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Comment Re:Article paid by Apple to boo over it. (Score 1) 455

You can organize your icons on an Android around widgets, or at different parts of the screen. Similar to a Windows Desktop. I agree with the grandparent, no on screen/lock screen widgets and just dummy icons is a huge draw back of the iPhone. I wish more icons were like the Calendar and Clock. In the end I do prefer the iPhone over Android just for the battery life and UI fluidity. But I prefer Android tablets over the iPad.

Comment Re:Amazing... (Score 1) 169

You hear this all the time in any business at all clients. About undocumented access rights, old systems, phone numbers, applications, etc. My response has been: "Its going to fail, accept it. Do you want it to happen randomly and you have no idea what happened. Or do you want it to happen predictably and you know why." Sadly many pick the former because "it hasn't happened yet."

Comment Re:Didn't we used to shove 7 year olds up chimneys (Score 1) 187

Because it is not the same thing. We are talking about Africa, not China, their dictators basically enslave the people using the very weaponry the developed world produces. At what point do we say, "No, we should intervene"? Do we let the child soldiers in Africa roam free looting and pillaging their people & resources so that the master can buy higher end weapons from us to support his effort? Hitting closer to home, if the South won the Civil war, became a nation, and kept slavery; should northern USA sit idly by and say "They are a developing nation."

Nike sweatshops in the 1970s are the perfect example. Without consumer awareness and backlash, the situation would have taken decades more to fix itself. Nike did a good job, providing day care facilities in their factories, educational facilities, and doing random inspections. It not only impacted the workers at Nike, but also other companies assessing their current facilities and setting up new ones.

At the same time, it is easy to go too far and become protectionist; imposing our ideals on them. Example: 7 year old is young, but 13... most cultures consider them basically adults. Many carry more responsibilities than 21 year olds in the Western world.

I still remember my college professor's story about setting up child free factories in China in the 90s due to the "sweatshop" scare. I am paraphrasing, but his Chinese counterpart responded to a stern statement after a laugh: "No, no one under 16 will work at _your_ factories Mr. Smith. I will make sure of it. They will continue their regular jobs just outside; servicing the now richer men after shift hours."

So the pendulum can be pushed too far, but it will take forever to get to a good balance by leaving it where it is. I know I made up unfair scenarios up top, but can't we atleast say that labor shifts can't be more than 9 hours long? The underlying reason being that 1 person working for 16 hours is less effective than 2 people working 8 each? There has to be tons of stuff like this that we learned the hard way and can pass on or enforce onto these nations.

Comment Re:Turn it off. (Score 1) 112

I think what you are trying to do is still do able. Just that the old game of getting identifiable information without giving anything is going away. And rightfully so, there have been too many businesses that have abused what is the equivalent of dumpster diving. Asking people not to shred their trash isn't going to go anywhere.

However, why not setup an intranet at each location. Provide people the ability to scan bar codes and get pricing information on the spot on their phone (Macys). Provide a layout of the store and where they can find things (HomeDepot). Provide weekly, in store, or cart based electronic coupons. Provide the weekly ad. In return for this convenience, you get identifiable information on the user. This is a far better trade off to determine what folks are interested in, identify dead zones in your store, or how sales effect foot traffic.

Comment Re: The most serious potential problem with GMO (Score 1) 357

This is true of ANY organism, GMO, non-GMO, hybrid, grafted... except maybe fruits. Nothing out there is working its evolutionary butt off to provide its children for you to safely rip up, process, and consume. In fact, it's just the opposite.

GMOs don't change this equation. That all natural Potato, Corn, Fish, etc are all working to figure out how to kill you so that you won't kill them. In all cases, humans selectively harvest and propagate the mutants off their natural paths.

Comment Re: GMO itself isn't the problem. Its how its used (Score 1) 357

Although he didn't do this, you can't use clean room implementations against patents like you can against copyright. Else a lot of patents on solutions that are obvious after the fact, naturally converging, or having multiple independent sources would be useless. A lot of the patents from the founding fathers time would be pointless. Patents on the lightbulb, telephone, and steam engine would have been worthless.

