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Comment Regions and business strategy (Score 1) 249

What good do regions do to any business strategy?

Users pay to watch content and the content provider gets payed. Why would any outfit make it harder for customers to purchase their products by introducing regions? This discussion is not limited to Netflix but also holds for DVDs, Blue Rays, Amazon Prime, etc...

(I'm well aware that providers have licensed rights to representatives abroad and that that is a limiting factor. The question remains why content providers implement such ridiculous schemes.)

Comment Re:Stuff that matters to geeks? (Score 1) 83

Eloquent POV. Almost as if you're trying to invision a world where everyone's doing drugs and thus inducing the idea that narcotics are fine. Were you high when you posted? Are you stil? And on what if I may ask? Is it legal? If so, can we get some? Should we get some?

Comment Long term outlook bleak (Score 1) 607

The long term outlook bleak.

Outsourcing may cut costs in the short term. If done well it will also cut costs in the long term. But hardly any outsourcing job gets done well. If the outsourcing company had developed their system well, then they would have had a system that operates at minimal costs and outsourcing wouldn't even be an issue.

I see the following scenario: Cognizant et all will gain bargaining power over their customers and prices will rise. Wages will go up and prices will rise even more. A fine equilibrium will be reached so that outsourcing will not be reversed. Then cockiness will tip the balance and insourcing threats will introduce a period of mistrust and negotiation. Eventually perhaps the tables will turn.

In short: Companies that take their system development seriously will gain over ones that don't. The former will have strong systems that are kept running by a minimal work force -Like us CS dudes actually think is sensible. Make your choice.

Comment Re:My $0.02 (Score 1) 323

Everywhere around the world we the people pay lawmakers. We can expect of them that they do their work. No, demand!

Unlike lobbies the people don't require anything in return for the money, we hand over the cash and maybe complain a bit. The lawmakers will just ignore your empty "demand" or pretend to be outraged while they ignore it.

Outrage merely evokes soothing. Seriousness, determination and persistence is what's needed to induce.

Comment Re:Bias? Or reality? (Score 1) 445

There's more to gifted than IQ. Being able to associate with the mental ranks that differs from yours -in both directions- is vital. As are application and persistence.

For instance, my kid knows he's intelligent but doesn't apply himself and thinks of all possible ways to avoid toiling -or what we would call doing slightly more than average. He'll find out later in life.

Or just now. While I was writing this mail he just got up to go to class and behaved exemplary. Annoying little brat. Never does what I expect he will!

Comment My $0.02 (Score 1) 323

Not pretty, or elegant or sensible, let alone honourable what VW did. I wish for a better environment. VW sort of cheated and I'm not happy about it.

In a legal sense however VW committed crimes when and if they acted against the law. We know that law and common sense do not always coincide.

The questions I have not seen yet are to establish whether case will actually stick. Was it unlawful of VW to rig the tests the way they did? Did laws make make provisions for such rigging? Or did the law provide testing conditions that were actually all met by VW?

Don't want to blindly defend VW. But the lawmakers must also be scrutinised. Crappy laws lead to crappy cases. And in this case I can't see why laws were not there for random testing in normal, day to day circumstances. I mean even a kid could have come up with this.

And then apparently there's might be a loophole.

Everywhere around the world we the people pay lawmakers. We can expect of them that they do their work. No, demand!

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