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Comment Re:Seems like violating the 4th amendment, not the (Score 1) 421

The fifth says you don't have to testify against yourself. It doesn't say you can't be fingerprinted

Let's say I agree to be fingerprinted. That means I'll let them put the ink on my fingers and I'll press my fingers against the paper sheet. Good. Now they are free to try using that paper (or a digital scan of that, or whatever) to unlock my phone.

Comment Re:When did "The Matrix" become a religion? (Score 1) 1042

Re: 2 : Not only events, but other things too: e.g. "green" does not really serve any purpose that would answer the question "why". You can ask why Mt. Everest is there, but you can answer about what processes brought it to existence, not what purpose it has.

Comment Re:Well that was a well balanced summary (Score 1) 404

I can think of at least one question for Clinton - how did the database of donors for The Clinton Foundation get stolen? Where and how was it being stored? Those are a couple unanswered questions right off the top of my head, maybe you can think of some more.

Mine is: Stolen? Why it isn't public in first place?

(Perhaps because I live in a different part of the world.)

Submission + - SPAM: Eric Hameleers (55) - from Slackware Team - is being laid of by IBM - due age

rastos1 writes: Eric Helmeers (a.k.a. alienbob) writes on his blog:

Unparalleled (because forced) job cuts in the Netherlands are the result of that change of focus. Almost 10% of the IBMNL work force is sent away in a “re-balancing” operation and I am out of a job per November 1st.
On an intellectual level I understand the reasons for this. It is nothing personal and it also has nothing to do with the appreciation of my performance. I have scored among the top 5% of IBM Netherlands employees during my performance reviews of the last couple of years, which is quite decent for someone aged 55 in a technical role.

More details are given in the comments:

Dutch law enforces a “mirroring principle” which protects younger employees from a “last in, first out” move. The law dictates that the company must create a matrix of functional groups and age groups and in every cell, the same percentage of people is laid-off: the ones with less years of employment are the first to go onto the list. This ensures that the age diversity will not change because of the lay-offs.
So my manager would not have been able to keep me from getting fired.

Eric, I'm sorry to hear that and I hope that you find a new job soon. Also thank you for years of your work on Slackware.

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Comment Re:Goodbye, World Wide Web. (Score 1) 282

When people author web pages, they're usually pretty certain how they're going to end up looking when the browser renders them.

They may be certain - if they have no clue how the thing works. Accessing the same URL may deliver A today, but B tomorrow. It may show C to me and it may show D to you. If you use an URL pointing to a host that you do not control, then you have no control on what that host delivers. By definition. Do we want to outlaw external links? I don't think so.

Comment Re:Seems reasonable to sell a product (Score 1) 238

To be honest: no, I'm not sure. I was surprised too when I read it first time. While the case seems to be several years old, it came to my attention only a few months back and it seems to be a rather landmark court decision which is not talked about much. I tried to contact a company that does something similar in my country with the very same business model and I attempted to get a clarification, but the person on the other side was apparently not capable to understand my questions. It was basically a sales person with a script to follow.

On the other hand, the court decision seems to be rather clear: (in my own words:) the vendor by selling the license first time "exhausts" his rights to further control that license and thus the licensee is free to give up the rights he was granted by the license and can re-sell the license to next party. It also seems a common sense to me, but IANAL yada yada ... I'd love to see this analyzed by Groklaw.

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