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Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 221

The serialized shows are a double edged sword. They might encourage me to stick with a series, but they also discourage me from starting one, especially if I don't start until Episode #5.

Indeed... and as a corollary, if episode #1 of a season totally turns me off or I decide that it's crap, I may just decide to not bother with the rest of the season. If I change my mind later and decide maybe to give it another shot, I'd immediately think 'why bother? I'd have to catch up first, and I'm not really sure if it's worth the time to do so.'

Best example I can think of is The Walking Dead, when they killed off a character at the end of last season that a huge chunk of viewers really liked, and they did it with a megaton of gratuitous violence. I'm willing to bet that AMC lost at least 10-15% of their viewership for the show right then and there, and most of them probably haven't come back.

Comment Re:Good. (Score 5, Insightful) 221

Hollywood hasn't had a new idea in decades.

You can thank the terms "Intellectual Property" and "Monetization" for that. Seriously - when creative works are locked-up tight in literal century-plus copyright term lengths, and are bought and sold like commodities under that condition? There's little wonder that Hollywood is trying to see some kind of ROI on the stuff they bought, as opposed to coming up with (or at least taking a risk on incorporating) original stuff.

Drop copyright term lengths back to 25 years (retroactively, BTW), and I bet you'll see Hollywood get their shit together again... because then they won't have a choice but to do so.

Comment Re:IN 1...2....3.... (Score 2) 128

It all looks the same on my IDE.

Spoken like someone who has never seen an H1b's code or just doesn't know what good code looks like.

I'm talking about the color of the text, not the quality of the code (which is variable).

PS: I've seen some mega-shit copypasta-outta-stack-exchange code come from guys paler than freshly-fallen snow, and I've seen code gorgeous enough to make a grown man cry come from guys who positively reek of curry, so that ain't it either.

Point is, race/culture has fuck-all to do with code - it's the quality that counts (and not just "holy shit it compiled!", either.) That's the metric you use when you decide who should write for you, and who should not. It is true that the low-bid stuff almost always has low-bid quality, but you get what you pay for... something the aforementioned megacorps haven't quite figured out yet.

Comment Re:IN 1...2....3.... (Score 3, Insightful) 128

....Waiting for the first chants of "Racist/Racism".....

These aren't a bunch of white guys...you can't take this way about them or their talents.....

What color is the skin on their code? It all looks the same on my IDE.

(and worse, it ain't the color brown that makes them attractive to megacorps - it's the color green.)

Comment Re:Stealth Layoff (Score 1) 303

The open floor plan isn't too awful; you just need a good set of (over-the-ear, noise-cancelling) headphones and a smartphone full of good tunes (or Spotify and a generous data plan).

An infant is gonna be hard to work near, I agree... but that clears up in a year or two; that, or you can put a shed in the backyard (living arrangement/space permitting) and turn it into a separate office space.

Comment Re:Are all Outlook users this pedantic? (Score 2) 48

And why isn't everyone using Gmail or something better by now?

Even better - why isn't every self-respecting business large enough to have more than 50 employees not using on-prem email/MTA solutions, instead of renting it out to people whose outages don't give a damn about your schedule?

Comment Re:Much consternation about nothing? (Score 2) 303

Even better - get all the company-issued stuff back onsite so it's easier to confiscate when the axes fall.

Fiserv was (and likely still is) notorious for this during their periodic purges (they do it about once every two years, where x% of each department has to go, regardless of growth). It starts as a demand that all remote-workers come into the office... you knew what was coming next. Within a week or two they start canning all the victims, and everyone is back under the thumb to boot.

Comment Re:Stealth Layoff (Score 3) 303

This, exactly this.

I mean seriously... in the age of corporate IM and collaboration(e.g. Webex) applications, why the hell are they complaining about "phone tag"? Just require your employees to keep their damned IM app open if you're that worried about it. I mean, IBM isn't exactly running a commodities trading house, so it's not like they need split-second employee response times...
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In general though, a hybrid solution is best in my opinion... you come in a day or two each week for meetings and suchlike, then work from home the rest of the time so you can have a quiet place to concentrate (that is, as long as your family is educated/smart enough to leave you alone).

I say this for a couple of reasons:
* Face-time. Politics(sadly) and team cohesion requires physically getting together periodically.
* Meetings are best conducted together as a physical when possible, mostly because even video doesn't really help you gauge the room when speaking/listening/etc. This isn't true for all meetings, but for most of them, it holds true.

Conversely, working from home allows you to concentrate with a minimum of interruption. Yeah, IMs are the suck, but at least allow you to finish up whatever little thought/task you had going before you answer it.

Comment Re:Scary stuff (Score 2) 279

Delivery is a red herring though, having items delivered is likely a more efficient use of fuel than using a car to get items for single household.

Where I live, population density is 14/sq mi. It's more efficient in my case to drive into town once a month or so in a larger vehicle, load up on everything I need for the month, come back, and not burn any fuel after that (I work remotely). If I missed something, I do without it until the next time I go out (barring actual emergencies, e.g. a suddenly dead well pump or a solar inverter that goes on the fritz, though I do keep spares on-hand for both).

In GP's assertion, a 1 lb. item burns an impressive amount of fuel-per-pound for that UPS/FedEx/Whatever truck if it's just the one item, even if the truck were to only go a block out of its way... even worse when its cumulative, which was his point.

PS: I don't own an SUV.

Comment Re:This is a wise move (Score 1) 305

Pretty certain that Facebook (and Intel, Apple, Microsoft, whatever) have formed legally independent entities from which to operate in Germany. Worst that could happen is that Facebook GmbH (the German subsidiary) gets nuked, leaving Facebook (US) untouched.

  (...and vice-versa - for instance, Solarworld is the biggest Solar panel maker in Germany, but their independent subsidiary, Solarworld USA, is legally separate, with its own C-level, its own financial and tax structure, its own distinct set of contracts with various vendors, etc.)

The parent and subsidiaries are structured to keep things separate, but have no qualms (or obstacles) to shipping money between them through various (And fully legal) mechanisms.

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