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Comment FPV racing club at Argonay (Score 1) 98

Imho much more interesting fpv races
They are in a closed part of the forest and there are landmarks to not get lost
Everyone races at the same time and drones have leds on the back to see each others (starwars effect)

Theses ones show an actual race:

In french : it show some background info and preparations, in 3/4th of the video you can see what the actual fpv look for the pilot (not the recorded hd video)

Comment Re:Let this be a lesson to the rest of you (Score 1) 422

You also have to put into equation that the mean salary for a permanent position in IT in france is half what it is in CA.
They could also have hired independent workers in france, being subject to roughly the same set of law than in CA, and pay the roughly the same salary than it CA

Comment Re:The numbers just don't add up. (Score 1) 422

1) Some very rough explanations on the so called lifetime contract in france:

Employers can go to an american like system, with an american like salary, but they usually chose to promise a stable work that the employee will accept for a lower wage. If they fail to provide the promised stability, they have to pay compensation, that sounds fair to me, they had choice.
Clearly hiring a person with the wrong type of contract is misleading employees and peoples go to court for this.
Because maybe i ll sell my house, leave my friends and move my familly for a permanent position. But for a temporary job i'd use the extra money to rent an hotel room.
If you happen to have hired everyone under a permanent contract and you liquidate your company as to not pay the notice time to anyone, you'll get sued.

Contractor agency and independent workers :
Pay a premium price for at will employment (often twice as much, but in reality any price is acceptable, so it s about the same that the US system)

Temporary positions :
There's a number of different contracts to do it, but in the end, _by_the_law_ you have to pay a 20-30% bonus.
Usually you'll get month by month, or 3 month by 3 months contracts for up to 18 months
Only advantage the employe will get is a reduced price for midday canteen
You basically give the 20-30% bonus because the employee can not have a life, get a credit for a house, and will have a number of unemployment periods during which he'll need to live throught.
I think the warning has to be given up to 1 week before.

Permanent position :
The employee expect a lower wage but a "very long" position, 2-10 years would seems a right number by today economics
Being able to buy a house and maybe some advantages like cheaper canteen, a parking slots, subvention for holidays and whatever.
In the first 1-6 months you can fire your employee anytime without any reason (try it time). The warning has to be given 24h to 7days in advance.
After that if you want to fire someone, you have to notice him for as long as the "try it time" was (but i think it's maxed to 3 months ). And pay him 1/3 (before 10years)-1/2(after 10years ) of a month of salary per year he worked.

The notice time doesn't have to be done in the company but has to be paid.

2) Some very rough explanations on the french court system

When you go to court (prud hommes) with an employer, the tribunal will be made of half employees and half bosses from other companies. So clearly if he did nothing bad he had his chances there and could even have made an appeal and go to a higher court anyway.

The express judgement, express payment thing he was apparently subject to a "réferé". Is something different and can be used before the "prud hommes", because prud hommes is a one year process. With it, IF the judge accept the procedure, because he considers the issue to be a super simple case (you break a car in front of the police office and a camera recorded you), you'll get a temporary decision in 24h/1month. It is fast, it may allow you to keep your salary or avoid any evidence to be destroyed .Temporary, because anyone can always go to the prud'homme and open the case there (can't be rejected like an appeal).

Comment In france there s about the same trick with hiways (Score 2) 240

In france, on some highway, if you exit then re-enter the highway in the middle you may pay less. That's because private highway compagnies must, by contract, have some average price. So to make more money, the most used fares are more expensive and the less used ones are less exepensive, and in average, that match the contract they signed with the governement. Threre's a site dedicated to calculate how much you may gain by doing this :

Comment Re:Perspectives (Score 1) 782

I am personnaly not doing this but i can perfectly understand thoses who do: The first professionaly related website visited by either volume or number of hit is maybe the 30th overall (before there's online shopping, football results, and do on, 1st overall is a second hand sales site), even with intranet set as homepage with gpo. Out of 1500 peoples, 500 peoples signed the paper asking for "internet" access (anything but blacklisted sites, no youtubes or facebook but gmail and online banking is ok) ; because they formulated a professional reason for it. And maybe 10 peoples have "unrestricted acess" to internet (direct request from direction). The others have "restricted access" (only whitelisted sites, no banking and no gmail) which is about 200 sites (universities, google map, wikipedia) . Now i think that s perfectly ok to give internet access to peoples; after all i don t care, except it does a hole in the budget but the direction accept it. We pay a premium for the internet connection , that means we are guaranted to have less than a minute of downtime per year and we are called before that happens. Yet 99% of it is used for non professional stuff. Yes big eye watch and if you pass some data cap; your data will be inspcted,you ll be reported to your manager and your internet connection going to the lower tier. Now maybe a fair comparison of this behavor is data storage. A person storing his "game of thrones season 1" on the network will have it : stored on a 40gb optical fiber 50 spinndles raid5 bay, backuped everyday and archived for 10 years. To enforce the direction rules: peoples should have access to bank accounts but not to stock market, yet banks site who also provide stock marked trades cannot be blocked because it all encrypted and we would also block legitimate users (only solutioon https snooping), plus there are case for https movies download and open proxy facebook access. Yet from previouses sites who switched from non encrypted to encrypted; i can tell stock market users use 100 more ressources than peoples simply checking out their bank account. That comment is already quite long, and that was only the economic side of it; trying to explain security implications would be as long.

