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Comment: Wrong postulate (Score 1) 725

by Alarash (#46754147) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?
The story is rather dumb. The more educated you are, and the more used to learning you are, the better you can lean new things or adapt to new situations. And anybody who wrote enough code, or deployed enough network equipment, or just was just very technical overall is probably better suited than most for problem solving. I'm not saying they'd replace the other ones, but that they are certainly not useless.

Comment: Not A Law (Score 1) 477

by Alarash (#46723653) Attached to: New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

It's not a law, it's an agreement between the managers' union and the enterprises' union. Only managers with a specific kind of contract (~250,000 people) are affected by this. I know that contract because it's the one I have had for 10 years. This contracts provides no maximum daily work hours, only a minimum about of rest hours : 11. Ergo, you can't work more than 13 hours a day, which I don't think anyone will claim is not a fucking lot.

With this contract, I have to work 218 days a year. This means that if there are many bank holidays on week days on any given year, I will have less PTO that year (since they're replaced by the bank holidays). These contracts are the exception not the rule, and they exist because people like me who pull very long hours would cost way to much if we were paid overtime. I regularly take planes on week ends, or come back late from a customer (meeting ending at 6pm in Germany, plane at 8pm in Munich, I'm home at midnight).

Last but not least, the agreement doesn't prohibits after-hour emails or calls, but make it so the employer cannot expect from us to pick up the phone after work hours. Since most of the time we're working anyway (I'm on the road or in an airport terminal) I will pick up the phone or do emails if only because I might be bored - but if I had a rough and long day and decide to read a book instead, the employer cannot call me out for doing this. It was already the case of my employer who understands my complicated schedule and the stress and fatigue that goes with it, but the fact that it's now a rule make it so that less understanding employers can't do that any more. This agreement is nicknamed "Anti-burnout" around here.

Comment: Possible in France (sort of) (Score 1) 323

In France, a service called CanalPlay allows you to do just that for 6.99€/month. Once you're subscribed, you can watch TV shows and movies on your Set-Top Box, tablet/phone, Xbox, AppleTV or computer. I'm hoping for more openness to allow external applications (like XBMC) but for now it seems pretty satisfactory (I'm not using the service, myself, as I don't really watch movies, but I'm aware of it). The catalogue is not 100% complete though, and some movies (usually the best sellers) are not part of the subscription and are available only through VOD.

Comment: Re:Paris had cars? (Score 4, Informative) 405

by Alarash (#46510557) Attached to: Paris Bans Half of All Cars On the Road

Don't the that American ass. Poor you, Europeans are meanies and you totally don't deserve anything they say about you :(

According to the World Bank (who's not known to be particularly anti-American), the per-capita oil consumption in the US in 2010 was 1,108 kilograms (clearly they are, in fact, anti-american for not using gallons). France sits at a whopping 113. UK 241. Germany 223. So yes, please, tell me more about the poor Americans who are not sucking up all the oil.

Comment: Re:One side of the story (Score 5, Informative) 710

by Alarash (#46503837) Attached to: Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment
GitHub's CEO has posted something on this:

This weekend, GitHub employee Julie Horvath spoke publicly about negative experiences she had at GitHub that contributed to her resignation. I am deeply saddened by these developments and want to comment on what GitHub is doing to address them.

We know we have to take action and have begun a full investigation. While that’s ongoing, and effective immediately, the relevant founder has been put on leave, as has the referenced GitHub engineer. The founder’s wife discussed in the media reports has never had hiring or firing power at GitHub and will no longer be permitted in the office.

GitHub has grown incredibly fast over the past two years, bringing a new set of challenges. Nearly a year ago we began a search for an experienced HR Lead and that person came on board in January 2014. We still have work to do. We know that. However, making sure GitHub employees are getting the right feedback and have a safe way to voice their concerns is a primary focus of the company.

As painful as this experience has been, I am super thankful to Julie for her contributions to GitHub. Her hard work building Passion Projects has made a huge positive impact on both GitHub and the tech community at large, and she's done a lot to help us become a more diverse company. I would like to personally apologize to Julie. It’s certain that there were things we could have done differently. We wish Julie well in her future endeavors.

Chris Wanstrath
CEO & Co-Founder

Comment: Sitting on a stack of traceable coins (Score 5, Interesting) 228

by Alarash (#46444265) Attached to: Hackers Allege Mt. Gox Still Controls "Stolen" Bitcoins
There's something I don't understand. If they 'stole' the coins, they can't really trade them can they? Anyone I mean. As I understand every single transaction is tracked, so you can't really spend them without people knowing so right? Ok so you can hide your identity and whatnot, but wouldn't people know the instant these BTC are back on the market?

Comment: Re:Better be for Windows 7 (Score 1) 127

by Alarash (#46429483) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms DirectX 12 Is Alive and Well, Demo Coming At GDC
You can't deny that this helped and made Windows the platform of choice for PC video gaming. So by that standard, they did a great job. Now of course I would prefer that they opened the spec so people could make a Linux version, and maybe they will do that if they decide that Xbox makes more money than people buying Windows licenses to play games minus the development costs of DirectX. That's a different topic.

Comment: Windows 8 (Score 1) 299

by Alarash (#46089983) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?
Windows 8 is a great OS, regardless of what the grognards here will say. You don't have to use Metro except as a glorified Start Menu if you don't want to, and the rest of the OS is basically Windows 7 only better. If that's not a problem for you, go for that. I was in the same situation as you, tried to install Guitar Pro on Linux, and that more of a pain in the ass than I wanted, so I just switched back to Windows. Plus, there's no driver for my Asus DAC on Linux (which is Asus' fault, sure, but in the end I want to use my 400€ DAC).

Comment: Re:So a good match... (Score 3, Interesting) 354

by Alarash (#46073685) Attached to: New Russian Fighter Not Up To Western Standards
And I heard stories of the Dassault Rafale shooting down F-22 with their canon. There'll always be stories of "plane X shot plane Y so plane X is better than plane Y" but that overlooks individual skills (dog fighting), tactical conditions (can't shoot from beyond visual range if the target is flying low in a mountain range) or even strategic considerations (can you afford, both money and time wise, to replace your planes when they go down or need maintenance). The whole problem of military design is to find the right balance between high-technology and affordability. And it seems that lately the US have been shifting a lot more towards the former. Keep in mind that you can live using credits only for so long, and during war times it becomes even more critical.

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