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Comment: Re:Or we could just stop racing to the bottom (Score 3, Informative) 274

by hjf (#47313011) Attached to: China Starts Outsourcing From<nobr> <wbr></nobr>... the US

Easy there, union guy.

I said I agreed with the previous post. I'm not anti union. And I'm extremely critical of the government (I'm not american, if that matters).

But unions ARE corrupt, and they are as corrupt as the government. The ideals of unions are good. The problem is: they become giant and extort money from the company.

Here in Argentina the truck drivers union is preparing for a 2-day strike, demanding a 40% raise (after a 30% raise not even a couple months ago). Truck drivers are making more money than many professions (doctors and engineers for example). A truck driver doesn't spend 10 years of his life in college, yet he makes more money than a doctor here, thanks to the "truck drivers union" which paralyzes the country whenever it wants something. That's sheer corruption right there. In fact, that's the reason unions existed in the first place: to protect the "little guy" from the big guy. Except they're the big guy here, and they act like it.

+ - Amazon patents white background photography

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hjf (703092) writes "Photographers hate it. Designers love it. Balancing the right amount of light so that the background is pure white, and the subject is correctly lit is a technique that's been used for decades in photography. Brought to you by the same company that pantented 1-click buy, now we have a patent on white background photos. Never before the term "prior art" has been more relevant."

Comment: Re:A Spymaster Says Spying is Important?! (Score 1) 238

I've read numerous historical documents to get an understanding of the constitution, as well as the actual constitution itself; there is absolutely no reason that one needs to be a lawyer.

I've read numerous technical documents to get an understanding of engineering, as well as the [insert your speciality code here] itself; there is absolutely no reason that one needs to be an engineer.

Comment: Re:I remember this with M$ (Score 1) 221

How do you change the default search functionality in Android?

There is a google search bar in my phone (Android 4.4.2), which, if i tap, long tap, tap and tap menu button, and any other combos, won't offer me an option to change it.

There is also the Android browser, which defaults to google search AND as the home, for which you have to go into "advanced settings" to change the default search provider (IE will ask you on first run).

There is also Google Hangouts now wanting to be the default SMS app.

And there's Google+ claiming to have over 500M users when nobody uses (save for a few developers too cool for facebook). That's because google decided you had to be in Google+ if you had Gmail.

Google is still the best search engine and email provider out there. They are dominant in that area, and they use this to promote their other "platforms", most of the making it opt-out for you. So let's not defend google. They're just another company.

If what they've been doing hasn't solved the problem, tell them to do something else. -- Gerald Weinberg, "The Secrets of Consulting"