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Comment Re:You pay WHAT for mobile data??? (Score 3, Informative) 145

I'm not the biggest fan of US telcos, but to be fair to them the UK is much more densely populated compared to the US, and is also much smaller. The better comparison would be Virgin Media versus Comcast. In both cases you have absolutely zero competition for your wireline ISP, but at least VM gave decent value for money a few years ago when I lived in the UK.

Comment Divide and conquer (Score 3, Interesting) 134

Now they'll make sure that their catalogs are spread evenly across five or six different streaming services and keep them all fighting against each other. They don't want a unified front of streaming providers pushing back and demanding a bigger slice of the pie.

The media industry learned its lesson back when Steve Jobs dunked on them with the negotiations for the iTunes Music Store. The fragmentation happened to Netflix, it will happen to Spotify and co.

Comment Re:In B4 the union blaming (Score 4, Informative) 301

At-will. The law you're looking for is at-will, and that's the one the vast majority of states in the union have on the books. Far fewer states are right-to-work states.

Right-to-work means you cannot be required to join a union as a condition of employment.

At-will employment means that the employer or employee can terminate the employment relationship at any time for any reason.

Comment Re: Catch the rounded ones early (Score 1) 300

This makes no sense. There's a conflict between the employer (who wants more work), and the employee (who is exhausted and wants some time to rest). What happens if the employee refuses to continue working without a vacation? If the employer backs down then the employee has the bargaining power. If, on the other hand, the employee is swiftly fired and replaced with a more compliant one, then perhaps there isn't as much of a shortage as you claim.

Anyway, this shouldn't even be a conflict to begin with. Exhausted programmers produce crap that keeps breaking, and their sleep-deprived fixes maybe put the worst fires out, if you're lucky.

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