Comment Re: GMO itself isn't the problem. Its how its used (Score 1) 357

Oh BS. What about all the other crap corporations produce? Toothpaste, vaccines, cars, houses, etc. What makes GMO special that corporations will cause Armageddon with it but haven't with the rest? The system _might_ cause millions to die tomorrow so let's hold back GMO so that millions die today?

Crop diversity? GMO crops aren't one unique sequence or exact clones anymore than the current non-GMO sets. The risk doesn't change with GMO as we were already a mono crop planter with the non-GMO stuff.

Shelf life? What purpose is beer, wine, cheese, jams, pickles, canning, and a whole slew of oddities we call food and have consumed for generations with no issue in digestions? Grains, pulses, and nuts can last for years. There are fruits that will last multiple weeks. That doesn't make them less digestible. Shelf life's purpose isn't to sit in a compost pile longer. It just won't spoil as quickly with proper care.

Comment Re: Fallacy (Score 1) 329

This isn't a Western concept only. Check out the regulatory environment, shipping via trucks, car dealerships, mechanics, home financing, insurance, police tickets, futures trading, NASCAR, casinos, credit cards, etc. Tell me they aren't trying to wiggle through loopholes. All in the US.

There is no reason this day and age that the US can't make a quality measuring test for stuff like hammers, chainsaws, and screwdrivers. At this point we should have even outsourced that and just be properly auditing it.

The reason is simply because someone in the US didn't want to pay the pennies extra to build the process as the customer base showed there was a higher profit margin without it.

Comment Re: Merger and Acquisitions (Score 1) 159

The days of putting your blinders on and working in your silo segregated from the rest of the company's operations and external influences are long gone. PHBs would love for you to do that as you are more manageable and closer to the cog they need but it is very detrimental to your personal growth and career.

All employees should be keeping an eye on the competition and motions within the company. This will help you dodge bad positions, career paths, and management. The docile employee is the perfect fall guy, scape goat, and low end of the bonus curve to keep HR's averages happy. At the same time, he is that "unnecessary" cost that needs to be reduced. The employee that keeps looking at greener pastures is actually valued more by the company. Because he has others tell the company what he is worth.

Comment Re: saner summary. (Score 1) 113

People take the path of least resistance. Work the tickets that come in properly, delay till SLA on the whiners, and there is no SLA on emails. You take your time to respond that this email request should be submitted via a ticket.

I used to run a service desk and have had to deal with this many times. Executing on the emails is basically your actions speaking louder than your words.

Comment Different use cases (Score 4, Insightful) 244

MariaDB and MySQL are basically the same thing. It comes down to licensing and vendor preference. But Postgresql vs MySQL vs Sqlite is just a question of what your use case is.

Sqlite is for the prototyping, small projects, and small foot print. Its an amazing piece of software and solution for its niche. It is probably the most widely used DB out there. Extremely easy to setup, program against, and test. And very forgiving.

MySQL is for the small to large size operations. Easiest to setup and manage for the feature set you obtain. It is fast and reliable and has a lot of 3rd party support. Most devs work in this area and I think this is why it is used so much. It is also many folks first "personal" testing DB and thus has a lot of momentum. You can use it at the enterprise level, but not really where it shines. Its like taking a Camry and putting a HEMI in it. It works, but that's all we can really say about it. Use when migrating an existing solution is too costly.

Postgresql is large to enterprise level projects. I place it between MSSQL and Oracle. Its a wonderful software minus the "Dedicated Vendor Support" toilet paper that PHBs love. Extremely feature rich. But it needs enterprise level care and maintenance processes just like the others. You can use it on small projects, but its really over kill.

This is the same discussion we been having since 2005. Each system has improved a lot, and their use cases overlap more, but the general logic on which is best to use is still the same.

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