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Comment: Re:This is just a repeat (Score 1) 256

Then you've been working for the wrong people.

The aforementioned situation actually came up a few months ago with a board meeting. And yes, the board member did want my security person fired.

Asking whether I should write that he wants him to be fired for following security protocol (one should maybe know that security is paramount in our company) while said board member in turn wanted him to bypass security and allow him in unidentified closed the case pretty quickly.

Comment: Re:What about power? (Score 5, Insightful) 77

For some tasks I can understand recycling. I use older hardware to build routers, anti-spam gateways, VPN appliances and the like. Normally these are fairly low-cycle tasks, at least for smaller offices. But I've learned my lesson about using older hardware in mission critical applications. I've set up custom routers that worked just great, until the motherboards popped a cap, and then they're down, and unless you've got spares sitting around, you're in for some misery.

Comment: Re:The problem is... (Score 1) 146

I agree that GP's point is silly. Btt we probably would need smallpox and and smallpox research to construct a vaccine against a weaponized smallpox. I remember after 9/11 how scared everyone was about weaponized anthrax, but at least we understood most everything about how anthrax operates.

Comment: Re:"Will this result in more private lawsuits" (Score 1) 126

by Opportunist (#47508663) Attached to: For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

Dear Sir/Madam,

We found out that from your IP address someone downloaded our stuff. You may now either admit guilt and pay $inconvenient_sum or spend the next 10ish years in court in a legal battle against a company with more funds than dear God himself over $ridiculous_sum. You'll probably win the suit, but for sure it will cost you more than $inconvenient_sum, and you can bet your ass that if you dared to try getting it back from us, we'll drag it out 'til the red guy from the basement complains about heating problems or you're finally totally broke.

It is of course entirely your choice.

Comment: Re:By Neruos (Score 1) 126

by Opportunist (#47508639) Attached to: For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

Of course you can! It's even easy.

For-sale content of course cannot compete on price with free stuff. That's a given. But there are two areas where you can very easily compete with it: Convenience and quality.

Of course, if you're like the content industry and artificially lower both for the sake of "fighting piracy", you only shoot your own foot.

Comment: Re:Look at *why* people are pirating (Score 1) 126

by Opportunist (#47508587) Attached to: For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

That's just the tip of the ice cube.

Imagine you're living in a country where movies are dubbed. Dubbed BADLY, I should probably add. I would PAY to get movies that run on public TV if I could only watch them without the atrocious dubbing!

And don't think that buying the DVD would solve that problem. Because of course you can ONLY get the dubbed version, while importing any media is of course outlawed. I tried to ask some politicians around here why it's ok for companies to manufacture abroad and import them for zilch while it's not ok for me to buy DVDs abroad. So far no sensible answer...

No amount of careful planning will ever replace dumb luck.