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

"IP" is a bogus, meaningless term. What do you actually mean? Copyright? There are fair use exceptions to copyright in the USA, and fair dealing allowed uses in other parts. Note that in the USA, reproducing copyrighted material for the purpose of "criticism" may be considered fair use.

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

Asking subordinates for sex is wrong. That there was no explicit threat made against her if she rejected does not make it acceptable.

If you think otherwise, well most of the rest of society disagrees with you in many parts of the western world: a manager who does the above _must_ be disciplined (in some meaningful way), or else the company has opened itself up to legal liabilities. A company that ignores multiple such complaints against a manager is going to find itself paying out a lot money when it loses the inevitable employment law court case.

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

A manager propositioning subordinates is essentially always wrong.

Even in some unlikely situation where the subordinate had unambiguously and clearly been signalling sexual interest in the manager, over a sustained period of time, the manager would be _very_ ill-advised to enter into non-professional relations while the employee was a subordinate or the employee's career could in any way be perceived to be influenceable by the manager. The manager should just not go there, full stop.

In this specific case, she'd been there one day, so we can rule out that highly unlikely scenario, and conclude that if such a proposition was made it was clear misconduct.

Mature, large companies (least, that I'm familiar with) have fairly strict rules banning relations between managers and subordinates for very good reason. Precisely because such relations are very likely to be unhealthy and improper: For the manager, for the subordinate, for other subordinates of the manager, and for the company.

Comment Re:Easy answer (Score 3, Insightful) 489


Over the past year I've (for the first time) used Mac OS X on my laptop, I find it much less useful, and frankly much less user friendly, than Gnome 3 (and even Gnome 3 hides too much information because it assumes its users are technophobes).

One can understand Microsoft and Apple designing user interfaces primarily for technophobes, because in the modern world the majority of their users are people for whom the full power of a computer system is too complex for them to understand, much less use; and, seeing that they have in effect a duopoly, the fact that their more technically able users are not well served by their user interfaces doesn't matter, because there aren't enough of us to be a significant market, and most of us will be told what to use at work in any case.

But I really don't understand the Gnome designers' reasons for hiding so much, for making even moderately technical things so awkward. In practice, almost everyone who chooses to use Gnome is a geek. Having said that, if it really annoyed me I could either switch to something else or get under the hood and modify it, and I don't.

For me, Gnome 3 works with niggles. MacOs X is really annoying, but I can use it. Windows 7 is tolerable. Windows 10? Just let's not go there.

Comment Re:White space (Score 2) 489

Then it's poor responsive design.

Seriously, there is a limit to the width of a column of text that it's comfortable to read, so for continuous text on large screen there may be reasons for having large amounts of whitespace. And, again, for continuous text, having a proportion of white space around the text is easier on the eyes. There can be good ergonomic reasons for using significant whitespace in design.

Good responsive design is hard; to have the same page layout on a two inch wide mobile phone screen as on a 24 inch monitor, and have it attractive and easy to work with on both requires a great deal of thought, and often some compromise. Making the compromises at the small end of the range doesn't work because on a very small screen pages that are not well adapted are completely unusuable, whereas if you make the compromise at the big end of the range you end up with a page that looks ugly but still works.

But the challenge of responsive design is to respond to a wide range of screen sizes and be functional and elegant on all. It's a significant challenge, and too many designers design to one fixed size or a small range of fixed sizes.

Comment It is clutter not advertising (Score 4, Interesting) 244

My adblock current reports having blocked 1.6M ads -- 1.6 million! No one looks at 1.6M ads, they are just clutter.

I loaded my RSS feed yesterday. 1,200 ads blocked from a single use of my RSS reader. No one looks at 1,200 ads from a single use of an RSS feed. These ads are just clutter to be ignored and blocked.

And I truly hate autoroll video ads with sound. Good way to guarantee I will never buy your product.

Comment Urgh...I hated that book. (Score 1) 227

I don't know how Heinlen gets so much credit for this's was a rambling, shambolic pulp thing with sex and politics wedged into it at every opportunity in a vain attempt to perk it up a bit. It's not a book that has "stood the test of time" at all. If there's money for classic SciFi, we need someone to get off their butts and make "RingWorld". It's time.

Comment Re:Paper... (Score 2) 209

The "dye a finger" thing has some concerns. In some elections, you really want a certain class of person to just not vote. The dyed finger is proof that you voted - and it's hard to wash off (intentionally, obviously). So the bad guy can threaten to beat the crap out of people who voted and still gain an edge. This isn't a theoretical problem.

Of course, you can achieve a similar effect by simply hanging out outside the voting location and noting which people went inside.

But the easier you make it, the more chance of abuse.

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