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Comment: Re:so what you're saying... (Score 1) 304

by hoggoth (#48152431) Attached to: Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

> But how about a person who's suffered years of emotional abuse "knowing" their spouse is cheating without being able to prove it?

What is the point of proving it? You don't get double-divorced if you can prove it. You don't get more money if you prove it. Decide to stay together or split up, then do it.

Comment: Re:Very easy to solve (Score 1) 179

by hoggoth (#48103455) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

> Restore the prohibitions against spying and require real warrants to engage. No more dragnets.

And while we're at it I'd like a pony and a flying car.
Aint going to happen.
It's like asking a Lion to just stop eating Wildebeast. Pass all the laws you want. Make all the restrictions and checks and balances you want. The three letter organizations have huge budgets for "black ops" where nobody can know what they are doing. Not even Congress. Probably not even the people in the next office in the same three letter organization.

Comment: Can't back up applications?!?! (Score 1) 577

by hoggoth (#48049459) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

> another backup, disk wipe, and reinstall.

The biggest problem for me is there is no way to backup and restore your installed applications! The 6 month shuffle goes more like: backup data, disk wipe, reinstall OS, reinstall every single application you use finding all of the serial numbers and resetting all of your preferences, restore data.

WTF?!

Comment: Re:Or put another way (Score 1) 195

by hoggoth (#48028509) Attached to: CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

The very similar software 'Spector Pro' does the same thing, but is strongly marketed for "monitoring your children" even though the product is used 99% by suspicious spouses and control-freak bosses. I don't expect they will have any legal problems because of their marketing. A few years back they removed the ability to do a "remote covert install" likely because it crossed that line of intent. (remote convert install means it sends an email with a fake attachment "hey look at this picture of the kids playing soccer" which was actually the installation EXE or a trojan that installed itself via an exploit.)

Comment: Re:In Theory (Score 1) 387

by hoggoth (#47865153) Attached to: Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

So what did you convert everything TO? I needed a program to manage my business and whipped it together in Access in one day. It handles customer lists, project lists, billable hours, todos (customer requests) and auto generates all of my end of month invoices from the billable hours.

Thing is I *hate* Access. Every time I have to touch it I cringe because the way it works hurts my brain. But what else would let me make a system that does all this in just a few hours? Foxpro-ish tools would take weeks to code the loading editing and saving data from the database to the on-screen grids and forms. I looked at Lazarus, Rebol, DABO and LiveCode (RunRev), but they all look like they require hand coding the interface to some extent.

Comment: Re:No no (Score 1) 243

by hoggoth (#47743207) Attached to: It's Dumb To Tell Kids They're Smart

At a place I worked, they offered the sales team a challenge very much like the 'ideal' one you described. A group target was set, and each individual was given a target at some modest percentage above what their current rolling average was. Everyone either won or lost together. The sales team was very much like in your description, with an established lead salesperson who made the bulk of the sales and was given all of the "important" big strategic deals, some middle of the pack sales people who did a tenth what the lead did, and a few clueless newbies making cold-calls.

Everyone panicked, started messing up their normal routines. The lead salesperson wanted the prize, so give big discounts to close some sales a month earlier than they would have "naturally", and handed the contact information to the lower salespeople to "close" the sales (ie: write up the paperwork). The lower salespeople gladly took the "free" sales and ignored their own "harder" sales. The contest was won, the next month the lead had a bad month because he had dredged his pipeline with the big discounts. The other salespeople had bad months too because they had messed up the flow of their routines.

I'm not saying your idea isn't good. I'm just saying it's very hard to "game" the sales process, especially when your salespeople are experts at winning the game. Unintended consequences abound...

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