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Comment: Re:I'm surprised this made the front page (Score 1) 232 232

But both people and corporations are legal entities that can own property and be subject to contracts, liens, lawsuits, etc. It is silly to have two entire separate sets of laws, so it is reasonable to apply the same laws to both, unless the law specifically distinguishes between people and corporations (as some laws do, and some laws don't).

Except we already do have two separate sets of laws. For example, the duration of copyrights as owned an individual versus a corporation is different. This is especially true in the case of criminal law. Corporations cannot be imprisoned, and they are rarely (if ever) put to death (i.e., broken up). Most crimes which impose serious penalties for individuals are met with mere fines if anything when a corporation commits them. Instead, when a corporation does something bad, any potential punishment must usually be done via civil law (aka lawsuits).

Comment: Re:Retards (Score 1) 141 141

Why do Yanks have to do every fucking single thing in their schools in a maximum privacy-invading way with overly convoluted use of technology?

Because the end goal is to make people acclimate to the idea that they do not and should not have privacy and that they should submit to authority. The free lunches are just a carrot to lead them around.

Comment: Re:Rand Paul may have done only one thing right .. (Score 3, Informative) 500 500

Even if that Rand Paul guy has done only one thing right that ONE THING still represents one thing MORE than all the other congress-critters (plus senate critters) on the Congressional Hill!

While I applaud him for so openly opposing the bill, he's not the only one in Congress who has. There were 121 votes against the bill in the House.

Comment: Re:"WSJ stunt to maximize anti-Clinton engagement" (Score 2) 231 231

by ATMAvatar (#49756149) Attached to: WSJ Crowdsources Investigation of Hillary Clinton Emails

Please explain how "reviewing Hillary Clinton's emails from her time in office" automatically constitutes "publishing pro-GOP progaganda"?

It's the "on Benghazi" part you omitted. You know, the tragedy where four people were killed, and Fox elevated it to 24/7 coverage, national crisis levels for multiple years trying to uncover a cover-up conspiracy that didn't exist.

Comment: Re:useful (Score 1) 173 173

Sure. Of course, you're going to prove that it was a management directive, and not just plain old IT incompetence or malice that led to "deleted" profiles being left around in the system, right?

If the IT guys are partly to blame, they should be lined up right alongside their managers for those whippings. And I'm pretty sure that you'll find more often than not that the IT guys are just as clueless and incompetent as their clueless and incompetent bosses.

Irrelevant.

Obviously, if it was a management directive, it's management's fault. However, if the lack of security is due to ignorance/incompetence on the part of IT, it's still management's fault, as it's their job to hire and/or train IT for security (and fire if necessary).

Internally, management is free to assign blame and take action against IT, be it through improvement plants, pink slips, or (in the case of malice) lawsuits. But make no mistake - management holds final responsibility - that's part of being in leadership.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 507 507

by ATMAvatar (#49694855) Attached to: Is Agile Development a Failing Concept?

The ultimate thing that Agile is doing for me is making me work longer hours than I ever have in my life. That's the goal I think, it's why managers love it. Ie, I have to give a two week estimate of what I can get done. Now I feel personally responsible to get things done. The deadline is no longer an external deadline by people unfamiliar with what needs to be done but instead it is a self-imposed deadline. And self-imposed means I want to get it done so that I don't look foolish. Other people are waiting for it to be done so that they can do their part. If I do ask for more time I get glared at. And what happens now is that there is a deadline EVERY TWO WEEKS. It is ALWAYS crunch time! And there is still behind the scenes the high level deadline from the executives that can not slip.

This sounds entirely self-inflicted. Why not adjust your estimates in future sprints to better reflect reality? If you are truly in control of your estimates, you are only working super long hours because you are under-estimating your tasks. If you aren't in control of your estimates, you are in a toxic work environment, and there is no shortage of other programming jobs out there.

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