Become a fan of Slashdot on Facebook


Forgot your password?
Compare cell phone plans using Wirefly's innovative plan comparison tool ×

Comment Re: The Taste must have been fired also (Score 4, Insightful) 474

True, but there's a bit more to the story.

What drove Hostess into the bankruptcy in the first place was bad management, lack of investment into their plants, etc., you know the usual. That management squeezed what they could out of the company, took their bonuses, and left the sinking ship.

They then brought in a new CEO, and he put out plan to right the ship. That included pay freezes/cuts. Two of the unions agreed to the new contract, and one of them double-checked the numbers, and they agreed management was not lying about this being needed.

One union refused. The union leaders recommend to their members to let the company go bankrupt, go to auction, and then the new owners would give them a better contract. Now, it should have been obvious that the new owners are likely going to be company in the same business, and like any merger, a ton of jobs would be lost. Indeed, that was the first thing that happened, where 2/3 of the plants were closed. These were well-paying jobs too, not something you can find baking just anywhere.

In conclusion, irresponsible management drove Hostress to the brink, and that one stupid union put the final nail in the coffin.

Comment Re:"honestly"???? (Score 1, Insightful) 76

And that is exactly the very valid point that was made - that is willingness to commit computer trespass and ask for money does not necessarily equate a willingness to release secret company information.

I can switch the question back onto you - why would the criminal not just threaten to release the info then? Wouldn't that be better at compelling you to pay the ransom? I'll try to make an educated guess here: I bet they are trying to give themselves an excuse for their behavior or they are following some sort of self-imposed rules for their skewed sense of ethics. Would they release it if ignored? I don't think you can assume one way or another.

Comment Re:Star Trek No Money Society (Score 1) 166

The problem is that Siri will always get my requests wrong and keep manufacturing me the wrong junk.

But seriously, I don't think much will change. Even now, you can pitch a tent and live off government assistance and charity for food and clothing pretty easily. YOU DON'T ACTUALLY HAVE TO WORK TO SURVIVE if you live in a first-world country.

So, someone from two hundred years ago probably thinks you're in this no-money paradise you describe. So you tell them - what is this no-money paradise like? What, your #1 expense is fighting over housing in a prime location that a limited number of people can fit into? You keep changing the goalposts by finding more "essential" services?

I wonder sometimes, if we're at the peak of society now. That in the future, we'll be faced with overpopulation, overpollution, and war, and we just don't know how good we have it now.

Comment Utility with price controls (Score 1) 218

FTC did a great thing by declaring ISPs utilities. They were trying to get approval for fast lanes (so they get charge you for Internet access AND then they charge Netflix, Facebook, etc. again to send that data to you expediently while exempting their own services from that charge to give themselves an edge), and the chairman, who was a industry insider, just totally surprised them by letting his conscience guide his actions.

However, he didn't invoke price controls on them, and I think we're either going to need that. ISPs have been merging and buying each other out at a alarming rate such that there are only a few players in the market (and only one choice in many neighborhoods). They are making billions easily, and they are trying to make billlions more by squeezing every dollar they can out of consumers who need this vital resource. How much can they raise the water rate and you'd still pay it? That's what they are trying to do with Internet service. They have plenty of capacity. They are not decreasing the rate of low-bandwidth users. In fact, rates have doubled in just the last few years, when you used to be able to get $30/month if you called retention whenever your promo period was up. They are just trying to make more money off of high-bandwidth users. I'm not against metered service, but low-bandwidth users aren't getting a break. If you look worldwide, everyone else pays much less for much higher capacity Internet and cellular service. We're getting screwed.

Comment Re:Not out of the woods (Score 1) 243

Agreed. The copyright decision by the appeals court was just horrible, and as the article suggestions, this only softens the blow, but the big elephant is still in the room.

I think a better example would be a different sized tire. Other manufacturers can also make replacement tires of the same size. Or a radiator. It would be like Honda suing a generic manufacturer for making a radiator that fit the connections in a Honda. You don't have exclusive use for the size and shape of the connections.

Slashdot Top Deals

The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning, and does not stop until you get to work.