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Comment: Labour laws (Score 5, Insightful) 249

by phorm (#49802579) Attached to: Mandriva CEO: Employee Lawsuits Put Us Out of Business

Uh, so you got hit with penalties in court because "labour laws are very generous towards the employees in France", which really means "we weren't following the labour laws in the country in which we had an office and did business", and probably finally means "we tried to screw employees in a way that would have worked perfectly fine in North America or other countries but got called on it in France, which cost us a bundle" ...

Comment: Re:The future of MIDI (Score 1) 101

by phorm (#49799269) Attached to: Android M To Embrace USB Type-C and MIDI

Phones with intentionally lower DPI, for people with less-than-perfect eyesight that still want to use their phone.

Uhhhh, or just better "accessibility" options within the OS, and/or tuning of the resolution used by the OS/apps display. There's no need to deliberately limit the hardware in this regard (although it may also improve performance/battery-life, so could be useful in that case).

Comment: everything (Score 1) 121

Pretty much anything can be done globally, including management, but we don't see that so much do we?

Beyond that, there are some things that you don't intelligently outsource, such as things dealing with breakthrough technologies, military secrets, medical/financial systems, etc. Why, because foreign countries don't necessarily follow the same laws and domestic, and even if they do ... good luck putting the genie back in the bottle when they've leaked out and the worked is out-of-country. At least domestically if you catch somebody spying etc you can charge them and/or lock them up.

Comment: Re:It's OK (Score 1) 389

Yeah, my response to "I'm a pedestrial" would be

And I'm behind the wheel of thousands of pounds of fast-moving metal. In court, you might win by sympathy even if you crossed against the signal, but that's only if you survive, and only because they jury will want *somebody* to pay for your horrendous injuries even if you brought them upon yourself...

Comment: News for nerds (Score 1) 443

That everyone and their dogs seems to be worrying about this IS news for nerds, especially as it may affect the current/future careers of many IT nerds. I don't see slashdot saying "women should be coders", I see "group A says there aren't enough women coders [because of culture/etc]" and "group B says it's actually because they're not raised with an interest in coding"

Comment: Re:And I'm the feminist deity (Score 1) 443

Finally, I've never heard of sports being a big thing in India. They have cricket of course, but I don't think it's like the sports-mania we have here in the US.

HA! You might want to think again on that. Cricket is a big deal to many in India. Maybe they don't have the fireworks and cheerleaders of a US football game, but there's still a huge passion for the sport.

I still remember two of my co-workers coming in looking like they'd both been drinking all night long (neither consumes alcohol) and then hit by a truck... because they were up all night watching the India-Pakistan cricket match.

Comment: Password protect (Score 1) 107

by phorm (#49776635) Attached to: Large Amount of Star Citizen Art Assets Leaked

People used the link to download the data, and then it spread all over the internet. Remember folks, always password-protect!

Or better yet, firewall. Those assets shouldn't have been on public server, but rather somewhere behind a firewall+VPN, etc (password protection would have been an additional good idea though, in case of a breach).

Comment: Re:Why content owners don't like Netflix (Score 1) 224

"They give absolutely no information about how many viewers watched the content."

Why would this matter? In TV-land, the networks care because the *advertisers* care about getting their ads in between popular shows, and one of the best benefits of Netflix is that there *aren't* any ads except perhaps existing product placement in-show. In Netflix, there seem to be lots of places that discuss which shows are most popular, so there should at least be some gauge as to whether the show is going to be worth carrying forward from wherever they're getting that information. Judging by how Netflix was willing to pay the US internet carriers their pound of flesh, I'd imagine that they have margins enough to still send good cash to the content owners.

Comment: Re:Alternatives (Score 1) 224

Streaming week-old shows might be a bit much to hope for, but in reality if we even had better options for purchasing episodes that would great. Rather than the current cableco setup, I'd envision somewhere where you add credit, and then can choose what you view from your available credits (e.g. to watch the latest Simpsons or Big Bang episode is $0.25). Overall cost might actually be much the same but it would pull in the outliers who are only prone to certain shows and not willing to blow $50-100 on cable packages to watch the 1-2 commercial-ladel episodes a week.

This would seem to be an avenue where micropayments might actually work out well for everyone. They could even throw in incentives like a coupon towards buying the season with discounts from the episodes you already paid to watch.

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