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Comment The site is IN THE USA (Score 1) 130

Which means that they will be subject to all sorts of pressures to be 'helpful' about it. Let's be clear ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, trusting any US produced hardware or software is a mistake if you want to be SECURE. That the tech firms haven't used this as excuse to move their domicile to somewhere with lower taxes as the real excuse for moving remains a surprise...

Comment This is game playing (Score 2) 113

You pay them one rate as contractors, more cash with limited benefits, or as employees, with less cash but more benefits. Given the need for start ups to employee people on highly variable contracts, and the existence of people for whom variability is acceptable, this can be worked out. Where the problem lies in the growing tendency of firms such as supermarkets to keep a stock of variable hours labour. The ideal is to have a civilised conversation about this whole area; the danger is that we lose the ability to grow new start ups cheaply.

Comment WELL DONE for standing up to the suits (Score 1) 201

I'm sorry to hear that you paid the price - and that's the reality that the VW engineers may have been facing, with the added problem that they might well struggle to get a new job in the industry if 'whispers' went round. We like to think that whistle blowers are protected - but it usually takes a long time to gain recompense if you are kicked by the big boys.

Comment College students need real projects... (Score 1) 124

This is a match that does make sense; if you are a college student, you need evidence that you can produce worthwhile material. By producing open source software, you get a reputation that will make you seriously employable. Given you are going to work free anyway, you might as well produce something that is meaningful, as opposed to a piece of software which noone but your professor ever gets to see.

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