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Comment Your employer implicitly assumes the risk of your (Score 1) 716

Your work is amplified through the action of the corporation. This isn't just true of software developers but even repetitive manual labor on an assembly line is amplified through the co-operation of the group or corporation. Your compensation for this behavior is reduced risk, that is to say the corporation assumes the risk around your quality of work. So they basically pay you or someone else to fix problems you create.
A carpenter, brick-layer, whoever doing a one-off job is doing that job under the assumption that they bear the risk of quality work directly, and they do typically charge more for it. Maybe a good example is: if you've used a plumbing company with many plumber employees you'll find the plumbers are paid a wage rather than per job. That wage is typically less that the plumbers might be able to earn working on their own but the company offers some guarantees to it's employees, and the difference in wages is acceptable to the employee because they get reduced uncertainty of income and the work quality risk is assumed by the company - essentially shared among the other employees (somewhat) and shareholders (mostly).

Comment Won in what terms? (Score 1) 648

In money terms M$ is winning, isn't it? Linux has helped other firms (Oracle-Sun etc.) maintain their relevance. How much revenue they would actually ascribe to it is, probably artificially low but still not M$ amounts. Maybe that's the problem since it's free it's not recorded how much value it is supporting? Another angle is how many programmers earn their living writing for M$ v's Linux?


Man Put On "No-Fly List" While In Air To NYC 300

An unnamed man flying from Nigeria to New York City found out he was added to a no-fly list somewhere above the Atlantic Ocean, when the plane stopped to refuel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Officials won't say what he did or why he was added to the list after he had already boarded a flight. He was not immediately charged with a crime and Customs and Border Protection will only say that he is a "potential person of interest." From the article: "The man, a citizen of Gambia, was not on the no-fly list when he boarded the aircraft in Dakar, Senegal, said a US official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue publicly."

Comment Why are headline so extereme? (Score 1) 142

Why is astronomy layman reporting (and global warming, and meteor science) all about the extreme case? Only so many characters in the headline field? Too much character in the headline writer? Thing is you're wearing out the reader - in a few more generations the only way for this story to get noticed will be "Aliens From Orion On Their Way To Eat You".

Microsoft Demos Three Platforms Running the Same Game 196

suraj.sun writes with this excerpt from Engadget: "Microsoft's Eric Rudder, speaking at TechEd Middle East, showed off a game developed in Visual Studio as a singular project (with 90% shared code) that plays on Windows with a keyboard, a Windows Phone 7 Series prototype device with accelerometer and touch controls, and the Xbox 360 with the Xbox gamepad. Interestingly, not only is the development cross-platform friendly, but the game itself (a simple Indiana Jones platformer was demoed) saves its place and lets you resume from that spot on whichever platform you happen to pick up."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Anti Terror Honor System 74

Fortunately for us, the FAA has imposed the honor system as our next best defense against terrorism. Hopefully this will allow them to increase the volume of non-bladder liquid I'm allowed to take on planes.

Comment Re:ISSv2? (Score 1) 87

Well, seeing as the most exciting or at least slashdot worthy scientific result posted here was about microbes being possibly more virulent in space my guess is ISSv2 isn't exactly a high priority. See this month's Scientific American magazine. Couldn't the money be given to orphans or Google or someone instead?

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