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Comment MS (Score 1) 182

counterfeit Windows products sold on the streets in the Far East may have helped Microsoft â" by cementing their position as the technology standard

This is highly debateable. Why not use Photoshop as an example.

Comment Re: Released? (Score 1) 89

No where is "speedy trial" defined as a particular length of time. In practice it works like "as soon as possible" considering all the recognized reasons/loopholes for a delay. Other than gitmo inmates nobody "invokes" their right to a speedy trial anymore than they invoke their right to a Republican form of government.

Comment Re: Cell phones must stop broadcasting MAC address (Score 5, Informative) 189

What he meant was "The 802.11 protocol does not require cell phones to broadcast their MAC addresses when disconnected from an AP" Sure you need to send the MAC address to connect - he knows that. You don't need to send anything if you don't want to connect. It's not hard to write an app that turns off wifi outside of particular physical area. That addresses the concern they're talking about. They don't care about background data usage on the phone when they're not using it.

Comment Re: Counterargument (Score 1) 243

Overly broad discovery requests are fun but there's a good response - imagine getting 500,000 pages of text from the company's records department, in shuffled order, with hand written notes, and copies of faxed printouts of email so illegible OCR gives up. Oh, and the incriminating stuff is accidentally missing (or did you just not find it yet?)

That's assuming the discovery request isn't ignored or thrown out by the court. Also, their lawyers are better than yours, and they're in-house (not hourly) and really bored. Your only recourse ends up being bad PR, but that makes finding a new job harder, so it's lose-lose.

But if you have a union....

Comment Re: Quite a few posts about New Zealand lately (Score 2) 243

Don't feel bad - in America we have "at will employment" by default, so your employer doesn't even need a reason to fire you. For any reason or no reason, just not for an illegal reason. On the other hand, for gov't employees it's almost impossible to fire them; procedural due process applies for some reason, somewhere in the Constitution.

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