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Comment Re:As unpopular as it will be to hear... (Score 1) 143

It still depends. There are a lot of factors. And quite frankly how the product is licensed is way down on the bottom of conserned. Most organizations are able to negotiate better contract with these companies. Do you think a 1,000+ employee companies will be using standard windows licenses? No they will negotiate with Microsoft for a license and conditions that fit there needs. With FOS it is what you get that comes with it. If it is GNU you better be sure that you don't use it in your product if you want to sell it. BSD, MIT and Apache licenses also have their own issues but you get what you get and often have little chance to negotiate with someone to make it suit your needs.
There are costs to an organization that isn't to the individual. For the individual the time wasted learning a FOS software is their own time and often enjoyable hobby. But to a company have to pay someone to learn this is expensive and there are factors such as product lifespan, and ability to find employees who knows how to use that tool and training resources available. All these factors makes the license cost a drop in the bucket.
Not FOS is overall a good thing and companies shouldn't shy away from it there are a lot of professional tools out there that can save you a ton of money. However not all of them.

Comment Re:Uhm... (Score 5, Insightful) 480

Most politicians try to get past what they say. However the complexity of real life sets in. Most American career politicians try to do what they say but they are confronted by other politicians who say they will do the opposite. So they will either get what they want, fail to get what they want, or what is currently political death sentence a compromise where both sides get a little of what they want but not all of it, thus causing the stupid public to think they were lying vs actually trying to get what they felt was good for who they are representing.

Comment Re:Hmmm... (Score 2) 259

The issue is location Sexism in tech is far prevalent in the West then in the East. The problem is all the big name tech companies are based in the West, while the normal established boring tech companies are in the East. However working tech in the east you see a higher percentage of female working tech. In my departments the ratio is 50/50 male to female (granted it is higher than normal), and the higher level positions in my department are male. In the East coast there is sexism in tech, but it isn't as bad as the west coast. I think it may be due to most of the tech jobs centered around long time established companies with older employees, who are married and have children, and are less invested in looking at the opposite sex as something relieve their primal instincts.

Comment Re:I guess /. still approves this crap (Score 1) 270

Sadly this is mostly true (but not entirely).
A key part of an economy is the ability to purchase something and have a clear path of recourse if you don't get what you pay for. While bitcoins themselves don't cause this problem it is the anonymous transactions that do. It put the buyer in greater risk because the seller has all the advantages. If I buy x in bit coins the seller will know who I am to deliver the goods however if if I don't know who the seller is then if what I get isn't what I purchase, I have less ability to fight this. Because I will not have a person to bring to judge. However being the seller will have the info to deliver product to me. He could use that data against me if it was to his self interest.

Comment Re:A cubesat also costs less than the ISS (Score 0) 179

Exactly it isn't the cost that is holding us back.
It is the ambition to do so. The individuals with the money to do this would much rather risk their money in someothst can have a better reward for them.
That is why space exploration has been in the domain of governments because it had latitude to try thing for betterment of its citizens.
But today man space flight seems like a waste of effort to the government because of lack of leadership and risks of failure will cause lost jobs

Comment Re:Well Shit (Score 1) 61

For most people if their privacy is invaded they will not get into trouble. However it doesn't mean that there isn't aspect of their life that they would like to keep private. We have our outward persona and our inner desires. They normally will not fully match up. So you know this guy who it Big Tough Ladies man then you dig around and find that he enjoys chick flicks and Musical Theater, doesn't really show anything that would put him in a compromising position. But steps on how he wants to present himself to the world.

Comment Re:"Best" (Score 1) 299

In theory yes... However the following factors are in play.
Managers tend to want to be paid more than their subordinates. So the average worker will get rewarded more than the best worker.
Getting a raise is nice, getting additional power to do your job your prefered way is important too. Also getting a title change is important. Otherwise it can appear that your job is going to a dead end direction. And the best employee may be gone in a few years.
The worst working staying to do the dirty work, often the dirty work still needs to be done well, and have them doing it means it doesn't get done well. Also they get angry for doing all the tough jobs while the better workers seem to be getting all the easy ones. Making it easier for them to seem like they are better workers.

 

Comment Re:Not a direct boss... but an egomanic though (Score 1) 299

For this case the mistake was that you were rude to the VP, and more or less threatened him.
If you went "I am sorry but I am not allowed to let anyone in without a valid ID."

And if he did pull a "Do you know who I am?" The response should be a polite "No am am sorry I do not." Then if he stated that he was the VP just escort him to someone who should know who he was for validation.

Comment Re:Too smart for his own good (Score 4, Insightful) 299

Well if you said it will take 3 months and he figured he could do it in 2 days, and he has the ability to do it in 2 days. I would probably look at yourself and your team. Perhaps you were exaggerating what happened.
Because I can see your point if you estimated 3 months and he said 1 month of work. As an experienced developer can normally outcode someone more Jr. by a factor of 3 so they may forget this and give you a lower estimate.
But if you say 3 months and he says 2 days. You may want to go back and get more clarification on what is needed to get done. Because it sounds like there is a miscommunication on scope.

 

Comment Re:And now a Rant from all the Vista Supporters... (Score 2) 167

Windows 2000 wasn't marketed as a Home Operating System. It was a business Workstation OS to Replace NT 4.0
XP was marketed to Replace Windows 98 and ME. When 2000 was released a lot of people did use it for their home PC. But that wasn't MS Intent. But seeing its popularity probably urged XP development toward the NT kernel.
But when 2000 was released when you got your standard Compaq, eMachine, Gateway 2000 or Dell PC. It came with 98 or ME standard. Unless you were going with a business account.

Comment And now a Rant from all the Vista Supporters... (Score 1) 167

Much like how When Windows XP was released it was a hated OS with its FisherPrice Interface, All its problems from moving the Home PC to the NT kernel vs the DOS based Windowed Shell that use to be Windows. When went out of support we had a bunch of lover saying why get rid of it because it is so good.

I would love to see what love letters are coming out from Vista (one of the most hated WIndows Versions (besides ME) to be released)
 

Comment Re:Leave the original (Score 1) 542

The original didn't hold up to the test of time either.
While the Matrix wowed people in the 1990s and they thought it could be the Star Wars for Generation X it shortly became a product of its time. With the 1990s Dark for the sake of dark because anything light is a sign of campy. Really made the characters too one dimensional and boring after you got the plot of the movie and it's rewatchedabily is low.

Comment Re:Google as gatekeeper of truth (Score 1) 429

Not unpopular but untruthful.
You have the right to say people of x group are bad shouldn't have such rights.
But you are abusing free speech when you say group x did all these untruthful and unproven acts thus my view on x is justified. Especially if you are posing as an expert as it is your job to state this information.

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