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Comment: Re:Worthy of a Dilbert strip (Score 1) 317

by Wister285 (#43085681) Attached to: Best Buy Follows Yahoo in Banning Remote Work

If you're going to make claims like that, you bear the burden of proof. It sounds like you're just throwing around opinions as facts because the Best Buy made a decision that you do not find convenient. I'd really like to see a study that working from home full-time is net beneficial to productivity.

Comment: Very misleading headlines (Score 4, Informative) 317

by Wister285 (#43085507) Attached to: Best Buy Follows Yahoo in Banning Remote Work

Does anyone seem to realize that work from home is not being banned, but PERMANENTLY working from home? There is a huge difference. Casual work from home is much different than never seeing your coworkers. Is permanent working from home a scapegoat? Perhaps, but it's not unreasonable that troubled companies need all hands on deck while at their most vulnerable.

Comment: Re:How does Apple use rumors? (Score 1) 195

by Wister285 (#30574182) Attached to: The Speculative Pre-History of the iPhone

Sure, they use it generate interest. I certainly hope they do. But what if they did something else instead?

What if the rumor-mongered to generate ideas?

Apple seems to do it all the time now too. Maybe it's just looking for a conspiracy when there isn't one, but think about it. What a great business model:

1. Think about something that people are dissatisfied with and is lagging technologically.
2. Use your reputation and clout to monger a rumor about an "upcoming" product.
3. Cherry pick ideas generating by hundreds of people.
4. Develop and polish product.
5. Profit!

Seems pretty simple to me. You off-load all of your speculative R&D efforts onto the public. That is probably the most cost-intensive portion of any company that relies on innovation. Brilliant!


What Happens To Code From Failed Projects? 225

Posted by Soulskill
from the great-compiler-in-the-sky dept.
Idzuna writes "With the somewhat recent announcement of Tabula Rasa shutting down, I have been thinking about what will happen to the Server/Client code. Does it get used as a guide for other projects? Does it get destroyed? Or does it just sit there on a hard drive somewhere in storage? The same question applies to many other failed creations. I know the likelihood of the code being distributed freely is next to nil, as most companies probably recycle code. If a vulnerability was found in old code, it could be applied to other products that the company has released. But wouldn't it help development of different projects if such a resource was available?"

Comment: Re:Vote #33 here, and still no vote for 'A Necessi (Score 1, Insightful) 423

by Wister285 (#24997839) Attached to: DRM Is

It is a reasonable idea because it is an attempt of individuals and organizations to prevent the rampant piracy of their property that takes place on the internet. Do they not have the right to try to protect what is theirs as defined by the law?

It is poorly implemented because we either don't have the technology yet to do it right or we don't know how to make use of the resources that we currently have. I think DRM can be done right to satisfy both the users and the owners, but we just aren't there yet.

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