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Submission + - SPAM: Camada: mafia charges stayed after using Stingray

Pig Hogger writes: Canadian prosecutors have decided to stay charges against 36 mafiosi, after defence laywers challenged evidence obtained through the use of Stingray devices. (Stingray are highly secretive and controversial devices mimic a legitimate cell phone tower in order to intercept communications from nearby cell phones).
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Comment Re:So many bad bosses (Score 1) 299

I outlasted him in the company.

I was never “good enough” for my parents. Always short of this, or short of that. So, of course, I got to think that I wasn’t that good

On the first serious, full-time job I had, where I was the first guy hired by that startup, I was pretty amazed to see many people hired after me getting fired not too long after, until I was poached by one of their clients So I guess I'm not that bad, after all

(And the startup closed after one of the owners went to jail for selling nuclear technology to some exotic country full of good-looking, nice brown people who make very good food).

Comment Re:I'm sure we've all seen this one (Score 1) 299

It’s not exactly what you mean, but it reminds me at a place I worked with, as a senior programmer, who would make you do some menial, stupid job like program EPROMs for half a day (this was before the Internet, so you could not occupy your idle mind while the burner churned around). And when we complained, the most infuriated is that the boss replied “don’t complain, you’re paid four times the normal rate for doing that”

Comment Re:When Ebooks are more expensive then pysical cop (Score 2) 151

1. That book always looks new on whichever reader or tablet you might be using;

Assuming you're allowed to transfer it to a new device. That can be problematic already, and history shows us that even if you're allowed to now, policies can change tomorrow.

2. You do not need a bookshelf/s for all the books that you want: it's all in your Amazon/Barnes/whatever account

But you do need power to charge your book reader, and if you drop your book in the bathtub, you drop all your books in the bathtub.

3. All your books are easy to find, and search. That physical copy of 'The Three Musketeers' that you once had may have been lost when I was shifting from Santa Clara to Charlotte. Whereas if I have my iPad, I can find and read my books anywhere.

But you can't loan them to a friend, or five friends, or donate them to the library when you're done with them.

There certainly are advantage to ebooks, but there are disadvantages, too. Overall, I don't think either is superior to the other. That said, I haven't bought a paper book in years either, but then, I know how to make actual backups of my purchases, encrypted or not. And if I lose that ability, I'll stop buying ebooks.

Comment Here is when I stopped giving a shit. (Score 1) 299

I was service manager for a 8 employee company, owned by 3 partners, one of which was my boss (but not the founder).

My boss was out, so the founder told me to go to a client’s and bring back their dot-matrix printer (this was long ago) so we can fix it.

So I head to the client’s, 50 km away. Over there, I look at the printer, and diagnosed the problem and fixed it in 10 seconds.

I then test it, show it to the client, who is totally thrilled.

I go back to the office.

— Where is the printer, the big (but not mine) boss asks?

— Oh, I fixed it over there, to the customer’s satisfaction.

— What? I told him we would bring the printer here! Now he’s going to think we can’t keep our word!

And this is the story of when I stopped giving a shit about my job.

When the company folded 2 months later, I did not give a shit either. And I was glad to no longer having a 3 hour commute.

Comment Re:Virtual Tabletops are hardly new (Score 1) 76

Couple of thoughts:

Seems to be somewhere between Roll20 and Battlegrounds, only it's not actually clear there's a map sharing component to it. Or maybe it's just a cheap imitation of Hero Lab, only it likely won't be cheap.

If you can "access your character offline," that means a local client. That means that cross-compatibility will be . . . problematic, at best, and non existent for some platforms.

About half of the comments in the Reddit thread say that the subscription model is a deal killer, period. (It certainly is for me.)

Hasbro has a history of producing crappy electronic material for D&D, that isn't nearly as capable of stuff already available for less (or free), then abandoning it. No reason to expect this to be any different.

If it's a VTT, it's going to be a crappy one. If it's not, it's even more useless. And it's really hard to imagine it will do anything that MapTool can't.

Comment Virtual Tabletops are hardly new (Score 1) 76

There are, in fact, dozens of them, some of the many years old. There are so many, there are guides to choosing the right one.

Some, like Battlegrounds, are extremely good at handling any flavor of d20 systems, and are very, very easy to learn to use. Some, like Roll20, are less versatile, but have free versions, and run in a browser and are thus truly (as) cross-platform (as anything can be). And some, like MapTool, are completely free, with an active support community that is very user friendly, and a macro language that can do virtually anything if you work at it.

This is yet another attempt by Hasbro to turn tabletop gaming into computer gaming, which demonstrates, yet again, that they have absolutely no clue what tabletop gaming is, or what the appeal is, but they know that there are people with money they aren't giving to Hasbro, and dammit! that's not acceptable!

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You mean you didn't *know* she was off making lots of little phone companies?