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Comment: Re:FWIW don't download K-lite_Codec_Pack-10.9.5 (Score 1) 83

by Magnus Pym (#49150133) Attached to: VLC Gets First Major Cross-Platform Release

-> Chances are if VLC won't play it, the video is corrupt.

I'm sorry, but this is not the case; there are numerous formats that VLC does not support well, which other open source media players handle just fine. For example, mplayer supports real formats reasonably well. VLC has only partial support. VLC does not work well with files that have been spliced/joined with ffmpeg (stuttering, pausing, time-jumping). Mplayer works fine.

I'm a big fan of VLC, but saying that it is perfect helps nobody.

Comment: How do we know this is not parallel construction? (Score 4, Insightful) 129

by Magnus Pym (#49021669) Attached to: The Technologies That Betrayed Silk Road's Anonymity
This seems like a perfect use of parallel construction: figure out who he is by using illegal/secret technologies, and develop a plausible narrative of how legal methods were actually used. Maybe we are jumping too quickly to the "He was stupid" conclusion.

Comment: This reads like a hit piece (Score 3, Insightful) 222

by Magnus Pym (#48631529) Attached to: Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles
I would not call myself a fan of Meyer, and her use of her relationship with Page to screw over her contemporaries (read this book) has really left a bad taste in my mouth. However this article reads like a hit piece. It looks like some activist investors are trying to get her to do things she does not want to do (the article suggests returning the money back to shareholders and firing all the engineers). They are attacking her personally and that stinks.

Comment: Re:Still no decent source browser integration (Score 1) 156

by Magnus Pym (#48207967) Attached to: GNU Emacs 24.4 Released Today

ECB has not been updated since 2009... and it was very slow & buggy when I used it last. It is based on cscope which has little support for C++/Java.

What I don't get is: commercial text editors like Visual Slickedit have had fabulous source browsing capabilities for more than 15 years. Another example is sublime text. Why is this not a priority for the emacs devs, whom I would assume are hardcore programmers?

Comment: Re:Feminism in 1st world, equals self-victimizatio (Score 1) 590

by Magnus Pym (#47988953) Attached to: Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

I used to work as a dev manager at a software company a few years ago. A young Asian woman was hired as a developer, fresh out of school. She did not seem to have any idea of the dress norms in the US and would come to work dressed in cocktail dresses and high heels. During the first 3 months, she reported two of our long-time developers for sexual harassment. Top management was so sensitive to the issue that they fired the guys pretty much immediately. This despite the fact that there had been no complaints about them from anybody till then, and the one other woman in the group claimed that they had never said or done anything that was even remotely questionable in her presence.

The woman in question resigned about 6 months after she had been hired; she had an offer at another company for a 50% bump in salary which we could not match.

We don't know whether the two guys really did anything bad or whether she was over-sensitive. But look at the cost to the company; over the period of 6 months, she contributed nothing to the company (was mostly ramping up) and was at least indirectly responsible for us losing two valuable developers who had a blemish-less record until then.

Comment: Re:Not sure what the "secrecy" fuss is (Score 5, Insightful) 222

by Magnus Pym (#47294007) Attached to: WikiLeaks Publishes Secret International Trade Agreement

You say that as if this is a good thing. Care to elaborate why it is a great idea why trade treaties (as opposed to defense & military) should be negotiated in secret? Seems to me (and many others who are experts on this subject matter) is that secrecy is a wonderful thing for the lobbyists and other corrupt bureaucrats and sucks for the people whom it would ultimately affect (i.e., all of us).

As for it being debated on the senate floor... what a joke. By the time it gets to the senate, the issue has already been framed, and the range of acceptable options narrowly defined. The fact is that many of the ideas should never be allowed to even get that level of legitimacy.

Comment: Completely violates Jack Welch's 20-70-10 ideas (Score 1) 255

by Magnus Pym (#47150769) Attached to: A Measure of Your Team's Health: How You Treat Your "Idiot"

Most organizations run by disciples of Jack Welch practice the 20-70-10 philosophy, where the `bottom' 10% are sacked each year.

Microsoft, Google, Amazon and most other high-tech companies adhere closely to this principle. Of course they have large amounts of eager applicants, so they can afford to do this.

There are two sides to this issue. On the one hand, it is callous and heartless. On the other hand, it is hard to argue that replacing poor performers with better ones does not improve the team's productivity.

Here is something I've found: most team members do not like under-performers. They have to work harder to compensate. Also, if the poor performer is not penalized somehow, it destroys the motivation of excellent performers. "He gets away with doing nothing, why should I kill myself?"

What good is a ticket to the good life, if you can't find the entrance?