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Comment Re:Plans for Planes (Score 1) 78

People used to think that, so Concorde was built, but it turned out that not very many people thought speed was enough of a problem to actually pay for it.
London to Paris is less than 350 kilometres.
Even a plane flying at 350 kilometres per hour or a bit less is going to take less time getting from one to the other than driving a car across either of those cities.

Comment Re:No thanks (Score 1) 83

neither of them are serious text editors for power users.

No but it's a good example of drastic changes to a functioning piece of software that leave some users unimpressed.

Comment Re:Finally, I can switch to Gnome! (Score 1) 83

There is a thing called "mwm" which stands for the motif window manager.
Given how sloooooooow gnome can be at times despite using video acceleration hardware to attempt to make up for poor coding (problably in gtk and not the actual window manager) it's tempting to use almost anything else other than gnome once you have a few windows up.
While the idea seems to have been to sacrifice speed for shiny it falls well behind on both to things like Enlightenment.

Comment Re:The devil needed an escape route (Score 1) 279

Whoever the small number of Stratfor people clipped those articles from should be congratulated then.
They are no more original than Slashdot and are in the same sort of business of collating information from other places.

Being able to see the future that others can't

No.
Others saw the future and they relayed the message. Your local newspaper would have more employees than the 100 that Stratfor reported as their peak staffing level.

Comment Re:The devil needed an escape route (Score 1) 279

Strafor? The self declared "shadow intelligence agency" who not only got easily and spectacularly hacked but in reality were nothing but a clipping service with less resources than a small state daily newspaper? You yourself as a semi-anonymous poster have far more credibility than Stratfor because you do not have the poor reputation that they have.
So I not only very strongly disagree with that "Trump saw reality clearly enough to achieve what others thought was impossible" - I think you can do far better than George Friedman of that overhyped small clipping service yourself. Trump has a very long track record of being tripped up by reality which is why he had so much trouble getting funding from US banks.

Comment Re:The devil needed an escape route (Score 1) 279

Therefore it's likely we've got a President who is more receptive to the nuances of the real world

Boy are you in for a shock! Or are you joking?

a calamity -- as she did in Libya

Every second day in Afganistan, Syria and Iraq appears to be a more significant calamity when you remove the now outdated political namecalling.

Comment Re:Gets rid of your best people (Score 1) 292

While the buck is supposed to stop with management many of these stupid types of things originated in HR.
Mining companies mandating a FIFO (fly in fly out) workforce that depart from major cities where the HR people want to work instead of employing locals is another example of this.
At the root of this current thing is probably a HR manager who is annoyed that remote staff are creating extra work for them.

Comment Unfortunately not that simple (Score 1) 292

Unfortunately not always that simple. Your local fire department resembles your statement nearly all of the time.
Some places have very fluctuating workloads with short lead times so what looks like incompetence and overstaffing is sometimes (note sometimes) a matter of holding onto resources for those times when they need them. A way to spot something like that which is competently run is to take note of the amount of training and the secondary tasks that are carried out when the primary tasks do not require all hands. In comparison a place not so well run will just have people spinning their wheels and playing at workplace politics.
I know what you describes happens, I've been a number on a list of staff being charged out to the client while sitting around waiting for ten hours a day (I left that fraudster swiftly - not good for the reputation), but it's not the typical situation.

Comment Re:Stealth Layoff (Score 2) 292

because only those that are good at what they do (and hence have other prospects) will leave

That is not seen as a problem at the top of the tree where only managers are seen as having true value. A good manager can take anyone out of the gutter and turn them into a subject matter expert without the manager knowing anything about the subject - so the oft believed legend goes.
So IMHO when you see such demented practices it's a bit of a symptom of such a situation.

Comment Re:In an ideal world (for the cops) yes (Score 1) 509

then they're probably either avoiding such cases entirely, or deferring them to some other, larger and better-equipped organization

Yes, but there's also cutting corners or outsourcing them to the guy with a disk copying business.

but the NSA/CIA/etc. can do a *lot* if they are properly motivated

Once again "The Hacker Crackdown" applies - if things can be skewed to make something look like a headline grabbing crime that could lead to promotion there is motivation but not in a direction to the benefit of anyone other than the individuals putting together a high profile case. Justice often loses.

Comment In an ideal world (for the cops) yes (Score 1) 509

In an ideal world (for the cops) yes - but resources and not always what you expect from television. The old Bruce Sterling non-fiction text "The Hacker Crackdown" (free download) is still apt after all these years. Back then the cops wanted the budget to buy an Amiga, now it's the budget for a computer forensic lab up to the quality of a guy running a hard disk recovery business out of his garage.

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