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Comment Re:So the taxes were collected from salaries inste (Score 1) 262

Doesn't really sound like it, "Hey bob we are either going to loose this money anyway so we will let you have it", does that sound like they really value your work and want to pay you what you are worth?

Its exactly what they are doing with taxes, the added benefit here is they get to look good to their employees in the process. This doesn't sound like honor, its sounds like choosing the lesser of 2 evils.

Comment Re:Talk to Vendors (Score 1) 219

If you don't know the difference between sales professionals and IT professionals... you are part of the problem.

How do you get to the latter without at least making contact with the former?

Something of the OP's scale isn't exactly the normal thing that your average IT professional has any experience with so the normal channels probably won't work.

Comment Re: Considering how few boys graduate at ALL (Score 1) 355

The question is why?

If the answer is that the small subset of men who enter the teaching field teach better then cool (maybe thats the trend that these institutions have seen). However if it is just to make up diversity numbers and they are worse teachers then that is a very bad practice. I don't have kids but I would want the best teacher for them regardless of gender.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 1) 242

If you change the OS and the manufacturer finds out it is possible that they will not honor the warranty seems like a good reason to not touch the pre-installed OS. Especially when you factor in the system recovery will put said OS right back (assuming you didn't kill that partition during the install of the alternate OS).

Then you open the can of worms that is drivers, quite a few Windows 8 machines lack drivers for win 7 and previous (then again makes a good argument for switching the users to Linux).

Comment Re:Boy toy (Score 1) 786

I agree with your point (assuming you are talking about a decade ago, I expect the computer access issue has changed slightly) but that doesn't counter the GP's point of the tech industry isn't the one doing that discouraging.

In the 90s (when I was a teenager) girls looked down on geeks (then again so did most of society), allot of the time computer science had the same set of questions to answer as theoretical math "What good is it? What can I do with it?" In the 90s tech was only making large effects in very limited areas. Compare that even to Civil, Electrical and Mechanical engineering; you can see the bridges, televisions and cars respectively. Only recently (say the past 5-10 years) did the effects become easily visible to the general population.

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 2) 533

Or maybe if your running at 240p, 4Mbit isn't enough for 1080p (which is around 5Mbit) so even with their definition you can't enjoy youtube to its fullest either.

Dial up is (barely) enough to run a single VoIP session (assuming you are not using G711 at 80Kbps).

Of course this is all assuming a single user per connection at a time.

Comment Re:"Best" users (Score 1) 129

For your company, remote users are the most expensive to support. It often takes several minutes to try to make the user understand what you want them to do, and to do it PROPERLY, where locally, you could just go to a user's desk and fix the problem in seconds.

Therein lies a pretty big problem IMHO, even if it takes you a couple minutes the remote user can now deal with the issue themselves (assuming its something that doesn't require co-ordination with us). Also they now have documentation (in the form of e-mail) in the event they forget. If you just walk over to the user's desk they are not going to bother remembering how to fix it themselves they will remember where your desk is the next time.

I acknowledge from a debugging perspective it can be harder but I work for an ISP, most cases are remote and we've put in lots of instrumentation to help in those circumstances. As for some of my local users, they know where my desk is by heart and almost never provide any sort of useful information in their reports.

Comment Re:Welcome to Australia, Ferengi. (Score 1) 139

I have a few issues with such a sentiment:

From the article Valve's policy is "was not under any obligation to repair, replace or provide a refund for a game where the consumer had not contacted and attempted to resolve the problem with the computer game developer". Whereas the assertion by ACCC states "It is a breach of the Australian Consumer Law for businesses to state that they do not give refunds under any circumstances, including for gifts and during sale".

I don't see a real issue here, Valve are essentially saying you at least need to make contact with the developer of the game first and attempt to get your issue rectified before they will step in (the "had not contacted and attempted to resolve the problem with the computer game developer" part), maybe I'm speaking a different english than Australia (or words mean different things over there) but this seems quite reasonable. If I buy something from a third party via either amazon / ebay and have an issue with it I'm pretty much required to at least speak to the supplier (through their messaging system so there is a record) before amazon / ebay get involved.

Also most of the "broken" games on steam have a common tag, "Early Access". I'm guessing if this lawsuit goes through the entire section will get locked off to Australia. Which brings up a interesting question, how well does Australian law and crowd funding get along?

Comment Re:Gradients (Score 4, Interesting) 32

While I doubt it is unique to 3d printing (I could be wrong though) but the simple pour into mould methods won't work without taking into account the relative densities of the metals involved (depending on how long they take to cool they may separate out anyway).

The real benefit I can see here would be from the ability to control how fast you move from one material to another which seems to be one of the major benefits (having the gentle transition of the alloy removes the transition point and the matching weak point).

What may be unique is the control that 3d printing offers, I'm sure someone can create without using 3d printing but I'm also sure its not a quick / easy process.

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