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Comment Re:No use fighting it (Score 1) 137

"You can't stop the signal, Mal. Everything goes somewhere, and I go everywhere."

They're never going to stop piracy. It's like trying to play whack-a-mole. Movie companies would do a much better job if they stopped trying to squash any sort of piracy, and focused more on providing what people want, in the form they want, when they want it, at a convenient price. Some people will always pirate, sure, but 99% of people aren't going to ever bother if they can get what they're looking for conveniently and without paying through the nose for it.

I think you confuse what Hollywood wants. It's never going to become like Bollywood, where hits are fast and furious, and sell for rupees on the dollar.

Hollywood maintains it's margins on control. Like Orwell said "All art is propaganda". Wagging the Dog.

Unless there's a titanic shift in the market, Hollywood will continue to tell us what we want, rather than cater mainly to what is desired by moviegoers.

Comment Re:What works for Jack Welch doesn't always work.. (Score 1) 250

I've seen a couple of places do this with a forced bell curve.

They had pre-defined that you can only have so many at each level, and had to fit -- if you had 10 people, the number at each level was defined by a formula.

Which meant the ranking system couldn't say "wow, I have a bunch of good people", or "shit, I have a bunch of dullards".

Morons who manage by arbitrary metric tend to do a lousy job of it. Because apparently reality is a problem for such people.

I find that style of management pretty pathetic, because it's just drooling idiots blindly following stuff they don't understand, and can't see why it's failing them.

Don't forget the wonderful practice of hiring sacrificial cows so you can keep your "real" team intact. Hire someone, give them f-all to do, then they get terminated because they didn't keep up with the rest.

A pretty brutal workplace to enter. It's like work poker - you look around, if you don't see the mark, you're the mark. Fuck that, I work to get shit done, not play needless politics.

Comment Re:Clarity in the title might have helped. (Score 1) 250

I had to read several sentences in the find out we are talking about some kind of work rank system, not search ranking. You know... it being a search engine company and all.

Yahoo has a search engine? I mean, they have a portal, but unless you're living in the 90s it's pretty common knowledge they gave up on search a long time ago (Bing powers it now, right?).

Comment Re:it looked so much like layoffs (Score 1) 250

It looked so much like layoffs that I thought it was layoffs.

Well, it does seem pretty obvious they are coming...

Really, this guy should be thanking Yahoo, not suing them. They've given him a head start over the thousands of other Yahoo employees that'll soon be flooding the marketplace.

Unless he can get compensated by suit - I mean it's a pretty shitty experience, and they're skirting the law. This is where lawsuits are useful in controlling the (normally autocratic or feudalist) corporations who would otherwise just fire you on the spot for not being useful enough.

Comment Re:Athlon X4 845 why cut pci-e lanes? amd is losin (Score 1) 81

They're doing just fine.

And you called out the parent for bullshit? Oh wait, you said the parent had a little bullshit, so I guess you went for the full monty.

Even if Zen actually does what it is supposed to do, there's a very real possibility that AMD won't exist after 2019 when their crippling bond obligations come due.

Anybody who has seen AMD's financials with 6% and 7% interest rates on notes that were issued when the Fed was basically giving money away for free knows that AMD is far, far from "doing just fine." There are plenty of former AMD employees who could tell you that as well.

Only because Intel payola [1] during those years didn't really get punished (sure they paid a fine, but honestly they got off pretty easy) while AMD spent all that time developing x86 and Intel just embraced it.

[1] https://www.google.com/search?...

Comment Re:Funny how they don't care about modems, but.. (Score 1) 167

I can buy a modem from At&t and when that one burns out I will have to buy or rent another one just like it because while att has no rule that I can't use another companies modem they use a proprietary authentication method for their adsl2+

So I am stuck with a single choice for a modem the NVG510. No other options are available that I am aware of other than switching isp's

This is amazingly AT&T. What do they think, it's 1981 and they're Ma Bell again (proprietary landline phones)?

Comment Re:No Thanks (Score 4, Interesting) 172

Even if the telecoms are not counting the public hotspot use against my caps, it could impact the performance of my network.

But mainly, it's the desire not to attract certain elements into my neighborhood who depend on free services. I wish I could find a pic of the hobo sitting in front of his tent in the 'Seattle Jungle' camp pecking away at his Apple laptop. Probably mooching off a local business' unsecured WiFi. It was run on the local news during a report on some recent drug murders there.

In our case, we used to have random folks hanging out on the curb near our house (sometimes late at night playing loud music), then I took a bat to my "xfinitywifi" cable modem/router, and bought a device that did not have wifi capabilities.
I still saw the "xfinitywifi" and people still randomly parked in front of my house.
I told my neighbors who are also annoyed by these interlopers, we all replaced our modems... and now no more jerks in our neighborhood (for the past several months) - and bonus - no rental fee for each of our cable subscriptions.

Comment Re:Think? (Score 4, Insightful) 522

I take it you don't like things like fiscal policies adjusted to inflation?

Because thanks to the ad networks and crazy web frameworks, each site has "byte inflation" every year. Some is better stuff (i.e., more streaming video, higher resolution pictures, richer pages) other stuff is just bloat, but it's all the same.

Comment Truly for the maleficent (Score 1) 414

This Malbolge program displays "Hello World!", with both words capitalized and exclamation mark at the end.

('&%:9]!~}|z2Vxwv-,POqponl$Hjig%eB@@>}=>M:9wv6WsU2T|nm-,jcL(I&%$#"
  `CB]V?Tx>uVtT`Rpo3NlF.Jh++FdbCBA@?]!~|4XzyTT43Qsqq(Lnmkj"Fhg${z@<

Comment Re: You want to cheat on your wife? (Score 1) 228

I, for one, am very glad I don't live in Virginia.

Well apparently, according to another poster here, blue-state Massachusetts is much worse, with it being a felony punishable by 4 years in prison!

Gotta love those blue states. New Jersey, another blue state, has counties (most notably Bergen Co.) with blue laws where businesses aren't allowed to be open on Sunday (except restaurants for some odd reason, and probably things like gas stations). And the "liberals" there love these moralistic laws! "They give workers time off!" Yeah, I'm sure underpaid minimum-wage workers just *love* being forced to take unpaid time off.

I think we should come up with some new terms besides "liberal" and "conservative": the "liberalism" practiced in northeast states does not even remotely resemble the "liberalism" seen in west-coast cities like SanFran, Portland, or Seattle. You would never, ever see blue laws on the west coast, and certainly not criminalization of adultery.

It's not a red or blue thing. Utah pretty much shuts down on Sunday too.

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