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Microsoft Files a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit For Activating Pirated Software

johanw Re:They used the wrong windows (268 comments)

Not quite true, I do run Linux servers on that windows 7 machine with VirtualBox.

about two weeks ago
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French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

johanw Re:Doesn't matter even if the publishers win... (687 comments)

"I am willing to bet that the fraction of AdBlock users that turn on the feature where some ads are allowed does not exceed 1%."

That's why they made the option opt-out: it is on by default. Most posters here probably know or can find out themselves how to switch it off, but they are guessing (hoping?) most won't.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Files a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit For Activating Pirated Software

johanw They used the wrong windows (268 comments)

The windows 7 I installed was pre-activated when I downloaded it from the Pirate Bay. Much easier. I don't know if I could legally downgrade from the windows 8 the system had preinstalled but piracy was so easy that I didn't bother to find out.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

johanw Re:America, land of the free... (717 comments)

I don't know about other EU countries, but in The Netherlands employers can ask for a "declaration about the behaviour" of the applicant. That's a document the government issues, and the employer has to indicate what kind of possibly sensitive things the job requires, like working with children, working with large sums of money, with sensitive/secret information or with dangerous substances. If you're convicted for hild abuse you still can get such a document for working in a bank, but not for a job in childcare (and in childcare the employer is required to ask for such a declaration). If you're convicted for bank fraud the opposite, you are still alowed to work with children.

That's all most employers can ask, and most won't ask it because if they indicate the job does not require to work with anything like that the declaration will always be given and it's a waste of money and effort. Employers can ask beyond this of course, but I've never eard of it happening and I even think you are legally alowed to lie, the same like an employer isn't alowed to ask if you're pregnant but if he does and you lie a court will not alow the contract to be broken for that.

about two weeks ago
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Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

johanw Re:Global jurisdiction (193 comments)

Well, it's not that different from me (non-US citizen) receiving DMCA requests. If I mail them back that I don't care about laws that are not valid in my country some Americans seem unable to understand why I refuse to take action.

about three weeks ago
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Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

johanw Re:This is clearly futile... (193 comments)

I guess the prosecutor losing his job for making a mistake would be the biggest news. People get arrested for child porn all the time, but prosecutors personally feeling the consequences of their invalid actions - now that would be big news.

about three weeks ago
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Berlin's Digital Exiles: Where Tech Activists Go To Escape the NSA

johanw Re:Land of the Free (231 comments)

It IS already happening in the USA.

about a month ago
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Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

johanw Re:Google is just creating an entry... (160 comments)

Yes, I'm also switching to more privacy-friendly search engines. It can go quickly - remember AltaVista when Google came up?

That new search engine has to be in a free country however. The US gives in too quickly when bribes, I mean campaign money, is offered by media companies.

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

johanw Re:So really what's happening is that... (160 comments)

Yes, a browser plugin that removes the first boxed ad results would be sufficient (for now).

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

johanw Re:Maybe fighting piracy (160 comments)

Fortunately The Pirate Bay has its own search function. As have most other torrent and warez sites.

about 2 months ago
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Commerce Secretary: US Wants Multi-Stakeholder Process To Preserve Internet

johanw Except... (57 comments)

"The United States will resist all efforts to give "any person, entity or nation" control of the Internet"

Unless the Holy Copyright or Holy Patents are at stake of course. Then the US will (ab)use all its power to force their wiew down everyone's throat.

about 2 months ago
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Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

johanw Re:News at 11. (282 comments)

The money doesn't expire, it is written on the card. That was done as an insurance against network failures. That's why when the first cards got hacked the saldo could be increased with a RFID writer. The card does expire after several years though.

Creditcards are generally seldom used in The Netherlands because our own banking cards charge much less costs. Don't expect to be able to pay with a credit card in most shops, especially outside the tourist areas. Cash is king.

about 2 months ago
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Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

johanw Re:I'm sorry (282 comments)

For some bankers and other money-grabbing "managers" I would say it is far to little.

about 2 months ago
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Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined

johanw Re: I'm sorry (282 comments)

Ah, the followers of fuhrer Geert Wilders are reporting in. For the non-Dutch readers, his main (and nearly only) party program is that everything that goes wrong is the muslims fault.

about 2 months ago
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WhatsApp's Next Version To Include VoIP Calls and Recording

johanw Re:Not the feature I wanted. (65 comments)

The big advantage of the phone-only model is that it keeps Whatsapp nearly spamfree and it prevents conversations where people with complete keyboards outtype me too much and then complain I can't keep up with their typing.

about 2 months ago
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Co-Founder of PayPal Peter Thiel: Society Is Hostile To Science and Technology

johanw Re:A bit of a straw-man (238 comments)

Then don't use that primitive system of credit cards and pay cash. Added advantage is that you can't be spied uppon by a money trail.

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

johanw Re:Science is not about trust (460 comments)

This is of course true for most expensive experiments. I can't afford a LHC, Space telescope, not even a small tokamak to test hot fusion. And the LHC produces so much data I can't even afford enough harddrives to store a copy. And even if I could, I'm not sure I have the knowledge to write a program to parse that data myself (or buy sufficient computer power to have it finished in my lifetime). Noone claimed you must me able to re-verify each and every experiment. And in many cases this is just simply impossible in practice. However, when the successor of the LHC will be built (they are designing some pulsed linear collider now in CERN, got a nice explaination of it when I visited last year) its results should not contradict the LHC results.

In CERN, this was partly solved by keeping the results of the 2 main detectors in LHC separate and just compare the end results. This should prevent matching the results voluntarily or involuntarily.

about 3 months ago

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