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Comment Re:Next it would be coroners (Score 1) 305

If these people were transfered from another department to do this job, I can see being requred to move them again. If, however, they were hired right into this position, then no, MS has every right to fire them for being unable to perform the task they were hired for. True, it would be nice of them to transfer them, but being nice and doing the right thing is not required (and this IS Microsoft we're talking about here).

Comment Re:Dear Matthew (Score 1) 531

No. Taxes are only sheltered on income generated overseas, using overseas infrastructure, emergency services, etc. I am baffled why Americans believe they have a "right" to tax the sale of a product made in China and sold in France.

No one is saying they should be subject to sales tax, but income is income, and profits from a U.S. based company should be subject to U.S. taxes just as the foreign income of a U.S. citizen is subject to U.S income taxes. Any and all foreign taxes should be 100% deductible, but all profits after that should be subject to full U.S. taxes rates.

Comment Re:Alternate Theory (Score 1) 172

This is true, but they are also high in carbohydrates. Feeding a mouse low-carb and high-fat could be just as damaging as a high-carb low-fat diet is to a human, not taking into account the sugars, salts and other chemicals used to entice us to eat those high-carb low-fat foods. Of course a high, or even normal-carb, high-fat diet could be just as fattening to the mouse, with or without Aspartame.

Comment Re:Ellen Pao (Score 5, Insightful) 636

If Ellen Pao is involved, I'm rooting for the other side

Ah yes, the maturity level of a twelve year old typical of many Slashdot posters, and moderators too evidently.

Pretty much the maturity level of Project Include towards Y Combinator, wouldn't you say? Or is it only considered childish if it's against something you support?

Comment Re:What Can Go Wrong? (Score 1) 61

This is just infrastructure nothing more.

If you don't know how the IoT infrastructure differs from roads and horse carriages, you really have no business being on a tech site. This has the potential to do serious damage to the very infrastructure it's connected to, not to mention the privacy and security of anyone within range.

Comment Re:Why not just have the rapidly updated one? (Score 1) 113

an aggressive move to help kill the desktop market to drive people towards using devices google makes more $ off of

I highly doubt there's over one percent of desktop users who would give up the desktop because they can't use Google reliably any longer. What I foresee is someone (perhaps one if these desktop using dinosaurs?) developing a Google mobile search plugin for browsers.

Comment Re:Long life (Score 1) 156

Cut out the inflammatory foods (grains), and you won't have to worry so much about clogging up your arteries. Without the cracks and crevices in your arteries, there's nowhere for the buildup to take hold.

Also, plant based protein is not the same as animal based, and, as carnivores, we need animal based protein.

Comment Re: why hasn't apple taken advantage.. (Score 1) 126

If I understand what the problem is, Samsung tried to squeeze the battery into a slightly too thin phone. While this might not present a problem out of the box, nor for the vast majority of owners, all it would take to cause a failure is to bend over to pick something up with the phone in your back pocket. This might not cause an immediate failure, nor a failure be caused by only one flexing of the phone, but I can see many of them developing this problem over time. I think they made the right call. It seems to be a design problem with the phone, and it's too late to redesign and relaunch a new one.

IMHO phones are getting too thin for lithium ion batteries. They need to stiffen the bodies or find a safer power source.

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