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Comment Re: Not use it? (Score 1) 141

I'm not an economist, but I would have thought a cashless society makes little difference to the level of government control. Cash is controlled by the government anyway - they can:

- outlaw/withdraw certain denominations (see India, Venuzuela)
- change the format of the notes/coins, forcing everybody to swap them for new ones
- change currency entirely, although this is normally done for reasons other than controlling a black market (new/old UK pound, Euro)
- Flood the market with newly minted currency, devaluing the existing currency

At the end of the day, the best way to take wealth away from prying government control is to buy physical goods that maintain value pretty well in the long term. Maybe gold, although I don't know how practical that is for most people.

Comment Re:Huge waste of Resourses (Score 1) 256

Evolution doesn't always work like that. One of the drivers for evolution can be the perceived attractiveness of a trait. For example, the males of the Irish Elk developed oversized antlers. These would have been more a hinderance than a help to the survival of the species. However, presumably the preferences of the females outweighed any disadvantages. For a while at least...

The same could happen with humans. If an inherited trait is desirable over a prolonged period, its presence in the population can grow. Or an undesirable trait can become less prominent.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 638

First world problems strike again.

Guess what - people who live in the "First World" often discuss "First World Problems".

There are plenty of sites that only discuss third world problems. You're free to join one, and take your smugness with you.

Comment Re:Anything you say online... (Score 4, Informative) 243

Since your question is general, not specific to this case - it depends on the Contract Law in whatever jurisdiction the employee works.

In most countries, the replacement will now be an employee. If the country provides protection to employees against termination, (s)he has it. The employer may have to suck up the additional costs of employing an extra employee. This is why dismissals should be undertaken with great care.

In reality, many countries allow a probationary period for new employees. If the employer isn't happy with the new employee by the end of the period (or even earlier), the employee can be et go with minimal fuss. So the replacement may be let go for any reason.

Submission + - Sony's PS4 to have less stringent DRM than Microsoft's Xbox One (

Tackhead writes: E3 is turning into Bizarro World this year. Sony has not only promised that that the PS4 will support used games without an online connection, they trolled the Xbox folks hard with this Official PlayStation Used Game Instructional Video. Compounding the silliness, and hot on the heels of the political firestorm surrounding Donglegate, Microsoft went for rape jokes during their Xbox presentation. This isn't the first time that Microsoft has stumbled into an embarassment over gender issues, but at the rate the PR gaffes in the launch of the Xbox One are accumulating, perhaps they would have been better off just letting it happen; it’ll be over soon.

Comment Re:Overstepping your jurisdiction much? (Score 1) 243

Google threatening to relocate its business to a friendlier European state is probably enough to make Irish politicians crap themselves and change the law to suit Google.

Except that in Ireland, the Judiciary is entirely independent of the government. One cannot interfere with the other. Erm, unless they happen to meet at one of those Bunga Bunga parties.

Comment Re:Easy to mitigate. (Score 2, Interesting) 109

They're pretty much all CSRF vulnerabilities. Don't save your password to your router or don't use a common router IP address like

I'm scratching my head here - why would an address like be a problem? It's only an internal IP address. An attack from the outside would come through the external IP address. Once they've breached the router, surely it'd be simple to find internal addresses anyway?

(Really hoping I don't have to re-address my stuff!)

Comment Re:Actually it is a problem (Score 1) 180

You might think forced free tethering is awesome.

Here's the actual effect it has had - everyone gets to pay more for data since everyone has to be able to tether. The new mandatory shared data plans are more expensive than older piecemeal plans. WHat about people that didn't want to pay for tethering? Too bad.

Or maybe this will happen instead...

Users will be able to use the data they're paying for, regardless of what device is consuming it. People who don't use much data will opt for cheaper capped plans that only offer as much data as they need.

Are you suggesting is that it's more expensive for my carrier if I consume 1MB of data on a tethered laptop than if I consume the same on a phone-based browser? Or that people who don't use all the data they're paying for should be subsidising those who do?

Comment Re:Are we not objective anymore? (Score 1) 148

Note: I don't support government intervention often, but the overall good of everybody is tied into our technological devices today in the same way that it once was in a fair market for automobiles.

I would have thought that the concept of patents and copyright are instances of government intervention. The government creates the legislation that grants temporary(!) monopolies to holders of these patents.

Lack of government intervention would mean that no such monopolies could be enforced.

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