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Comment WTH? (Score 1) 506

Is this question a nostalgia post from 1997?

From what I've seen, it's the 'Microsoft' jobs that are getting more and more scarce. There's a general shortage of devs and competent ops going on right now and the companies i've seen aren't even considering Ballmer-ware for anything but bizops desktop machines.

If you're actually looking in your local paper for tech jobs, and expecting to find anything half decent.... you need to relocate somewhere with an actual tech industry.... seriously

Comment Re:Gosh, this thing actually seems to make sense. (Score 1) 279

Couldn't it be said that management lost touch long before the physical separation? How often does management and marketing simply assume they are the entirety of a company? That might work when the workers are flesh robots welding things on an assembly line, but for knowledge industries, that scenario is always going to be fatal.

Comment Re:He looks sick (Score 1) 279

I think he understands that the City is a power ..... a 'Don', if you will... that requires respect. The ONLY person who can demonstrate that respect for something this big, is another 'Don'. Any other CEO would send a lawyer or lackey, because any other CEO simply does not believe that 'mere' elected officials are worthy of respect.

Comment Re:Now he's building a mothership. This will end w (Score 1) 279

but Flavor Aid is small and weak. It fell so far when it fell in Jonestown. But Kool-Aid is kool, it took the rap for it's dear friend Flavor Aid, because it can take the branding and bad press, but it's weaker friend would never have survived. It's couldn't bear to let that happen. Kool-Aid loves Flavor Aid, why can't you?

Comment Re:Let's reward the incompetent (Score 2) 77

Dittos to that. I don't think the social benefit of the USPS can be stressed enough.

My dad has been a carrier for the past 38 years. In this time he has:

Stopped a spree murderer.
IDd another man wanted for murder.
Alerted police to a hostage situation.
Physically apprehended an armed rapist in the act. (My mom damn near killed him for that)
Thwarted armed bank robberies... TWICE.
Called ambulances and social services for the injured, sick and elderly dozens of times
Reported dozens of incidents of elder, child, and animal abuse. ... And this is not out of the ordinary for our mail carriers. They know better than anyone, even neighbors oftentimes, when something is odd or out of place, and often disrupt criminal situations just by driving or walking up.

Comment Re:No need to break what isn't broken (Score 1) 408

No. The whole reason the courts give corporations personhood is for it's own convenience! Legal paperwork, filings, organizational structures, etc would become massively complex and unprocessable, prohibitively so, if courts didn't simplify down all those massive contract structures. Courts themselves would have to track every single personal transaction that occurs within and without a corporation. Boiling it all down into a single "virtual" person would have to include all those unalienable rights that justify the simplification in the first place, but nothing else. And since it's "virtual" status exists only the eyes of the law, those same eyes have not abrogated their right to peer into any of those individual transactions wrought behind the corporate veil. Therefore, Corporations can never EVER have a right to privacy, in any real sense.

Comment Re:wow, a SCO story? (Score 1) 154

You don't get it! The whole case was never about attempting to right some sort of wrong, but try to use the courts to claim ownership over linux. It was never anything other than a huge scam by any means necessary by Darl and his backers to muscle in the linux rackett, like some sort of mob takeover....

Comment Re:Putin and freedom !!?? (Score 1) 500

Of course he cares about the freedom part of free software. He (and by extension, the FSB) cares about being able to audit the code their systems are using. I'll bet STuxnet has alot to do with this, plus their history of dealing with us (the US) sending them (literal) spyware. I seem to remember a story about a very large natural gas explosion caused by the CIA leaking the Soviets fake/bad software.

In practice, failures in system development, like unemployment in Russia, happens a lot despite official propaganda to the contrary. -- Paul Licker