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Comment: Re: Labour laws (Score 1) 421

by NormalVisual (#49803223) Attached to: Mandriva CEO: Employee Lawsuits Put Us Out of Business
In which case the employees who said "give me my damned money now" spared themselves from being the ones with no chair when the music stopped.

Having been in the situation where my employer stiffed me out of thousands of dollars in pay (let's call it for what it is: "theft of services"), I've adopted the wisdom of Paulie Cicero: "Fuck you, pay me." Next time an employer can't make payroll, I'm out, with a small claims suit to follow if necessary. Not that I'll actually recover anything, but the time spent donating labor to an insolvent employer can be put to better use finding another job.

Comment: Re:So, the other side? (Score 1) 421

by NormalVisual (#49803181) Attached to: Mandriva CEO: Employee Lawsuits Put Us Out of Business
Some of the decisions might also be said to be in the shared traders best interest, but definitely not in the shareholders best interest.

Depends on what kind of shareholders you have. This business strategy sucks for those looking to gain long-term value or even (gasp!) dividends, but often works great for the day traders that aren't going to hold onto the stock long enough to see more than a couple of quarters pass in the quest for instant returns.

Comment: Re:50ms might not sound like much (Score 1) 124

Modern hospital surgery has relied on power for decades, and they usually get by without an electrician in the room.

I'm guessing he hasn't seen the big standby generators with big fuel tanks that hospitals have. Lots of grocery stores too, for that matter.

Comment: Re:Spikes (Score 1) 124

Ever try and get AT&T or any other big carrier to listen to you while you explain in detail how their "bullet-proof service" is down and needs to be fixed?

I have. Even telling them where the packets are being dropped often doesn't help. My favorite was when my service went out, and after four days of going back and forth with them, it turned out that they'd somehow accidentally dropped the DSL router's MAC address from the authentication list.

Comment: Re:Russian rocket motors (Score 1) 62

by Bruce Perens (#49787045) Attached to: SpaceX Cleared For US Military Launches

Russia would like for us to continue gifting them with cash for 40-year-old missle motors, it's our own government that doesn't want them any longer. For good reason. That did not cause SpaceX to enter the competitive process, they want the U.S. military as a customer. But it probably did make it go faster.

Also, ULA is flying 1960 technology, stuff that Mercury astronauts used, and only recently came up with concept drawings for something new due to competitive pressure from SpaceX. So, I am sure that folks within the Air Force wished for a better vendor but had no choice.

Comment: Re:Go for it (Score 1) 38

by mcgrew (#49784593) Attached to: Survey - George W. Bush more evil than Stalin, Mao, Lenin

I agree he doesn't belong on that list. I do think on the list of America's worst presidents, he'd be at the top of the list.

Ignored warnings from the previous administration, top FBI officials ignored field agents who were warning of something bad, and got our country attacked.

Then he started an incredibly stupid war in Iraq, which led to the rise of ISIS.

Presided over the building of mass surveillance of the American people.

Took office during a boom, left office under the worst economy since the great depression. It's my theory that what caused the ruined economy was fuel prices more than quadrupling during his reign. Buy gas to get to work, or pay the mortgage? Tough choice!

Took office with a balanced budget, left it with the largest deficit in American history. Meanwhile, infrastructure was crumbling and he did nothing.

Now, if the list was of people who did the most harm to our country, he should be on that list. Mao and Pol Pot were very evil men who killed millions of people, but they didn't harm America.

Comment: Context (Score 3, Informative) 62

by Bruce Perens (#49782349) Attached to: SpaceX Cleared For US Military Launches

This ends a situation in which two companies that would otherwise have been competitive bidders decided that it would cost them less to be a monopoly, and created their own cartel. Since they were a sole provider, they persuaded the government to pay them a Billion dollars a year simply so that they would retain the capability to manufacture rockets to government requirements.

Yes, there will be at least that Billion in savings and SpaceX so far seems more than competitive with the prices United Launch Alliance was charging. There will be other bidders eventually, as well.

What sin has not been committed in the name of efficiency?

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