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Comment: Less paper and more collaboration (Score 1) 184

People don't need paper, so programs designed to format stuff for A4 or Letter are disappearing.

People need collaboration and sharing, so online tools are greatly helpful, and generally don't require the recipient to have $300 worth of software, and non guarantee that it will render correctly.

The office suite is changing. MS Office has some improvements in electronic documents through OneNote, and Outlook/Exchange are doing some good jobs in Mobile Device Management. Sharepoint is improving collaboration. But these combinations of corporate infrastructure and office suites are very business-oriented, and mostly helpful for data self-determination, not for the general public.

LibreOffice seems to be doing none of this, and Thunderbird seems to be in maintainence mode, as though local email and calendaring has been solved and won't be addressed anymore. That said, I appreciate that the LibreOffice is continually improving in its specific areas, and Thunderbird is mostly feature-complete.

Comment: Re:You Will Be Surprised (Score 1) 870

by Dr. Evil (#46582359) Attached to: Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

The economy seems to respond to increased availability of labour by reducing the pay for those who are working. The problem with this is that people work just as hard, but for less hourly.

The utopia of the reduced workweek will not come with people talking about how wonderful it is that they can spend more time with their families, it will come with strange goverment regulations like mandatory retirement, penalties for overtime, minimum wage, maximum workweeks, tax penalties on secondary incomes, etc. etc.

Comment: Re:That's capitalism. (Score 1) 710

"You don't scream sexism and then exclusively talk about how a member of the same sex harassed you"

Who said that women don't discriminate against women?

Women are a BIG part of the problem. They don't get a pass for discriminating against women just because they're women and they "should understand".

They also don't automatically get a degree in feminism, nor become experts on gender politics.

Julie's description certainly sounds like a pattern of abuse. The media attention is because she's a woman in IT. There's a world of complicated issues around this whole article, and a huge amount of it is gender related.

Real Programmers don't write in PL/I. PL/I is for programmers who can't decide whether to write in COBOL or FORTRAN.