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Comment Re:In Canada, not a problem (Score 1) 196

With all due respect Mr.Emperor, you are incorrect. One may find analysis of the judgment you reference here:

The decision really has little to do with non-compete clauses in general. A non-compete is only the occasion for the suit not the thrust of the appeal. Rather it has more to do with what happens when a contract (in this case the non-compete) is vague.

In Canada a non-compete is valid as long as it is reasonable, specific, and limited in scope.

Comment Re:My opinion on the matter. (Score 1) 826

"Who really needs systemd?"

Much has been said about the numerous drawbacks of systemd. My question then is why are we seeing a near universal switch? It seems almost every distro is moving to systemd in fairly short order. Why do they do so? Surely dozens of distros each independently evaluating systemd and deciding to switch must be finding *something* compelling!


Swedish Police Use WhatsApp For Surveillance Ops, Share Intel With Civilians 37

New submitter TheP4st writes "A group of Swedish police officers thought it would be a good idea to use WhatsApp as a work tool for surveillance operations. The officer that set up their chat group mistyped one of the phone numbers to mistakenly include a civilian IT teacher. Once the teacher informed authorities about the mistake, it took more than 24 hours before he stopped receiving sensitive case information, which included criminal records, passport photos, and communications between surveillance teams tailing suspects. When confronted by Computer Sweden (Google translation of Swedish original), the officer responsible for setting up the group said, 'I know this server is not located in Sweden and that one cannot share every kind of information.' The only mobile chat medium approved for sensitive information is BlackBerry, and this initiative by a small group of officers happened because they do not have access to BlackBerry handsets."

Comment Re:Common sense? In MY judiciary? (Score 1) 457

"... as someone who frequently drives with the lights on to warn fellow motorists ..."

It is also not just speed traps. I take (and use) flashing headlights to mean 'there is something ahead requiring extra care and attention'. It could be a speed trap, it could be a deer on the highway, or it could be an accident scene.

Comment Re:Marcus Aurelius (Score 1) 473

"If there are gods and they are just, then they ... will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by."

Okay, 3 questions though:

1) Who decides what is virtue and what is vice and by what standard?

2) What method do the gods (or God) use to determine if I am welcomed? Is it simply a numeric addition (good deeds outnumber bad ones)? Or perhaps it is a weighted scale ( 1 murder == 1,000,000 compliments). Are there any bad deeds that are unforgivable? Do my deeds from my entire life count or is only the last few years (or even days or moments) that count?

3) How can I know the answers to the above? Do I simply have to be the best I can? Is it reasonable to expect that if there is a God (or gods) that he (or she, or it, or they) would reveal himself? If not, would God be just? If so, how has he done so?

I posit therefore, that it is reasonable (necessary?) to investigate different, mostly conflicting, truth claims to determine which may actually be revelation of what God actually expects from us.

Comment Re:China is the model the west wants to emulate (Score 1) 183

Okay, who modded this troll up?
"There are no serious Libertarian candidates"
Not true. Any sane definition of "serious candidate" would include the successful candidate(s). Ron Paul is a multi-term Congressman. I understand that Libertarian candidates have won numerous lesser offices.
"No serious, thoughtful person takes that ideology seriously"
Now you are just being insulting. Replace that ideology with ANY ideology and it still is insulting. Libertarianism, Christianity, Flat Earth. Serious, thoughtful people have believed or believe a lot of weird stuff. That does not mean they are not intelligent or serious or thoughtful only wrong. Instead of insulting them (Yes even us Christians) next time assume that although they may be wrong they believe what they do for a reason. Try to understand them and have a discussion. If you are very lucky they might actually convince you that it is you who are wrong.
"... minds of people who choose to believe simple platitudes instead of paying attention to the vagaries and difficult-to-explain nuances of human nature."
Ah, a troll AND a hypocrite!
Jeff Paetkau
<offtopic>Why is slashdot stripping out empty newlines?</offtopic>

Comment You can still use Visa (Score 5, Informative) 144

Shortly after I Visa shut off service for I discovered you can still pay with Visa it is just a pain. You buy an XROST Prepaid iCard with your Visa and apply the card to your account. It isn't too bad. This is more of a barrier to new users who are just curious. Existing users who love the service can just put in a $50 payment every few months.

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