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Comment: Re:Yes, they are (Score 2) 477

by Guybrush_T (#46714431) Attached to: New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

What you described is not prohibited by the agreement.

The idea is only to count the work you do 24/7 as "working hours". And any hour above 35h / week will give you some rights (salary, vacations, ...).

That way, your work contract will be clearer -- no hidden things, no change in situation like your boss sending you e-mails more and more without a pay increase to reflect the extra hours you're doing.

But again, it does not prevent you to check your e-mails at home.

Disclaimer : I'm french.

Comment: Re:The issue is not about compliance with the law (Score 1) 94

by Guybrush_T (#46564865) Attached to: Turkish Finance Minister Defends Twitter Ban

Censorship is a very relative concept. There is no such thing as "free speech". In every country, there are laws against harassment, racism, libeling, that can make what you say (or tweet) illegal.

Now, what makes the US laws better than the Turkish laws ? If they decide some message is illegal, they are perfectly sovereign in preventing people from viewing it.

You can call for freedom and democracy if you have proofs (or arguments) showing that the court decision was not taken in a democratic way.

Comment: Re:USA sets the example here (Score 2) 94

by Guybrush_T (#46564735) Attached to: Turkish Finance Minister Defends Twitter Ban

Agreed.

And besides, Twitter may be hosted in the US, if they want to do some business in Turkey, they have to obey to turkish laws - or risk a ban. The government filtering does the right thing : remove most of the traffic which makes it a (potentially) profitable company.

The fact that the court order is good or bad has little to do here. If some court decided that a message is illegal (harassing, threatening, racist, ...), Twitter has little right to decide if they agree or not if they want to make some business in the country.

I don't see what is so strange that a government ban illegal (in their laws) websites. You can discuss the court order, you can discuss the law, but the fact that Twitter did not comply to the court order is a political decision (with consequences).

Comment: Re:Steve Jobs on PCB traces (Score 1) 136

by Guybrush_T (#45034383) Attached to: In Praise of Micromanagement
Jobs wasn't wrong. If someone posts images of the PCB board of an iPhone 5, everybody will be interested in looking at it. At this period of time, showing a PCB board was just awesome. It looked like the future. Having a beautiful PCB could have been a strong communication point. Maybe Jobs didn't think about that and was just plain wrong at this time, but I'm not convinced the situation is so clear.

Comment: Connectors (Score 1) 295

by Guybrush_T (#43941339) Attached to: 10GbE: What the Heck Took So Long?

The main reason why 10GbE took time to arrive is simple : connectors are not the good-old RJ45 used for 10Mb, 100Mb and 1GbE. The RJ45 connector is small, cheap and backward compatible. The 10GbE connectors are deep, expensive and not RJ45-compatible, hence cannot be used as a 1GbE port.

10GbE is appearing on servers because the price order is compatible with the expensive and deep connector. It won't appear on commodity motherboards until a smaller connector is designed.

Comment: Re:Stupid, stupid, *stupid* (Score 1) 247

by Guybrush_T (#40750673) Attached to: USB 3.0 100W Power Standard Seeks To End Proprietary Chargers

Quoting http://askville.amazon.com/dangerous-car-batteries/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=4217899 :

It is not dangerous to touch the positive terminal with your bare skin, because 12V is not a hazardous voltage.

So the answer is simply : no, it is not dangerous to touch my car battery (though the battery can be dangerous in a lot of other ways).

I learned something today :-)

+ - French ISP open new 20 EUR and 2 EUR 3G plans->

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Tymst writes "French ISP "Free" rocked the local mobile world yesterday, launching 2 new plans.

The first one is a "welfare" plan for 2 EUR (approx. 2.5 USD as of today), granting one hour of outbound calls and 60 SMS (inbound calls and SMS are free). It's actually free for the first 3 millions users of Free's DSL service.

The second and main plan is an all-encompassing plan granting unlimited calls, SMS, MMS, and up to 3GB of data, plus free access to Free's urban wifi network. Free voice communications include international calls to fixed lines in 40 countries, and to fixed AND mobile lines in 4 countries, including the United States and Canada. It cost around 20 EUR (approx. 25.5 USD), or 16 EUR for existing DSL users (approx. 20 USD). Tethering, VoIP and P2P are allowed.

Free has been previously know for sinking DSL plans' prices below 30 EUR in France when it launched its service in 2002. It is speculated that the same thing will happen to mobile plans now, with Free's competitors Orange, SFR and Bouygues Telecom having their backs against the wall."

Link to Original Source

+ - French Mobile company launching all inclusive 20 e

Submitted by Guybrush_T
Guybrush_T (980074) writes "The French DSL company Free entered today the mobile market, launching an all-inclusive 20 euros/month plan. The plan includes illimited voice calls, including some international destination, such as the US, data (3GB/month), SMS and MMS. Free's offer also includes a 2 euros/month plan with 1 hour voice calls and 60 SMS.

This is a major change for the mobile market in France. Free already changed the internet providers market in France, causing the death of AOL in France."

Comment: Wrong analysis (Score 2) 272

by Guybrush_T (#36775174) Attached to: The Science Behind Fanboyism

I'm I the only one who is concerned by the validity of their experiment. The last experiment lets me very dubious.

Imagine you have 3 smileys. They have similar ratings, but for sure there is one you prefer, one you rate 2nd and one you rate 3rd. Now, let's just see the result we would have for each scenario.

Rating of cards 1/2/3 ; 3rd card chosen after initial choice ; 3rd card chosen without initial choice (so just between card 2 and card 3)

1/2/3 ; False (1 chosen on first pass) ; False
1/3/2 ; True (1 chosen on first pass) ; True
2/1/3 ; False (1 chosen on first pass) ; False
2/3/1 ; True (2 chosen on first pass) ; True
3/1/2 ; True (1 chosen on first pass) ; False
3/2/1 ; True (2 chosen on first pass) ; True

Which makes in the first experiment 50% chances of choosing the third card and 66% when we made a previous "preselection". This is approximately the figures children had. Monkeys had lower 3rd card preference, maybe because they prefer to take cards in order.

About the rest of the article, I'm just as dubious. If you choose a product, for sure you rate it better. It's called the cause of you choosing it, not a consequence ...

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