Time to see what Mr. Orwell thinks....
"The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better." - George Orwell
Funny how something said around 70 years ago still rings true today.
24 posts • joined 15 Mar 2018
We have a few hundred endpoints using SEP. I was becoming concerned when multiple vulnerabilities with SEP were discovered that put our systems at greater risk. The final straw for me was when I discovered two weeks ago that SEP had stopped functioning on more than 50% of our devices but didn't generate any warnings alerting us to the situation.
Taking a long hard look at Vipre when our licensing expires next year.
"And this people sums up America beautifully. The only thing they think the military is for is killing people. No humanitarian aid. No ceremonial duties. No peacekeeping. No other things the military elsewhere does as par of its day job.
Kill. Kill. Kill."
Yes, that is the point of a military. They train, and are equipped for that very purpose.
"That's the maximum federal fine unless you defrauded the government then there's a different set of fine levied. He will be sued by Microsoft in a civil trial for much greater restitution."
And don't forget the IRS will be knocking on his door for tax evasion, in addition for penalties/fees for not declaring his illegal income. Yes, he is in quite a pickle.
“The interest of the dealers [referring to stock owners, manufacturers, and merchants], however, in any particular branch of trade or manufacture, is always in some respects different from, and even opposite to, that of the public. To widen the market and to narrow the competition, is always the interest of the dealers. To widen the market may frequently be agreeable enough to the interest of the public; but to narrow the competition must always be against it, and can serve only to enable the dealers, by raising their profits above what they naturally would be, to levy, for their own benefit, and absurd tax upon the rest of their fellow-citizens.”
- Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations (Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books, 1991), pages 219-220)
What Adam Smith was referring to was a situation where a monopoly raises prices above what they should be because they are the only game in town. Consumers are harmed because they are forced to pay exorbitant prices for goods because they cannot be sourced elsewhere.
Last time I checked Amazon is usually the lowest priced vendor our there. And every single person is able to search hundreds of sites with the click of the button to find the lowest price available. Consumers can literally buy anything they want at any store, at any time.
So, no, Adam was not describing this situation at all. Nice try though.
"Not when they propose challenging the decision."
They have an obligation to their shareholders to fight this ridiculous fine and not simply roll over.
I wonder how many of you would be singing a different song if it was the state of California suing an UK company, based upon a California law, and demanding outrageous fines that would simply go into the Sacramento coffers? Something to consider...
"If UK businesses want to continue to do business with EU companies they will have to maintain GDPR-level data protection after Brexit, just as other non-EU states like the US have to."
Don't be so sure on this. Most of the US-based SMBs have laughed/scoffed/ignored the EU directives on collection of VAT and will likely do the same with GDPR. Don't get me wrong, large multinational corporations will probably comply. But the 29.7 million small businesses here will likely politely tell the ICO to stuff it.
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