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Comment Re: Wrong focus. (Score 1) 50

Nonsense. It's not as black and white as that. They could invest every penny of their profit into security and still get hacked - what then? You make a decision based on the information available to you; in too many cases, the security team is unable to articulate the risk in terms that are clear and defensible to the executives, so they're just as much at fault.

Comment Re: Wait what? (Score 3, Informative) 114

In your world, maybe. Here in Switzerland, 3 months notice is the norm, and six or twelve is not unheard of for more senior roles.

Sure, you could just not show up. But it's breach of contract, makes you inelligble for unemployment benefits, and would result in a bad reference letter, making it harder to get future jobs as well. Oh, and the company would likely take you to court and claim damages.

That said, it is viewed primarily as being in the employee's favor, as the company must respect the same notice period when firing you for anything other than gross misconduct. It often enough results in an employee being given 3 months garden leave (getting paid while at home) after termination. Even if not, the employer is legally obligated to give you a reasonable amount of time (e.g. 1/2 or perhaps 1 day per week) to interview for new roles.

All in all, it's a nice system, at least as implemented out here.

Comment Re: Illegal product? (Score 1) 181

The answer is simple: the editors aren't as smart as the nerds that previously frequented this site.

I've never met them, but my guess would be thst the current owners just found people who "like computers" and hired them, rather than searching for the more intellectual types who sometimes were involved in the past (not always, though: remember Jon Katz?).

Comment Re:Somehow I'm reminded of Kirk (Score 2) 114

Not really.

Kirk was in a manufactured no-win situation and the test was therefore faulty: it doesn't matter if you don't know how to lose if you can find a way to still win. Winning is fine.

But this was a paper to test how well he learned his subject. He doesn't want to find out how dumb he is, therefore he cheats. And really that's all this is. It's no more original thinking than working out how to steal the papers or someone else's answers. Someone who finds a different way to steal the papers before issuance isn't thinking originally in any worthwhile and meaningful form. Original crimes are not laudable. They're just original.

Well, that's a complete failure to understand the purpose of the Kobayashi Maru scenario.

Comment Re:Biased Institutions FTW (Score 4, Informative) 784

but even so it demonstrates how in the west we treat children as far less capable than they actually are. It's not just respnsibilities and safety either, they consider children's emotions to be genuine and to be respected, rather than trivialized and ignored or even punished like the west does.

Don't mistake the US for the entire West. Here in Switzerland, very young schoolchildren get on the train by themselves, ride to the appropriate stop, and walk in small groups between destinations on both ends of the route. No adult supervision.

On a side note, kids here are usually bilingual and often trilingual, too.

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