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Comment: Could just be a liability issue (Score 1) 580

by ikhider (#48622739) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release
Bog corps have a CYA (cover your ass) policy. It has nothing to do with safety. If there is a threat and only one attack is carried out, Sony could be held legally liable for not doing their due diligence. The family of the injured/deceased could sue Sony because there was a threat and Sony ignored it. USA is a nation of litigation, not the betterment of her citizens. But hey, we're in a multinational corporation-run world so the rest of the planet will have to comply. Corporations love to say "it's for your own safety" but that is really one of the biggest lies.

Comment: Have Shane Carruth direct it, and it will be good. (Score 2) 297

by ikhider (#48594009) Attached to: Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"
Ridley Scott's Alien and Blade Runner are gorgeous, meticulously put-together films. I have no idea why his later films came out so horribly, like Prometheus. About the only director at this time who can instill a sense of wonder is Shane Carruth. Throw him into the mix and it will be good. Don't make the film a special effects fiesta. Some subtle bits here and there. And please, please do not call it "Blade Runner 2". You are begging for a bad film at that point.

Comment: Paying for what? (Score 1) 415

by ikhider (#48556819) Attached to: Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'
Perhaps the sole reason I use Windows is to use Adobe software. I do not have a choice in the matter, work/school requires that I run that software. Now I need an operating system to run that software. I cannot afford Mac, so Windows it is. But wait, Windows is not stable. I have to get antivirus, defrag, software/driver updaters and registry correction software on top of that. It costs a lot, but still cheaper than Mac. Forget the fact that there is a l o n g list of people asking Adobe to open a port to Linux. So I have to pay a premium for what is probably the worst, most unstable operating systems out there. Mind you, Adobe is just as bad. You have Adobe taking gigs of space for their software and it crashes like a drunken, overweight sailor in a china shop. I used GNU/Linux for years before I suddenly had to get Adobe and it is night and day. You can get GNU/Linux and a tonne of software for a mere tiny fraction of hard drive space that runs secure and rock solid. Well, serves me right for making a compromise. I went the Adobe route and get shafted every which way. If Windows wants us to pay more, start making something stable, secure and operational.

Comment: Is it legally binding (Score 2) 398

by ikhider (#48546995) Attached to: Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced
If you are made to sign a document against your will? Years ago, I applied to temp agencies for work. I was made to sign a document wherein I could not negotiate employment with a client company directly. A lawyer told me that document does not hold up in court because no one can stop you from looking for work. While references are something you do need and you are at a company's mercy for, a lot of stuff they make you sign is questionable and may not hold up in court. Especially if you are made to feel you have no choice and are made to do it to ensure survival. As a temp worker, I just wanted to pay bills and would have signed pretty much anything if I had to. The lawyer told me that was another factor consider as well, which further weakens such documents under scrutiny of the courts. While the argument can be made, 'just find work elsewhere', in a bad economy our choices are increasingly limited.

Comment: In some cases, paid support makes sense (Score 1) 118

by ikhider (#48541979) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Paying For Linux Support vs. Rolling Your Own?
When I first started out my business I had a shoestring budget, if that. I could not afford conventional Microsoft software like the OS and office suite, anti virus, graphics design software, accounting software and so on. GNU/Linux seemed the best route to go. However, I knew very little about GNU/Linux either. For a small fee, I paid for GNU/Linux support and had someone there to hand hold me through crucial moments when I did not have time to research problems on my own or when I got stumped by a bug. It was great to know someone was there, on retainer, whom I could call when things got rough. Now I do not need paid support, at this time, because I can sort out these issues on my own. However, if my business was to grow, I know not all employees can handle the GNU/Linux OS, so paid support is a good idea if I am too busy to explain everything. Paid GNU/Linux suport is one of the best things I ever invested in. Sure, there are some weird support staff at there, but that made for fun conversations and a lot of learning.

Comment: Perhaps Sony should go retro (Score 1) 528

by ikhider (#48528897) Attached to: The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought
Maybe such a prime target like Sony ought to lay off the whole 'cloud storage' thing and go a bit luddite. Use paper instead of e-mails, tape instead of digital--older mediums of information. Heck, use typewriters again. Sure, their offices may wind up looking like something out of Brazil, but a lot harder to hack. It certainly is awful what Sony did with their DRM spyware on consumers and some may call it karma. Perhaps this can be a learning experience and a way for Sony to take a new approach. Then again, maybe Sony will watch the end of Brazil and want to go that route with consumers instead.

Comment: Re:Cliche (Score 1) 390

by ikhider (#48481547) Attached to: First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released
I thoroughly agree. What made Star Wars originally was the special effects and design concepts. This looks like a rehash of old ideas, right down to the cliche intro. They could have done a better job. They also could have brought in some really good concept designers instead of reserve stale ideas. This is sort of the McDonald's of sci-fi. Take a look at what was done to the Star Trek franchise, they turned it into children's movies. Little better than cartoon series whereas the original idea was to boldly go where noone has gone before. Instead we have the binarisms of villains and good guys instead of exploration of the new.

Comment: Based on these posts, you can tell (Score 1) 1128

by ikhider (#48457707) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting
Slashdot users are predominantly African American. There are a lot of insightful comments that address the grievances of African Americans and why they might have experienced displeasure with the US justice system. We learn the extent some might wish to express displeasure though various means, correct or not, with the ruling. Slashdot taught me to understand the dissent, though I may or may not agree with it. Finally, Slashdot offers hope to attain a means of peaceful conflict resolution.

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