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Comment: Re:Many years ago ... (Score 5, Interesting) 211

by Dins (#49589061) Attached to: Yes, You Can Blame Your Pointy-Haired Boss On the Peter Principle

As a result of these norms, it's easier to fire 10% of your workforce then lower all pay by 10%.

I know this may be the exception that proves the rule, but my former company did just that; across the board 10% pay cut to the entire organization, including management. Every one of us hated it, but the smarter of us did realize that it probably saved some peoples' jobs. It had the unintended side effect of taking top performers and encouraging them to perform at 90% (or less), however...

Comment: Re:Google+ failed becuase it's GOOGLE (Score 2) 359

by Dins (#49560351) Attached to: Google Insiders Talk About Why Google+ Failed
I'll second this. Duckduckgo has added many features that I missed from google like image searches and predictive search results. I still use google when duckduckgo doesn't give me what I want, but those instances are getting fewer and further between. I'm probably 95% duckduckgo and 5% google right now.

Comment: Re:Bah ... (Score 1) 99

by Dins (#49540485) Attached to: Bloomberg Report Suggests Comcast & Time Warner Merger Dead

I'd be more or less ok with that in that I was a Charter customer and liked them slightly better than Time Warner (who I have now). They still were overpriced with mediocre customer service, but at least their service was faster and than Time Warner and more reliable.

Of course if they merged, I'm sure it would end up screwing consumers in some way or other...

Comment: Re:Curated Collection (Score 1) 139

by Dins (#49290857) Attached to: Google 'Experts' To Screen Android Apps For Banned Content

Maybe I'm just grumpy and old but the whole "Curated" thing is bugging me and seemingly came out of nowhere recently. It's a marketing move intended to lend an air of sophistication to stuff by making them think of museums or wine collections, but it's really all just "stuff that other people kinda like".

Now get off my lawn.

Comment: I think it's awesome. (Score 3, Interesting) 367

by Dins (#49214187) Attached to: Yik Yak Raises Controversy On College Campuses

I just downloaded the app. It lets you listen in on various different college campuses in case your area is boring (it is). I did a brief, extremely unscientific survey of a few colleges, and I didn't see anything specifically racist, homophobic or whatever. What I saw was college kids being college kids.

Sure you're going to see a little bit of everything because there's a little bit of everything in society. I didn't see anything too bad, but I'm sure it's there. Political correctness and people trying to censor stuff like this are the problem. This is no different than a local (physical) bulletin board.

Comment: Re:how much it took (Score 1) 274

by Dins (#49199789) Attached to: Laser Takes Out Truck Engine From a Mile Away

Hardly billions. The technology that goes into fibre lasers is very cheap and efficient. My guess is that this was made form mostly off the shelf components.

Maybe it *could* be made from off the shelf components - I have no idea. But I bet the government spent 100x that to develop their own customized (expensive) stuff...

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