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Comment: Re:This is why France doesn't do startups (Score 1) 422

by dskoll (#49804455) Attached to: Mandriva CEO: Employee Lawsuits Put Us Out of Business

Well, you know, there isn't a balance. It doesn't have to be US-style slave-driving exploitation and it doesn't have to be Greek-style corruption, laziness and entitlement which can only end horribly.

I live and work in Canada. I own a small software company; I work about 40 hours a week as do my employees. We have a great work-life balance and we also live in a country where the economy is robust and not being driven into the ground by whinging whiners bleating about entitlement all the time.

Comment: Re:This is why France doesn't do startups (Score 4, Interesting) 422

by dskoll (#49803155) Attached to: Mandriva CEO: Employee Lawsuits Put Us Out of Business

It's not just startups. Trying to do business in France is insane. The bureaucracy is nightmarish and I really suspect bidding processes are rigged. The labour laws are far too skewed towards workers and away from companies. I certainly don't believe in exploitation, but you need balance.

I run a small software company with customers all over the world, including North America, Europe, Australia and South Africa. We do very well in Europe except in France; that's a desert for us. We've basically given up because it's just too difficult to do business there, and we're happy enough to work with more business-friendly countries like the UK, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, etc.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 94

by dskoll (#49666959) Attached to: Can Earthquakes Be Predicted Algorithmically?

You don't have to completely understand the physics to make predictions, but when it comes to earthquakes we cannot even observe the important parts of the system that are precursors to earthquakes. In fact, understanding the physics is most likely not the problem... it's the inability to measure any useful variables that stymies us.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 94

by dskoll (#49661405) Attached to: Can Earthquakes Be Predicted Algorithmically?

If you want a longer response, then I suggest you read a few books on geology and seismology. Earthquakes are far too poorly understood to be predictable and all the interesting events are happening tens or hundreds of kilometres underground with no feasible way to observe or measure them.

If you want a scientific paper, read this.

I was simply trying to save everybody time.

Comment: Umm, yeah... forget it. (Score 1) 353

by dskoll (#49658121) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Own the Rights To Software Developed At Work?

I own a software business. Anything written during working hours, for which the author is compensated by me, belongs to me. End of story.

Now, I did sign a contract with one of my employees who had his own open-source project from before he joined the company. it basically said that whatever he worked on on his own time was his, as long as it didn't compete with any of our products.

Comment: Google is on to something here (Score 3, Interesting) 76

by dskoll (#49584267) Attached to: Google Announces "Password Alert" To Protect Against Phishing Attacks

Google is on to something, but the implementation is wrong. First of all, this facility should be built in to browsers, not added as an extension. Secondly, it needs to be generalized: Just as browsers currently ask "Would you like to save this username/password for www.somesite.example", they should also ask "Would you like to lock this username/password combination to www.somesite.example?" and offer the usual "Yes / No / Not now" choices.

If you say "Yes", then the browser should alert you every time it sees that password on a different site.

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