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Comment Re:It can be a blurry line (Score 1) 129

First things first. Is "company data" - email, contacts, files - accessible from your phone? If so, they have a vested interest in making sure that data is not compromised when your phone is lost or stolen. As a result, PIN/password requirements, encryption, antivirus, and remote wipe capabilities are generally required. In some cases where devices have a tunnel to the corporate network (Blackberry), they will possibly want to control what apps you install to prevent malicious ones from accessing the corporate network via your BES server.

Most laypeople don't have any clue about protecting company data on a regular basis, they just want their data instantly and aren't concerned with what happens in a worst-case scenario. "Oops, it got stolen. Guess I need to get the latest model now!"

Comment Still not protected. (Score 2, Informative) 129

Anything of yours can be subpoenaed in a lawsuit. Northwest Airlines subpoenaed the *personal* computers of their employees when they suspected their employees were getting too uppity^H^H^H^H^H^H, I mean, striking by calling in sick.

It hardly matters if you use encryption, etc... the legal discovery process can violate whatever privacy you thought you had. It only takes a credible allegation of wrongdoing - not even "beyond a reasonable doubt" - to discover all of your personal files, etc... and, because only money is involved, the plaintiff needs only show guilt by a "preponderance of the evidence", or more succinctly, that it is likely that you did it. If you think you can get smart by encrypting your files, it's likely you'll be held in contempt of court, and have a summary judgment entered against you.

The only thing paying for the hardware means is that you'll eventually get it back, usually.

Comment Re:GPL freaks (Score 1) 131

So they should give all their rights up in return for a promise? How about you sign a job contract binding you to work 80 hours a week for 5$ an hour in return for a promise of really big bonuses. Promises dont count. Contracts and licenses do. Besides, llfonic's representative clearly stated they had no plans to contribute anything back.
Operating Systems

Submission + - Adobe to move all its apps to run on the web (reuters.com)

E1ven writes: "Adobe today announced they they will be transitioning their entire suite of apps, including Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects to run as web-based applications.
This is a strong bet on the future of web applications, and if successful puts Adobe in a strong position to control the API for the next generation of development.
Perhaps the most intriguing part is that it will make Desktop OS almost irrelevant, allowing Photoshop and it's ilk on Linux without compatibility woes."

Toys

Submission + - The 150 mpg Toyota Prius

An anonymous reader writes: The Toyota Prius somewhat has become the posterchild for fuel efficient cars, at least in the U.S. But it is an open secret that the car may not be quite as fuel efficient as you would expect and if you aren't trying to sqeezed out every possible mile like hypermilers. If you are unhappy with the mileage per gallon performance of your Prius, then there is an actual way to push the mpg rating into insane regions, without having to use slipstreaming on your commutes: TG Daily has a feature (with video) on the car and A123 systems (the guys providing the batteries for the Killacycle), which offers an aftermarket battery kit that apparently can result in 150 mpg or more — or virtually infinite mpg, if you recharge the car every 50 miles. Cost? $10,000.
Data Storage

Submission + - Hard drive imports may be banned (arstechnica.com)

Arathon writes: "Apparently the International Trade Commission is beginning an investigation that could lead to the banning of hard drive imports from Western Digital, Seagate, and Toshiba, among others, on the grounds that they fundamentally violate patents held by Steven and Mary Reiber of California. The patent apparently has to do with "dissipative ceramic bonding tips", which are important components of the drives themselves.
Obviously, a ban would be unthinkable, and yet the ITC has 45 days to settle on a fixed date for the end of the investigation. If the patents are found to be violated, and the Reibers do not allow those patents to be bought or otherwise dealt with, the importation of almost all hard drives would actually be ceased."

The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Infosys goes for 'bonded-labour'! (rediff.com)

Infocison writes: IT outsourcing giant Infosys is having all its employees sign a non-compete clause which states that even after the employee quits the company, he/ she cannot work for any of Infosys' competitors. In fact, the clause allegedly lists by name the top five rival companies — TCS, Accenture, IBM , Cognizant and Wipro. click here for full story.
Privacy

Submission + - Google Street View sparks privacy concerns (lawbean.com)

Spamicles writes: "Google launched its new Street View feature this week for Google Maps. This new map feature offers panoramic views at street level. Street View was launched in Denver, Las Vegas, Miami, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area, and Google touts the benefits of easily finding places and understanding neighborhoods. Blogs and Internet sites such as Wired and Streetviewr are full of images from Street View revealing people in potentially embarrassing positions: Stanford University coeds sunbathing in bikinis, men leaving strip clubs, a woman bent over exposing her thong, a man picking his nose. These candid photos highlight a growing concern over privacy issues surrounding this new service."

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