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Comment: Re:Obligatory Google is awesome thread of the week (Score 1) 322

by Headcase88 (#30315434) Attached to: Google Tries Not To Be a Black Hole of Brilliance
"Now, after faithfully giving 15-20 years of their life to bettering your company you would just cut them off to go start over somewhere else?"

If the gov't allowed it, most businessmen would. Very few consumers (outside of a few industries) care about the ethics of the company they're (usually indirectly) buying from. Most of us buy from China (I sure do). Most of us don't have time to look up the history of every corporation we buy from. Shareholders... forget about it, most of them use mutual funds. Because of that, you have a choice: make more money, or be ethical. You or I might go for the latter, but our company would eventually fail or get eaten up (outside of a few industries).

"Now.. if they cannot or will not learn to perform a new task... then sure, go ahead and can them."

The problem here is the company gets to choose the task. So they'll gradually make the person work harder and more hours for the same money. If the guy leaves, good we wanted to fire him anyway, and if he stays, also good because he's overworked. It creates a sort of "race to the bottom" among poorer people that is basically the biggest pitfall of uncontrolled capitalism (or overpopulation possibly).

The rest here is just rant.

There's lot of gov't regulations that could be put into place to help; incentives for hiring, penalties for "needless" layoffs, etc. In my opinion the most important in terms of controlling unemployment would be incentives for shorter hours, but that's just one of many, and I'm not an expert.

But wait! The companies with the most money to lobby (bribe) congress, bribe media, buy ad slots, etc. are the unethical ones. And the only regulation they're big on is corporate welfare. Damn.

I guess this is what happens when we have a really stable society. It's awesome that we have one, but it makes it harder to put any real pressure on top officials in government (who are supposed to, in theory, put pressure on corporation management). They'd be all like "what are you gonna do, rebel?" and we'd be all like "nah guess not" and they'd be all like "yeah that's right" and we'd be all like "Well we'll just do subtle things that will hopefully piss you off and write music about it" and they'd be all like "yeah whatever" etc.[/bum review]

Luckily, there are elections to balance the power.

And a good laugh was had by all.
Censorship

Secret Copyright Treaty Leaks. It's Bad. Very Bad. 775

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the you-gotta-be-kidding-me dept.
Jamie found a Boing Boing story that will probably get your blood to at least a simmer. It says "The internet chapter of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a secret copyright treaty whose text Obama's administration refused to disclose due to 'national security' concerns, has leaked. It's bad." You can read the original leaked document or the summary. If passed, the internet will never be the same. Thank goodness it's hidden from public scrutiny for National Security.
Bug

Major Snow Leopard Bug Said To Delete User Data 353

Posted by kdawson
from the clean-as-the-driven-snow dept.
inglishmayjer was one of several readers to send in the news of a major bug in Apple's new OS, 10.6 Snow Leopard, that can wipe out all user data for the administrator account. It is said to be triggered — not every time — by logging in to the Guest account and then back in to the admin account. Some users are reporting that all settings have been reset and most data is gone. The article links to a number of Apple forum threads up to a month old bemoaning the problem. MacFixIt suggests disabling login on the Guest account and, if you need that functionality, creating a non-administrative account named something like Visitor. (The Guest account is special in that its settings are wiped clean after logout.) CNet reports that Apple has acknowledged the bug and is working on a fix.

Comment: Re:Im lost for words. (Score 1) 419

by Headcase88 (#29685877) Attached to: Real-LIfe Distributed-Snooping Web Game To Launch In Britain
You must be right, because I've never heard of a privacy-based definition of democracy, so if that's what the original definition was, then yes, it has been lost.

When I think of democracy, I think of people having voting power over how their gov't is run, which no country has ever really had in full form. I mean you can vote on people, but not on issues or events, making for a weak level of democracy.

If you can convince me most people in Britain think this is bad, then yeah, I guess this is another blow against it.

Comment: Re:There are... (Score 1) 419

by Headcase88 (#29685725) Attached to: Real-LIfe Distributed-Snooping Web Game To Launch In Britain
Well, police are apt to arrest for any law, whereas an non-cop doesn't have that responsibility. Hopefully, most people who see someone smoking a joint will just ignore it. Some people will report it but at least not everyone will. It might be a small shift to people collectively deciding what laws are worth enforcing, instead of a central body.

Comment: Re:They clearly didn't think this though (Score 1) 419

by Headcase88 (#29685319) Attached to: Real-LIfe Distributed-Snooping Web Game To Launch In Britain
How about if you had to login through some sort of secure channel to prove who you are before looking at the cameras or reporting arrests? With the right controls it would be difficult to grief without being arrested yourself. Not saying they're going to do that but if they do?

Comment: Re:So we can't afford Patrolling Police Officers.. (Score 1) 419

by Headcase88 (#29685243) Attached to: Real-LIfe Distributed-Snooping Web Game To Launch In Britain
Someone outside of the Inner Party having access to the CCTVs is not Orwellian unless everyone is tasked with reaching an arrest quota. One small potential plus is that society kind of gets to vote on what laws are just, as hopefully most people won't narc out on people breaking bad laws. I'd probably rather have more "citizen's arrests" (moderated by police) and less direct police arrests personally.

Also, by having access to the CCTV content, people might even catch particularly clumsy police committing crimes and getting them arrested, which would be awesome. I'm not from Britain though.
Microsoft

Ballmer Admits "We Screwed Up Windows Mobile" 275

Posted by kdawson
from the chairs-have-been-thrown dept.
Barence writes "Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer has blasted the company's own mobile operating system at the firm's Venture Capital Summit. One tweet from an attendee claims Ballmer said the company had 'screwed up with Windows Mobile. Wishes they had already launched WM7. They completely revamped the team.' Another claims Ballmer said 'we've pumped in some new talent. This will not happen again.' It's not the first time Ballmer has attacked Windows Mobile, having publicly stated that version 6.5 was 'not the full release we wanted.'"

Comment: Re:Umm (Score 1) 503

by Headcase88 (#29389271) Attached to: E-book readers ...
Well, they would just need enough e-readers to meet demand. The only time that would match every book they would normally have is if the library was completely checked out of books, and each person only checked out one book.

Once the tech gets better, I'd imagine this would make it easier for libraries to have better selection and make logistics a whole lot easier for them. Over the long term, it might even save costs if e-books get cheap enough.
Education

US Colleges Say Hiring US Students a Bad Deal 490

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the talking-to-you-cliff dept.
theodp writes "Many US colleges and universities have notices posted on their websites informing US companies that they're tax chumps if they hire students who are US citizens. 'In fact, a company may save money by hiring international students because the majority of them are exempt from Social Security (FICA) and Medicare tax requirements,' advises the taxpayer-supported University of Pittsburgh (pdf) as it makes the case against hiring its own US students. You'll find identical pitches made by the University of Delaware, the University of Cincinnati, Kansas State University, the University of Southern California, the University of Wisconsin, Iowa State University, and other public colleges and universities. The same message is also echoed by private schools, such as John Hopkins University, Brown University, Rollins College and Loyola University Chicago."

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