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Comment Re:is that lawful in Japan? (Score 5, Interesting) 120

Mod Parent up.

The thing is that many employees who quit usually don't make a formal announcement that they are leaving, but instead will simply stop showing up to work... leaving no message to the old company and leaving no paper trail. Possibly changing phone numbers and rental apartment addresses before starting a new job so the old company can't track them.

That's how you avoid uncomfortable meetings with managers when you tell them you are leaving.

Comment Re:is that lawful in Japan? (Score 5, Informative) 120

Probably isn't legal, but that has never stopped Japanese companies pushing the boundaries of labour laws, and bullying their employees.

If you leave a traditionally minded Japanese company, they will bully you into staying. They will haul you into a meeting and scold you.
Then they will say things like "Why are you leaving the company! You can't! You still have work to do!"
And then say things like "After you leave and go to this other place, are you OK that we send you your unfinished work?"

Ridiculous of course to the western ear... but to the Japanese ear who has no spine and has been bullied all the way through school - some actually can't handle the pressure and the bullying and apologize and stay with the company! ... even when they've been offered better work!
If they stay, they get treated like backstabbing traitorous unfaithful dirt and paid less from what I heard.

Comment The eternal issue is one of blame. (Score 2) 197

IT admins: Let's patch this box
IT management: NO. You can't do that! We need a stable operating environment. Sorry you don't have a maintenance window until 6 months from now.
IT admins: But we'll get hacked!
IT management: Then we'll blame the hackers! It won't be our fault that the system has downtime. We'll keep our jobs!
IT admins: Oh I get it. If we bring servers down for maintenance, that will be our fault and we'll get fired.... but if we get hacked - it's not our fault.
IT management: YES! and then we can blame Microsoft and point the finger at all our vendors.

Comment What does the S stand for? (Score 1) 259

In an education setting, it does make a lot of sense to lock down the student laptops to ensure that they
a) Can be managed easily over the cloud
b) Can't be easily tampered with or ruined by students
c) Don't get a plethora of games and other distractions installed on them

I can see it helping said causes above, but is by no means a foolproof solution.

I see it as more of a trojan for Windows to eventually do away with applications that aren't on it's store. MS has been pushing their store damn hard, and the telemetry that is tied to their default web, video, music, and photo apps really grinds my gears when I try and change them and am "helpfully reminded" that Microsoft has it's own info sucking defaults. Then it annoys me by asking if I would like to change my mind.

No. I know what the f**k I am doing Microsoft.... but more to the point, I know what you are trying to do.

I know what the S stands for in Windows 10 S.

Comment Re:This is absurdly incorrect on its face (Score 3, Insightful) 145

For this to be a valid challenge to the C64's record, only ONE model of the raspberry pi would have to beat C64 sales numbers, and then come with the operating system built in and ready to use with a functioning keyboard.

The Pi just isn't in the same class. It's a great hobby computer board though, and more powerful obviously - but it's not a complete ready-to-use computer when you buy it.

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