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Comment Re:Good for Alphabet! (Score 1) 380

Fraking over your employees is not being socially responsible. Bonuses are part of your compensation. You stop paying bonuses, it's the same as inflicting a pay cut.

And the language of the memo indicates management has no respect for their workers. Management didn't refuse to pay bonuses because times were hard, management didn't pay their people because they don't like their people.

Any company that does this, while still paying their executives their bonuses, is to be avoided at all costs. It won't be long before they start justifying pay cuts, working unpaid overtime, etc etc. Anyone working at Alphabet now knows they have to get the hell out. And Alphabet will have one hell of time trying to hire anyone, except for any desperate-for-the-experience newbies.

Social responsibility is giving your employees the option of donating their bonus, and letting the employee have the tax write off. Instead, management turned a $30 million expense into a $15 milliion expense via tax write offs - and that's only if they actually donated the items. Sharks as nasty as Alphabet's management will have no moral qualms about saying they made the donation and then not donating a damn thing.

Comment Re:"Industry desire" is all good and well (Score 1) 382

*Except one of the first things that'll come on the market is a dongle so you can plug your nice expensive Senheiser's or Bose's or whatever into the USB3 port.*

And they'll code up software that turns off the audio stream until the dongle is unplugged. I know a lot of audio is now drm-free, but that will change very quickly. I trust the studios about as far as I can toss them.

Comment Re:Remember that it's a disk RECOVERY key (Score 1) 314

Dude, I do indeed work in the 'grown-up world' and the only way you can secure a computer is to bury it in the back yard. No, scratch that, the only way to secure a computer is to set it on fire and then bury it in the back yard. I don't do ANYTHING on the damn thing that I wouldn't want broadcast on the 5pm news.

The work is done on a work laptop, and work secures that damn thing to whatever specs they like.

Comment Re:Remember that it's a disk RECOVERY key (Score 1) 314

What on earth am I going to be doing on the home computer that requires me to encrypt the hard drive contents?

Hint: Nothing!

I'm already having issues with Windows not allowing me access into certain directories. 'Not authorized ...' But encrypting things is just asking for trouble.

Once my current computer dies, the next computer will be running Ubuntu. I've just had it with Microsoft.

Comment Re:Dude was checking in on his kid at home one las (Score 1) 1431

Ok, you and the wife are at the theatres. You are texting the babysitter who is posing as your three year old daughter. You do this, in a rare moment of 'I never do this during the previews but my three year old is being very funny', during the previews.

An older gentlemen behind you tells you to turn the cellphone off. You note he is angry.

At what point do you think to yourself, "I can take this old geriatric in my sleep", and tell him to frak off?

Geriatric goes to find a manager. He comes back managerless.

At what point do you think to yourself, "I'm going to take this old geriatric outside," and ask grandpa if he told tales to management on you?

At what point do you throw your bag of popcorn at him?

Me, I think you'd probably tell the geriatric you were sorry, it is your three year old daughter, possibly make like you were worried about her, and put the phone away.

This doesn't excuse the geriatric bringing a gun to a theatre and shooting someone to death, I just think you'd behave better than the dead gentleman did.

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