i know i dont live in canada, but this is one of many reasons (some of which were financial) why i decided to get rid of my cell phone alltogether. the early '80s brick phone has all the features i need, it can make and recieve calls occasionally.
the army and the dod will never move away from linux and most of the armys computer users are no more tech savvy then your average civilian business computer user, in other words because using linux would require retrainging of everybody in the military as the army doesnt train their IT to use linux at all durring their inital training (yes its microsoft only aside from cisco switches and routers), and none of the armys users recieve any computer training (aside from specific job training), those that do use unix only use it in a text based format to order parts and to provide an electronic work log for militry vehicles and even then they only get training on the specific program they use to do this, and army IT is NEVER ever alowed to even attempt to fix these computers and when they do need to be fixed they are sent back to the manufacturer to be reimaged by them. so linux (a great idea) will never happen as the training it would require is akin to teaching your non tech savvy grandmother how to send email, its better to just let them use windows
as a former member of the us army IT, i have done IT in the army as a soldier in more than one location. First i would like to say that this problem is much worse depending on location. What is supposed to happen when you remove your Common Access Card (not code as mike has it in the article), provided the users account in Active Directory is set up properly as per DOD regulation, is that the computer is supposed to lock when the card is removed. Some locations disregard this either completely (even after i had pointed it out to my supervisors and i was told to drop it) or just for extremely senior ranking service members ie: generals seargents majors so that they are not forced into leaving their CAC in the card reader as they feel it is an inconvience. also this problem is not limited to shared comuters, however it is limited to the unclasified network as all of the militarys networks that are classified Secret and above still require old fasioned name and password.
not if they really wanted the suspected end users info from the isp so that that prenda could sue them for something else later after finding out weather or not the end user actually had money to sue for.
I would stiff the court on the fines on the basis of jurisdiction. Where does france get off thinking they can fine an american company (unless google has offices in france). Then replace the google maps product on their site with a copy of the lawsuit and an explanation of why google maps is no longer being offered in france.
As far as the Pixar vs. Oil company bit I could see how somebody might get confused. Daewoo comes to mind they made cars, electronics, highways and skyscrapers, and even managed hotels. So it wouldnt surprise me to see a company branch out into other areas of industry.