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Comment: Re:Painted target (Score 1) 101

by plopez (#48940855) Attached to: Tech Companies Worried Over China's New Rules For Selling To Banks

"The Microsofts, Apples & Oracles - they could remain profitable in the rest of the world, and just not report the sort of growth daytraders want."

And risk lawsuits, shareholders jumping ship, etc. No, the way the system is set up they would have to make a deal with The Devil (and have over the years in the form of Marcos, Hitler, the Argentinian Junta, South Africa under Apartheid etc.) to fulfill their corporate obligations. That is one of several things thing which makes the corporate system inherently evil.

Comment: Re:Alternate Link (Score 1) 209

by plopez (#48923821) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?

"Try to kick ass at least once a week."

I try to do similar things. But then there are last minute meetings (scheduling 8 am meetings at 630 am? Really?), an overnight patch breaks my IDE, a bad switch in the blade farm hoses up routing so I can't make it to my test and development server, a new standard is implemented in coding tools, a new coding paradigm is adopted, HR says we need to get our compliance reports in RIGHT NOW, "Fred" get sick and I have to cover for him, etc.

So good luck with that.

Footnote: most of what I listed and seem to experience day-to-day is shiney new tech not working. Doing a good job is hard when you must constantly fight your tools.

Comment: Regulation can be good. (Score 1) 335

by plopez (#48913895) Attached to: Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

They are not mutually exclusive. Regulation can in fact spurn innovation by forcing people to rethink how they have always done things and trying to invent new technologies to replace it. Regulation can in fact force out old technology which is only in place due to inertia and open a niche for real innovation. Example, smog regulations can spur research into electric cars or better mass transit, or labor regulations can spur interest in more efficient industrial processes.

I predict I will be moderated 'troll' for this post as it is not politically correct.

Comment: Re:Not the first time (Score 2) 105

by plopez (#48898253) Attached to: Brought To You By the Letter R: Microsoft Acquiring Revolution Analytics

"In that respect, sheer size begets evil deeds for some reason."

I have a corporation and so before creating it I studied some aspects of the corporate structure before creating it. That and observation has brought me to the conclusion that there are two factors, at least in the US, which turn corporations into sociopaths:
1) The only real mandate they have is to funnel money to the stockholders, and in this day in age the most powerful stock holders are the CEOs and BODs
2) Avoidance of responsibility is enshrined in the corporate charter model law. Showing that the CEO and BOD are responsible for corporate dysfunction, which often leads to people dying, is nigh on impossible. Esp. when corporate assets can be used to defend the CEO and BOD.

Until that is fixed corporate evil is almost a given.

Comment: And every job is a McJob (Score 1) 263

by plopez (#48868669) Attached to: The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

I dispose of companies when their services are no longer needed. I show the as much loyalty as they show me. Isn't that what Economists say I should be doing? Looking out for my best interest and to heck with everyone else? If every one does this and follows thr princople of "Greed is Good" then the new Garden of Eden will sprout up spontaneously.

From Sharp minds come... pointed heads. -- Bryan Sparrowhawk