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Comment Re:Heh (Score 4, Insightful) 199

One thing I've noticed is someone who is very good at a tech job isn't just twice as productive as someone who is lousy at it; the discrepancy could easily be 10x; or it could be that he produces positive progress and the lousy guy produces anti-progress. This is clearly true for software developers, but I've seen it happen with network administrators too: small cadres of happy, super-productive admins outperforming armies of miserable tech drones.

But the thing is if you don't understand anything about (a) the technology or (b) human beings, how do you get a worker to be more productive? You make him work longer.

I'm not talking about striking while the iron is hot. When opportunity produces the occasional 80 hour work week, that's a totally different matter than having no better idea of what to do than setting unrealistic goals and leaving it to workers to make it up through sheer, unsustainable effort. Too often in the latter case you end up producing the semblance of progress. Yeah, I finished the module but someone's going to have to throw it out and rewrite when it blows up in the customer's face.

Comment Re:Wait for the results. (Score 1) 94

Well he *is* going to test the hypothesis. But he has to test the *procedure* as well on a smaller scale before he uses it on his research subjects.

People underestimate how much of science is like this. Advancing science isn't just a matter of creating more theoretical knowledge; a lot of the time it's about advancing know-how.

Comment When the recording copyright expires first (Score 3, Informative) 32

The copyright treaties define a shorter minimum copyright term for sound recordings than for other kinds of works. In some countries, if a song is written and recorded in the same year, the copyright in the composition expires 50 years after the death of the last surviving songwriter, but the copyright in the sound recording expires far earlier: 50 years after publication. This means someone can lawfully make and sell copies of any pre-1965 musical recording in those countries for only the cost of a license to the composition.

The United States is one huge exception. It applies the same 95-year copyright term to recordings published in 1972 or later as it does to any other work made for hire published in the same year. It also applies state copyright to pre-1972 sound recording copyright, and state copyright isn't subject to the "for limited Times" wording of the copyright clause of its constitution. Federal law has set a date after which state copyright must expire, but that's in 2067 to give them the equivalent of one full federal copyright term after the introduction of federal sound recording copyright.

Comment Slashdot uses Arial and VW uses VAG (Score 1) 105

Anyhow, the problem that I have with sans-serif fonts is that they look childish.

From Slashdot's CSS: body { margin: 0; font:13px/1.5 Arial,sans-serif; background: rgb(204,204,204);} Or is Slashdot likewise childish? Is Volkswagen's branding childish?

That's what you see in books for children, when they are learning to read.

That's not what I remember seeing for the text in The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. It looks like Times.

Comment What HTML5 already has (Score 1) 135

Oh god.. it's another "HTML5 will have that soon" post. Give me a break.

Let me make it clearer: HTML5 already has data URIs. HTML5 already has WOFF subsetting and the ability to link in a third-party text engine written in JavaScript. You already have the protection afforded to you by international copyright.

Comment Re:No change... because I have flash disabled (Score 1) 135

Anyway, at the time I blocked all images, flash, audio, javascript and only enabled them when I required them - and I don't see why the fuck everyone else still doesn't do the same thing today.

Two reasons. First, people have come to realize that with the exception of Flash, they require them more often than not. Second, though mobile devices block Flash by their nature, fine-grained blocking of images, audio, and scripts on mobile devices is kind of obscure.

Many people are unenthusiastic about their work.