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Comment Re:the important detail (Score 1) 634 634

well it's not like they didn't know her age either, they saw that before they called her too

It's quite one thing to know an age beforehand, and another to experience the age firsthand.

Although how would they know the age beforehand? It's not legal to ask and most people don't say.

Even if explicit years aren't listed, it's usually not hard to decern how many decades of experience a person shows on their resume.

I think it can easily be that in-person, the group of younger people simply does not feel as comfortable with them. It's not even really age discrimination so much as cultural discrimination because the difference in cultural experience is so large... Frankly I don't even have an issue with it, because if a group is not comfortable working with you you are not going to be happy working with them either.

I totally agree that a lack of "fit" is almost always bidirectional. If they don't like you as an employee, you probably won't like them as an employer. However, this "culture" thing is totally bogus. It's a cop-out and a codewode for differences in gender, sexual orientation, age, race, family situation, appearance, height, weight, accents, religion, political views, hobbies, sports fandom, school attended, etc. It's another way to say that you are experienced and qualified in terms of skills, but I still don't want to hire you. In fact, someone of a different race would directly have differences in cultural experience, and that type of hiring consideration is illegal. There has to be a better codeword ...

Comment Re: Good for greece (Score 1) 1307 1307

The Fed right now has $1.7 trillion in "toxic assets" on its balance sheet. In return, primary dealers got $1.7 trillion in deposit accounts at the Fed. No one else was going to lend to those dealers; they were tapped out, couldn't roll over their funding. But the Fed extended its unlimited safety net to them. Why not give Greece the same courtesy?

How many of those dealers were Americans? It was a case of a single country helping out its own economy. If Greece wants to do the same, it should go right ahead.

Comment Re:Normal procedures for North Korea and USA (Score 2) 183 183

Please don't resist. In oppressive regimes such request should not be challenged.
We feel sorry for folks living in USA or North Korea

What an utterly inane statement. This slashdot discussion is all about juries, judges, laws, interpretations of laws, justice, and freedom. Do you think any of these things matter in North Korea? That's the huge difference between the US and North Korea. Sure, there are a lot of things wrong with the US and its government and laws, but it's nowhere near the situation in North Korea. Not even close.

That's a common problem here on slashdot, the bubbling of emotions to cloud reasoning. Yes, prosecuting people based on words that would not be viewed by most people as threats is despicable. But equating that to having someone executed on a whim is utter nonsense.

Comment Re:Law? (Score 1) 528 528

No one may be disadvantaged or favoured because of his gender, ancestry, race, language, motherland, land of origin, faith/religion, religious or political "ideology". [...]

But residency, nationality, and immigration status are not on that list, unless somehow the above list is interpreted in a non-intuitive way. Are all non-EU people allowed to immigrate to Germany for the purposes of study or employment? Seems like at least for employment, the above list is not all-inclusive.

Comment Re:For watching or for editing? (Score 1) 60 60

Each of my daughter's school performance videos is a 30-50GB file, and they quickly add up.

Is that a copy for watching or for editing? An extended DVD is 8 GiB, and it uses an obsolete codec (MPEG-2). I'll grant that video production needs more disk space, but I imagine that "most" people won't be doing that. Besides, I was under the impression that external interfaces (USB 3, eSATA, Thunderbolt) have become fast enough to support editing video, so you could leave the SSD inside the case and plug in the HDD only when needed.

Yes, I could transcode the video to something much more compact. I don't have a camcorder with a newer interface, so I wouldn't want to use it as a storage device. However, the main reason I don't do either is convenience. I already have an HDD, so I can simply copy the file. Why go to all the hassle just to fit the file into a smaller device?

Comment Re:Cheaper than that (Score 1) 60 60

It is pretty incredible how the larger capacity SSDs have come down in price. $149 is in the affordable range. However, 500GB used to be sufficient to store multimedia, but that is no longer the case. Each of my daughter's school performance videos is a 30-50GB file, and they quickly add up. The cloud is okay as a backup, but for primary file storage it's more costly, higher latency, and less convenient. For non-multimedia storage, we already had affordable SSDs in usable capacities, so I'm not sure I would get a $149 500GB over a $70 128GB SSD plus $90 3TB HDD.

