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Comment Re: What an idiot (Score 1) 274

"The biggest mistake that happened in the original article was the violation of company policy of registering his own private email address for the administration account. Because of that move, the school (in my opinion) was justified in suing the guy."

I don't know specifically in this case, but in some cases in my position I have access to some work-related features on Google and Facebook linked to my personal accounts. Since our company has no products/services from either, I can't really do anything else except possibly make a dedicated account for that one purpose.

If my manager fires all my colleagues, then me (and forces us out to avoid paying severance), then locks himself out of his account, why should it be my responsibility to help him recover from this situation that he created?

Comment Re: What an idiot (Score 1) 274

"Hoarding passwords is something that has occurred to all of us, at one time or another. It's such an easy thing to do.

But you can't do that stuff. It's unethical, and immature, and unprofessional."

But, what if you have no other option? What if you weren't actually hoarding, but became the last staff member with rights by attrition, and management didn't show any interest in ensuring administrative continuity (by not filling vacancies etc., or making the effort to see ), even after being informed.

I work for an ISP. Google provides ISPs access to some tools, which require a Google login. Our company doesn't use any Google for business products. Our company doesn't have a policy regarding credentials for 'cloud' services that can't use your company email address. So I used my personal gmail account (like my colleagues and our manager).

Is it my fault if my manager locks himself out after I leave the company, or doesn't bother getting his account linked along with the rest of the team?

I don't think there is a clear-cut case for malicious or negligent behaviour on the side of the employee, but it seems pretty clear that they actively worked him out. In many countries that would have been illegal and he could have sued for unfair dismissal and gotten a year's salary with only a few hour's effort and no significant costs.

But you Americans seem to want to punish any worker who has picked a bad company to work for (what else can explain your lack of basic worker's rights protecting them from vindictive companies such as this one seems to be).

Submission + - Law for Autonomous Vehicles: Supporting an Aftermarket for Driving Computers (

Bruce Perens writes: How will we buy self-driving cars, and how will we keep them running as self-driving software and hardware becomes obsolete much more rapidly than the vehicle itself? Boalt Hall legal professor Lothar Determann and Open Source Evangelist Bruce Perens are publishing an article in the prestigious Berkeley Technology Law Journal on how the law and markets might support an aftermarket for self-driving computers, rather than having the manufacturer lock them down or sell driving as a service rather than selling cars. The preprint is available to read now, and discusses how an Open Car, based on Open Standards and an Open Market, but not necessarily Open Source, can drive prices down and quality up over non-competitive manufacturer lock-in.

Comment Re:IT is amazing (Score 5, Insightful) 99

Most folks drink stale coffee. Try roasting your own (I use Sweet Maria's for supplies) or going somewhere with a roaster on site who is honest enough to tell you the roast date. It should be from 2 to 10 days ago. Flavor development in coffee is a rancidification process. Like cheese, you want to catch it when it is a little, but not too, rancid.

Comment Re:...Or Just Take Aspirin. (Score 2) 99

Let's not forget the effect of helicobacter pylori bacteria on ulcers, they are in general held to be the main cause these days.

I have another theory about the beneficial effect of aspirin, caffine, etc. We evolved with them. Our diet was rich in salycilates and chemicals similar to theobromine or caffine. They came from the plants we ate, some of which were mildly toxic and which we evolved to process to the point that we became dependent on some of their effects. There are a lot of things in the primitive diet that modern people don't eat much at all, like acorns which had to be soaked to remove alkalai and tannin.

If this is the case, taking aspirin and drinking coffee or tea replace substances found in a more primitive diet.

Comment Re: Not really needed for drones (Score 1) 24

Modulation designators that state the payload type don't make much sense with digital data transports. You can do digital TV or anything else with 4 MHz bandwidth. Cellular doesn't make much sense unless they have a really long hover time and drone life, in which case it could be a pop-up base station.

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