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Submission + - Can my employer force me to reveal my password? 1

An anonymous reader writes: My employer wants to log the passwords of all user accounts in the company. I've pointed out that all domain users, including administrators, already have access to my machine should I be out of the office. I've also pointed out the potential security risks of identity impersonation. But my protests are being overruled. Can I be forced to reveal the password for my account?
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Submission + - Outsourced And Fired, IT Workers Fight Back (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: "On the day they were fired early last year, about 40 IT employees at Molina Healthcare had been gathered in a conference room for what they were told would be a planning meeting. At the same time, laptops were being collected from the workers' desks. During the meeting, Molina's then-CIO, Amir Desai, informed them that they were being laid off for financial reasons, 'not because of [their] performance.' The layoffs came amid rising tensions over a number of issues, including the expanding role of an offshore IT contractor at Molina. The workers raised the concerns with Desai during the meeting. The employees, who lost their jobs in January 2010, never got answers to their questions about the company's IT outsourcing strategy. Instead, 18 of them filed a lawsuit in California earlier this year against Molina, its CIO at the time and its outsourcing contractor, Cognizant Technology Solutions, charging that the employees were fired because the companies sought to employ people 'whose national origin, race and/or ethnicity was exclusively Indian,' and didn't want to employ Americans or green-card holders. Molina contends the lawsuit is grounded in 'falsehoods and malicious gossip.' Cognizant says the suit is without merit and that it 'will vigorously contest it.' While what happened at Molina is still in dispute, job displacement because of offshore outsourcing is a fact of life in today's IT workplace, writes Patrick Thibodeau. While there are no government numbers that detail its extent, the broad outlines of the story told by the Molina workers should be familiar to other IT workers."

Comment Re:Really? Vigilantes? (Score 3, Insightful) 482

No, it doesn't help to explain them at all. Did 1.5 million people riot in London just because they were ignored? Nope. Because these were ordinary, civilized, and decent people.

The truth is, these rioters are hopeless waste-of-spaces that have no respect for anything or anyone, and are just looting and vandalizing for no reason other than "it's a bit of a laugh" or "I can get away with it, so why not". These really are the type of scum that you wouldn't piss on if they were on fire.

Comment Re:I looked at .NET briefly (Score 1) 688

How brief was it? Because if you'd looked a little harder, you'd have realised that .NET can be used to do almost any type of application, with few exceptions (low level, low latency, real time). .NET programming is so easy, you can churn out .NET applications much faster than if you were developing using C++ and the Win32 API. It's virtually a fact (well, if it isn't then it should be).

BTW, I program in both C++ (unmanaged on Windows+Linux+Unix) and C# (Windows). I see the benefits of both, I'm not a C++ snob ;)

Comment Re:Windows 8 (Score 1) 385

While the intentions were commendable, UAC fails because quite frankly the average Windows user simply doesn't have a clue and will just click yes without understanding the implications. Because of this - well, mainly - malware will likely continue to be a problem on Windows for a very long time.

Comment Re:Just a assumption (Score 1) 334

Ok, imagine we shut down all the world's existing nuclear power plants, and replace them with coal/gas/oil power stations instead.

Face facts, renewable energy sources that generate the majority of the planet's energy needs are a long way off.

We're fucked.

Comment Not a problem (Score 5, Informative) 334

Well, earthquakes and tsunamis are very rare here

A serious understatement. While the UK does have the very occasional tremor, they're so minor that nothing more than a single roof tile has ever moved*. There are no active volcanoes. And hurricanes/tornadoes/etc are extremely rare.

The UK must be one of the best places to build nuclear reactors.

* I'm just assuming this. The point is that they are incredibly minor compared to earthquakes experienced by most other countries.

Comment Re:Skype on Linux (Score 1) 169

Precisely. For the vast majority of companies that produce commercial software, Linux is just not worth it.

I hope this changes, some day, because it's a good OS and there's nothing worse than a monopoly. I'm writing this on Linux but Windows is my main OS because it's just so much easier to use. No need to flame me for this, it's a very common view!

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