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Comment: Re:Managers & HR take note (Score 1) 115

by houghi (#49558615) Attached to: When Exxon Wanted To Be a Personal Computing Revolutionary

Some people will say "Screw you" no matter what. If you are an employee, you will need to adapt in some way or another.

That does not mean that you should not treat them like human beings, but asking people to work certain hours, just like the rest, is not that unreasonable.

Obviously we do not know what was going on, but I doubt that was all that was an issue. Most of the times there are more things that are going on.

Comment: Re:Less Mind Games? (Score 1) 89

It might be interesting, but that does not mean it is better if you want to win.Many do play not because it is interesting, but because the result of their game makes them money.

And if a boring game makes them more money, that is what they are willing to play.

The goal is to make money; not to play.

Comment: Re:Seems to be OK all around then (Score 1) 607

by houghi (#49535861) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California

Not good enough. They will meet the other kids at Disney World and other (semi-)public places like public transport and the park.

I would say: If you don't want your kids vaccinated, they won't be your kids anymore. Problem solved. (We could give them to the gay community)

Comment: Re:Back to the future (Score 1) 78

by houghi (#49534497) Attached to: Facebook's "Hello" Tells You Who's Calling Before You Pick Up

Where I work we often need to call people to, ah, remind them they are behind in their payment. We use both call avoidance and show who is calling. Because some people will pick up if they know who is calling and some will pick up if they think it isn't us.

(That besides those who either never or always pick up)

The results between using a number and not using one is about 50/50 in the results.

Comment: The correct quote (Score 2) 228

by houghi (#49526767) Attached to: UK Police Chief: Some Tech Companies Are 'Friendly To Terrorists'

Please find below what he actualy said:

Son, we live in a world that has walls. And those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives...You don't want the truth. Because deep down, in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall.
We use words like honor, code, loyalty...we use these words as the backbone to a life spent defending something. You use 'em as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it! I'd rather you just said thank you and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you're entitled to!

(Man, this is more insightfull and scary than funny. Especially that last bit.)

Comment: Re:$100 billion for 150 miles? (Score 1) 189

by houghi (#49523233) Attached to: Maglev Train Exceeds 600km/h For World Record

An hour to get to New York Manhattan. Not just the airport. You must look at the door to door time it takes.
  What is the time you leave home? What is the time you arrive at your destination? e.g. if would go to Paris, when I look at flying time, it would take 55 minutes with a plane from Brussels to Paris.
By train it would take 1:31.

However I do not live at the station nor at the airport. And those will not be my destination. Say I would go from my home in Leuven to the Eifel tower.
Taxi to the airport : 20 minutes (If there is traffic, make that an hour)
Time before departure : 1 hour
Flight 55 minutes.
Getting out of the airport : 15 minutes
Taxi to the eifeltower: 36 minutes
Total time: 3h06 without any trafic. With trafic, add 1 hour easily.

Train: Walk to the station 5 minutes
Train from Leuven to Brussels, change to train to Paris and arriva in Paris: 2:00
Bublic transport to Eifetower : 35 minutes
Total time:2:40

So even now the train is already faster. And these trains "only" drive at 320. I also have taken a taxi, instead of parking and loosing extra time for that and picking up a rental car.

To compare: by car it is 3 hours and 20 minutes. Yes, I am aware that other people do not live 5 minutes walking away fron the train station. Yes, YMMV. The thing is that you need to look at door to door times. I have not even looked at prices. Lowest price I saw to Paris was 29EUR (31.13USD)

And if you are interested, I could be in London in 3h30

Websites I used are:
Google Maps in Classic layout
Google Flights

Comment: Re:Giving the customers what they want (Score 1) 214

by houghi (#49517825) Attached to: Netflix Is Betting On Exclusive Programming

Perhaps I am old fashioned, but I do not like the whole season in one time. Having to wait for what will happen next week was part of the fun.

I noticed that I hardly finish a season of anything. Daredevil? Watched two shows and the rest is waiting. Orange is the new black? Watched the first series by forcing myself. The second is still on my planning.

The same goes for al others that I have. This while when I look at other shows who even might be less in quality, I watch them all.

And why make 13 different shows when they are available at the same time anyway? You loose a lot with just the credits.

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.