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IBM

SCO v. IBM Is Officially Reopened 104

Posted by timothy
from the living-dead-sequel dept.
stoilis writes "Groklaw reports that the SCO vs IBM case is officially reopened: 'The thing that makes predictions a bit murky is that there are some other motions, aside from the summary judgment motions, that were also not officially decided before SCO filed for bankruptcy that could, in SCO's perfect world, reopen certain matters. I believe they would have been denied, if the prior judge had had time to rule on them. Now? I don't know.'"
Yahoo!

So What If Yahoo's New Dads Get Less Leave Than Moms? 832

Posted by timothy
from the what-about-occasional-babysitters? dept.
Dawn Kawamoto writes "Yahoo rolled out an expanded maternity/paternity policy that doubled the family leave for moms to 16 weeks. But new dads at Yahoo get only 8 weeks. It turns out that Yahoo is not the only Fortune 500 company to short-shrift news dads. But, really, do new dads think it's worth crying over? Hmmm...changing diapers or cleaning up code — both are messy, but one smells less."

Comment: Re:another futurama? (Score 4, Interesting) 390

by Darth_brooks (#43517893) Attached to: Futurama Cancelled (Again)

Cute Kid: Hubert (who was added explicitly as the annoying 'cute' kid.)

Wedding: That's the last episode, according to the rag sheets

Inexplicable actor replacement: WELSHIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (ok, granted, it was a guest star, and was done only because James Doohan politely declined to do the Star Trek episode)

So other than that you've got Jumping the Shark, which most folks would call the movies. I'd fine with the show either way. It had a nice run, even if the comedy central episodes didn't quite have that mind blowing awesomeness (which, who knows, maybe after a few years in reruns they'll develop.)

The Courts

Court: 4th Amendment Applies At Border, Password Protected Files Not Suspicious 194

Posted by Soulskill
from the you're-doing-it-right dept.
An anonymous reader sends this Techdirt report on a welcome ruling from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals: ""Here's a surprise ruling. For many years we've written about how troubling it is that Homeland Security agents are able to search the contents of electronic devices, such as computers and phones at the border, without any reason. The 4th Amendment only allows reasonable searches, usually with a warrant. But the general argument has long been that, when you're at the border, you're not in the country and the 4th Amendment doesn't apply. This rule has been stretched at times, including the ability to take your computer and devices into the country and search it there, while still considering it a "border search," for which the lower standards apply. Just about a month ago, we noted that Homeland Security saw no reason to change this policy. Well, now they might have to. In a somewhat surprising 9th Circuit ruling (en banc, or in front of the entire set of judges), the court ruled that the 4th Amendment does apply at the border, that agents do need to recognize there's an expectation of privacy, and cannot do a search without reason. Furthermore, they noted that merely encrypting a file with a password is not enough to trigger suspicion."
Government

Obama Administration Supports Journalist Arrested For Recording Cops 238

Posted by Soulskill
from the to-protect-and-serve dept.
New submitter SplatMan_DK writes "Ars Technica reports that the Obama Administration has filed a brief in support of a Maryland photojournalist who says he was arrested and beaten after he took photographs of the police arresting two other men. The brief by the Justice Department argues that the U.S. Constitution protects the right to photograph the actions of police officers in public places and prohibits police officers from arresting journalists for exercising those rights. Context: 'Garcia says that when Officer Christopher Malouf approached him, Garcia identified himself as a member of the press and held up his hands to show he was only holding a camera. But Malouf "placed Mr. Garcia in a choke hold and dragged him across the street to his police cruiser," where he "subjected him to verbal and physical abuse." According to Garcia's complaint, Malouf "forcibly dragged Mr. Garcia across the street, throwing him to the ground along the way, inflicting significant injuries." Garcia says Malouf "kicked his right foot out from under him, causing Mr. Garcia to hit his head on the police cruiser while falling to the ground." Garcia claims that Malouf took the video card from Garcia's camera and put it in his pocket. The card was never returned. Garcia was charged with disorderly conduct. In December 2011, a judge found Garcia not guilty.'"

Comment: Re:I can slack off anywhere (Score 1) 529

by Darth_brooks (#43105913) Attached to: The Data That Drove Yahoo's Telecommuting Ban

Depends on your metric. If your metrics are based on your web proxy logs, code commits, ticket closures, or any other number of metrics, you're not even close to being a star.

