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Comment Should I care? (Score 3, Interesting) 309

I don't see this as a downside at all, or even an upside for that matter. Should I care? I don't like to own dvds, I rarely watch the same movie multiple times. If I can rent and watch it, so much the better - less cost, less waste. Clearly, I'm not alone in this, given the figures. If dvd sales are replaced with streaming rentals, who is affected adversely? Apart from the handful of companies that produce the dvds and their packaging?

Comment Hah! Sure, blame the players .. (Score 1, Insightful) 70

"PC players who completed the download of .37.2 and then started a new game save will have a corrupted saved game," wrote Brian Ekberg, Forza's community manager, in a forum post. "Avoid creating a new saved game on .37.2, and only play on .35.2 to avoid this issue. As long as you have an existing save and have not created a new one on .37.2, your saved game will work correctly once the update is available." Riiight - it is completely Forza's responsibility to restore saved games in this case.

Comment Are permissions fixed yet? (Score 0) 26

I finally moved away from Android this year - mainly because I still could not turn off permissions per app. I could not, for example, allow GPS for Google Maps and disable it for Yelp. I know Cyanogenmod has something similar to this, but I cannot install Cyanogenmod on my work phone.

Comment Re:Why is this bad? (Score 1) 228

Ding ding ding! I agree, I do not understand why this is bad. When my grandfather went to school, he was a rarity in rural India. My father went to school - he did well, and learned more than his father. I went to school, and learned more than my father. My son did kindergarden last year, and definitely learned more than I did at his age. And this is how things are and should be. Each generation should learn more than what the previous one did. And I don't think my son (or indeed, any of the other kids in his class) found kindergarden particularly onerous. Like all kids, they had their pluses and minuses - some learned to read really early, while others were good at problem solving. W.r.t summer holidays - I personally think a much better approach would be to have multiple smaller holidays through out the year.

Comment What was the question again? (Score 1) 109

What does licensing have anything to do with performance? If NVIDIA released an open source driver for their hardware, then open source drivers would win the performance shoot out. Their drivers will always be better than reverse engineered drivers (open source or not). The question really is, if you care about licenses and gaming performance, what hardware will fit the "good enough/open enough" requirement?

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Paid Posts

kaka.mala.vachva writes: Today on Slashdot I observed "Paid Posts" in brown. I don't object to them, they seem unobtrusive and I appreciate that the site needs to be ad-supported. However, in the spirit of Slashdot, I suggest that we, the Slashdot masses, be allowed to comment on the ads. What say you?

Submission + - $70k Salaries Didn't "Backfire"; Gravity Payments' Profits Have Doubled

AmiMoJo writes: In April, Dan Price, CEO of the credit card payment processor Gravity Payments, announced that he will eventually raise minimum pay for all employees to at least $70,000 a year. The move sparked not just a firestorm of media attention, but also a lawsuit from Price’s brother and co-founder Lucas, claiming that the pay raise violated his rights as a minority shareholder. But six months later, the financial results are starting to come in: Price told Inc. Magazine that revenue is now growing at double the rate before the raises began and profits have also doubled since then. On top of that, while it lost a few customers in the kerfuffle, the company’s customer retention rate rose from 91 to 95 percent, and only two employees quit. Two weeks after he made the initial announcement, the company was flooded with 4,500 resumes and new customer inquiries jumped from 30 a month to 2,000 a month.

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