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Comment Re:$400k? That's it? (Score 1) 86

If you want to change behaviour using sticks rather than carrots you do need to use an appropriate stick. Hitting an elephant with a matchstick probably won't influence his behaviour much, hitting him with a telegraph pole might get his attention.

If Google was fined $1,000,000 every time one of their employees gets caught speeding, they'd pretty soon figure out how to prevent their employees speeding (or at least getting caught)


Submission + - US employee 'outsourced job to China' (

saphena writes: from the fine article:
A security check on a US company has reportedly revealed one of its staff was outsourcing his work to China.
The employee, an "inoffensive and quiet" but talented man versed in several programming languages, "spent less than one fifth of his six-figure salary for a Chinese firm to do his job for him", Mr Valentine said.

"Authentication was no problem. He physically FedExed his RSA [security] token to China so that the third-party contractor could log-in under his credentials during the workday. It would appear that he was working an average nine-to-five work day," he added.

"Evidence even suggested he had the same scam going across multiple companies in the area. All told, it looked like he earned several hundred thousand dollars a year, and only had to pay the Chinese consulting firm about $50,000 annually."


Submission + - Michael Dell: Mobile Gadgets No Threat To PCs (

jfruhlinger writes: "In a pitch that might qualify as "no duh" news, Michael Dell, CEO of a company that makes lots of money from PCs and has tried and largely failed to break into the smartphone and tablet market, told an audience in India that smartphones and tablets don't threaten PC sales. It's a particularly important question in India, where many users buy smartphones rather than PCs because they're cheaper; Dell believes that such users will eventually switch to PCs for a fuller Internet experience."

Submission + - 2012: The end of the world of Web as we know it (

An anonymous reader writes: Today we may confidently declare that Web (or namely hyperreference) potential is already exhausted, Web applications still cannot reach the level of desktop ones, multimedia progress is not specific to the Web, search does not advance because cannot handle complex queries, XML did not fulfill expectations of its designers, Semantic Web is too expensive and awkward to influence the Web. Is it the time for changes?

Submission + - Force Colorado Woman to Decrypt Her Computer (

An anonymous reader writes: From the SANS NewsBites:
Federal Prosecutors Seek Order to Force Colorado Woman to Decrypt Computer (January 4, 2012) Federal prosecutors in Denver, Colorado are seeking a court order that would force Ramona Fricosu to enter the password to decrypt her laptop computer. They believe that the machine contains evidence that would help convict Fricosu and her former husband in a bank fraud case. The pair was allegedly involved in a complex mortgage fraud scheme that stole more than US $900,000 from banks in the Colorado Springs area.
Prosecutors say that Fricosu does not have to divulge her password; she can enter the password without it being noted as long as they eventually gain access to the information on the computer.
[Editor's Note (Murray): The court is entitled to the best evidence. It cannot force one to make a record. However, once a record is made, one may not conceal it from the court. The intent of the 5th amendment was to prevent "witch trials," the conviction of one on only their own coerced testimony. The written or electronic record, on the other hand, says what it says.

Comment Re:WOW (Score 1) 116

Why would you consider that to be an example of "fair use"? Looking at I get "purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright."

The band in question wouldn't be "forbidden" to make the cover, they would simply need to agree licensing terms with the copyright holder. That [licensing] sounds perfectly fair and reasonable to me, your "form of fair use" sounds like simple theft.

Comment Re:Coyne set up straw man arguments (Score 2) 717

This is certainly the way I read it. I watched the video and almost as soon as Coyne started I felt my hackles rise. For a "scientist" he made a pathetic and childish argument, a sneering rant in fact.

If Jerry Coyne's the best science can come up with I'm going back to worshipping trees.


Submission + - Immobile Slashdot 4

saphena writes: "This is the 21st century, why is Slashdot not yet mobile friendly?

I use a Palm TX running Blazer 5.3. Page load usually aborts with "page too big" but even if it doesn't I still need to scroll through acres of bumpf to get to any substantial content.

Can't we have a mobile.slashdot page, please?"

The two most common things in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity. -- Harlan Ellison