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Comment About stealing (Score 3, Insightful) 135

If demanding taxes to be paid is "stealing", then what do you call it when somebody uses resources they aren't paying for? You know, if a person feels entitled to exploit the generosity of others and gives nothing back, we call him a parasite and suspect him of being a psychopath, so what kind of person is Apple? And if Ireland gives unreasonable tax benefits to certain, big corporations, does that not skew the market that is the very foundation of the EU (and which, incidentally, is the reason why Ireland wants to be a member)?

I have a good deal of respect for people who honestly believe in freedom and free market capitalism (even if I don't agree), but what you are talking about is just nonsense. The free market only stays free in any meaningful sense, if everybody genuinely agrees to follow the same rules, and that includes taxation and competition.

Comment Re:Redefining words so we can make a "discovery" (Score 4, Insightful) 86

A Continent is a landmass, not a slightly shallower section of ocean.

There is no clear, universally agreed definition of what a continent is. Australia was an island not long ago - and Europe is a different continent from Asia, which is absurd, in terms of geography. And there is an argument in favour of calling New Zealand a continent: it is part of a piece of continental crust, which sits on its own, tectonic plate. I would say it is as good a definition as any. Whichever way we look at it, it is hard to argue that there are more than 6 continents, unless we count New Zealand.

Comment Another stupid-woman story (Score 1) 803

Allow me to sum up:
1. woman goes to work at a new company.
2. woman immediately gets treated like shit by manager.
3. woman complains to HR (I assume appropriately)
4. woman gets treated like shit my HR
5. woman learns that many women are treated like shit by managers and HR at this company
6. woman keeps working at this company for how long?!

A lot of women like to cause trouble, instead of being trouble. Stop complaining to HR. Just walk out the door. Complain to media. Complain to friends. Complain to senators. Complain to police. HR isn't obligated to enforce anything. HR isn't on your side. Police are. If treating women like shit isn't illegal, then you've nothing to complain about. If it is illegal, then you need to complain to those who made the laws. HR doesn't do either. Company policies aren't enforced. Welcome to companies.

Start your own company. Join a company with more than 3% women. If you're treated like shit on the first day, don't be surprised when you're treated like shit a year later.

Honestly, what do you think the odds were that you'd be treated like shit on your first day, and it was a random coincidence?

There are bad people in this world. I'm not one of them. And yet, I have a hard time hiring people -- because they look for big companies.

You're talking to slahdotters here. I've spent 30 years programming. I'm happy to say that male programmers, of almost all ages and demographics, treat women like princesses. And yet, in all of my years, I've encountered very few female programmers in any office, venue, bar, or school.

You're complaining that other places treat you like shit. I don't. Come here. I can't do anything more from afar.

Comment Bigger, smaller, bigger smaller, bigger (Score 3, Interesting) 119

Indirect metrics follow the same cycle for decades. If it isn't the advertiser's actual BOTTOM line -- and it never is -- then the metric is indirect. And indirect metrics simply follow the very basic fad system: if it's common to see big numbers, the new way shows small numbers, and vice versa.

Views - 1 per viewing of an ad
Viewers - 1 per person per ad
Eyeballs - 2 per person per ad
Hits - 1 per object on the page
Pageviews - 1 per page
Impression Time - seconds per page read
Clicks - 1 per click of an ad
Click through rate - clicks per minute, per day, per month, per year, per thousand impressions
Conversions - per interaction
Walk-ins - warm lead
Buyer - actual money, top line
Profitable buyer - actual money, bottom line

The game is always to market your number as smaller, and hence more accurate and more meaningful than others, or to make people prefer your numbers because they are proportionately higher than other metrics. Big whoop.

My favourite example has got to be the groupon model. We'll bring more paying customers into your business. Good. They'll pay so much less that you'll actually lose money, but you'll have a new customer! Yeah, one who will never pay full price for anything, and will hop around from one loss-leader discount to another. Who makes money off of these customers? Oh yeah, groupon does, and no one else.

Let's do it again.

100 customers spend 100 seconds reading 90% of your article! No they didn't. They scrolled to it, took a phone call for a minute, and left it open. And they didn't understand what they read, so it really doesn't matter. And then, they didn't buy anything. Watch me care.

Comment Re:If you're sending something "worth $5000"... (Score 1) 169

I work in the logistics industry and truly, whatever you ship you should ASSUME it's going to be tipped on every side. To go from point A to point B, *generally* you should assume that's going to be handled (loaded/unloaded) at least 6-7 times - from you loading onto local truck, unloaded at local terminal, loaded onto route truck, unloaded at next terminal, loaded onto local truck, delivered at local place.
All handled by people who, even if reasonable, are in a tremendous hurry all the time. Some - for example, if someone has to move your THING out of the way to unload his company's THING from the truck - doesn't give the faintest shit what happens to yours.

"Do not stack" and "No Stack", while some conscientious handlers will respect them, usually only cause one to hesitate before loading that 1000lb pallet atop your crate. If yours has a flat smooth top, it WILL get loaded on.

No, I wouldn't use fedex for such a shipment, either. I'd find a good local LTL firm where you could make special arrangements - the larger/more anonymous the freight company, the less anyone cares about your stuff: after all, if it's broken insurance will pay for it.

Comment Re:Thousands of years, same surprises (Score 1) 258

*sigh*, I didn't punctuate, and you chose to interpret that I made a mistake, instead of interpreting that I didn't.

I've been upset with RAID 5, in particular, for exactly that reason -- it has the ability to notice a single bit-flip, but it specifically does not check. I've even built a working prototype of a RAID 5 implementation that does check on read, notices that the parity is amiss, and screams. I've built another (in software), that chains the parities so it can actually repair a single bit-flip 80% of the time.

When I typed "RAID." I was continuing my complaint that even in electronic data, no one co-roberates anything -- the thesis statement of my post.

I was ambiguous, you could have decided that I was correct.

So, *sigh* another person who chooses the inference that makes the implication incorrect, instead of the inference that would make the implication correct.

Comment Re:whose fraud??? (Score 4, Insightful) 178

Although I doubt the $500m figure on a competitive bid or such pricing basis, at least they are not quoting billions and trillions....

The figures given are meaningless as there's no way to actually know, they're chosen for propaganda value.

They're going after Kim & co. because they have fewer millions to fight back with and fewer US politicians paid off than YouTube/Google who host far more copyright-violating content than Megaupload. As we've seen demonstrated over and over again, if you've got the money and connections you can get away with anything in the US, the Rule of Law means squat.


Comment Vibrant economy? (Score 1) 54

Regarding "The country's IT industry is booming in Brazil -- still Latin America's most vibrant economy", I think one can make a better case for Chile.

Brazil's 5-year compound annual growth is 1%, and last year GDP growth was -3.8%. Brazil GDP per capita is $15,615, most recent unemployment was 12%, and inflation is 9%.

Chile's 5-year CAGR is 3.9%, and last year GDP growth was 2.1%. Chile GDP per capita is $23,460, with unemployment 6.8%, and inflation 4.3%.

IT outsourcing is more mature in Brazil than Chile, and Brazil's overall GDP is six times larger than Chile's, yes. But is Brazil's economy really "vibrant"?

Comment Thousands of years, same surprises (Score 2) 258

Is anyone surprised that if you store things once, and reference the one place alone, that you get screwed on occasion?

Is the word "co-roberation" new? How about "validation", "authentication", "verification", and, oh, I don't know, "paper-trail"?

It's electronic information, not magic. The benefit of not carving into stone is that you can readily duplicate information into multiple places. Use it.


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