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Comment no such law (Score 2) 96

There isn't any law requiring a corporation to maximize profits. The Free Software Foundation is a corporation. Do you think they maximize profit? How about the Red Cross, another corporation? The ACLU?

The closest requirements that actually exist are:
Directors and executives can't give THEMSELVES benefits at the expense of shareholders, aside from agreed salary and benefit packages. So they can't give company money (shareholder's money) to themselves.

They must act in furtherance of the purpose(s) stated in the articles of incorporation. Microsoft's articles, like most corporations, say only that it's purpose is for "any lawful business", so there's no restriction there.

Comment on purpose, or the system, or a rogue app (Score 1) 240

If nobody and NOTHING ever calls sudo, yeah.
Don't assume that all calls to sudo are you doing it on purpose. The risk is that malware could use sudo.

By way of comparison, Windows is somewhat similarly "secure unless you allow something to have elevated privileges". Compare that with a write-once DVD live system, where there is no such thing as altering the system.

Comment lower than expected returns failing to invest (Score 1) 176

With the economy sucking ass for the last five years, pension plans haven't received the investment returns they planned on, so some are a little behind what they expected. They invested the money as required, they just couldn't have predicted the worst economy since the great depression. That's a completely different thing than failing to invest at all and falling 40 years behind, as USPS did.

Since 1974, companies have been legally required to make those investments. The law is called ERISA. USPS now has to do the same.

If you Google "pension failure", you'll see about 20 stories about failed government pension plans for every 1 failed company plan. Why? Because companies are required to invest ahead of time and governments aren't. Governments are allowed to engage in the same boondoggle as USPS, so they fail. Just last week, Detroit's city workers found out they aren't getting the pensions they were promised. Should we do the same thing to postal workers?

Comment not even until fix, until a full hearing (Score 5, Insightful) 168

Generally temporary injunctions like this are just until there is a full hearing. Volkswagen will probably have a fix in place by then, but the main purpose is to avoid doing irreversible damage until there can be a full hearing on the facts.

A temporary injunction is common in many types of cases and in no way indicates the court's opinion on the substantive issues. It's simply a recognition that they can't unpublish the information, so they need to wait until a decision is made before they publish. The same is often done with property disputes such as divorces. A temporary injunction orders both parties not to sell or otherwise dispose of the property until a decision is made as to ownership.

Ps - I don't care for the injunction. I would have preferred that the court hint at whether they think the case has merit, then let the researcher decide whether to release the information immediately, risking a successful suit for damages. The injunction, as a prior restraint on speech, is censorship. Still, it's best not to exaggerate the effect of the or intent of the injunction.

Comment the problem is they got forty years behind (Score 1) 176

There IS a problem for them. The problem is they were allowed to get forty years behind. Now they have to get caught up. Private companies generally don't get behind to begin with.

What they were doing is using today's revenue to pay retirement for employees who worked forty years ago. Now they have to switch to investing today's revenue for today's workers. Paying as you go, as they are now required to do, isn't a problem. That's how everyone other than government does it. The problem is the switch - catching up from being forty years behind.

It's a lot like they'd been living on credit cards for forty years. Now they are only allowed to spend what they make - and they have ten years in which to pay off the debt they had racked up.

Comment false rumor. Only estimate cost of today's promise (Score 1) 176

That's a rumor put out by the union, and false.
They have to ESTIMATE, not pay, what today's employees might collect 75 years from now.

When they hire a 20 year old worker, they are promising to continue paying that worker when he's 80 - which is 60 years from now. They have to make a written estimate of how much today's promises will cost them in the future.

This is standard stuff, what's called Generally Accepted Accounting Practices (GAAP). Every company that issues stock follows the same rules.

Comment Actually they do, by law (Score 2) 176

Actually private companies DO invest money so the pensions they promised will be paid. Typically, the employer sendd their part to an IRS or 401k account in the employee's name. That way, the money is there 40 years later while the employee is retired.

Occasionally, an employer will get caught screwing around with that and not properly investing that money on behalf of the employees they promised it to. That's called fraud. It's just that federal agencies were allowed to commit this type of fraud. With the internet, USPS may not have the revenue to in 40 years to cover the retirement pay for today's employees. That's why they now have to invest retirement pay for today's employees today, just like private companies do.

Comment yes it can. *nix for graphics = Mac (Score 1, Troll) 278

My MacBook most certainly does drive three displays. My Mac Pro drives four, is quad-core with 16 GB RAM, and is almost five years old. I bet one a couple years old, like mine, could be bought for a couple hundred bucks.

I used Linux exclusively for fifteen years. I contributed to the kernel. When the boss put me on a Mac, I was surprised to discover how familiar it felt. I can use it just like Linux, with exactly the same workflow. The main difference is the cost of a Mac buys you nice hardware that "just works", and works very well. Mac has of course always been THE system for graphic design and publishing, so the display system is well done.

Comment FOSS developer here. Oracle's code, not mine (Score 2) 154

Same here. I support open source, I helped write a lot of it. I wrote one package from scratch that was distributed with Solaris. I wouldn't BUY their product, but that means I won't USE it. I wouldn't steal it, as these defendants allegedly did.

I wish Oracle released all of their stuff as open source, but they don't. I expect them to respect the license on my software (GPL), and people should respect their license.

Comment Oracle claims the defendants are distrib new versi (Score 5, Informative) 154

If I'm reading that right, Oracle clams that:
Oracle provides updated software versions for a yearly fee.
Defendants are unlawfully distributing the updated versions to people who haven't paid the fee.

If I'm reading that right, Oracle is being slightly non-generous by having annual payments to get updates. That's understandable, though, it costs them money to keep making new updates.

I see nothing in TFA about Oracle objecting to services the defendants provide, just and objection to them distributing new updates that haven't been paid for. So the headline is a load of bull, right?

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