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Comment: Re:So, the other side? (Score 1) 14

by gstoddart (#49802625) Attached to: Mandriva CEO: Employee Lawsuits Put Us Out of Business

Yeah, no kidding ... failing company gets ordered to pay employees before the business folds and they get nothing is not something which evokes much sympathy.

Because I can't tell you have many companies have folded, leaving the employees with nothing, but a CEO who has managed to come out of it quite well.

Sorry, but you're the CEO ... which means the buck stops at you, not you get to skip off with your severance while everybody else gets screwed over.

Mandriva SA went out of business following a few court decisions upon action of former employees, who had been dismissed as a part of the restructuring process in 2013. As the labour laws are very generous towards the employees in France, those court decisions forced the company to announce bankruptcy, as the cash available was not sufficient to cover the amounts due and the shareholders did not want to cover them.

In other words, you were about to go out of business, and instead of leaving the employees with nothing they took what was theirs before you stiffed them and went under anyway.

Sorry, but employers don't give a damn about us. I see no reason to give a damn about them ... and certainly not to the point of not getting paid so the business can fail anyway. Who the hell is going to do that for a company who laid them off?

Sounds like he'd have happily left them with nothing if he'd had the chance. I can't see any reason why the former employees would have done anything but fight for their severance.

Comment: Re:UAT (Score 1) 320

by gstoddart (#49800713) Attached to: Crowdfunded, Solar-powered Spacecraft Goes Silent

This is not a NASA project, so you've made a stunningly basic error in your first sentence. Not looking too good for attention to detail for someone "in the professional software field".

LOL .. no disrespect to the GP, but that level of attention to detail explains a lot about many commercial software products.

Just sayin'.

Comment: Re:Well there we go (Score 4, Insightful) 123

by gstoddart (#49799769) Attached to: Uber Revises Privacy Policy, Wants More Data From Users

You drive for Yellow Cab, eh?

You're completely fucking stupid, eh?

Look, whatever libertarian fantasy world you live in which says a company gets to ignore regulations because their asshole business model says they're special is full of shit. In fact, it's downright delusional. "Boo hoo, teh regulations are teh evil. Horseshit.

Uber like to paint themselves as some crusading underdog being oppressed by the taxi lobby -- but that;'s a crock of shit.

They're a company dispatching bootleg cabs. That's it.

Followed by a temper tantrum that it's OK for them to break the law because they say so.

Sorry, but childish selfish douchebag isn't a business model. This is just more .com era crap of a tech company thinking they're magical because they say so.

Comment: Re:Well there we go (Score 1) 123

by gstoddart (#49799661) Attached to: Uber Revises Privacy Policy, Wants More Data From Users

I don't give a shit about skirting regulation or attacking the comfortable regulated complancency of the taxi cab industry. This however, this disgusts me.

But it's all part of the same thing: we're special, and the rules don't apply to us, and in order to prop up our shit business model of ignoring the law, we're also going to be spamming assholes.

Basically their entire MO is to be assholes.

Yet another tech company which thinks the unicorn poop makes them magical and special.

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 4, Insightful) 123

by gstoddart (#49799635) Attached to: Uber Revises Privacy Policy, Wants More Data From Users

And, of course, since they've given themselves permission to share with 3rd parties (again, to make themselves money) ... then they've also give permission to doxx them and their families.

Everything about this screams "greedy assholes trying to leverage your personal information for profit while loudly saying taxi regulations don't apply"

The more I hear about Uber, the harder is is to think this isn't a purely criminal enterprise.

Let's see, you want to do location tracking of everybody with your app, and you want access to their private information, and you claim the right to pass that on to 3rd parties ... yeah, no.

How about drop dead you greedy bastards?

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 5, Interesting) 123

by gstoddart (#49799557) Attached to: Uber Revises Privacy Policy, Wants More Data From Users

This is quite honestly why I'm getting away from apps.

Generally, the web page works just fine from mobile, and you don't need to worry about the shit they're doing behind the scenes.

This whole "oh, just give us access to your contact list and we'll spam them" is crap. Same for things which say "hey, just give us your email password and we'll load your contacts".

How about piss off, and keep your hands off my private information.

Someone needs to start pelting the owners of Uber with eggs. Because this screams of greedy assholes deciding they get to have access to your entire phone.

In which case they deserve to die as a company as fast as possible.

If someone didn't explicitly opt-in to receive stuff from you, you have no business sending them stuff. In fact, isn't it illegal?

Comment: WTF? (Score 5, Interesting) 123

by gstoddart (#49799457) Attached to: Uber Revises Privacy Policy, Wants More Data From Users

The policy changes also allow for advertising using the rider's contact list: "for example the ability to send special offers to riders' friends or family."

Wait, you think a user can give you permission to spam their friends and family?

How about go fuck yourself and not assuming that because you know Bob, you can scrape his contact list to spam Alice and Mary ... that screams of an epic level of ass-hattery. Because Bob can't legally give you permission to spam Alice and Mary.

Sounds like in addition to being just a dispatcher for illegal cabs, Uber is also a bunch of self entitled assholes who want to spam your friends.

Fuck you, Uber.

Privacy

Uber Revises Privacy Policy, Wants More Data From Users 123

Posted by Soulskill
from the can-you-just-drive-me-places dept.
itwbennett tips news that Uber has amended its privacy policy, making it much simpler to read and understand. But the policy also includes changes to what data Uber collects about its riders. Beginning July 15th, the Uber phone app will keep track of a rider's location while it's running in the background. Uber says riders will be able to opt out of this tracking. The policy changes also allow for advertising using the rider's contact list: "for example the ability to send special offers to riders' friends or family." The revision of Uber's privacy policy followed complaints at the end of last year that the company was overstepping its bounds.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 5, Informative) 320

by gstoddart (#49799319) Attached to: Crowdfunded, Solar-powered Spacecraft Goes Silent

No, csv sure as hell is NOT a Microsoft format.

Comma-separated values is a data format that pre-dates personal computers by more than a decade: the IBM Fortran (level G) compiler under OS/360 supported them in 1967.

This has nothing whatsoever to do with Microsoft, as much as you seem to want to blame them.

Tomorrow's computers some time next month. -- DEC

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