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Comment: Price Matching (Score 1) 83

by Luciano Moretti (#46747881) Attached to: Seattle Bookstores Embrace

Last time we were at Barnes and Nobel, we looked at a number of books (we promised my son a new book if he behaved well on our mall trip, which he did).

We looked at several books, but they wouldn't price match Amazon so we left with one book (a cheaper one) and added the rest to my son's Amazon Wishlist instead of buying 2-3 more expensive books.

Comment: JIT Printing FTW. (Score 3, Insightful) 83

by Luciano Moretti (#46747797) Attached to: Seattle Bookstores Embrace

I'm surprised more bookstores haven't embraced JIT Printing: Don't see what you want on the shelf? We can print & bind it for you in 10 minutes. Make it have the ability to choose paper weight, cover (hard or softcover), font size, etc and you may be able to add enough value to sell it at a higher profit than a mass-market printing. Just being able to offer a back-catalog or out-of-print options is a huge win IMO.

Comment: Re:Obligatory Fight Club (Score 1) 357

by Luciano Moretti (#46622261) Attached to: An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

Who gets to choose though?

Do I get to deny coverage to my employees for other legal medications and procedures based on my religious beliefs? There are religions that don't allow blood transfusions. Can I not pay for them? My employees are still able to get them at market rates, I just don't want to pay for them. There are alternatives that would work in a lot of the cases (Saline solution).

Comment: Re:Business decisions should not be altruistic (Score 1) 606

by Luciano Moretti (#46337733) Attached to: 'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

I've heard stories from people who worked in one of the not-so-nice areas of Milwaukee. They'd often bring people in for interviews, but the candidate would no--show: they'd drive into the neighborhood and turn around to go back to their hotel. While they had 24/7 security patrolling the area they still had occasional bullet holes in the walls of the building.

Comment: Re:More than one type of "freedom" (Score 2) 1098

by Luciano Moretti (#46060511) Attached to: FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

With Windows you can file a bug report and hope Microsoft fixes it. But if you're using Windows 2000 they're going to tell you to shove off and you have no recourse.

I can go back and hire someone to port a feature or bug fix back into the 2.2 Linux Kernel if I want. It will be costly, because not many people are familiar with the 2.2 kernel anymore, but I bet I could find someone if I looked hard enough and paid well enough.

Comment: DOS Patent Trolls? (Score 5, Interesting) 143

by Luciano Moretti (#46047229) Attached to: US Supreme Court: Patent Holders Must Prove Infringment

How hard would it be for OpenSource Projects and Small Companies to file for a declarative judgement lawsuit for every software patent held by trolls? I'm assuming that filing fees would get cost prohibitive quickly, but would we be able to DOS attack the patent trolls and the courts they use to prove the point?

Comment: Controller Area Network? (Score 1) 365

by Luciano Moretti (#45607399) Attached to: FCC Chair: It's Ok For ISPs To Discriminate Traffic

I'm sorry, but what does a low speed, differential serial bus network used primarily in Automobiles and Industrial controls have to do with preventing ISPs from changing content providers to provide faster transport?

Yes, even though I use CAN in my job, I did Google looking for a version that fit your post, but did not find one on the 1st page of results.

Comment: Ombudsman. (Score 1) 310

You're at a Fortune 500 company.

Document issues, why they are regulatory violations, document that your raised them to your boss and got pushback (agree with the "offsite hardcopy" backup).
Then call the Ombudsman and raise the concern to them. That's what they are there for- Issues where the company itself could be screwed by individuals trying to make numbers any way possible.

Comment: Re:FTFY (Score 1) 629

by Luciano Moretti (#45542575) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are We Older Experts Being Retired Too Early?

He's not talking about Sys Admins, he's talking about DEVELOPERS.

Yes, I expect someone with an IT degree and 5 years of Sys Admin experience to spot those hardware errors, and they usually will. But a guy with a Software Engineering degree and 5 years of Java development? Some of the ones I've met can barely find the power button, let alone know that they should occasionally defrag the hard drive on their Windows machine.

panic: kernel trap (ignored)