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Comment: Kimberley apparently did stuff right (Score 1) 885

Southwest policy appears to restrict entrance in this very specific case to JUST after all A-list passengers and before others. This is because his kids were older than 4 and NOT entitled to A-list boarding. If they were younger than 4, the hostess would be infringing policy. But she was actually enforcing policy strictly, doing her job as she is told to.

The real problem here is a conflict between the freedom of speech right and the defamation civil wrong (for which she can sue actually). I personally don't think there is real libel here, but some might argue that using the hostess's name on the tweet is reason enough for her to sue. What is impressive is the fact the guy had to go to the news after the incident to whine even more, and that gets me thinking he is a little more butthurt than he should for nothing important. He pretty much wanted the hostess fired from her job, which is her source of income. I think everybody gets defensive when their job is at stake. And all this for not indulging him in something he didn't have the right to, despite being "used to" have.

She wanted to avoided having defamation about her and the company wanted to avoid bad publicity. If the tweet was still up, he would have been left on the ground and he could be sued. If they let him fly without deleting the tweet, hostess would have been fired and both hostess and company could sue. This was the best scenario for both... Until he decided to strike back like a little girl. He could have never used the company again for the lack of poise but he just had to make the issue bigger. These are my two cents about it,

Comment: Re:This is just a repeat (Score 1) 282

I have no idea on what's going on in Finland, but I extrapolated it because it's what I see in Western/Central Europe. What I meant by young prodigies is pretty obvious: I doubt Nokia hires any freshmen with an average lower than A on the European Scale (that's the top 10%). Since I wasn't close to an A and I knew where most of the A's from my year ended up (top companies or research, for those who disliked corporate environments and/or wanted to give some luck back to the environment). When such a student is hired to by , they usually assume (and sometimes even implied in interviews) that they are gonna have a big shot at the managing pos. in a short term (I know this from friends in such scenarios).

Something I don't notice is people being fired right-and-left in most of the IT sector as you describe, as all companies here tend to overvalue the importance of knowing what you can count on (and they also spend a lot in education for all their human resources, making severance packages highly prohibitive, especially here in Portugal). Keeping employers is usually cheaper and safer than firing them. Talent IS the driving force in escalating the corporate food-chain, but it rarely is a catalyst for dismissals, even in at least 2 major companies I see here (one is a Big Four consultant and the other is the major betting company back/front-end main developer). And these companies are probably the exception to what I mentioned in my first comment, as I have yet to know companies that are so self-sufficient in Portugal as these 2 are - they never happened to use co-paid internships to my knowledge and supply/abuse outsourced work as a means to keep a good number on fixed positions.

I definitely think you might have not understood the larger print in your contract: if you are staying in a company that is so eager to downsize in order to pursue a dead cause such as WinMo, you are on your way to a dark future as opposed to a promising one. In your defense, I am very young, and might have a narrow vision of the industry, but there are a lot of supporting facts to my statements :D

Comment: Responsability-linked quotas (Score 1) 98

The only way I see this happening is if you totally migrate your lab to something like Amazon AWS/EC2, and link each user to an individual account with specific bandwidth and storage (GRATIS) quotas.

For one, processing power wont be an issue since that's on Amazon's side, and it's virtually unlimited. Now, everyone will have a decent amount of the other resources for whatever they need, as long as quotas stay inside each user's scope (for which their free quota should have been well defined).

A user abuses his quota? No problem - Students get overcharged on their tuition fees, or reflected on their grades. Same for employees/researchers, in their salaries OR performance reviews. Is it a public community lab like, say, a library? Restrict access based on fair usage, maintaining an external log of who is where and when. Hell, if anything like this is politically unfeasible, just warn your users, at least you will know individually who is doing what without the heavy-lifting that is required to analyze it manually.

Everybody will be self-educated on how to use the system. On the long-run, the community will educate itself with no need for personal bad experiences. Much like using a printing quota, or the water/electricity bill.

All resources are very similar when it comes to management, so the principle of fair-use with retroactive consequence will always be the best bet.

Comment: Re:This is just a repeat (Score 3, Interesting) 282

In the US it might be H1B visas to hire cheap specialty workers from abroad. In the EU (where apparetnly most of this is happening), it's basically the same strategy but applied to EU supported fresh-outta-college internships (co-paid salaries tending to ZERO by employers), basically sending off the worst of the elders, and enslave the f*ck out of the young prodigies who they will scopp with mild salaries and a "promissing" future. This cycle happens in every major company in Europe. I have seen it in 3: Bosch, and Siemens

Comment: Updates can't be left unnatended (Score 1) 265

by (#47432605) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

I'm not familiar with CentOS or Redhat, but in Debian it's not uncommon to get the odd update that requires configuration wizards. There's no shortcut to those, and in the event of it happening, you are gonna have some early risers complaining.

And even the supposedly safe, unattended updates aren't that safe: For example I updated to the latest linux-image from Debian's repos yesterday. I didn't expect some core services to depend on a computer reboot to start working again, but 5 minutes in people were complaining a Jboss web app wasn't working.

