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Comment: Flexible work time (Score 1) 468

by Crouty (#41508071) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Incentives For IT Workers?

I don't mean flexible as my boss seems fit.
I don't mean flexible as in being on the job wherever I go or sleep.
I mean flexible like in "everything really important has been done for this week, I feel like taking a day off with the family."

Having this kind of flexibility guaranteed is the best incentive I could think of.

Comment: Ads (Score 1) 103

by Crouty (#37735180) Attached to: A Day In the Life of Privacy
The downside, my friend, is that advertisement has one single goal: To manipulate you into spending money you wouldn't normally spend. There is no such thing as good advertising. (Sometimes ads can be slightly informative and/or entertaining but that is merely a side effect.)

Comment: VT100 to video converter (Score 1) 162

by Crouty (#37500776) Attached to: PLAYterm: a New Way To Improve Command Line Skills
Funny, stumbled upon PLAYtern two weeks ago and found it cool. But what I wanted to do was posting videos of me playing Zork on YouTube so I wrote a PHP script that converts ttyrec recordings into a bunch of PNGs and an AviSynth script that generates a video (demo). Different TrueType fonts and much of the VT100 command set is supported but I haven't yet found the time to clean up the code. If you are interested voice yourself and maybe I make a release out of it.

Comment: Domscheit-Berg has just killed OpenLeaks (Score 5, Insightful) 469

by Crouty (#37162490) Attached to: Former Wikileaks Spokesman Destroyed Documents
There are two things an architect of a whistleblowing platform must never do: revealing the identity of informants and accepting submissions without publishing them. I despise Domscheit-Berg for keeping WikiLeaks from publishing that data. Who knows what risks were taken to get this information on that hard disk.

Comment: Re:They got the colours wrong. (Score 1) 249

by Crouty (#36348138) Attached to: Pranksters Post Giant Windows Logo On Hamburg Apple Store

the "locked down, walled garden" that it is, is SIGNIFICANTLY more free for most people than something like Android or Linux in general. What good is the small bit of additional "freedom" to people who can't benefit from it?

What you are talking about isn't freedom but possibilities and a completely different matter. For beginners an idiot-proof user interface is the most important thing, for advanced users it is freedom. This is nicely reflected in iOS/Android sales.

Comment: data != data (Score 1) 94

by Crouty (#35991210) Attached to: Share Your iPhone Location Data Like You Mean It

Please keep in mind that there is a difference between isolated data and data linked (or just linkable) to other data sets. And no, that's not "the same", it is a different quality.

Also, it's different if the data is collected on servers of someone who will never give it to someone else unless legally forced to or someone who will pass it on to certain agencies or even sell it to the highest bidder.

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