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Comment: Re:It is a vicious cycle (Score 2) 296 296

A website comes and makes some "social web application for sharing stuff", said web application has some very interesting discussions -> said web application gets popular -> said web application gets increasingly worse usually as a consequence of trying to monetize it or due to the sheer number of people using (drowning everyone else in noise) -> users start to migrate to alternatives -> only a shell remains -> death.

See: digg, facebook, myspace, orkut, slashdot...

I find it funny you put FB in there. Still one of the most popular sites on the internet, but to you it 'tis but a shell.

Comment: Not a bad idea? (Score 1) 597 597

Having lived in an older home with aluminum wiring along with millions of others, this is not a bad thing esp as lighting transitions to LED's and PC's and TV's lower their power footprint. This could be the catalyst that has these older homes replace the sub par wiring to something more safe. Soon you may only have dedicated lines of AC voltage to things like HVAC systems, water softeners, hot tubs, electric stoves, but even these could be pushed over to DC.

Comment: Re:What is the difference of these 2 positions? (Score 1) 147 147

If he gets annual leave separate from his paid sick leave he's already ahead of the game.

Civilized countries already do that.

True. Most US companies, if you are salaried, you have as much sick leave as you need. Though with a government position you build up the number of sick leave hours you have with each payday.

Comment: Re:What is the difference of these 2 positions? (Score 1) 147 147

Really? Probably the most influential person in the the biggest company in the US, and you only give him 3 weeks annual leave? What does he have to do to get 4 weeks?

This stuck out to me too. I work for a large int'l company in the US. What makes it somewhat difficult to look for another job is that I've had 5 weeks of vacation (27days) for over a decade and I'm not very old. It would be very tough to start over somewhere with only 2-3 weeks leave.

Comment: Re: Giving the customers what they want (Score 1) 216 216

I think it depends on the show. There are some notable shows such as Lost that not only benefitted greatly from the online discussion but also arguably made the show much more entertaining. It would still be a great show to binge watch but you would lose a lot of the contemplation and discussion around it.

Comment: Re:What's going to happen, if this deal goes on... (Score 1) 66 66

... There are going to be massive layoffs, but since the Nokia executives don't give a damn, and the frogs won't back down, all the layoffs are going to be from Usa, Finland and other places. Nokia promises to keep the HQ at Finland, but that's it. Few years go by and the HQ will have to be moved to froggieland. The same useless shit alcatel has been doing will continue, because the Nokia executives didn't learn anything from losing their mobile business.

There'll be layers and layers of useless bosses and strikes like the french like to do. The whole India thing will be repeated. Trying to layoff any french will suddenly cause weird backtaxes, that never existed before.

Nokia will be another piece of shit company.

Sounds about right. As a current employee, the power that the French gov has over businesses to keep employees has been a damper on our operations. We just went through a lot of layoffs to make us presentable for sale. Now we'll likely be going through more sadly.

Comment: No mobile devices (Score 4, Informative) 66 66

To stave off further misunderstandings, Nokia sold it's handset division to MS a while ago. Alcatel licenses it's brand to other handsets as well. Neither company has a handset division though and so any mobile or desktop phone devices are in name only. This new company will focus on enterprise telecom infrastructure.

Comment: Re: Great (Score 1) 106 106

They may never get fiber but there is a chance. The US gov has a program called the Connect America Fund. Rural providers such as Windstream, Frontier, and others get subsidized to provide fiber to the node service to rural customers. Billions are being spent on it. While they would need some DSL form to the home, it at least gets fiber to within reach and faster DSL tech is welcome.

"If you own a machine, you are in turn owned by it, and spend your time serving it..." -- Marion Zimmer Bradley, _The Forbidden Tower_