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Comment Re:How is gag order enforceable in the first place (Score 1) 219

Once you've got your severance, can't you bitch about the company online, anonymously? Even if they find out, how are they going to get the money back?

They sue you and point to the non-disparage agreement you signed before leaving in court.

Seems to me the negative publicity generated by suing former employees would be worse than what a former employee (branded with the label "disgruntled") might say.

Comment Re:Open to Questions (Score 1) 1309

The deal just closed less than 24 hours ago, so there are no immediate plans other than to try and gauge the community and make sure what we do is inline with the original Slashdot spirit. Our company is profitable, so we have no reason to resort to desperate deceptive or underhanded methods in order to make money.


Our focus is making sure this community has the support it needs.

https support would be nice.

Comment Re:Latex and Our Choice (Score 2, Insightful) 148

First, it annoys me to now end to have to read a 'science' book published in a word processor. It looks ugly and unprofessional and incompetent. It is just my opinion, and I am not going to embarrass anyone by showing examples, but suffice it to say 25 years ago when MS Words was cool we did not know any better, but now if you are doing a science book, do it in LaTex. It will make updates easier.

Two, look at the Push Pop press technology which published Al Gore's Incontinent Truth, now called Our Choice. Aside from the politics, the technology in the book is everything the post asked for. I am pretty sure it publishes the book as an APP, but as mentioned an ebook is an extremely limited format, especially on a kindle.

It annoys me to no end to read posts with errors like: "... it annoys me to now end", "MS Words" (it's MS Word), "Al Gore's Incontinent Truth" (it's 'An Inconvenient Truth'). Most annoying is getting the capitalization of LaTeX wrong (it's not "LaTex"). It looks ugly and unprofessional and most certainly incompetent.

Comment Re:Doesn't matter. (Score 1) 259

Yes, that falls under the "dumb ass" classification.

I admin - I've shot a gun or three for new years and fourth of july. Straight down into the ground or other safe back stop.

You must live on a sand dune, because most of the places I've lived, there are numerous large rocks in the ground than can easily redirect a bullet into an arbitrary direction, some of which include an upward vector. If you live anywhere the glaciers extended during the ice age, there's a good chance that there are just as many large rocks and boulders in the ground as there is soil. "Safe" and "dumb ass" are matters of interpretation. It may be you were less of one and more of the other than you thought. And more lucky too.

Comment Re:Neat... but why? (Score 1) 285

Improved sarcasm enhancement

You're spot on there - your sarcasm enhancement wasn't effective at all. The sarcasm totally came across as a hastily submitted sentence fragment that required no thought at all apart from an overestimation of your own cleverness and talent at subtle humor.

Comment Re:90's sat tech (Score 3, Interesting) 285

Netflix probably aren't too keen on the idea of paying people to puzzle over what compression would best suit each and every item in their 1-Petabyte video library.

The summary says they spent four years developing the new approach. I suspect that paying people to puzzle over (in layman's terms: do research) how to improve the encoding across their Petabyte video library was exactly what they did.

Comment Re:Another year, another video codec... (Score 4, Insightful) 285

I suspect that by the time of this announcement they have already done the testing, so have a good idea of how much they can optimize. From the article, it's more about optimizing compression parameters to fit the source material rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach.

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