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Comment Re: Sorry, but Apple still deserves most of the cr (Score 3, Informative) 335

Before that, if an application or a desktop accessory didn't use WaitNextEvent(), the entire system ground to a halt, requiring a hardware reset.

Win 3.x was pretty much the same way - it used cooperative multitasking just like the Mac, and if you took too long processing a given message you could lock your system right up. Two of the biggest things that Win95 brought to the table (that NT already had) were true preemptive multitasking and a per-process message queue, so if you still managed to be sloppy with your message handling, it just locked up that process instead of the whole machine.

Comment Re:Actually, the common saying... (Score 4, Informative) 335

The problem was plug and play and under DOS. Each manufacturer had their own proprietary PnP configuration utility and they were often mutually exclusive.

The *real* fun under later versions of DOS was playing the equivalent of Tetris trying to get as much crap in the UMA/HMA as you could so you had enough conventional memory left to do something useful.

Comment Re:And if they screw up, good luck getting it fixe (Score 1) 305

They will jerk you around forever. T-mobile consistently makes "errors" in billing backed with totally untrained staff that allows the company not be he held liable. You will receive a forever circle jerk from them trying to fix their billing "errors".

Big time. It took forever to A.) get them to recognize that I'd returned a Sony Experia, B.) stop billing me for it, and C.) return the money they'd already improperly collected for it. I had the proof that they'd received the returned phone *and* the email from them stating as such, yet each rep would attempt to put me through the 2-week procedure to verify the phone had been returned. I didn't see any real action on it until I told them that if it wasn't fixed before my next billing date, I was going to stop dealing with them and let the state attorney general and the FTC handle it. They were already on the FTC's shit list for cramming just last year.

On top of that, their coverage maps are "wildly optimistic" at best, and out and out fraudulent IMO. I can reliably get dropped calls *every day* on the way to and from work, in the same places on two different major highways.

Comment Re:Logical (Score 1) 211

I don't think the relationship should be linear - 2.5x the work for 2.5x the hours..

I think it should be more myself, which is why I said "at least 2.5x". That's a starting point - under that, no one's going to be interested in even talking to you about that kind of gig.

If it really is, the team that "gives their all" should be getting more than "attaboys" in return.

This is the real problem. Employment is supposed to be a business transaction involving an exchange of value between equal partners. If you're taking all my time, you're either going to compensate me fairly for what I've given, or you're going to have to find some other sucker to fleece. I had this conversation with my boss a few months back - she was chastising me for not putting in 60-hour weeks like some of the other folks, and I explained that when we agreed on a compensation package, it was with the understanding that it was based on a 40-hour week:

Mgr: "Well, you're on salary, so that means you put in whatever hours it takes to get it done."
Me: "Okay, so that also means that if I get all of my work done in 20 hours in a given week, I can go home for the week, right?"
Mgr: "Um, no, that's not how it works."
Me: "Uh, yeah, that's exactly how 'salary' is supposed to work."
Mgr: [crickets]

I'm often labeled as having a "bad attitude" because I refuse to let management disrespect my time like that, but I'm still working after 25 years in the game, so I don't really care.

Comment Re:Logical (Score 5, Insightful) 211

That isn't why we're having trouble. We, of course, don't mention that.

You don't have to - word gets around. If your coders are being expected to regularly put in 2.5 times the "normal" hours per week, the company should be expected to be paying them at least 2.5 times what the going rate is. Offer that deal, and you might see more interest from competent people.

Comment Re:Fine vs profit? (Score 1) 188

But I have not seen any serious top company officials go to jail for anything. Not for causing oil rig explosion that killed people, oil spills, coal ash wash outs, nearly destroying the global financial system, lying about the company prospects.

Sure you have. Just from the MCI/Worldcom case:

Bernie Ebbers, CEO - 25 years (he'll probably die in prison)
Scott Sullivan, CFO - 5 years
David Myers, controller - 1 year
Buford Yates, director of accounting - 1 year
Betty Yates, accounting manager - 5 months + 5 months house arrest

That's not to say that there aren't dozens of other executives that should be making license plates too, but it's not unheard of for top executives to end up behind bars.

Comment Already been done (Score 3, Informative) 173

Greg Bear's The Forge of God destroyed the Earth in this manner many years ago. An attacking civilization flung two large pieces of neutronium and antineutronium at opposite sides of the Earth, where they descended to the core and orbited each other for several weeks, until they spiraled in together and made bad things happen.

Comment Re:Don't worry! (Score 2) 319

To quote Blizzard's management when WoW lost three million subscribers in a single quarter: "Don't worry, it's cyclical."

That reminded me of a scene in "This Is Spinal Tap", when the manager, Ian, told the band that their Boston gig was cancelled - "I wouldn't worry about it though, it's not a big college town."

Comment Re: Statists will not go quietly into the night (Score 0) 330

I wasn't really speaking of "debts" in terms of loans to be repaid under an agreed-upon contract so much as liability for the company's actions when something goes wrong - i.e. one of the company's employees runs over a pedestrian and their family sues and wins.

At some point the libertarian has to accept a degree of government control, else it spirals into an anarchy in which the amount of force someone can bring to bear solely determines ownership and control in a given situation.

Comment Re:SEC Filing where it was disclosed and more info (Score 1) 54

I'm sure the CFO and/or accountant had no relationship at all with the thieves, who seemed to have impeccable timing and impeccable knowledge of the business's payment operations.

Or the CFO suspected something shady was going on, but couldn't prove it and didn't want any part of it.

Comment Re: Statists will not go quietly into the night (Score 1) 330

The only way a business is "shut down" in a Libertarian country, is by not making enough money — from happy willing customers — to continue to operate.

To "continue to operate under the corporate charter that the government granted the company", right? Or are business owners expected to accept personal liability for any and all debts of the company? Exactly how much government involvement is acceptable as a libertarian in your opinion?

If you didn't have to work so hard, you'd have more time to be depressed.