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Comment Or.. people will see the IPhone for what it is.... (Score 1) 187

A GREAT handheld computer, and a LOUSY cell phone. I've been on ATT since pre-cingular days... haven't had dropped calls or speed issues through my LG, Samsung, or other phone(s) and definitly not with my current Galaxy.

I'd stand side-by-side with IPhones since day one and have no issues when they have all had trouble finding a simple connection.

IPhone on Verizon will be interesting... I expect it'll show one of two things... either the IPhone is as I think it is ad it'll do the same as it rolls out across Verizon... or that ATT has been shuffling the IPhone off to bad data lines after it's hit the cell tower.

Comment Re:Summary of /. Reaction to Proposal (Score 1) 1124

Don't get me started with these bad car analogies. I'm still pissed about moving the high beam switch from the floor to a stupid stick on the steering column.

I keep getting my left foot caught in the steering wheel switching to low beams.

If I recall correctly from my Marine Corps days, the high/low beam switch is mounted on the floor in a HMMWV. Not sure about the consumer models (Arnold Schwarzenegger type, not the refrigerator-on-wheels).

Comment Re:READ TFA!!!!!!! (Score 1) 251

Which makes it that much worse. It's one thing if an officer was taking a break and playing the guy's Wii Bowling. That would be wrong, but maybe not bad enough to seriously jeopardize the evidence (though there would still be questions about it in court). But to stop mid-evidence collection to bowl a round or two? Any half-way decent defense attorney is going to make this video Exhibit A.

Comment Re:Let's treat this (Score 1) 187

Legislator liability is an idea whose time has come. The tripartite government acts within the Judicial branch to establish the guilt or innocence of us mere mortals, why not the Legislative Branch (actually, they already are - I just want much higher penalties)? The average murderer kills for the most tawdry of reasons and thinks not about the consequences. People who have massive power and personally control millions of dollars, like our Senators (save, one - Bernie Sanders is not a Millionaire) and the bureaucrats like John Yoo (executive branch liability, too!) have so much more to lose... that the ultimate penalty would actually deter them.

I've always been in favor of setting black letter law for white collar thieves - steal $1meg or more and we execute you. That would cut WAY BACK on their schemes because, once again - they have so much to lose and would actually be deterred.

Finally, there is historical precedent - the Roman Senate had a rule, a Senator could propose any law - only if the law did not pass his fellow Senators would kill him.

Comment When will they get over it? (Score 1) 625

Millions of innocent jews and others were tortured and killed by members of the Nazi party. It was evil, and it should be condemned.

But it happened. It's part of reality, and it's something we should learn from. Denying its existence (or acknowledging it in a way) by censoring it seems counterproductive to me. Let's no stick our heads in the sand. There are lots of "symbols of evil" that the Germans do not ban. People see them and are told they represent evil, and they can be taught a lesson about evil.

And let's not forget that the swastika was an ancient Hindu religious symbol that had very positive connotations. People should be taught its original meaning and how the Nazis desecrated it.

WWII happened in the 1940's. The Germans are good people. As a culture, they have always been inventive and industrious. And, like every other nation on earth, they have a sense of superiority. And a long time ago, some people took that sense of superiority too far. In a very Microsoft-like way, they dealt with their "competitors" by crushing them, rather than trying to a better job. (Note that I don't think Microsoft are nearly as evil as the Nazis. Bill Gates is excessively competitive, but he's also a philanthropist and deserves recognition for it.) The Germans and everyone else in the world have to grow up and get past this fear of the past.

If you're a white American, and your ancestors owned slaves, should you be ashamed of yourself? No. You can be ashamed of your ancestors, and you can be ashamed of all of the cruelty and torture that went along with it. But you yourself know that slavery was wrong. You're not responsible for it. You can get past it without pretending it didn't happen.

But that's just my opinion.

Comment Re:Differences between versions (Score 2, Funny) 625

You forgot to capitalize "Damen" and "Herren". Yeah I know I'm being nitpicky. ;-)

I find it interesting the EU States can ban images within a videogame, and the publisher MUST comply with that restriction. I wonder if the same could happen with a US State? Could California declare "no more swastikas" and force Activision to edit California editions of Wolfenstein, or would the U.S. overrule that decision? If yes, could the EU eventually overrule Germany's law?

Comment Re:Shifting Standards (Score 1) 303

It's like this: just because you say your home PC is a "supercomputer" because it has all the performance of a "supercomputer" doesn't make it one. You need to have a little plastic bar glued to the front wherein is written, in dazzlingly Arial font, "SuperComputer". Otherwise, no one will believe you. Oh, just buy it already.


SGI Marketing and Management.


Submission + - Privately developing software

cloudance writes: "Like many slash.dotters out there I'm working on a software project on my free time. It may be loosed on the world as a enterprise software application, it may be sold to another company as an exit strategy for me (an some bucks in the bank. Most likely it'll end up as FOSS somewhere for someone to pick up and say "Hmmm... that's kewl... I can turn this into *that*.

Problem... I want to keep the software as mine for now. until *I* decide how I want to license it and what I want to do with it.
Problem 2... I'm starting a new job next week... and like everyone else I have to sign a proprietary rights agreement that says they have first right to anything I develop.

A — I'm not being hired as a software developer, but there is *some* overlap in business
B — I know the rules about not using corporate resources (time, money, equipment) and how to protect myself in that area (Don't do it).

How else do I need to protect myself?? Do I not tell them anything and develop purely on my own time and equipment? Do I disclose the project in some way and still develop purely on my own time and equipment

Talk to a corporate lawyer???

Thanks for any input."

Comment It's REAL simple, your BS will only open a door... (Score 1) 834

But its your WORK experience that gets you THROUGH that door. I've been in this industry for almost 25 years... no, I'm not that old... I started as a Software Engineer at Intel when I was a Senior in HIGH SCHOOL. I already had almost 4 years of part time experience in Software when I got that job. Did my BSCS-EE get me any jobs? Nope. By the time my fellow high school alums got into the workforce, I was making at least twice what they could get coming out of college. When I've hired (and I was in a hiring role when my compatriots got into the job market) A degree would get you past my HR or Recruiter, but it took experience to get past me.

On the other hand... you SHOULD get a masters... and do it part time while you're working in the industry. But get an MBA. THAT will help your career enormously one day. but it'll be a dozen or so years before that'll pay for itself.

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