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Comment: Re:Doesn't matter even if the publishers win... (Score 1) 699

by johanw (#48551379) Attached to: French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

"I am willing to bet that the fraction of AdBlock users that turn on the feature where some ads are allowed does not exceed 1%."

That's why they made the option opt-out: it is on by default. Most posters here probably know or can find out themselves how to switch it off, but they are guessing (hoping?) most won't.

Comment: They used the wrong windows (Score 3, Interesting) 268

The windows 7 I installed was pre-activated when I downloaded it from the Pirate Bay. Much easier. I don't know if I could legally downgrade from the windows 8 the system had preinstalled but piracy was so easy that I didn't bother to find out.

Comment: Re:America, land of the free... (Score 4, Informative) 720

by johanw (#48543059) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

I don't know about other EU countries, but in The Netherlands employers can ask for a "declaration about the behaviour" of the applicant. That's a document the government issues, and the employer has to indicate what kind of possibly sensitive things the job requires, like working with children, working with large sums of money, with sensitive/secret information or with dangerous substances. If you're convicted for hild abuse you still can get such a document for working in a bank, but not for a job in childcare (and in childcare the employer is required to ask for such a declaration). If you're convicted for bank fraud the opposite, you are still alowed to work with children.

That's all most employers can ask, and most won't ask it because if they indicate the job does not require to work with anything like that the declaration will always be given and it's a waste of money and effort. Employers can ask beyond this of course, but I've never eard of it happening and I even think you are legally alowed to lie, the same like an employer isn't alowed to ask if you're pregnant but if he does and you lie a court will not alow the contract to be broken for that.

Comment: Re:Google is just creating an entry... (Score 2) 160

by johanw (#48186925) Attached to: Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

Yes, I'm also switching to more privacy-friendly search engines. It can go quickly - remember AltaVista when Google came up?

That new search engine has to be in a free country however. The US gives in too quickly when bribes, I mean campaign money, is offered by media companies.

Comment: Re:News at 11. (Score 1) 282

by johanw (#48129293) Attached to: Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

The money doesn't expire, it is written on the card. That was done as an insurance against network failures. That's why when the first cards got hacked the saldo could be increased with a RFID writer. The card does expire after several years though.

Creditcards are generally seldom used in The Netherlands because our own banking cards charge much less costs. Don't expect to be able to pay with a credit card in most shops, especially outside the tourist areas. Cash is king.

No problem is so formidable that you can't just walk away from it. -- C. Schulz