vis a world on which he'd like to have some impact. The shotgun is the punch in the face the once-scrawny boy on the beach gives the bully when he returns a muscled linebacker.'"

Comment: Re:Someone should paint obscenities... (Score 1) 484 484

by darinfp (#31983742) Attached to: In Brazil, Google Fined For Content of Anonymous Posting

"As long as Google do not discriminate or monitor the messages they carry they got immunity"

Not any kind of law where I am. :) In fact, publishing legallly nasty shit on teh ineternets can cost you big money here. Try googling dow jones gutnik.

You could try and argue that Google were an ISP and had no idea what was happening, but I'm sure any smart lawyer would argue that adsense was checking every posting to look for the best match to an advertiser.

Comment: Re:Someone should paint obscenities... (Score 2, Interesting) 484 484

by darinfp (#31982246) Attached to: In Brazil, Google Fined For Content of Anonymous Posting

Nope.. It's more like a company sets up a graffiti wall on a major road, gets companies to sponsor it to make money, then invites people to write whatever they want. The company then denies all knowledge of what the people write and refuses to check it at any time to ensure people aren't using it for illegal purposes.

Not saying it's right.. Just saying it's not as simple as you think.


Waledac Botnet Now Completely Offline, Experts Say 91 91

Posted by kdawson
from the it's-dead-jim dept.
Trailrunner7 writes "After Microsoft's actions to take down the Waledac botnet last month, there was some question about whether the operation was much more than a grab for headlines that would have little effect on actual spam levels or malware infections. But more than three weeks after the takedown, researchers say that Waledac has essentially ceased communications and its spam operations have dropped to near zero. One researcher said that Waledac now seems to be abandoned. 'It looks crippled, if not dead,' said Jose Nazario, a senior security researcher at Arbor Networks."

Bill To Ban All Salt In Restaurant Cooking 794 794

Posted by timothy
from the too-stupid-to-live-as-long-as-possible dept.
lord_rotorooter writes "Felix Ortiz, D-Brooklyn, introduced a bill that would ruin restaurant food and baked goods as we know them. The measure (if passed) would ban the use of all forms of salt in the preparation and cooking of food for all restaurants or bakeries. While the use of too much salt can contribute to health problems, the complete banning of salt would have negative impacts on food chemistry. Not only does salt enhance flavor, it controls bacteria, slows yeast activity and strengthens dough by tightening gluten. Salt also inhibits the growth of microbes that spoil cheese."

Comment: Re:Of course being in China, (Score 1) 315 315

by darinfp (#30441924) Attached to: Microsoft Steals Code From Microblogging Startup

I read this far...

- China has the Great Firewall.
- The US has illegal wiretaps. ... and figured if you think those two things are equal, then you have nothing to offer in intelligent debate.

One involves selective monitoring by the government of people of "interest". The other involves denying information to the entire population of the country.

Now, if you'd compared the great firewall to the half-arsed australian Tin Fence, you might have some kind of point. Probably on the top of your head.

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.