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Comment Interacting with the community (Score 2) 215

You have been one of the best known writers to interact with the community at large.
How do you feel that this has improved on your writing and character developments, and have there been any particular netizens which have caused you to stop and think about the stories your are telling in a different way or fashion than you initially thought?
(Is there anyone that you miss seeing?)

Comment Re:Two choices... (Score 1) 385

No, but they *can* communicate with the drive manufacturer to have them put into place a policy & procedure to ensure that the drives *are* wiped clean before being shipped out.
Actually, since there is data on the drive, I would wonder exactly how well tested the drive was before being sent to Newegg for sale.

Comment The bigger picture (Score 1) 84

Certainly at the worker bee level we all can agree that most certs are not worth the paper that they're printed on, however when you start looking at what the company needs and requires then, yes, the certs do provide some value.
Imagine signing a multi-million dollar contract with a data center. Part of the contract are clauses for things like QOS, DR, and a whole host of other very tiny details which are so, so important in the contract. Now, lets say that the data center goes down (fire for example), along with it your business. Now you're out major bucks, you will be turning to your lawyers and asking if you can sue for breach of contract. The lawyers are going to review the contract, see what the certs mean, review the certs and the data center's answers, and then tell you if you do or do not have a case.
And that's why the certs are important. Because they spell out exactly what the data center will do in case of [fill in the blank], and gives the data center coverage which is then enforced by your contract.

Comment Well... (Score 1) 245

The two big problems being with this lovely idea are:
* Companies might not want to compete with prior version of their products
* Rights to the product might not be in the free and clear (legal)

Otherwise I too would love the to have PCG.

Comment Re:EULA should stop this behavior (Score 1) 158

Sure- Automated process that stores the results in a database or is otherwise used in a system where the results are aggregated and retrievable for 4th party consumption with a method to tie back to a person.

That wasn't difficult at all. Just because I write something for consumption to the members of a particular web site (assuming that it's NOT out in the public like Slashdot's or any other comment system), I would not expect it to be slurped up and sold by 3rd parties. On a member's only web site, such as talked about in the story, the inclusion of my EULA statement would be a strong deterrent against these scrapers.

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