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Comment Re:Here's a bold idea... (Score 1) 212 212

Why don't you try offering them MORE MONEY, and watch the problem resolve itself! It might not be cool, but classic labor Economics still works in the 21st century.

Of course, Microsoft (or any other big tech company) doesn't really have a reason to do that as long as they can get a bunch of cheap H1-B workers to fill the positions instead.

An MSc in CS takes 5 years... So that's a very very long term plan... Also not feasible...
To make people choose CS for money to a larger extent than they already do you would have to double or triple wages... Wages that are already high enough to incentivise studying CS for the money.

Anyways, people don't choose everything in their lives with their wallet. What a sad world that would be.

Comment Re:EU High court = EU, not the whole world (Score 1) 64 64

The decision only affects the EU!

While true, the EU is bigger than the US, so this is still relevant news.
Also the ruling takes basis in the Human Rights convention which many countries have signed.

Sure this has no direct effect outside EU. But this is a legal system covering 28 democratic nations ruling that unrestricted surveillance is a human rights violation.
That ought to give you (Americans) something to think about.

Comment How about common sense? (Score 2) 88 88

One of the things people seem to forget is the "common sense" argument that labor laws are here to protect employees.
If you try to make an organizational-construct where by the small people (who needs this protection) is denied status as employee, you are working against the spirit of the law/regulation.
It's common sense to argue that the regulation was meant to protect your "contractors".

So all the technical arguments about hours, paid by task/hours etc. might not be important at all.

Ideally, though regulation could be clarified to avoid lawsuits like this.

Comment How about common sense... (Score 1) 88 88

Consider also the case of a franchise owner of a restaurant like McDonalds or Subway..... Would this ruling potentially reclassify all of them as employees of the franchise parent?

I suspect not... franschise owners have employees and are not necessarily the "small man", this matters because the spirit of the law/regulation is to protect people who needs it.

Comment Re: this really went to court (Score 1) 64 64

There is no such thing as a certain outcome in a court case, particularly if the other side has a lot of money to spend and can file motions continually. The SCO case took over 10 years. If you run out of money for attorney fees you lose by default.

True, nothing in life is sure...But the SCO case was in the US, I'm not sure it's relevant in the German court system.

Comment Re:And? (Score 2) 108 108

This kid is a full on sociopath and deserves to be jailed.

Yes, let's lock up some kids. I don't think Finland should be looking to adopt the American way of life in prison.
You can't blame a kid for a dysfunctional US society where police forces deploy SWAT teams as if it was sport.

Schwartz was just another victim of crazy US "justice" system.
He would have had a very different treatment in Finland or Sweden.

Comment Re:Please Dont (Score 1) 208 208

Faster updates leads to more bugs and increasing technical debt that strangles development. It is slowly ruining chrome, so please don't do the same.

The "faster updates" I've heard about present was moving things into addons, and separating them from the normal release schedule.

Not release firefox more often...

Comment Re:She's lucky to be able to jump back in! (Score 1) 250 250

In the US, most women who take time off to take care of children are branded unemployable, and often treated worse than a non-mother with a long-term gap in their employment.

It's a legitimate concern for my wife and I. She has a good job that pays well, but is very inflexible and involves a long commute...

So she could look for a more flexible job with a shorter commute and work part time from home or something like that...

Or you could be the stay at home dad and let your wife go to work... (it's an option, but I suspect you would fear for you career too)

Comment Re:That will end well (Score 3, Insightful) 37 37

Cue a bunch of ISPs playing games with the definition of "normal conditions".

Then they'll get sued... and if that doesn't work politicians will make new law clarifying the intend.

Many EU member countries are good at not letting companies play word games..

Comment Re:this really went to court (Score 4, Interesting) 64 64

i tell you we are fucked for this to even need a court case of course we can flag and block things we don't what on your pc.

Relax... You can sue over many things; that doesn't imply you have a snow flakes chance in hell of winning...
They were probably just hoping avira would settle, and add an exception for freemium.

Comment Re:Rule Engine? [Re:Security team] (Score 1) 517 517

Couldn't a scan rule be put in place that only scans during the day IF the night scan didn't complete?

Sure if and if there is no tool for this... just script it yourself... Of course that would be easiest on linux... But not impossible on windows.

We have a similar scan problem, but our co's policy is to not shut down PC's at night so that they can get Windows updates.

That is ridiculous, I know windows sucks... but leaving computers on is irresponsible... Policies like this is the reason why we shouldn't have cheap energy. Basically, we need high energy taxes, so people solve the problem right instead of just working around it..

In this case, add a "shutdown for the day" button, that does the updates, scanning, etc. before shutdown. Or use an OS that can apply updates silently and doesn't require scanning for viruses, etc...

Comment Re:Security team (Score 1) 517 517

You can just remove the shutdown option on the start menu either locally with the windows registry or remotely using AD. We did this for a bunch of our key servers at work because a couple of people kept fat fingering the servers.

If you don't want you orgs PC to shutdown or sleep when not in use... It's probably time for more energy taxes.

There are plenty of ways to solve these problems... Leaving all PCs on all the time, is not a good one. And if companies can figure that out on their own, society should facilitate a clear financial motivation.

Comment Re:TNSTAAFL (Score 1) 272 272

then you don't advertise unlimited without a clear explanation of those reasonable limits.

Even a clear explanation isn't worth much if "unlimited" is written in big letters... and the definition is deep in the fine print.
I believe the EU made a law a few years ago, stating that you must deliver whatever you write in large letters... Basically, that putting things in fine print isn't good enough...

If they have a "reasonable" limit at 1TB, they are selling 1TB traffic, not unlimited.

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