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Comment: Re:let me correct that for you. (Score 1) 542

by houghi (#47509527) Attached to: Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

That same Capitalism, where everybody is not just allowed, but encouraged to do whatever other people are willing to pay for, will solve that problem

No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months
Is it that capitalism you are talking about?

Comment: Re:Let us keep our thoughts with our Kremlin frien (Score 1) 663

by houghi (#47499823) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

Do want to shut /. down? Because that is how you shut it down>
This is a discusion site. Discussions have by default speculations.

And welcome to (world) politics where people are pawns in a game they have no part in. (Although sometimes they tell you you do by 'voting'.)

Yes, speculation can easily be confused with facts by some peopel. Also think that if there was no speculation, many times there would also no be any incentive to bring up any proof. Speculate what would have happend in this case:
Everybody is waiting for evidence. Nobody does any staements and speculates who-dun-it.

The result would be that nobody would be willing to look into it.

Comment: Re:Black hole? (Score 1) 276

by houghi (#47476745) Attached to: Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

Businesses are not one person. You can do this, because it is important to you. For companies there is a difference. Many people are involved. Perhaps over several IT departments in different continents.
Thos epeople get sick, have holidays and leave the company for several reasons.

First what often happens is that there is no group email adress like, but rather Then they might split up the company and first just for tax purposes.

Oh and sometimes they need a domain NOW while no IT people are available, so they do it quicly and will do the the transfer later.

And then you have those domains that you do not realy use anymore.

So it is normal that things get forgotten. So here is an idea for allthose who say that never happens to them:
Make a business case out of it and sell the service to companies. You can inlcude gthe service of doing their worldwide DNS service and deal with each local company and department. You can inlcude everything that is included in DNS.

All others are basically looking for technical solutions for a social problem.

Comment: True to their own website (Score 1) 401

by houghi (#47461591) Attached to: Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

From their website at

If you are looking to completely cancel your XFINITY service, we ask that you call us at 1-800-XFINITY (1-800-934-6489). We want to make sure weâ(TM)ve done everything we can to give you the best experience, price and package. We would also love to hear any feedback you have so that we can improve our service.

The call agent was just true to what Comcast told him to do. To be SURE everything has been done possible.
Fun thing is that when you go up one level to you won't find the information on how to cancel. In fact I needed google to find the page.

Comment: Re:Very typical of them (Score 1) 401

by houghi (#47461487) Attached to: Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

Listening to it, it clearly is a management issue. The call agent probably will loose his job over this, becayuse he was the one that got taped, while management was pushing them to do this.
Somewhere it will be written that call agents should not be doing this, but get payed for retention and are trained to do it that way.
If bonusses are directed towards retention, then retention is what they will do, no matter what. These agents do what most people would do. See how they can make the most money. That is why they get incentives for retention, because that is what the management thinks is important.
If they would not think that is important, they would not put the money there.

Obviously the 'quick action' will be firing this guy. However what is actualy needed is not a quick action, but rather a slow action. This means first looking what your priorities are and what your goals are as management and be seriosu about it. If it is money, OK, then do this and back up the people on the phone. Tell them he did a great job.

If it is customer service, find what you think actualy IS good customer service, without forgetting you also want to make money. (Yes, you can do both.)
Good service (or Quality for most managers) is something where if you ask 5 people, you get 6 opinions, so you need to have the definition ready that everybody in higher management will defend.

Next work your way down. This might need a complete change of mindset for the company and will take 2 to 4 years for a company the size of Comcast IF management agrees on it.

Told you what is needed was a slow action.

If _I_ were Comcast, I would go for the money and buy a couple of new houses. Much easier to fire a call agent, his trainer and is supervisor than doing this change your mind shit for 4 years.

Comment: Re:user error (Score 1) 708

by houghi (#47458879) Attached to: People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

People can live without a clothing dryer.

I never use a dryer. I just let nature take its course. I use a community washer/dryer, so in the first place it is cheaper not to use it.
This also makes me use the washer when I have a full load, not for just three socks.
The thing is that it was first money driven and later I started to realize how stoopid I used energy. An electric toothbrush? Seriously?
I do not buy bottled water, bvecause tab water in the western world is good. Not just good enough.
I also worry about climate change.
Yet I still take my car to work, while public transport would be possible AND cheaper, just less convinient. I also worry about my weight, yet I do not do any sports. I know people who had their father die of lungcancer and worry about that and light one up at the funeral.

Comment: Re: Maybe, maybe not. (Score 1) 749

by houghi (#47458685) Attached to: Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

I can see policy like this bringing current globalization trend to a screeching halt as companies would split to have daughter companies incorporated and operating only in certain countries to shield them against this kind of abuse.

Halt it? Do you think that the different taxes laws in different countriea halted the companies?
If anything, the companies will find a way around it.
Just like banks now say 'We will help you by putrring your money in a differnt country." There will be companies who will help companies do the same, if they are unable to do so yourself.

So you will find an IT Kayman Island. This will the be used a a selling point. "Our servers are placed in country X that wil not alow the US to see your data."

Different price ranges might aply to different countries. e.g. EU places might be more expensive, unless it is the UK. I could see e.g. The Netherlands, Germany and Finland as countries that might be more privacy minded.

So do not worry about companies splitting because of this reason. They already do this for tax purposes and there other places in the world.
Many companies can live with the lag placing your data somewhere else.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 751

by houghi (#47449667) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

The EU did something similar when they went from local paper to the EURO paper (The EURO was already in place. People just did not see it)

People who has black money in cash were spending it ASAP. These were not large amounts. People a few thousand EURO. People with a lot more already has and have their black money in a bank.

Also in the past changing bills and leaving a certain amount of time to change them is not uncommon in Europe. In Belgium you can still go to the National bank and change Belgian Frank bills of 100 BEF and upwards. They will have stopped to be legal tender.

Comment: Re:Much better board layout (Score 2) 202

by houghi (#47449339) Attached to: New Raspberry Pi Model B+

I personally would prefer to have everything on ne side, including the SD slot. That way you can close off three side, which is much easier when you want to place it behind e.g. a tv and still be able to access it, whithout too much trouble.

All cables on one side just seems a logical choice for me.

But is is already much better, especially the mounting points.

Comment: Re:Youtube's shitty copyright... (Score 1) 157

by houghi (#47437087) Attached to: "Internet's Own Boy" Briefly Knocked Off YouTube With Bogus DMCA Claim

The whole issue is who gets to decide if the clain is false or not.
In Belgium the comany I used to work for we received several claims from SABAM for people uploading things through e.g. napster and other sharing programs (So this dates back a while) asking first for the name and address of the people doing this.
Legal told me to caugh it up and I told them no, because of the law on privacy. They must come with a legal order, otherwise WE would be punishable as a company. That was something they did not want to do.
Next SABAM asked us to block the sharing of content, to which we said no as well (unless court order).

The idea behind all this was that I, nor anybody in the company can legaly determine if there was a copyright infrindgement or not. I culd have a legal document of being allowed to stream Metallica's music and they just don't like that I have that.

It is similar to saying "I do not like that you park in front of my driveway." and I say "But that isn't your driveway. It is illgal poured asphalt." If we can not figure it out, we go to court, but untill then, I park there.

It obviously helped that at that time I read an official letter from the court letter that as long as no money was involed. e.g. people sharing music, SABAM should not bother the legal system. The moment money would be involved (e.g. burn CDs and sell them) they would be happy to help.

The courts should decide who is right and who is wrong (not commercial entity like e.g. Judge Judy

This is dated information. If you take legal advice from me, you owe me 10 quadrillian Euro.

The two most common things in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity. -- Harlan Ellison