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Comment: Re:Training! (Score 3, Insightful) 1201

by Nephilium (#40399631) Attached to: Why Bad Jobs (or No Jobs) Happen To Good Workers
There's ways around that. Some companies put a repayment clause in the employment contract. The clauses basically say that if you receive training and quit in a certain period of time (3 months, 6 months, 12 months, etc), then you are responsible for paying the company back for the training costs.
Star Wars Prequels

+ - Lucas tells fans that Greedo shot first.-> 1

Submitted by Nephilium
Nephilium (684559) writes "It's being reported that George Lucas has completed dumping the original Star Wars down the memory hole, with a statement that Han never shot first.

Lucas: Well, it’s not a religious event. I hate to tell people that. It’s a movie, just a movie. The controversy over who shot first, Greedo or Han Solo, in Episode IV, what I did was try to clean up the confusion, but obviously it upset people because they wanted Solo [who seemed to be the one who shot first in the original] to be a cold-blooded killer, but he actually isn’t. It had been done in all close-ups and it was confusing about who did what to whom. I put a little wider shot in there that made it clear that Greedo is the one who shot first, but everyone wanted to think that Han shot first, because they wanted to think that he actually just gunned him down.

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+ - Is Best Buy Really Going Out of Business Gradually?-> 1

Submitted by Cutting_Crew
Cutting_Crew (708624) writes "As we all know brick and mortar stores have been closing left and right recently. We had CompUSA, Borders and Circuit City all close its doors within the last 4 years.

According to what I think is a great a great article on Forbes.com , it is spelled out pretty clearly why Best Buy is next in line to shut its doors for good. Some of the reasons highlighted include a 40% drop is Best Buy stock in 2011, lack of vision regarding their online services, management too concerned with store sales instead of margins and blatant disregard for quality customer service.

The best quote for me over on page 3 regarding the shortage of products for some people who had ordered online for the Christmas holidays highlights the overall issue.

"The situation that Best Buy “encountered” has “affected redemption” of some orders. Best Buy doesn’t fill online orders, it seems. Rather, customers “redeem” them. So it’s the customers, not Best Buy, who have the problem. And those customers haven’t been left hanging; they’ve only been “affected” in efforts to “redeem” their orders. It’s not as if the company did anything wrong, or, indeed, anything at all.""

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+ - How NOT To Treat Your Customers

Submitted by FSWKU
FSWKU (551325) writes "Courtesy of Penny-Arcade, Paul Christoforo of Ocean Marketing provides a perfect example of what not to do when interacting with customers, especially if you are doing so on behalf of another company. Name dropping, an ego trip worthy of Charlie Sheen, and even what appears to be a promise to commit libel. Other outlets are already picking up the story and running with it."

Comment: Re:Once You Know... (Score 2) 559

by Nephilium (#37528558) Attached to: Can Newegg Survive the Post-PC Future?
The big difference for me is in turnaround time. If I place an order with Newegg, it's generally shipped the same business day... ordering from Amazon usually has a week turnaround for the free (non-Prime) shipping. Adding to that, a lot of the items on Newegg have free shipping as well, not free shipping on orders over $25, just plain old free shipping.

+ - Supporting Employee-Owned Smartphones->

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JohnBert
JohnBert writes "Despite the increasing use of smartphones at work, more than one-third of companies still don't provide any support for personal phones or outright prohibit their use at the office. The reported data found that while 26% of the companies don't provide support for personal mobile phones and smartphones, another 10% prohibited use of personal devices, for a total of 36%.

Some companies have developed long sets of policies for when and how to support personal devices used by workers. The most progressive companies are investing in mobile device management software, available from many vendors, to track employee devices and the applications used on them. This software also has the ability to wipe sensitive data off a lost device.

Forrester said in a new research note that increasing numbers of employee-owned devices and questions of supporting them are "crippling" existing mobile strategies. The effect has led companies to rethink their strategies and to begin supporting both company-owned devices and those owned by employees."

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Security

+ - Assume You Are Compromised->

Submitted by dinscott
dinscott (1951608) writes ""Assume you are compromised," say top security officers.

The latest Security for Business Innovation Council report asserts that for most organizations, it's a matter of when, not if, they will be targeted by advanced threats, and offers guidance on how to shifts focus from the impossible task of preventing intrusion to the crucial task of preventing damage."

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Cloud

+ - Law: Students, Teachers Can't Be Facebook Friends

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Teachers can be friendly with their students, but they can’t be their friends, at least when it comes to social networks such as Facebook. State Governor Jay Nixon has signed Senate Bill 54, which goes into effect on August 28, 2011 in the state of Missouri. In other words, later this month it will be illegal for students and teachers to be friends online."
Science

+ - First use for Graphene? Flexible touchscreens.->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "According to Rice University and Cambridge University, the first commercial use for graphene is likely to be in flexible touchscreens.

"âIt used to be that people wanted computers that were faster, but this has changed. Developments are looking at making computers that are more compatible with us.

“This means that we will be able to produce computers that can easily be folded up and tucked away. With many smartphones not having big enough screens, you could roll out a larger screen from something in your pocket."

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