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Comment Re:the most moronic subject matter on slashdot (Score 1) 281 281

We will have to rewrite tons of literature because we changed the definition of a word that has had the same definition for thousands of years.

Well, you're not being very gay today, are you? Here, let me fathom you to make you feel better! Personally, Personally, I think your argument is neither silly nor awful.

Comment Re:Lawsuits and licenses are not the problem (Score 1) 250 250

It's not just sillicon valley (startup) companies. Many large, world-spanning companies only recently have begun license management in earnest, demanding extensive paperwork for everything they buy from their suppliers to ensure they're not accidentally walking into a PR disaster. And apparently, many suppliers have not really had any license management either, going by the motto nullo actore nullus iudex. Luckily, that is changing in many places now and awareness and sensibility is on the rise.

Comment Re:Ignored Posted Signs (Score 1) 674 674

What gets me is that the idea of being arrested not for violating a law but for being a malcontent seems to have a lot of supporters in the UK. Doesn't seem like a place I'd want to live in. Not trying to be a jackass myself most of the times, but.. wow. Strange idea of freedom, really.

Comment Re:I would sell it (Score 1) 654 654

Guess it depends on where you are, and how good the connections are. I'm in Germany, too, in some small backwater hamlet, and I need to drive to the large city every day. 35 minutes commute by car, two hours (!) by public transport because I'd have to wait 40 minutes in the next bigger town for the connecting train. Plus the bus to take me there only goes once every hour, so I'd have to make damned sure to be at the station on time or I'd lose a lot of time. Hugely inflexible.

Before moving to our current place, I lived in the big city though, and I didn't even bother to get a driver's license because I'd just take the bus or just walk everywhere.

Comment Re:Easy ... (Score 2) 318 318

So, with that manager in the way, one who can't really type fast, and has problems understanding IRC, mailing list etiquette, commits, you name it -- isn't going to be comfortable with a system that really doesn't need him.

Sounds to me like that's going to be a problem no matter if you work remotely or not :o

Comment Tried it and hated it (Score 4, Interesting) 318 318

Up until recently I was an independent software development contractor. In the beginning of my career, I was working from home on semi isolated components, and I really hated it. It's very hard to concentrate on anything with all the distractions, you can't talk to anyone (even if it's just bitching about something), you don't get to know what's going on in the company, and when you have as small an apartment as I had back then, it's very hard to "switch off" from work after work, because in my case, my desk and bed were in the same room, and that makes it hard to "switch".

Add to that the obvious problem of constant distractions... but then, you get those in the office, too ;)

A large number of installed systems work by fiat. That is, they work by being declared to work. -- Anatol Holt