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Submission + - Work-life balance: Cryptographer fired by BAE for having dying wife 2

mdecerbo writes: A new lawsuit by cryptographer Don Davis against multinational defense giant BAE Systems highlights the fact that companies are free to have their boasts about "work-life balance" amount to nothing but idle talk.

The Boston Globe reports that his first day on the job, Davis explained that his wife had late-stage cancer. We would work his full work day in the office, but if he was needed nights or weekends, he'd want to work from home. His supervisor was fine with it, but Human Resources fired him on the spot after four hours of employment.

The lawsuit raises interesting questions, such as whether employment law requires corporations to have the sort of common decency we expect from individuals. But what I want to know is, if BAE Systems loses this lawsuit, will they prevent future ones by making their "work-life balance" policy say simply: We own you, body and soul?

Submission + - Domains registered overseas, seized in US anyway (reuters.com)

mdecerbo writes: Online poker sites pokerstars.com, fulltiltpoker.com, and absolutepoker.com just had their domains seized-- no due process, just an "arrest warrant". Its name servers now point to the FBI's Cyber Initiative and Resource Fusion Unit. What's shocking is that the domains were registered overseas, in countries where online gambling is perfectly legal. If .com is a global TLD, why should US law matter more than the law where the domain was registered? I'm looking forward to the decentralized root server at dot-p2p. I'll let one of those P's stand for poker.

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