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Comment: Neowin is an idiot (Score 1) 171

by nitehawk214 (#48439043) Attached to: Windows Kernel Version Bumped To 10.0

"Neowin speculates that this large jump in version number is likely related to the massive overhaul of the underlying components..."

The version number and the amount of work on a project have nothing to do with one another. Does he (or they, whatever the hell a neowin is) really think that 40% of all the work that has ever gone into windows happened in this iteration? Version numbers are assigned by marketing and management. You have to name your product something, but what it is named has nothing to do with the engineers working on it.

And yes, I know that the actual name (windows 7, XP, Vista) is also assigned by marketing. But since people know the top name means nothing and look at the internal version number, marketing gets a hold of that and tries to manipulate it as well.

As Londo said... "It does not mean a thing!"

Comment: Re:Which party is scummy? (Score 1) 299

by nitehawk214 (#48414173) Attached to: Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

Hey, I am not defending Uber, they are certianly scum when you look at their past activities.

But what if a journalist was being paid by taxi unions or organizations?

And what does any of this have to do with sexism?

It depends on what they do with their information. Do they point out a conflict of interest, or do they release a journalists home address? One of those is certainly not acceptable. The other might be.

Comment: Re:Depends on Embargo Lift (Score 5, Interesting) 474

If a publisher starts withholding games due to the embargo, then why not make that a story and publish a review of "We were only allowed to see the trailer, but based on the bad faith of the publisher we suggest that NOBODY PREODER OR BUY THIS GAME, because obviously the game must be crap if they feel the need to have an embargo."

If people stopped preordering games and buying on release day... this stuff would stop pretty quick.

Comment: Re:I remember (Score 4, Insightful) 231

by nitehawk214 (#48346717) Attached to: Berlin's Digital Exiles: Where Tech Activists Go To Escape the NSA

You must be getting up there in years. At 35, I am not sure I am old enough to remember it.

I am old enough to remember "ra ra tear down this wall" and other propaganda bullshit from the 80s, but I was too young to understand this was just grandstanding. I can remember the "if you don't support bombing countries you are unamerican" from both the Republicans and Democrats in the 90s. And I remember the day the USA became a police state. It was after the turn of the century on a day in September.

Comment: Making an employee happy, improving the efficiency (Score 2) 185

by nitehawk214 (#48334089) Attached to: Big Data Knows When You Are About To Quit Your Job

"Making an employee happy, improving the efficiency of a company these are hard problems that affect corporations"

Bullshit. This will be used to preemptively fire employees, and deny them unemployment claims based on "they were going to quit anyhow."

The worst part is that it is a fact of life for companies. Happy or not, people quit jobs. Sometimes its out of everyone's hands. Sometimes a person does not want to quit, but due to economics there is no upward mobility for the employee, forcing them to seek another job. Having proper succession plans and not alienating past employees is the key here. The companies gain nothing by being dicks here, but shitty managers will try to screw over outgoing employees, even when the company policy is to do nothing.

My favorite is the promise of "lots lots more money" when I put in my notice. Hey, if you wanted me to stick around, you should have either paid me more before i was quitting, or at least treated me like a human being. Both would be better, but lets not be unrealistic.

Alex Papadimoulis at The Daily WTF summed it up nicely in an article about having alumni instead of ex-employees. Perfectly succinct analysis from someone that has been in the industry. And the mentality change it would take will never happen in a company bigger than a few dozen people.

The world is no nursery. - Sigmund Freud