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Comment Re:You can't will the free market to your desires (Score 1) 607

> Why would a customer pay 3x for your employer's output than they would the Indian company?

All but two of the Indians I have worked with in the last 3 years have been fucking useless. They have no drive, no curiosity, and no initiative. ... Anything that requires thought or reasoning skills? Forget it. When we saw just how terrible they were at everything, a back channel network was quickly established for when we need to get things done quickly and correctly.

The Indians working at the outsourcing firms are at the equivalent of a soul-less telemarketing job. They are rewarded for following a script, closing tickets quickly and are punished for any initiative that would take time. Of course your view of them looks like that. The management of the body shop trained them to do that to maximize profit under the stupid contract the US management signed. The Indian's themselves aren't stupid.(though the body shops may pay too little to attract the brightest) US companies could pay for better service, or open a 'support branch' in India so they could keep experienced people and train them to own problems while still paying lower wages.

It seems the US management doesn't care if the current support agreement doesn't work well and frustrates the US workers, and they're happy to try and turn employment at their company into share cropping. That's your problem.

Comment Re: Rocking With My Sony (Score 4, Informative) 188

Yes, right... Like you made any difference. When you boycott a giant like Sony, you're just one of an incredibly small number who will make no impact whatsoever.

Perhaps you've missed Sony's financial situation. Pre-rootkit I had a Sony TV; camcorder; reciever; digital camera; high end artisan monitor (21 inch - used at 2048x1536 when LCDs were 1024x768); SVHS; 100 disc CD changer... I was the decision maker for purchasing computer equipment at work, and had been buying Sony products in the mix. Since that time? My career has taken off allowing for much greater toy spending. $10k+ in photo gear, but no Sony. There are no Sony TV/entertainment products in the new house, another $10k+ loss for Sony; 65 computer systems at work, with no Sony systems or peripherals. I'm asked for recommendations all the time, and never suggest Sony. Sony's rootkit cost them a minimum of $50k in direct sales, plus lost referrals. I had preferentially bought Sony before then.

There are so many folks doing the same that it has added up, and Sony's bottom line has suffered.

Comment Re:What they really need (Score 1) 394

Cities without a geographical constraint spread out because it's cheaper than bundling all the people and pollution into one spot.

The greater Houston area is nearly the size of Conneticut. The whole state. Borders that prevent sprawl create cities dense enough that mass transit can work in. I'd love to see a 'just bike' person commute to the other side of town and back in August by bike. It'll be a 150 mile trip.

Comment Re:So which sensors? (Score 4, Informative) 153

Anti-lock brakes, computer controlled transmission shifting, variable assist power steering, fly-by-wire throttle and closed loop engine management all require sensors. Taken together, those sensors exceed what's needed to explain VW's cars ability to distinguish between active driving and a steady state test.

Comment Re:China learned the foreign aid lesson from the U (Score 1) 109

Also, it will be China's communication equipment. It will have intercept capabilities built in for the use of China's intelligence agencies. While they'd have little interest in Cubans, they anticipate American tourists soon. Corporate espionage may be profitable enough to offset China's costs...

Comment Re: Face facts, she is not going to admit anything (Score 1) 348

The laws are there to make it more difficult to conceal corruption or working against the interests of the administration (or people - in theory anyway).

Advanced knowledge of foreign policy changes or influence in setting policy can be *very* valuable. It currently appears she was in contact with folks who act to sell that influence, kept private so it could be for the benefit of the Clinton's vs the Democrat party or the current administration (with politicians of either party I'm assuming just adopting the best policy for the US without a quid pro quo at least isn't an option).

The emails to the defense department are only important in that the show Hillary was lying both about the date range she conducted official business on a private server and whether she turned over all emails relating to official business.

Comment Re:The Scientologists Got This One Right (Score 4, Interesting) 133

I was prescribed Paxil due to a misdiagnosis. Wow, that was awful. Whatever positive things it was supposed to do never happened, but if you wanted your sex drive destroyed and to have every sleeping moment be the most vivid dreams it did that for me. Of course, all of the dreams were directed by Steven King and I woke up screaming in a cold sweat but they were vivid. And if I could get back to sleep I'd have another just as bad on a new topic (they didn't repeat). I watched a friend be driven into paranoia by SSRIs. As the affects of the drug ripped her life apart, her doctor kept increasing her dose to 'fix it'. When last I heard from her, she'd lost her license, been fired and lost most of her friends -- an addicts journey except that she was following her doctors instructions.

It's interesting to me to see that some people have really been helped. That suggests that doctors need much narrower guidelines for prescribing these drugs.

Comment Re: (intentionally blank) (Score 3, Informative) 268

We had an HP deskkjet 500 at work that pre-dated the razor blade business model for inkjets. It was well made, had a large ink tank that didn't dry up and didn't have a 'screw you' chip.

HP had a 'fix' for our printer to align it with HP's profit goals though. HP added two air bladders to new cartridges so that the ink volume was halved in our larger cartridge, doubling the cost per page. Thanks HP!

Comment Re:Surge Pricing - Why The Hate? (Score 1) 250

I, fr one, would rather pay $20/gallon of gas during a power outage

I, for one, am prepared for power outages.

You have a 400+ gallon tank of gas that you keep topped up with fresh gas? (it goes bad) That's barely enough to run one small generator for a few weeks, and after Katrina and Ike 3-4+ week outages were common so you'd need twice that much fuel.

Or Rita?

Wrong storm.

Right storm. Within a few hours a 200 mile wide band of gas stations were completely out of fuel, leaving evacuees stranded for 24 hours or more. This started days before the storm, not because of last minute panic and lack of individual planning. People who have jobs left work to discover every gas station withing range of their car was already out of gas. It was a lesson to city planners about what just-in-time fuel inventory systems have done to evacuation planning. So sorry your google is broken, life must be hard for you.

Oh right, fucking nothing.

Know-nothing shitheads need to keep their god damned mouths shut until the find a fucking clue.

I was just thinking that myself.

Comment Re:CBC received no valid license from CNN (Score 1) 222

If CBC can be sued for use of the video without a license, CBC should be able to sue CNN no less successfully, and for no less than the same amount they were sued for, for falsely representing their authorization to license it to them in the first place.

That's how it works/is supposed to work.
The creator of the video isn't responsible for sorting out what arrangement CNN and CBC had, or whether they actually had one at all. In the still image arena, unethical businesses try making the claim that they licensed images from stock, or that they hired a web developer who stole the image (claiming that means they aren't legally responsible...). The law makes the person distributing the image/video responsible for making sure they have the right to, to cut through that kind of smoke screen.

The two most common things in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity. -- Harlan Ellison