The cost is because it is "on an airplane" meaning it needs to be certified by FAA and other alphabet soup agencies around the world. And forget about firmware updates...
You can use downforeveryoneorjustme.com, though it will use its own DNS and routing so it will still require you to figure out which of those is the problem.
The side effect of the rule is perpetuating no longer correct information. For example: a wikipedia entry states that a building is slated to be demolished, but the demolition hasn't begun, since that is what the last cited source has. However, looking out my window, I can see they have finally started demolishing it. Even if I provide a picture of the demolition, I cannot update the article and be within the rules, until the local paper is bored enough to run a story about it (which may never happen).
They once added an extra 19% discount to my bill. Remarkably, after about four bills, they fixed the error without me having to call them.
Ah well, it was nice while it lasted... and at least they never asked for the money back. That "billing errors in your favor" are honored was enough to keep me as a customer...
Since they are essentially a "New York Company" they tended to get a lot of state contracts. Because of this, it would be a big mistake for IBM to lay off too many employees within the state. Right now there are IBM consultants working in many state agencies, babysitting mainframes. Consultants are pretty much free money for IBM; if there were suddenly a huge pool of IBM trained individuals entering the local job market, it'd be easy to replace the expensive consultants with cheaper ex-IBM employees (via cheaper consulting firms, or direct hire) of comparable skill.
Bonuses are *not* taxed as capital gains; bonuses get handled the same way as overtime or other "supplemental wages". Here is one source.
No, the solution is to invalidate all the exclusivity agreements and allow anyone with a sound business plan to get a permit to run their own fiber/coax/copper/whatever (including municipal governments). The reason the market isn't sorting itself out is *because* of regulation.
The flaw in password lockout schemes that lack a timeout is that anyone can lock out anyone's account. I can imagine someone hammering every member of "Domain Admins", "Helpdesk Staff", etc with three fake attempts, and by the time anyone has realized it, it will be difficult to even find someone who can unlock the accounts.
It's possible to take this too far though. Some work accounts I have require a 30 day minimum before you are allowed to change the password, to prevent people from rotating through them at password change time. So, if you suspect your password is compromised (either by accidentally typing it in the username field or a focus-stealing chat window, or noticing a security camera pointed right at your keyboard at a coffee shop somewhere), not only are you not able to change it, but whoever has it knows you can't change it for at least a little while...
True, but that only works in environments where the bootloader is not configured to require a password to edit the kernel parameters...
He told one of my co-workers that if the root password was lost, he'd need to boot with a rescue disk and do some trickery with
While it is a strange thing to say, what is incorrect about it? If:
1. you've lost the root password
2. sudo is not configured (disappointingly common)
3. single user mode is configured to require entering the root password
The fastest way to regain root access is to blank it in
The comments section of the beta is absolutely terrible, horribly unusable. The way it is now, the day beta's comment section is the only option, would be the last day I come here. I cannot begin to think of how it could be fixed without a complete rewrite or a kluge that puts classic's comment section in its stead. The two biggest problems:
1. The comment boxes NEED to span the full width of the page.
2. Every little feature in the classic comment boxes (UID #, moderation breakdown, parent post link, etc) MUST be retained.
3. Changing view thresholds needs to be easy, persistent, and actually work.
That having been said, I actually don't mind the beta's main page. As it is right now, it is at least usable and visually appealing. Helpful improvements:
1. Some more customization (font sizes and maybe an option for the green and white bar for the headlines).
2. If they want to keep the giant picture next to each story, the picture should be directly related to the thing being discussed. A picture next to a story about a fire at Iron Mountain should show the actual fire at iron mountain. If no picture on that level is available, stick with the small generic graphics.
You love to put words in peoples mouths. I never said Japanese businessmen were wonderful, I said it was not in their culture and cultural pressure would prevent abuses like this from going on for very long. Example: A company tied their timecard system such that you had to smile for a camera in order to clock in (and a note would be sent to the supervisor if the smile wasn't good enough). The press got wind of it and they quickly shitcanned that idea. A similar situation would occur with abuse of this technology. Might I also inform you that Japan is a country that has unions, and while patronage is down now (because they are currently unnecessary), should companies start abusing their workers you can bet they will return in force.
You make so many assumptions in your posts, including ones about me, that it seems you are only talking to hear yourself speak. I will make one about you: you have not yet graduated college and have never left your continent of origin. You have no concept of people from different cultures having different values and that they would view and use the same tools differently. Continuing to argue with you would be pointless because you aren't even dimly aware of this basic fact of society, and seem to have no interest in exploring it. Your "humans are humans" approach is flawed because humans have created society to suppress the basic urge to take and exploit. In the west we lean towards laws and regulations, in the east they lean towards social pressure. For crying out loud you are lumping a culture where CEOs will kill themselves for tanking a company, with one where CEOs walk away with golden parachutes!
For the record, I am absolutely NOT a surveillance nut who espouses "if you've done nothing wrong you've nothing to hide". I once had that ignorant attitude in college, and I grew out of it shortly afterward. Hopefully once you finish college your ignorant attitudes will change as well.
At what point in any of my posts did I say the corporate culture was better? I was stating it is different, and in the specific context of the culture and technology discussed here, I pointed out how a device capable of tracking communication patterns would be helpful in fixing the deficiencies. In my original post I provided other examples of culturally dependent technology.
Your posts however have been a long list of reasons why the technology is bad, but they are founded in the assumption that the employer is out to screw the employee. That isn't the case in Japan, just like it wasn't the case in the US from the 50s-80s. Your reasoning also seems to be founded in the assumption that the problems it is attempting to address are not important. I suggested preventing suicide as a counter to that. How is my arguing that "this device could help prevent suicide" translate into me stating that suicide is a good thing? The fact is whenever people fail hard enough at *anything* in Japan (education, work, love, family, or reputation) suicide is seen by many as a respectable out. It is not unique to work, and they are trying different things but reversing over a millenia of tradition is difficult.