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Comment: Re:customer-centric (Score 1) 262

Employees of companies are not legally required to be obedient. They can tell their US bosses 'no'. At which point it would be up to the discretion of the US bosses to decide to take action like firing the Irish employees, or to shrug and say 'oh well'. They are not legally obligated to fire them.

Comment: Re:1 Billion Mobile Users? (Score 1) 83

by the grace of R'hllor (#47772263) Attached to: $33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

When I worked for a mobile app startup, we saw major usage spikes in Indonesia, India and the Middle East, as well as some African countries. They required data. Part of this is that they pretty much skipped the whole landline thing for the majority of the populations, so they could jump ahead on the technology curve.

I would not be surprised to see the 80% figure being true, even with the income difference.

Comment: Re:How many years could he be charged with? (Score 5, Insightful) 299

by the grace of R'hllor (#47696707) Attached to: WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

There's law, and there's international diplomacy. If they yank him out of an embassy, every embassy is at risk of wanton search, and you can say goodbye to diplomatic immunity. If, at some point, Sweden extradites Assange to the US and there's a bit of outcry, they'll say "Oops, maybe we shouldn't have done that", and there will be no repercussions (except for Assange).

I haven't heard Sweden state that they will categorically not extradite him to the US, though.

Comment: Re:Pauses my 16 GB desktop working on 4K program (Score 3, Informative) 371

by the grace of R'hllor (#47631809) Attached to: Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

I can write a one-liner script that will bring a Unix machine to a crunching slowdown. Stupid in, stupid out.

If your little editor / mini-IDE craps out your machine, it is poorly written. Noticeable garbage collection will only be triggered if your Old Gen memory space is too full, which means you're maintaining references in memory which you should not (circular references are fun-- in someone else' code). Also possible is that it's simply not updating the UI while running a compile script, which is definitely bad programming. Blaming Java for that is idiotic.

Disclaimer: I write high-performance Java applications using Spring. Also maintaining a pile of spaghetti that has grown over the past ten years, that still performs adequately.

Comment: Re:I'd just assume keep the two separated... (Score 1) 44

I don't disagree with your main point, but computers don't depreciate as much as they used to. You can still do good work on an 8 year old machine running a fairly recent version of your favorite OS. Hell, my gaming PC is only now beginning to show its age of about 5-6 years, and gaming PCs definitely depreciate faster.

Comment: Re:Don't be so simple (Score 1) 131

by the grace of R'hllor (#47027569) Attached to: Pentagon Document Lays Out Battle Plan Against Zombies

No, he's saying that you can choose between the guy who's going to take your right to know what's in your food because money, or the guy who's going to take your right to know what's in your food. Because money.

Y'all have a de facto two-party system. That means that neither party has any reason to make drastic changes to their intended policy. They just have to slag the opponent, and 4-12 years later they've got the presidency again. Why bother listening to people?

Comment: Re:Not terribly surprising (Score 4, Funny) 306

I'm disinclined to have to disagree with whoever denies that you aren't incorrect.

There is a more obvious way of writing the above sentence, and it should be employed. Even though none of the words are terribly complicated, the whole cannot be understood at a glance.

The same goes for simpler things like operator precedence rules. Code should be understandable upon scanning it, unless it's black magic, heavily optimized code.

Comment: Re:So few (Score 3, Informative) 199

For much of the 20th century, the United States has had >70% tax on the wealthiest as well, with at some point >90%. Apparently, that did not seems to hurt the US.

Not that various American ultra-rich folks are calling for higher taxes on the wealthy too. Instead, they get tax breaks.

A few rich people being a bit upset that their income from labor gets taxed heavily, which they don't feel because the vast bulk of their income comes from investment, won't hurt them. It's the desire to spend spend spend that really gets Hollande. Actual socialists do more harm than good.

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. -- Albert Einstein