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Comment: Re:I'd certainl yhope so... (Score 1) 36 36

by jedidiah (#50015045) Attached to: Avira Wins Case Upholding Its Right To Block Adware

Was it all uniform though? As an IT guy, I can relate to black listing certain types of updates and preventing Microsoft from just force feeding updates to everyone.

It's the perpetual problem of Microsoft not really being responsible with the hardware vendor really being the one on the hook. They are likely to suffer for Microsoft's mistakes.

Comment: Re:I'd certainl yhope so... (Score 1) 36 36

by jedidiah (#50015027) Attached to: Avira Wins Case Upholding Its Right To Block Adware

...true. But this is much more like the "Pink Slime" controversy over there in the States. People were not aware of what was going on and reacted quite badly when the cat was finally let out of the bag.

Legal warfare against the relevant whistle blowers in the news media commenced.

The offending meat companies claimed damages.

Comment: Re:Fuck Pay TV (Score 1) 158 158

by jedidiah (#50012495) Attached to: How Television Is Fighting Off the Internet

The problem with cable is that they escalate the number of commercials in a given time frame. This means that even new prime time shows end up being butchered as soon as they go into syndication. Older stuff (like classic Trek) can get mutilated to the point of being unrecognizable.

It's not just about how insulting or stupid or manipulative the commercials are. Content is altered.

Comment: Re:No shit ... (Score 1) 96 96

by jedidiah (#50012243) Attached to: New Study Accuses Google of Anti-competitive Search Behavior

Since there is nothing tying your OS to your browser to your search engine the old retort is still a valid one. ANYONE can get in the game. If Google is dominant, it's more like McDonalds than Microsoft.

Browsers can even send you to a different default search engine if you're too lazy to try something else on your own.

Comment: Re:GMOs have so many different problems (Score 1) 187 187

We already have a cheap and plentiful food supply.

if you think otherwise then you are highly uniformed MORON.

We have been letting food ROT in this country in order to prop up commodity prices since before you were even born. That's just the stuff that actually gets harvested. Some of it doesn't even make it out of the fields because it doesn't meet stringent packaging guidelines.

Comment: Re:genetic manipulation has been done for millenia (Score 1) 187 187

> There is no scientific difference.

If that were really true then there would be no value perceived in the "newer" alternative. The fact that these differences do exist despite the shrill attempts of "science fanboys" to say otherwise is why megacorps want to use these methods. At best they are a short cut. At worst, they convey unusual monopoly powers.

Comment: Re:GMOs have so many different problems (Score 2) 187 187

Who cares if it can make money or not. That is simply not the correct metric to judge whether or not a certain type of patent (or other thing) should be allowed. We should not suddenly re-align all of our interests merely to pander to the desires of a few large megacorporations.

Our society is simply not driven by the need for Monsanto to make a buck.

Comment: Re:Whatever means necessary? (Score 4, Interesting) 812 812

Kind of but not really. The North would have happily gone on with pretty much whatever the South wanted. The South just managed to not get it's way "exactly" just once and they had a collective hysterical hissy fit over it. In truth it was probably an unnecessary confrontation. Genuine abolitionists were an extremist minority in the North and most people everywhere were incredibly racist. For the first half of the war, the Union generals would have happily allowed the South to come back into the Union without any changes to the status quo. Eventually slavery became a military strategic issue and was attacked primarily for that reason.

It was ultimately really just an unnecessary temper tantrum.

Comment: Re:Maybe, but you won't make it past HR (Score 1) 255 255

by jedidiah (#49951571) Attached to: The Tools Don't Get You the Job

Some of us get out plenty.

You're just repeating a variation of the Microsoft fallacy. No. Not everything is total crap. You can escape the crapulence by finding a better option and staying away from the obvious crap.

Not all companies are the same.

You seem jealous and butthurt that some of us have managed to avoid whatever torment you've brought upon yourself.

Comment: Re:"inefficient people and/or inefficient hiring" (Score 1) 255 255

by jedidiah (#49951559) Attached to: The Tools Don't Get You the Job


Beaurocracies scale poorly. ALL of them do. This includes corporations. The larger the corporation, the more BS you're going to have to deal with. The larger the corporation, the more likely you will have to put up with "HR professionals". Them filtering out good candidates for no good reason is just the tip of the iceberg really.

Comment: Re:Maybe, but you won't make it past HR (Score 1) 255 255

by jedidiah (#49951527) Attached to: The Tools Don't Get You the Job

If your DBA can't pick up new "MSO skills" on an as needed basis, they aren't competent to be your DBA.

This is not a front desk receptionist position we're talking about here.

The HR staff isn't competent to determine what the technical candidate is capable of. That's rather the whole point of this sub-thread.

Comment: Re:Without a constitution... (Score 2) 301 301

by jedidiah (#49946325) Attached to: UK's Legalization of CD Ripping Is Unlawful, Court Rules

Well, at least we have something that's not just pulled from the nether regions of whatever judge happens to be deciding a case. In a forum full of IT geeks, it should really not be controversial that there should be well documented policies and procedures and that you should actualy follow them.

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