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Comment Re: Well, that's one thing (Score 5, Informative) 295

3. No limits on the maximum duration of the workweek. The EU's working time directive is a good start.

Luckily we do not live in the EUSSR. If I want to work 80 hours a week, that's my problem. If I don't, I can work somewhere else (H1-Bs can do that too).

OK. I'm in the EU (for the moment), so I'll respond to this. You as an individual can opt of the 48 hour week. That is your choice. However you can't be forced to opt out (expect in those occupations where it would be dangerous to do so).

https://www.gov.uk/maximum-weekly-working-hours/weekly-maximum-working-hours-and-opting-out

So what's with the "EUSSR" label?

Comment Re:One can hope (Score 1) 124

systemd is bad for servers. It adds nothing...

My understanding (which may be wrong) is that the impetus behind SystemD from the server side might be containers. Currently, these can't be managed centrally (AFAIK), but with SystemD...

Just something I heard in passing during a Docker presentation, so I can't provide references.

Comment Re:Downer sides of remote offices? (Score 1) 250

Currently I work from home two days a week, and go into the office on three. (Next year I intend to try and reverse this, going in two and working from home three. I'll play by ear as my line manager tends to more of a Marissa Mayer view to working from home!).

Looking at some of the points you raised;

High-bandwidth contact with co-workers. In the team I'm in there is one other at the site I work at. The rest work in different offices or at home, so we hold meetings via Lync (Skype for Business). That really means that even for the chap who works in the next desk, most communication is done via the laptop with the headphone on (although when at home I dump the headphones!) Also, liaising with other teams is always done via Lync, as none of them are based in the office I am in.

Security of documents. I find most (well, all) documents I use are electronic. Locally held - it is a corporate standard that all laptops have the hard drive encrypted (with BitLocker). When connecting remotely for secure documents, we need to connect via the corporate VPN.

Staying focussed. Surprisingly sometimes I find less distraction at home than when in the office (no background office banter). Also, given that Lync gives your status (available, away, busy, in a conference call, etc), others can 'keep an eye' on you. (And vice versa - I'll usually try and ping someone when not busy).

There are other advantages for me; not spending 40 minutes commuting each way, and saving fuel for the car, and I can be around for deliveries etc. OH, I'll have to heat the house while working, but as my partner is usually around anyway, she would heat the house in any case.

Finally, as to the decline of Slashdot. Yes, I must admit, I don't think I've see a mention of or a link to goatse for years!

Submission + - Oracle begins aggressively pursuing fees for the Java SE

rsilvergun writes: The Register reports that Oracle has begun aggressively pursuing fees for the Java SE product line.

Oracle bought Java with Sun Microsystems in 2010 but only now is its License Management Services (LMS) division chasing down people for payment, we are told by people familiar with the matter.

Oracle had previously sued Google for the use of Java in Android but had lost that case. While that case is being appealed it remains to be seen if the latest push to monetize Java is a response to that loss or part of a broader strategy on Oracle's part.

Comment Re: Those who something, something (Score 1) 588

From the article you linked to;

The report, ‘Unsettled Belonging: Britain’s Muslim Communities’, finds they broadly share the same views as the rest of the population. Despite the greater religiosity and social conservatism of British Muslims, their life-styles are largely secular with only limited interest in sharia finance or separate religious education. However, the report also highlights a mentality of victimhood in Muslim communities and a belief in conspiracy theories about 9/11.

and from the article it references, first two sentence of the foreword;

Britain’s Muslims are amongst the country’s most loyal, patriotic and law-abiding citizens. The truth of this is confirmed by the polling that sits at the heart of this report.

I still not sure this squares with the figures or impression given. As to victimhood and conspiracy theories, I don't think you need to be a Muslim to be be subject to these!

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