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Comment Re:I'm not surprised. (Score 1) 906

Why does this kind of culture crop up again and again in human history?

It's a very common way for insecure people to protect their positions. A person at the top is worried about being replaced by their subordinates, so they set their subordinates against each other. That way, the subordinates spend all their time on infighting rather than trying to replace the boss. You'll see this kind of thing all the time in dictatorships, but it shows up regularly with dictatorial managers of all stripes, too. It's one more variant on the old "divide and rule" strategy.

Comment Re:I'm not surprised. (Score 5, Informative) 906

the HR person (if they were being honest) did the right thing.

At least according to the article, the HR person was not being honest. They said that it was the boss's first offense and they didn't want to put it on his record because it would hurt him. But the author spoke to other women who had complained about him before she did, so it wasn't his first offense. The most generous interpretation is that they were basing the claim of first offense on his blank official record, so that he could get an infinite number of "first" offenses left off.

It goes to show why that approach is a bad one. If you don't want people to get in trouble for a first offense, make that the policy. Put the offense in their record, but give them a free pass for it when it comes time to evaluate them. But leaving something out of the record makes it possible for somebody to get an indefinite number of "first offenses". Of course it seems far more likely that there was an informal policy of protecting offenders who were otherwise high performing, and the whole thing about it being a first offense was a ruse.

Comment Re:Alright then! (Score 2) 33

That plan is in motion and will not be affected by research at some Scottish genetics lab. What they're trying to do is to make sure that wild chickens don't truly go extinct no matter how much wildlife we destroy: They can always be unfrozen and their population can reboot at some unspecified future time when we decide to be better stewards of nature.

Comment Re:People like Musk need to do more homework (Score 1) 226

Yeah, this Musk guy sounds just like that idiot who was trying to push some online currency linked to your email - as if anyone would ever send money to other people online, just on the promise they mailed you something. And have you heard about that billionaire who thinks he can build a rocket that lands itself? What a fucking joke! He's probably watching too many geek movies, or trying to impress his geek friends. And then there's that rich dude who wanted to start a company that sells only electric cars, and actually make them in the US. Like, who's gonna make batteries for him? Geez! Oh well, if rich people want to throw away their money on geek-topia fantasy projects that could never work, I guess it's their right. Let's all just kick back and laugh at them as they inevitably fail.

Comment No more connectors (Score 1) 153

Apple should just give up on connectors for the iPhone completely. They've already removed the headphone jack in favor of wireless headphones. They should remove the lightning connector and go to wireless charging and WiFi/Wireless only for data. That would remove the last remaining open connector on the phone and make it much easier to make it really waterproof.

Comment How does KDE compare to Cinnamon? (Score 1) 89

After years of threats, I finally managed to eliminate all the apps that were tying me to a Windows 7 desktop or a Macbook workstation. I've used Linux heavily for years, but never as my desktop OS. It was always my app, web, or build server, and I'd interact with the machine via bash over SSH.

Now that I'm on a Linux desktop, I'm fairly comfortable with Mint's 'Cinnamon' UI, which I understand is a forked version of Gnome 2.

Normally, if I wanted to experiment with a new UI, I'd just dive in, but I'm still in the phase of building my expectations and lists of needs. (Do I really need Sublime or will Gedit suffice? How do I change that default icon for Firefox to one I'm more likely to recognize?)

Does KDE offer me any great advantages over Cinnamon or Gnome? Any of you more experienced desktop aficionados have an opinion you'd care to share with a relative novice?

Comment Re:Why? (Score 2) 91

For the right price you can be hired to flood Twitter with whatever message you want.

Except that's of limited utility. A twitter feed only contains tweets by (or retweeted by) people the user is following, so tweeting by a bunch of bots with no followers won't flood the feeds of anyone else. You could use something like that to get a topic trending, but most people would ignore it once they realize it's just a bunch of bots tweeting the same message.

It's much more likely to be an army of followers for hire. There are apparently people who will pay real money to get an army of fake twitter followers to make them look more impressive. It apparently even works. People pay more attention to tweeters with more followers, so getting a bunch of fake followers can actually help you to get real ones.

Comment Re:Shipping and Handling (Score 1) 308

Somebody forgot about shipping and handling.

And Economics 101. If you somehow managed to bring that much iron to the Earth, it would completely change price structures. Iron would become essentially free as a raw material, with only transportation and processing costs. People would develop all kinds of new applications for raw meteoric iron to take advantage of its low price, etc.

Comment Congratulations,your PC is now a governance device (Score 3, Insightful) 172

The camera "sees" the user and even knows which user it is seeing. The camera then locks the screen immediately when the user is not present.

How long before the computer "sees" the user and notifies the police that they can pick up their known dissident. I mean, really, given the kind of governance we're about to enter into, this (not to mention Alexa-like audio surveillance "features") are the last thing I'd want on any equipment in my home.

And no, I don't have anything to hide. But conversely, I also don't use the restroom in the middle of 5th Avenue. Privacy is a thing, even in a world full of morons who think it isn't.

Comment Re:the smell of E-6 in the morning (Score 1) 213

Supposedly slides are far superior to digital projection, and I could very well be persuaded to agree -- but at the same time, digital projection is kind of very crap these days at the low end, just like any other digital display technology.

Good digital projection beats the hell out of film, which is why the movie business has moved to digital*. Of course that good digital projection is expensive, but as a practical matter it takes a high quality, dedicated projection environment (e.g. a serious home theater room) before the quality of the projection is the limiting factor in quality.

*No, it's not just a cost reduction thing. In some of the tests where Hollywood was trying to figure out if digital projection was ready, film was literally booed off the screen in back-to-back comparisons. The qualitative difference, even with new prints, was that big.

Comment Re:Strategically important (Score 1) 20

Yes, quite carried away. Your exposition is quite naive in thinking that people think in the scope you think they do. The failure to respond has been repeated historically quite a number of times.

And I think your timing of off by 50+ years, nothing will happen until people are really starving.

Nothing will likely happen until the 0.1% are starving, by which time it will be too late to do anything. The only reason to even hold out what little hope there is, is that people like the grandparent are at least thinking about, and worrying about, these things. If enough do, then real change can happen. Like the outcry that forced the Republicans to back off (at least for now) gutting the House Ethics committee, when the masses do voice their concern, they are heard. Unfortunately we all feel too weak, and too powerless, to make much noise unless things really hit the fan (by which point it is often too late). This is not an accident, and there are very specific reasons we as citizens are constantly made to feel powerless (hint: it benefits those running the show, on whichever side of the aisle).

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