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Google News To Shut Down In Spain On December 16th

alex67500 Re:Google needs to share (183 comments)

no ads on google news as far as i can remember...

about two weeks ago
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How Relevant is C in 2014?

alex67500 Re:Si. (641 comments)

Why, very relevant! I use the C. word almost daily!

about two weeks ago
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Big Banks Will Vie For Your Attention With Cardless ATMs and VR

alex67500 Re: an industry not exactly known for speed (76 comments)

For the countries I've experienced, France is very slow (2-3 days) whilst the UK is 2 hours (usually instant) -- the regulator imposed it with fines if the payments are transferred late.

Enough public pressure on your representatives might do the trick...

about three weeks ago
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Slack Now Letting Employers Tap Workers' Private Chats

alex67500 Re:If it's not your computer (79 comments)

Logging actions. Sure.
Reading my email? OK
Wiretapping my phone? OK
========= LIMIT =========
Sending emails in my name? False Personation.

Where is the limit?

Banks' Compliance departments require the first three (SEC rules) at work -- including work mobile phone. I drew the line for you.
By the way, false (im)personation can be qualified as a felony is some states in the US.

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Discover a Virus That Changes the Brain To "Make Humans More Stupid"

alex67500 Re:Virus Name (275 comments)

In Europe, football has replaced religion for that particular matter...

about a month ago
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The Most Highly Cited Scientific Papers of All Time

alex67500 Re:Fun fact (81 comments)

Does that make it Turing-complete?

about 1 month ago
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

alex67500 Re:They were right! (168 comments)

Doh... I'm going to drink in shame until I can forget this day :-(

about 2 months ago
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

alex67500 Re:They were right! (168 comments)

IP? The technical level of /. isn't increasing...

about 2 months ago
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

alex67500 Re:So iOS8 (168 comments)

When do you first connect to a public Wifi? When you're bored to death waiting in line to check-in, drop off luggage or go through security...

about 2 months ago
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

alex67500 Re:Opt out (168 comments)

It uses the phone's scanning in some instances, so it's enough for your phone to scan for a new Wifi to be tracked (unless you're using an iPhone where your MAC is randomised...)

about 2 months ago
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Cisco Fixes Three-Year-Old Telnet Flaw In Security Appliances

alex67500 Re:Security + Telnet (60 comments)

Hang on... SSL and SSH are not the same! Heartbleed affected OpenSSL!

fwiw (I work at cisco)

In HR? Comms?

about 2 months ago
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Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

alex67500 Re:Is Google Losing It? (160 comments)

Don't you think Bing is doing the same?

about 2 months ago
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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

alex67500 Re:I am not alone when I say.... (139 comments)

they only cry if they get champagne or cocaine in their eyes...

about 2 months ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

alex67500 Re:Or, just don't get married. (447 comments)

Indeed, tax on inheritance is quite high around here. Writing a will only changes the shares that will be inherited. The tax is still relevant. Unless you were married, then it's tax-free.

Direct line inheritance (direct descendants or ascendants) goes from 5% through to 45% brackets in 10% increments, any non-direct-line will be between 50 and 60% tax. (I'm not saying I support this, IMO when parents already paid tax on their income, whatever's left should go 100% to their kids, just showing how being married can be of use).

about 2 months ago
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Accessing One's Own Metadata

alex67500 Re:Baloney? (94 comments)

But hang on, I thought people in the US paid to receive calls on cells? Does that mean you pay, but can't get a detailed billing of what you're paying for?

about 2 months ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

alex67500 Re:Or, just don't get married. (447 comments)

In France, it's an important piece of paper for inheritance. You wouldn't inherit of their share of your house if your partner died, you'd have to buy out the inheritor's share in a family home (your children, if any, or your partner's parents). You also put your taxes into one single pot, which can help using the full lower tax brackets if one of the spouses is earning less.

about 2 months ago

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EarthHour: should I unplug my PC in case of surge?

alex67500 alex67500 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

alex67500 (1609333) writes "The tree-huggers of WWF would like everyone to turn their lights off tonight, but the thing is, it concerns me. I don't own a UPS at home, and I guess when a lot of people turn off electrical equipment at the same time, the grid will have a big surge. I can use my laptop unplugged for 2 hours, that's not too bad. But what about desktops and network equipments?"
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