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Comment Empowerment. (Score 1) 203

The problem usually comes down to personal empowerment. Perks such as free food and other niceties while are perks comparing one company to an other. But the real issue is allowing employees to have control of their work and their careers.
People have different motivations. Sometimes it is just financial substantial raise, enough to change their quality of life. Sometimes it may just be less of a raise and changes in title where they may have will have more say in how things are done.
Promotions need to mean different responsibilities, responsibilities that are more unique to the organization, not just adding more work, or attending more meetings.
An environment needs to be made, so someone can feel comfortable expressing their ideas and know that they are considered fairly.

Comment Re:kept my Netflix dvd subscription (Score 1) 287

As far as I'm concerned, the DVD subscription has never *not* made sense. I've had a 3-disc-at-a-time subscription since 2002. The streaming service was pretty much useless when it was introduced. That wasn't much of a problem when it was a freebie, but when they started charging $8/month for something I never used, I dropped it pretty quickly.

Don't underestimate the bandwidth of three Blu-rays in your mailbox.

Comment Re:really... (Score 1) 591

I really don't get that statement as well.
If it was received by some supernatural source, from an all powerful and all knowing being... Why would it feel bound to use newly generated paper. If it was all knowing, it would create the book outside of space time, when it felt making it a book it would.

That is the problem trying to compare Science with the Supernatural. If you have an effect said to be created from a source that cannot be measured so, your attempt to measure probably will not come with good results.

Now if you look at the article in terms of more of a scientific point of view other than a way to bash a religion. But the fact that they probably used an old empty book create it, or the fact the much if Islam is from Christianity and Jewish religions as well, you may expect it was parts to be already written.

Comment Re:Actually, the common saying... (Score 2) 335

My experience was quite the opposite.
Before plug and play you had to adjust the dip switches on the cards. Then they worked extreamly well. After plug and play we needed more complex drivers that caused bugs and random failures over time.
What made it worse were all the hardware companies who bent backwards to make win-hardware where they took such functionality away and relied on windows to do all the work.

After windows was released I needed to switch to an external modem just to have it work reliability.

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 742

I was under the impression that Gentoo still had OpenRC as default while allowing the selection of systemd as an alternative.

systemd is available as an option, but (as you noted) it's not the default and you're not forced into using it. (Except maybe if you want GNOME, later versions of which depend on systemd? I've never used GNOME, so I'm not 100% positive on that.)

Comment Re:Use-case? (Score 1) 160

The direction that a project is going, is further away than where you want it to go.

Lets consider Android vs. GNU/Linux (Now I personally hate calling Linux "GNU/Linux", but I need to differentiate it ). They both use the Linux kernel, but the rest of the Operating systems are very different.
Android was forked so it can better suit a mobile system market. GNU/Linux was more towards the server and workstation.
As Android uses more direct frame-buffer technology, GNU/Linux focuses around X windows.
Android doesn't need to detect every piece of hardware, GNU/Linux does.
Android expect more gestures for its control, GNU/Linux is more keyboard and mouse.

Now on the BSD level. That is mostly server vs server, so the needs are not as large. However there is a fair amount of discussion on how defaults should be setup, what type of hardware should be supported, as moving to a virtual environments how many tasks needed to be running optimally....

Comment Re:couldn't hurt (Score 2) 264

When they moved off hieroglyphs, I expect the reasoning was more political than an actual analysis of the benefits of changing.
You know that getting taken over by Rome stuff. Having the population and demographics shifts where people from other cultures gets integrated in the culture where some of their ideals and values get moved in.
Now there was probably some level of communication loss by leaving the hieroglyphs, that its alternatives never really did pick up. Now as time goes on perhaps we should allow some changes, and get out of Victorian values in literacy.

Comment Re:couldn't hurt (Score 1) 264

Except for the fact that illiteracy rates are at an all time low.
Back in the good old days when people weren't interested such stuffy formal books, they just decided that reading wasn't for them, so they never learned. Yes emojis are silly, and are used in informal methods. But for the most part they used for fun. If I get an email from my boss and it has emojis on it, it means it is informal communication, as he is just joking around. However if it is more of a formal request there are no emojis, so it means it is strict business.
When we live in a world of unprecedented mass-communications as I expect even this silly post is being read across the world, having new tools to express themselves in a concise way format is useful. Heck books often have pictures too. Not so much in formal literary books, but in instructional books, children books, and are you really going to open up a can of worms and say comics are just kids stuff.
Sometimes we just need to lighten up, and realize not all communication needs to be strictly formal.

Comment Re: It's not about the crime (Score 1) 262

21 you can finally buy beer, but still cant rent a car

I was 19 the first time I rented a car. Mine was in the shop for collision repair (dumbass backed into me in a parking lot right as I arrived at work). There weren't as many options and they charged more per day than if I had been 25, but I was able to rent a car. It beat biking through the summer heat to get to work.

Many people are unenthusiastic about their work.