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Comment Re:Just imagine (Score 1) 845

A contract includes two parties, their part of the contract is to provide him time to eat the food. Severing the contract by asking him to leave means they have limited ability to force payment. They are in a stronger position when using something such as illegal behavior (creating a nuisance) to eject the patron, but simply asking them to leave because they are wearing Google Glass(tm) which is perfectly legal, not so much.

Comment Re:Changes incoming (Score 1) 148

This was proven years ago, which is why games force you to select the new TOS whenever they change them by explicitly accepting them. It was common knowledge it was unenforceable unless you forced them to read it but they decided to ignore this fact. I ran a large website 12 years ago and we had to change it so they were forced to accept the ToS, and it couldn't be the default (if they could just hit enter, still invalid).

Yes, they will change it, but this isn't new and this ruling just supports the same reason you have to accept the EULA and TOS in most software now.

-- Tenareth

Comment Re:E-Discovery Software Roundup (Score 1) 67

I happen to work in the industry and yes, that is the biggest problem. The Law Firm would have nobody to blame but themselves, and anyone that has worked with Lawyers knows that taking on that much risk for things outside of their core competency (Technology) is not something they are jumping to get into.

Don't get me started on the continued love of TIFF...

Comment Re:Breaking the backs of DBAs (Score 2) 152

One of the main reasons for this is that the DBAs are the ones that keep the production environment functioning. Devs get to put in whatever random thought that crosses their mind and when it breaks in production and data is lost, or clients are impacted they just shrug and say "Odd, didn't expect that".

A 'modern' DBA should be trained in whatever development cycle that dev is using, which may include Scrum/Agile, in which case the process would be integrated and the delay of implementation would be greatly reduced, but not eliminated. It really isn't a bad thing to stop and think about the big picture from time to time.

The issue is when the management sets up a reward system for DBAs to be roadblocks (this is usually done by crucifying a DBA for a database failure, even if it is proven to be a poor design from Development) that creates the type of environment you are talking about. It is a perfectly valid response to management to be protective of their job. The issue isn't the DBA, it is the structure around the technology groups.

Comment Re:Bend Over ... (Score 1) 152

The proper audience is BOTH.

Dev's doing data structures is generally less than optimal (Disks have to spin? Just buy faster ones), DBAs doing logic flows is generally bad (This is the optimal data structure, so let's just change the business logic a bit). Both working together will build a much better application because it broadens the amount of concepts that can be taken into account.

Comment Re:not worth reading (Score 1) 152

The key with ACID was that it allowed applications to offload a lot of basic logic of data consistency to the database, and that was a great thing.

But I think NoSQL is coming out from the fact that there are still times you don't need/want to do that, usually involving massive amounts of data that can be processed in chunks that can just be "done again" if something goes wrong (sort of like Map/Reduce recovery).

Comment Re:#1 Alternative REDBOX (Score 1) 574

no downside and no negatives? What about the fact that dealing with a plastic disc is stupid? From the moment I saw two computers put together on a network in the 80's I was waiting for physical copies of media/games to go away. Now that all the technology is ready we are stuck behind stupid licensing and protectionist companies.

Comment Re:Think of the children! (Score 1) 493

Sure I'm not saying let kids play in a forest alone or something,

That's what everyone did growing up if you are from the country. You left in the morning and if you missed lunch, that's your problem. But you had to be home for dinner.

The risk of kidnapping, molestation, etc. is no higher today (and in many cases lower) than it was then, but today there are 24hour news channels that cover every single incident and completely changed the perception of a world.

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