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Groupon Is Closing Operations In 7 Countries, Laying Off 1,100 107

New submitter joesreviewss writes: Groupon is laying off about 10% of its workforce and is shutting down operations in seven countries. 1,100 people worldwide will be let go and the company will take a pre-tax charge of $35 million in the process. A Groupon statement reads in part: "Let’s be clear: these are tough actions to take, especially when we believe we’re stronger than ever. We’re doing all we can to make these transitions as easy as possible, but it’s not easy to lose some great members of the Groupon family. Yet just as our business has evolved from a largely hand-managed daily deal site to a true ecommerce technology platform, our operational model has to evolve. Evolution is hard, but it’s a necessary part of our journey. It’s also part of our DNA as a company and is one of the things that will help us realize our vision of creating the daily habit in local commerce."

Comment Re:Like with everything else, moderation (Score 2) 534

Amen. As a father of three, I wholeheartedly second everything you say - especially the part of making decisions for your children and being their parent, not their friend or partner. Being a parent is *not* symmetrical, nor should it be. Quite the opposite it's your duty to protect your children from things they can not or should not do (yet?).

To me, the essence of parenting is guidance, consequence, and, most of all love. Telling kids 'no' and sticking to it is more of a sign of love than most people (especially non-parents) understand.

Oh, and let me stress that explaining isn't negotiating. There *are* things you negotiate with your kids (how should they safely learn it otherwise?), but your decisions aren't among those.


MacControl Trojan Being Used In Targeted Attacks Against OS X Users 187

Trailrunner7 writes "Welcome to the age of targeted attacks, Mac users. Perhaps having grown tired of owning Windows machines around the world for the last few years, attackers have now taken up the challenge of going after Macs with the same kind of targeted attack tactics that have served them so well in the Windows world. Researchers have found a new attack that employs two separate pieces of malware, a malicious Word document and some techniques for maintaining persistence on compromised machines, and the campaign is specifically targeted at Mac users. The command-and-control domain involved in the attack is located in China and the attack exploits a three-year-old vulnerability in the way that Office for Mac handles certain Word files, according to researchers at AlienVault, who discovered and analyzed the attacks."

Comment Re:Not smart Enough? (Score 1) 1276

I'll bite.

It's not as if those people would spend all that much (in proportion to their wealth). They make a lot of money through financial means, though. So tell me:

Do they pay taxes on their financial earnings?

The EU is trying to achieve this for years now, so I think that in the USA there's no tax on financial transactions or profits.

Comment My non-hybrid VW Diesel has the same mileage... (Score 2) 633

Okay, I just got a major WTF. I wanted to know how my car compares to all those super-eco-friendly hybrids you people are talking about, and entered into Google "45 miles per gallon in liters per 100 km".

So, you see, my 2007 VW Touran, being arguably bigger and more comfortable than a Prius, does a constant 39 MPG with its 1.9 TDI engine when I don't care about mileage. When I make longer trips or try to save some fuel (because it's much more expensive over here in Germany, we pay $ 7.20 per gallon for Diesel), I can easily bring it to 45 MPG, and I am pretty sure it's possible to get it to up to 48 using all those mileage tricks that drive everybody mad and clog up the streets.

So WTF. My huge car has the same mileage as your hybrids, and unlike the hybrids it doesn't come with additional boxes full of toxic chemicals (read: batteries) that become an environmental problem at the car's EOL.

You see, I'm not trying to be a cynic, but until 10 minutes ago I was feeling bad for not being able to afford a hybrid. Now I wonder if they're just some kind of nerd bait.

Comment Damn. (Score 1) 10

Sucks to hear this. OTOH, I second the notion of becoming a teacher. I've learned more from tangents of your comments than I learned from my whole professional training. Even if I usually don't adapt your ways of doing things, they show me other perspective and help me grok the underlying principles. This, IMHO, is the most essential part of teaching.

Comment Re:If it doesn't have ads, it's going away. (Score 1) 114

My impression is that Web Toolkit (or as most people call it, GWT) is quite heavily used by lots of people. I guess if they made it a for-pay framework, at least the company I work for and several others would simply shell out (given the price is in the four-figure league) instead of rolling their own.

Comment Re:Doesn't matter (Score 1) 223

You could ask that same question about your router, unless your router is used by more people than just you.

I am with you, I usually don't run my machines when I'm away, and I'm all for being green. But I've never, never, never encountered somebody who actually DID use WOL and not just talk about it.

I fare quite well with Wake-By-Wife. When I need to access my desktop, I just call her or send an SMS that she should turn on the thing. ^^

OT: MythTV is kinda nice, BTW, but my EyeTV software on my iMac can just turn the computer on before a recording and turn it off afterwards, just because I scheduled a recording. I like that and wonder why no other software, MythTV included, does do this. It's not exactly rocket science either.

Comment Re:Doesn't matter (Score 1) 223

So what?

The point of DynDNS is being able to reach machines behind your router, so if they're online, they can run any dynamic DNS updating client they like, and even as a cronjob or scheduled thingamabob (however Windows might call them, I don't do Windows).

So, if you *have* machines running, *they* can update the IP, and if you *don't* have anything running, what's the point of dynamic DNS?

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