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Comment: Re:Decent (Score 1) 464

by houghi (#49491939) Attached to: Seattle CEO Cuts $1 Million Salary To $70K, Raises Employee Salaries

If people double my pay, I would not CARE if it was a publicity stunt. In fact I would HOPE it was a publicity stunt and that it works out for the company. That way I will stay longer in a functioning company.

And this is salary. Not "just" a bonus of 9.400USD for 14.600people from Porche.

So please sign me up for the publicity stunt. (That with the knowledge that in Europe they can't lower your pay, even if you get a lower job at the same company.)

Comment: Re:Technically right (Score 1) 234

by houghi (#49483729) Attached to: Google Responds To EU Antitrust Claims In Android Blog Post

Well, I bought this phone for my grandma. It is a Samsung. So how should she get rid of the Google Android and work Googless?

Please explain in 3 easy to understand steps.

Just because it is technically possible does not mean anything. The reality is that if you buy an android, you are linked to Google.

Comment: Re:This happens about... (Score 2) 131

by houghi (#49479051) Attached to: How Mission Creep Killed a Gaming Studio

Luckily IT people NEVER screw up anything. I have seen them promise on their kids that they would solve issue X by then. The sales people asked this several times. There was no "We think" or "We hope". It was "By 02:15 the lines will be up again."

They were not and now the sales people who gave the promises had to do a lot of things to keep customers.

Or when they said there was no change, so it could not be their problem, but they DID change something and it WAS due to that. Stoopid salespeople had to do a lot of extra work to keep the customers.

So it happens on all sides. In all departments.

Comment: Re:This happens about... (Score 1) 131

by houghi (#49478981) Attached to: How Mission Creep Killed a Gaming Studio

I once had to do my first quaterly meeting with some changes that would be forseen in budget for some new projects.

I asked my boss how I should adress this and his answer was: This is very simple. What we propose is a menu and the menu has fixed prices for each item. They can then decide what they would like to eat.
It is also up to them to have a desert ot not and have a starter or not.

Basically it is putting the ball in back in their hands.

No negotiation, because that would mean that you either gave a to high price or end up with a to low budget.

That does not mean that you can not change anything. If they want a cheaper desert, you can take away the cherry.

Also do win-win or no deal. (straight from 7 habits of highly effective people by Steven R. Covey)

So, do your homework before, not after you sit together at the table.

Comment: Re: For work I use really bad passwords (Score 1) 136

by houghi (#49477593) Attached to: Cracking Passwords With Statistics

We tell normal human beings to use a different password for each of the 200 or so sites that they have an account on, many of which they use once a year. That's idiotic, and users are telling us we're insane by ignoring it.tHIS; This. So much this. I use 5 different passwords. The same as you, but with different ones for work and for home as well added.

IT people only look at their own little world. Their own server and the only thing they are interested in is not being blamed if somebody hacks the system. Then when it is broken into they can say: well, we told the password should be 256 characters long, should be changed each time you get back from a break and must contain the rules as provided by us. The user decided to write it down and that is clearly not allowed.

Instead they should start looking for a better way to do it. People are part of the chain and will be the weakest link; You can not change people, so you need to work with what you have.

So as a result the weakest password I have is my work password. Basically a four letter word with year and month added. I change them every month on the first workday of the month.

Comment: Re:This sh*t again? (Score 1) 245

by houghi (#49476909) Attached to: EU To Hit Google With Antitrust Charges

It's their product, they can do whatever they want with it. Don't like it? Use something else

I will bite. I live in Leuven next to Stella Artois. That became Interbrew, then InBev, which is a Belgian-Brazilian beer coompany. It is now called AB InBev, because the Mericans thought the name is important.

So this Brazilian/Belgian company should start selling beer to 16 year olds in the USofA, because they are not an American company and if people don't like it, they can just NOT buy it.

Make sure your code does nothing gracefully.