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Comment No big deal (Score 1) 166 166

If the school monitoring student or staff internet activity at home, at the library, or one personal devices accessing non-school networks, I would be concerned. However, this is no different than a company saying that on their network and when employees are on the clock, they should be using the network for activities directly related to the companies interests.

Almost all students and staff have alternate access to the internet during the majority of their awake hours, so this is not a big deal.

Comment Re:Do people really take this risk seriously? (Score 1) 236 236

I for one have *never* been afraid of asterisks.

It's good to have a healthy fear of asterisks -- there's a big difference between "rm -rf *.tmp" and "rm -rf * .tmp"

Asterisks are nothing compared to slashes. You should try "rm -rf * /", as root, of course.

Comment Re:See it before (Score 1) 276 276

There are different issues depending on one's point of view. For developers and businesses, deployment and maintenance are greatly simplified by web/cloud services. However, from a user's point of view, there are pros and cons. On the plus side, there are no installation and patching issues (aside from the issues of not being able to roll back to previous versions or to prevent updates). On the minus side, there is loss of control. Access to the service or data is dependent on network connectivity and can disappear at times, although there are ways to cache code/data to somewhat mimic desktop applications. The user can no longer run previous versions or prevent updates, so if the service providers rolls out buggy code or eliminates features, the user is stuck. If the service provider decides to impose or increase fees, the user's only options are to accept increased costs or dump the service entirely. There is also a dependence on browsers, along with potential issues with performance and stability.

Comment Re:I just don't care (Score 1) 232 232

That Google is able to employ such tactics with the implicit understanding that its customers will not abandon it for a competitor argues that it has coercive monopoly power

It's implying no such thing. The actions of a company can not be linked to coercive power without understand the needs or wants of the customer first. There is some benefit to both parties that Google's results are promoted to the top and many customers like getting consistent and understandable results. I.e. if I type "maps" into Google I would see it as a sign of a failing search algorithm to not promote Google Maps to the very top of the list. It is incredibly interesting that Bing will also list Google as the top result for maps, and only lists itself as number 4.

Coerciveness and lack of effective competition is orthogonal to both relative ability to competitors and benefit to consumers. Government entities including courts have sometimes made decisions based on the impact to consumers, but the coercive nature of a business and its ability to unilaterally impose its will on the market can still remain.

Comment Re:I just don't care (Score 1) 232 232

That Google is able to employ such tactics with the implicit understanding that its customers will not abandon it for a competitor argues that it has coercive monopoly power.

Google customers will not abandon Google because Google is doing exactly what Google customers want: promoting Google things and things the customers have paid them to promote.

The issue is one of competition and customer choice. That the lack of competition might have arisen from a combination of Google's competence and a lack of competence on the part of their competitors is orthogonal. Lack of competition is inherently anti-consumer because market forces are not allowed to influence pricing. This is true even if Google follows their slogan and is completely devoid of evil.

Oh, you thought YOU were the customer when you did a search? When you send a check to Google for their data you can be a customer. Until then, you are a product. Your click-throughs are what the customers pay for.

I have never been under any illusion that I am a Google customer. In Google's eyes, I am cattle.

Comment Re:I just don't care (Score 4, Insightful) 232 232

The issue isn't one of market share, although 75% is definitely at least dominant. We're talking about monopolies in the sense of Microsoft and Intel, neither of which is a government-granted monopoly. The key is whether Google has a coercive monopoly that is able to restrain competition and operate without fear of competition. Near 100% market share is not necessary. That Google is able to employ such tactics with the implicit understanding that its customers will not abandon it for a competitor argues that it has coercive monopoly power. Whether this situation arises due to Google's ability or its competitors' incompetency does not detract from the coercive nature of Google's market position.

"I'm not afraid of dying, I just don't want to be there when it happens." -- Woody Allen