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Comment Career Advancement (Score 4, Insightful) 235

I worked as a software engineer for 4 years at a fairly large software company after graduating university. The depressing reality is it's much easier to advance your career by switching jobs than it is by being loyal. I got a glowing review my first two years but did not result in a promotion. Meanwhile there were people who would leave the company, and come back a year later at +1 seniority level.


US Citizen Visiting Thailand Arrested For Blog Posting 456

societyofrobots writes "A US citizen, upon visiting Thailand for medical treatment, was arrested for lese majeste (insulting the king) and computer crimes ('entering false information into a computer system'). He is charged for posting a link on his blog to a banned book, The King Never Smiles, and for translating excerpts of it. He made the posting four years ago in 2007, while in the US. Trials for lese majeste are traditionally held in secret, for reasons of 'national security'. AFP has more information."

Comment Get rid of ownership requirements (Score 2) 63

Now I would understand the need for ownership requirements if the Canadian telcos treated its customers well and were just afraid of bigger meaner foreign companies running them out of business. That imaginary scenario couldn't be further from the truth. Only good things can come from competition in the Canadian wireless market and international companies are the best place to get that competition. /soapbox

Comment Not so fast... (Score 1) 370

I went to a networking event recently and, judging by the amount of business cards I took home, they aren't going anywhere in the near future. Maybe the people on the bleeding edge are doing away with the business card, but it's still a staple of businessmen (and women) everywhere.

Comment Summary phrased differently (Score 1) 250

"Did company add feature to product to make more money?" Google is a corporation with a duty to its shareholders to try and increase profits. If they release a function to their search engine that both increases its utility to users and lets Google generate more revenue: what's the problem and why is it newsworthy?

For the record I really like the instant search. Generally I don't get my search terms right the first time. The quick feedback to search terms is really nice.

Comment Little value? (Score 4, Informative) 278

As it is, by the time companies get a software patent, there's little value to them because, after six years, the industry has already moved on.

As messed up as it is, the current system creates more value for patent trolls. If it takes six years to get my patent approved, that's six years "infringing" technology getting baked into competing products.

Comment Re:Missing the point (Score 1) 795

DRM reduces the value of your product; getting rid of intrusive DRM adds value.

Really? Go to one of your non-technical relatives and ask them what DRM stands for and what it does. It may add value to people who are knowledgeable, but to most consumers it does not.

While I agree with your point that every pirated copy is not one lost sale, surely some of them are lost sales. Also most DRM doesn't cause the system-exploding nightmares that the internet makes DRM out to be. I have a copy of dragon age on my PC and it hasn't burst into flames, given me the plague, nor sent my SSN to EA yet. I'm also an avid wow gamer and I'm well aware that blizzard's background monitoring tool is pretty invasive. I'm part of the majority on this one, I don't care so long as the software works. Software developers should be allowed to try and protect their software. People who really want to pirate the software will do so, but DRM raises the bar for piracy such that your average customer is more likely to pay money for it.

Comment An Amateur's Perspective - OpenGL vs DirectX (Score 3, Informative) 515

I've dabbled in 3D programming, I haven't done anything amazing, let alone made my own game, but I will say that D3D is much easier to write working code than OpenGL. With OpenGL I got about as far as a spinning triangle on the screen. With D3D I was able to get to the point where I was rendering a model on the screen and manipulating it with pixel and vertex shaders.

Somebody earlier hit the the nail on the head when they said that because it's easier it's what people will start and subsequently stick with. Not only that, but as a business if it takes your programmers 10 months to write a graphics engine in D3D and 12 months to write one in OpenGL, which one are you going to go for? There aren't many instances where I will go to bat for MS, but DirectX has a better graphics API compared to OpenGL.

Comment Bloated? Not a fair accusation (Score 4, Insightful) 507

You're using hardware that is close to twenty years old. I don't think it's fair to say that because linux has kept up with current technologies (CD-ROMs and USB drives) that it has become bloated. Some other people have pointed out, correctly, that you should be looking for distros from the era if you expect it to install easily on your hardware.
The Courts

Dutch Court Punishes Theft of Virtual Property 276

tsa writes "Last week, the Dutch court subjected two kids of ages 15 and 14 to 160 hours of unpaid work or 80 days in jail, because they stole virtual property from a 13-year-old boy. The boy was kicked and beaten and threatened with a knife while forced to log into Runescape and giving his assets to the two perpetrators. This ruling is the first of its kind for the Netherlands. Ars Technica has some more background information." In Japan, meanwhile, a woman has been arrested for "illegally accessing a computer and manipulating electronic data" after (virtually) killing her (virtual) husband.

Comment IANAL but... (Score 4, Insightful) 52

The decision said that it wasn't sufficient to prove that Rambus lied or harmed competitors; the FTC had to prove that it harmed consumers in order to fall under anti-trust law.
Isn't harming competitors harming customers? I mean less competition means more monopolies/duopolies, and that's never good for prices. I mean it's ok to screw over your competitor by offering a superior services/products and equal/better prices, but it's totally different to deceive a standards body so you can sue its members for patent infringement.

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