The fact that the articles says she "checked the VPN logs" leaves us very short on detail. If the VPN isn't doing split tunnel, and all of the outbound web traffic is showing the users are spending their days shopping on amazon and updating facebook, then I'd say she made a decent choice. We're not really sure. The data *we* have to analyze her decision is sparse at best.

Overall, Yahoo needs to change. There is literally nothing that I'd call them "great" at. They are the Chrysler of the web. An amalgamation of cobbled together parts that has only the vaguest sense of direction. Mayer needs to reinvent a LOT of this company. Their management sounds stagnant and bloated and the workforce seems apathetic. Are they going to lose talent? Absolutely. But getting butts in the seats, more than filling up the parking lot, brings in at least a small shred of accountability. If the boss walks in and sees you doing jack shit, she's going to want to know why.

Far from being the death of telecommuting, this was just phase one; getting rid of the people who simply can't be bothered with showing up to work. It'll come back, but the message from the top is a little clearer. 1999 was 14 years ago. Sitting around in your aeron chair waiting for your stock option to kicking while "working" from home is a thing of the past. Phase two at Yahoo will probably be layoffs. Maybe phase three will be a step towards profitability.

Comment: Honestly (Score 1) 94

by Darth_brooks (#42455763) Attached to: Buffalo Bills Going the <em>Moneyball</em> Route With Analytics

They could go the "Voodoo Witch doctor throwing darts at names in a phone book whilst simultaneously factoring in the price of tea in China" route and have equal success. That franchise is all but cursed.

I'm not sure that the analytics will work as well. football players have exceptionally short careers.

Comment: Re:A small percentage are veterans (Score 2, Interesting) 525

by Darth_brooks (#41991427) Attached to: My relationship to military service:

The 10,000ft view of that particular POV is this;

-Military service gives you a bullshit tolerance that's considerably higher than that of the average person.

-You gain a much better understanding of how to be a cog in a machine. Right now, we have a legislative body full of "mavericks" and "rebels" who couldn't pour piss out of a boot if the directions were on the bottom, mostly because working *with* someone else is perceived as a sign of weakness. You understand that whether you're a big cog or a little cog, none of you get anything done alone.

-The "we oughta bomb them fuckers" mentality gets tempered somewhat by service. To a legislator that didn't serve, actions like Grenda are considered 'saber rattling' and 'showing force.' To someone who served, Grenda is "that place where that guy from basic was killed. Man, what was his name? His sister was super hot and I think his Dad was the guy I talked to at graduation who served with my Uncle..." Different perspectives.

It's a blanket statement to say that they're somehow "better" qualified. Veterans can be total fuckheads as well (Hi there, Randy! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_Cunningham ), and they can be ideologically polluted tools who spout nothing but party lines, but the general rule is that at least there *some* baseline for those folks.

Comment: Re:Vote (Score 1) 707

by Darth_brooks (#41884187) Attached to: In the 2012 U.S. presidential election:

You mean the airline industry that has been in a state of near constant bankruptcy across the board as major carriers fight fare wars in the name of short term profit by shirking contractual obligations through chapter 11 filings & mergers?

Yeah, deregulation has been fantastic in the airline industry. I especially like the "Sorry, we drove ourselves broke. The executive board is taking action. The board is giving themselves a huge bonus (to retain such high quality executives) and golden parachutes, and we're dumping the retirement of the people who work for a living on the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PBGC )" game. That's f*cking awesome.

Comment: Re:Fuel logistics (Score 1) 107

by Darth_brooks (#41860993) Attached to: Con Ed Says NYC Datacenters Should Get Power Saturday

My understanding is the Diesel stores far better than gasoline due to the lack of ethanol (which plays absolute hell on rubber fuel lines in home generators) and other additives. It still doesn't last forever, but it does better than gasoline.

Overall, natural gas is the preferred solution out here in the midwest. You don't have to store it on site if you're in a reasonably urban area (But you can, just install a pig out back), gasoline powered generators run on it with minimal modifications, and the earth tends not to quaketh so much round here so ruptured lines aren't an issue.

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