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Comment Re:I agree (Score 1) 902

[quote]I still know small business owners who refuse to hire non-white employees.[/quote] And there are many, many large businesses who will hire an underqualified minority candidate over a white candidate any day to fulfill affirmative action quotas. [quote]Obviously there is something going on, and unless you know how bad the problem is, there's no way to figure out how to fix it.[/quote] Agreed, but remaining fixated on skin color is only going to exacerbate the problem. I know people of all colors who are quite well off and many others who aren't. Programs like affirmative action designed to fix the balance in a quick, crude way only serve to get under the skin of those passed over for opportunities because they're not a minority. A better solution would be to figure out what caused those 1 in 9 black males between 18 and 25 to do something that landed them in jail. I doubt they just happened to be hanging around 7-11 at 4 AM when a bunch of white guys in ski masks broke in and stole a bunch of 12-packs. That's a tough, complicated issue to deal with - the sort of thing nobody's going to touch with a 10 foot pole because it gets into some very personal subjects.

Comment Re:It's been a while, but... (Score 1) 144

I'm forced to use Novell enterprise software at work and while I'm not sure how it compares to other enterprise email/scheduling bundles I can tell you that it is far inferior to Google's offerings. The calendar is excessively clicky and unintuitive with an interface that looks like it hasn't been updated since the 80s. Contacts are equally strange. Email... I'm really not sure what a cabinet is supposed to be, why there is a separate folder for documents, and why sending emails into an archive throws them into a bottomless pit whence they rarely return. I'm reasonably sure that if companies weren't locked into Novell software and had more competent management so as not to get sucked into using Novell in the first place that Novell would be out of business.

Comment Duh. (Score 0) 189

It's not difficult to figure out why PDFs are targeted.
  1. Most big corporations and academia use PDFs for everything from forms to memos to sending photos of last week's retreat.
  2. Most big corporations and academia hire super-specialists that can, for example, diagnose a medical issue that occurs in 1 in 10,000,000 people within 5 minutes, but these people cannot function in the larger world and have no time, patience, or idea of what to do with these things you call "files."
  3. Most of these aforementioned corporations and academia will have ridiculously oversized bureaucracies that can agree to standards once every 15 years, are easily swayed by easy solutions, such as those advertised by Adobe, and don't really know or care about whether anything gets done so long as the policies they set 15 years ago are followed to the letter.
  4. And yes, Adobe makes awful, bloated software that's full of security holes and doesn't get patched for weeks or months after those holes are made public.

In other words, the issue is roughly 25% bad software and 75% PEBKAC.

Comment Re:How Companies Work (Score 3, Interesting) 316

the average person can not be bothered to concern himself enough so that in the aggregate with other people that person can effect change.

This is because the average person probably isn't thinking much farther ahead than what he'll have for lunch tomorrow. By the time he realizes he won't have anything for lunch tomorrow he's no longer in a position to do anything about it.

Comment There must be more than 10% of us in the market... (Score 1) 307

...otherwise hardware vendors would fail. By us here I mean the folks who assemble computers from individual parts because the stuff sold pre-assembled is garbage hardware with garbage bloatware pre-installed. So I don't see how 90% of the PC market will ever be portable platforms, let alone netbooks.

Comment Re:I feel divided about this. (Score 1) 450

Nationalism doesn't count for nearly as much as it did during the Cold War. Big business owns government, big business is multinational, and big business is connected with big business. If India or China put a permanent settlement on the moon before the US it'll be only because big business found a cheaper, more desperate labor pool there.

Comment Re:A sound plan (Score 1) 450

Private firms can probably get a LOT more manned launches done per year for the same cost, but they'll be a little riskier. More astronauts will be killed. I don't see this as a problem : there's 6 billion people on the planet, and I for one if faced between possibly dying during a trip to space or dying from old age would choose the former.

And it's a great way to cull excess population without the social stigma of war...

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