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Comment: Re:Arrogance about a job you don't understand (Score 4, Insightful) 387 387

I am the OP and what I said was

They have a limited scope of action and limited deliverables.

Successful or not I was trying to call out the shortcomings of the role rather than the people working in it.

Every day I talk to project managers who probably do an excellent job meeting their deliverables and will be rated very well for doing so. Unfortunately what they do isn't the right thing but what they were asked to do. There's no reward for doing the right thing even if it's value-add. That same point is what I was trying to illustrate with my comment; the output seen here is the perfect manifestation of that kind of attitude.

Comment: Re:Salespeople making salespitch (Score 3, Interesting) 387 387

When your brief is simply sell and your output is "Ah sure no one should use pens any more, buy our product" you can either stand over it or recognise the base nature of what you've done. Your argument about creativity really can't reasonably apply here. The output is by nature not of substantial creativity but rather the narrowly interpreted result of a functional requirement.

Comment: Salespeople making salespitch (Score 5, Interesting) 387 387

I've never considered the sales and marketing people to be the smartest part of any organisation. They have a limited scope of action and limited deliverables. Calling this out is right. I wonder if they also think children should stop learning maths as we all have calculators - or more likely that we all have calc.exe.

Comment: Re:Indeed... (Score 1) 153 153

I feel like you haven't been reading many of these articles over the past 13-14 years here on /.

The problem is conflicting jurisdictions. The PATRIOT act requires US businesses to hand over data stored when requested, even if it is outside of the US. Twitter are subject to those requests.The EU have strict laws regarding data protection but the fundamental issue is Twitter are breaking somebody's law whichever they choose to comply with.

Let's paint the picture - a request for data on an EU citizen, posted from Europe through a European datacentre but on a service owned by an American company. The American government request data but European law prohibits it. What do the American company do? Whose law do they break?

Storing the data under a non-American subsidiary puts at least some buffer in there. I'm not sure how effective this will really be but that is the intention.

Comment: Re:batteries are not rechargable (Score 1) 247 247

No moving parts, no maintenance

Let's see you couple that battery directly to a wheel and see how far that gets you moving before you wish you had moving parts between them. I am looking forward to electric cars being more common but blind optimism doesn't help, the fact is you still need an electric motor and batteries have too small a charge, too short a life and too much environmental impact.

You still have maintenance on the electric motor, you still have a motor and you still have toxic emissions albeit they are now suspended until the battery replacement.

Comment: Re:Antibiotic Placebo? (Score 5, Insightful) 240 240

That's exactly how I feel, but moreover logically that is why these medicines are prescription only.

As a European I was horrified to see that prescription medicines are routinely and frequently advertised on television in the USA instructing the viewer to ask their doctor to prescribe the medicine.

Comment: Re:Fascinating! And congratulations (Score 1) 81 81

I'm running mine as primarily an XBMC box for my TV, pulling streams. However over the months I've used it for more and more stuff via ssh and I'm now running transmission-daemon on it as my torrent server. It performs flawlessly apart from the odd time I'll be watching something in HD and simultaneously have a 500K download but I'm almost positive that's more to do with the slow flash memory I'm using with it.

They're a great device. A close friend who is an old-school programmer has had his running non-stop since November and now uses it as his permanent *n?x development environment. It's only hobby stuff but he gets to play with GCC and ssh all day.

Comment: Re:who cares? (Score 4, Insightful) 266 266

I'm not so sure about that. I've seen cases where big-guns enterprise software has changed name and it's had a more positive impact. Users might have ignored a few point-version upgrades, even the occasional major upgrades. However when that new banner goes up it must be all new and good!.

Colours and words have a more tangible effect on the non-technical.

That does not compute.