Ubuntu, which most people use nowadays, has privacy-invading features too in default install. See those Amazon links when you search for something on your machine? That means your query was sent to Amazon.
As a developer, you're typically not in a position of power. In large companies as long as you're obviously not going to leave, you're pretty much universally perceived as a cog. Sometimes as an expensive cog, but a cog nevertheless. The most power you can have is when you vote with your feet and go work elsewhere.
To a company this means they'll have to replace you with an unknown dude, who is difficult as heck to hire, and they'll likely have to pay quite a bit more money as well. So some tactical effort will likely be made to keep you (assuming you're valuable). This never leads to any kind of long term improvement though, so whatever irked you before this tactical last-ditch thing will continue to irk you in the future, and you should leave anyway.
10 times out of 10 NVidia non-GPU chip benchmarks are paid for by NVidia and are complete bullshit, designed to get fanboys to buy their latest chip. There have been no exceptions with Tegra to date.
Basically, a way to get people to leave, without going through the trouble of laying them off or providing severance. The often overlooked part of this is of course that good people leave first, and mouth breathers and managers of all sorts hang on for dear life since they are unemployable elsewhere.
This is Google, they have almost all of the things you've enumerated available to every full time employee.
"One bonus per" policy was introduced after it became fashionable to do peer bombs for great work. Peer bomb is when a number of people get together and each of them awards a peer bonus to someone. If a lot of people get together, the resulting sum could be quite substantial, though usually it wasn't more than 5 people.
Someone is about to learn about Simpson's paradox: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...
Do you even measure "quality and velocity", let alone "increased productivity"? Do you control for confounding variables? I bet the answer to all of that is "no". For all you know it might be hurting all those metrics, but you feel good about yourselves because you do "stand up meetings" every day and talk about how you couldn't get anything done the day before, but today you will definitely be able to do it.
Reminds me of the post on The Verge the other day about $45K 3.3KW solar charging stations that San Francisco bought with taxpayer money. Man, I'm glad I'm not a CA taxpayer, because I'd be pissed. Let's very optimistically assume 365 days sunny days a year and 10 hours of sunlight. That's 12775 KWh of energy, which at $0.15/KWh works out to $1916 per year. That's 23 years before those chargers pay for themselves, and that does not include repairs and maintenance (such as, you know, washing those panels once a year, and replacing broken stuff), AND the assumption is that the batteries generate their peak output through the entire day. So realistically, 50-60 years before you have any chance of breaking even.
This is basically the same thing. It makes no economic sense for 99.9% of its potential users, even those who already have solar.
Later in the day, the verdict was extended to the rest of the bill of rights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
There are a lot of CEOs who make $1 per year to pay less in income tax, and rake in hundreds of millions in stock comp. Also, $70K is barely adequate in Seattle.
>> they can't be a customer of ours
They very much can be. They just can't be customers of _Windows_. Mark is confusing Windows with Microsoft again. They can be customers of Azure, they can be customers of Office, they can be customers of SQL Server. I mean, just about any Microsoft product can run (and therefore can be sold) on Linux just fine. Except for Windows itself.
Particularly for server products, I just don't get why Microsoft insists on offering them only on Windows. Seems like at some point they too will wake up to the reality on this.
If these are the two choices, I'd rather have Cruz. At least he only caused minor clusterfucks so far. Fiorina has ruined one of the most significant US technology companies. I don't want her to do the same to the rest of the country.
This is what desperation looks like. Paraphrasing Vic Gundotra (of Google+ "fame"): three turkeys don't make an eagle.
How about introducing "against all" option on the ballot? I bet that would boost turnout. Democrats and Republicans are two flavors of the same: parties wholly controlled by corporations.