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Requiring employees to keep their webcam on is illegal in the Netherlands

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Chetu has fired an employee from the Netherlands for refusing to keep the webcam constantly on during work hours. The Dutch court called the employer’s decision illegal and a violation of human rights.

The employee said that they wanted to record him on a PC camera for nine hours a day. To do this, they required to install a program that included sharing an image from a computer screen and broadcasting a webcam. According to him, the company cited “refusal to work” and “insubordination” as the reason for the dismissal.

“I don’t feel comfortable being monitored by a camera for 9 hours a day. This is an invasion of my privacy and it makes me feel very uncomfortable. That is why my camera is not turned on,” said the man, who agreed that the employer can view his screen during working hours.

Requiring employees to keep their webcam on is illegal in the Netherlands

The court ruled that “instructions to keep the webcam on all the time are contrary to workers’ right to privacy.” The court decision stated that such a requirement is unacceptable for the Netherlands.

Camera tracking for 8 hours a day is disproportionate and not allowed in the Netherlands. Video surveillance of a worker in the workplace, whether covert or not, must be considered a significant invasion of the worker’s privacy (…), and therefore [суд] considers that it constitutes an interference within the meaning of Article 8 [Конвенции о защите прав человека и основных свобод].

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Coinbase Calls For Converting USDT To “Safe” USDC

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Coinbase Calls For Converting USDT To Safe USDC

The crypto exchange has initiated a zero-fee exchange between USDT and USDC. The company in its message urged customers to “move to a reliable and reputable digital dollar: USDC”

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“The events of the last few weeks have put some of the stablecoins to the test and we have seen a search for a safer place. We believe USD Coin (USDC) is a trusted and respected stablecoin,” Coinbase wrote in a blog post on Friday morning.

The crypto exchange announced that USDC is a unique cryptocurrency as it is 100% backed by cash and short-term US Treasury bills held in government regulated financial institutions. The company is convinced that the stablecoin can always be exchanged for dollars at a ratio of 1:1

Blockchain data shows that USDT is the third most widely traded digital asset on Coinbase, representing 5% of the volume on the exchange, where it currently trades at 99 cents.

On December 1, the Wall Street Journal published a report arguing that the company behind Tether “may not have enough liquid assets to pay down debt in a crisis.” This estimate was based on an apparent increase in loans rather than outright sales.

Tether responded with a scathing blog post titled: “WSJ & CO: The Hypocrisy of Mainstream Media Falling Asleep at the Wheel of Information.”

“Critics and the media have spent years criticizing, investigating and warning about Tether’s supposed ‘ever impending’ collapse, but they have completely fallen asleep at the wheel as an extremely large part of the crypto industry has collapsed due to irresponsible leverage, outright fraud. and regulatory arbitrage.

According to Circle and Tether themselves, USDC currently has a turnover of 43.8 billion, while USDT has a turnover of 65.7 billion.

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666 W and two potentially dangerous 12VHPWR connectors at once. Galax GeForce RTX 4090 HOF unveiled

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666 W and two potentially dangerous 12VHPWR connectors at once

Galax has fully introduced the GeForce RTX 4090 HOF graphics cards.

There are two models: OC Lab and OC Lab Plus. But in any case, we are talking about the most powerful RTX 4090 on the market and, as a result, the most productive graphics card in general. True, with a caveat.

666 W and two potentially dangerous 12VHPWR connectors at once.  Galax GeForce RTX 4090 HOF unveiled

The fact is that the novelty has two modes of operation. The standard GPU frequency is 2520 MHz for both versions. In Performance mode, the core frequency of OC Lab rises to 2595 MHz, while for OC Lab Plus it already reaches 2625 MHz. And that’s lower than the Asus ROG Strix OC or MSI Suprim Liquid at 2640 MHz. But here the power limit in this mode rises to a symbolic 666 watts. At what frequencies the GPU will work in this mode in real conditions, it is not clear, so we need to wait for the tests. But from the point of view of the power limit, there is no equal to the novelty. By the way, 666 W is more than the allowable 600 W for the new 12VHPWR connector. But everything is explained simply: the new Galax products have two such connectors. True, this means that the risk of incorrectly connecting the power is doubled.

666 W and two potentially dangerous 12VHPWR connectors at once.  Galax GeForce RTX 4090 HOF unveiled

As for the rest, we can note the complete display and a length of 344 mm.

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The new game from the creator of the BioShock series is very similar to BioShock. And a little on Atomic Heart

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The new game from the creator of the BioShock series

At the last The Game Awards 2022 ceremony, the first trailer of the debut game of the Ghost Story Games studio was shown. Its founder is Ken Levin, the “father” of the BioShock series. The new project is called Judas, and it’s very similar to BioShock.

The new game from the creator of the BioShock series is very similar to BioShock.  And a little on Atomic Heart

The plot unfolds on board a spaceship, which is gradually being destroyed. The hero is a character named Judas, who needs to find a way to escape, and for this he will have to unite with his worst enemies.

The game promises a non-linear and variable plot with several endings, different options for passing, and so on. It is noteworthy that the game looks and feels very similar to BioShock. It has the aesthetics of retrofuturism, superpowers and elements of phantasmagoria. For example, the hero can install implants in his hand to use fire or electric attacks. It also reminds a lot of Atomic Heart, which was also shown at TGA.

At the moment, it is not reported when the game will appear. But there is already a list of platforms – PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S, that is, only on modern solutions.

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