Comment Apparently there s more to usb (Score 1) 190

Having been badly hit with a worm we did hire a security consultant, and the thing that was tickling me is how comes the worm wasn t hit by on access scan. His response was that as we were infected by a usb key (we re sure of this), there s something specific about usb which makes it so that on it the on access scan won t work, or at least wont work in time, if there s autorun on a computer the worm can be run, go to memory (it bypassed oas), steal some credentials, spread via network, save itself on computer drives with your credentials so it can survive a reboot. From there attach itself to critical windows services that can t be unloaded, attach itself to antiviruses so they don t see it. Spread some more.....

Comment Simple exemple, why patents are stupid. (Score 1) 127

At first patents seems like a good idea, you do research, you don't want to get it stolen, you patent it to protect yourself and make sure you get some revenue from this in case somone want to use your idea. Now imagine i need to go from one side of my house to the other one, i find the shortest path, great. Then i learn that somehow another person has the same house, also had the same problem than me and patented this path thought his house. Would it seems even fair that because someone patented this path you couldn't use it anymore (without paying), after all you found it by yourself and didn't stole his idea, it just happen that for the same problem that many person may have there can be a single best solution. IT stuff is just about the same

Comment Cellphone, home phone, sip and the freebox (Score 2, Informative) 199

If you live in France you get a my favorite ISP, (don t have any commercial relation but be one of his customer), free (appears at on irc )who has what they call a freebox (, which is one of the inventor as what we know now as triple pay for internet, phone, and video, and they offer as a small but good geek bonus an option like a sip account, wifi, and redirections of your phone line linked to your adsl account to that sip account you own. now if you have a phone on which the sip works (bought a n85 a week ago), then you can do what as you want, have a single device. However note that peoples still have 2 numbers to contact you and you still have 2 outgoing choices for phone calls. They got other bonuses like tivo like recoder with HD channels, about 180 channels, and phone to landline to 60 countries for 30â, good news server retention, usualy, 6MB adsl, ipv6, Gb sized mail with zimbra and web account with apache mysql. (note that they had to inovate and redo the dslam infrastructure to do that), hoo too much goodies. I even like their geeky tv ads, and i mean by anyway , long time ago in france when isp were charging us for internet access on top of the phone comunication fee (which was way higher than now), and free was the first to have no charge on top of the phone fees, and that's where they got their name and then their infrastructure and budget to do what they do now. Now also be prepaired to wait for 3 months to get your dsl line, because the historic operator always make a few errors when switching the connecting to their lines.

Comment Something is wrong with /. article title (Score 1) 401

The original article says than: "second generation XO, which it claims will cost $75 " "To anticipate them costing $20 each is not out of the question." That's not a 12$ laptop, but then i guess the article submiter didnt read properly this part: "that can be the difference between earning $1 an hour instead of $1 a day." I guess that s where the 12$ comes from , but it s not the laptop price, but rather the eventual buyer's income for 12h of work at 1$/h

Submission + - Is there value in the SMART monitoring technology?

Khuffie writes: "Ars Technicha has a very interesting writeup regarding a study made by Google about hard-drive failures and SMART technology. Their findings? SMART wasn't a very effective way of predicting hard-drive failure, and that contrary to popular belief, "drive failures did not increase with high temperatures or CPU utilization"."

Submission + - Stable Open Source NTFS After 12 Years of Work

irgu writes: "Open source NTFS development started in 1995 by Martin von Loewis under Linux, which was taken over by Anton Altaparmakov in 2000. Two years ago Apple hired Altaparmakov to work on Mac OS X and made a deal with the team to relicense the code and return the new one, soonest in the spring of 2008. But the team also continued the work and Szabolcs Szakacsits announced the read/write NTFS-3G driver for beta testing last year. Only half year passed and NTFS-3G reached the stable status and has been already ported to FreeBSD, Mac OS X, BeOS, Haiku, 64-bit and big-endian architectures, and new CPU's!"

Submission + - Metasploit running on embedded devices

An anonymous reader writes: Its seems that security researcher David Maynor has gotten the popular open source security tool Metasploit to run on the Nokia N800 internet tablet. Since the N800 runs uses Linux as its OS all that was required was a ruby interpreter. Maynor shows pictures of breaking into a Windows 2000 machine from the N800.

Tricking Vista's UAC To Hide Malware 221

Vista's User Account Control, love it or hate it, represents a barrier against unwanted software getting run on users' computers. A Symantec researcher has found a simple way to spoof UAC and says that it shouldn't be completely trusted. The trick is to disguise the UAC warning dialog in the color associated with alerts generated by Windows itself.

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