Comment: Re: Good strategy (Score 1) 131

by (#47396401) Attached to: Oculus Suspends Oculus Rift Dev Kit Sales In China

I agree with everything you said except the first sentence. China does not have good IP laws because there is no balance. Some countries have restrictive IP laws like the US, and some have liberal IP laws like China and India. I don't know if there is any particular country with the perfect balance of protecting the interests of the inventor while not encumbering social development. To me that is perfect balance. Big Pharma is a known abuser of that decades long exclusivity which makes people die of tuberculosis

Comment: Re:Good strategy (Score 1) 131

by (#47396343) Attached to: Oculus Suspends Oculus Rift Dev Kit Sales In China

Dude, it's a subsidiary, it's not that big of a deal. I bet you use a lot of hardware and software made by worse companies, which unlike Facebook have a track record of abusing your privacy for your own prejudice. Google, Apple and Microsoft are just some examples. Do you consider the hardware worse because it was made by such companies? Or are you saying that the fact a social media company, like Facebook, controlling a gaming company might have worse consequences than:
- a search company creating a mobile OS, phones, and enforcing guidelines to phone developers (Google);
- a "designer" company limiting your (as described by themselves) high-margin smartphone from being smart because carriers can't handle the bandwidth (Apple);
- an OS company which instills last century software patterns while playing catch with the previous 2 in new platforms for hardware, software and the cloud?

I'll give you 2 examples of weird success stories on companies one would least expect it:
- Blizzard making an MMO out of an RTS
- Amazon making an e-reader out having an online bookstore

Comment: Re:So the Chinese have created a free market econo (Score 1) 131

by (#47395751) Attached to: Oculus Suspends Oculus Rift Dev Kit Sales In China

Why bring politics to a much more complex topic. This is not about liberalization of this good. It's not a good yet, it hasn't been released. It's not even an essential good. They are issuing developer editions for genuinely interested developers who will make the device popular with new content.

If you get a free market for these controlled sales, you will end up with gaming enthusiasts or knock-off reverse-engineers rather than real contributors getting the item, and companies know better than to buy an overpriced SDK: product won't sell if developers don't get easy access.

And from what I know, America is far from being "a bastion of free enterprise" mate: they sell iPhones through selected carriers, they won't allow companies to sell cars directly to consumers (Tesla), and they are one of the most import-afraid economies around - there's no other country where "Made in this country" is such a strong compelling argument. They don't like free markets, they like controlled markets, for whatever good or bad that may bring

Comment: Good strategy (Score 1) 131

by (#47395679) Attached to: Oculus Suspends Oculus Rift Dev Kit Sales In China

Not selling it directly if price is being uncontrollably inflated is great strategy if they want to keep this product popular, especially in China. It was pretty obvious Chinese public would scourge the earth for these in order to start reverse engineering it in a country with poor IP legislation (especially for foreign IP), but the real problem Oculus would face with this Rift "black market" is marketing itself, as the product would immediately get the exclusive, overpriced label that a developing countries loves to hate. And the Asian market is no small piece of the pie for the paying gaming industry.

Comment: Re:not the norm in other non-athletic competitions (Score 1) 221

I'm betting this has something to do with the amount of money poker moves around and live tournaments' marketing influence on online poker spending. As opposed to online tournaments, which have a fraction of the marketing influence on games profitability.

You rarely see gambling-centered regulation making much waves because winners and losers want to avoid such regulations. One out of greed and the other out of vice. So lobbying is pretty easy for most things gambling.

Comment: Re:The Solution is In Plain Sight (Score 1) 579

by (#47374713) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

Wow, that escalated quickly. It's traffic lights. We still got corruption in many public offices, sports, and serious lack of respect for environmental causes and social security concerns. Did I mention high taxes? We are way behind central european countries in all social areas.

Comment: DUDE actually has a point (Score 2) 239

by (#47371111) Attached to: Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

So dude doesn't want his name's first search result to be an over-hyped headline. Despite being a very decent publication, BBC is mass media, and as such it has to make news outrageously. Dude just made a pondered decision to save some company's face, or was forced to without having a second chance to fix it, and maybe I'm assuming here) is not even directly at fault for the company's losses. Maybe yes maybe not.

I don't think he has to professionally and personally live under that shadow for the rest of his life, just because an indexing algorithm is inclined to shove it up his popper every single time someone wants to know who he is.

I'm guessing someone who really needs to know that info will know it eventually, not through google. His decision to be forgotten will most likely only seclude the info from wannabe conspiracy theorists and amateur employers, which pretty much deserve to NOT know it :)

Comment: The Solution is In Plain Sight (Score 4, Interesting) 579

by (#47367911) Attached to: Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

In some areas of Portugal we have exactly the opposite - timers applied to traffic lights instead of crosswalks. In some places we also have crosswalk timers together with traffic light timers.

Why is this a solution? Because drivers will stop paying attention to crosswalk timers and use their own traffic light timers instead, which have a security offset of 1-3 seconds. This not only makes standing at a traffic light much more dynamic and time-efficient (drivers will know how long they have to do imprudent things like fixing a rear glass, looking at the mirror, texting or picking something out of a glove box, with a high degree of safety), but it also prevents them from prematurely hitting the gas, as most drivers feel it is unsafe to go before the timer hits 0.

Also, the timer works in both waiting for a green and waiting for a red. Yellow lights could be fully substituted by a red and green light only with a timer which would turn yellow on the last 1-3 seconds before a red. It would also prevent a lot of ambiguity in yellow light ticketing which is very common in urban areas and is reason for dispute between veteran drivers and over zealous traffic authorities.

Often statistics are used as a drunken man uses lampposts -- for support rather than illumination.