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Comment Re: employee improvement plan (Score 1) 388

I'm not saying that there aren't some large companies that somehow do that, but the various large companies I've worked at EIPs are not used to fire someone, nor used to avoid unemployment costs, actually every single place I've been was the same, first follow the state laws for severance, second, offer them additional severance to agree not to claim unemployment, third if they don't take that, fine they file, we don't fight the unemployment. Bigger companies are MUCH more worried about being sued, because the cost of an employment law lawsuit is high, like 50% of a person's income easily. In fact when people DO lawyer up because they're a minority, we generally would settle starting at 3 mos income. Big companies do not actually care about paying unemployment UNLESS they are firing lots of people, then they worry about it.

Comment Re: And yet (Score 3, Insightful) 412

Preventing the distribution of information that Hillary Clinton made speeches where she said in private the same things as she said in public? Or you mean the fact that the data surely came from Russian State Paid Actors who handed the data to WikiLeaks? I'm guessing that Ecuador is finally realizing they didn't get some great bastion of freedom in Assange, just a pompous asshole who's more trouble than he's worth. I suspect his welcome is about to be over.

Comment Sort of stupid actually (Score 4, Insightful) 207

The 4k TVs basically directly replaced the HDTVs, as in they just replaced the same model that was $899 last year with a new $899 model that is now 4k. Instant 4k Adoption. You're also probably getting some generational effects where people with older 480p and 720p flat screens suddenly need new TVs because they hit that magic it's 10 years OLD effect.

Comment Re:Because it's unnecessarily complex (Score 1) 206

A) Cash is clearly on its way out if you hadn't noticed. B) Sadly the strips do go bad and there's no more imprints for Visa and Mastercard. By the end of the next year they will use "on network" validation only. C) No doubt, though iOS hasn't really had any of the security holes like you are talking about so far. D) They are FULLY working on getting rid of those as well. It will definitely suck for the poor though when they simply don't offer a physical DL anymore.

Comment Re:Dumb (Score 1) 145

If you had say 50% of all air travel headed towards liquidation, the US Government would have been stepping in, when AMR was almost failed and United WAS failed, there were TONS of other flights by other people and there was little doubt that Southwest or the like would have just stepped in and taken over. If Boeing were going into liquidation tomorrow, again the Gov't would have no choice but to step in.

Comment Re:A Raid? Really? (Score 1) 135

Politics works a bit difference in Spain and France and they LOVE to "raid" businesses, especially foreign businesses. Currently the EU has set a bunch of rules in place that make all of what these companies do VERY legal and some government officials hate it (these officials would rather Spain be Spain, and not just a "part of the EU."

Comment Re:16:9 & Windows (Score 1) 209

2304x1440 is the native resolution of the direct competitor MB 12". If the screen and build quality are anything like the previous Asus Zenbook, then all you have to do is play with it for a few minutes, then play with an MB12 and you'll likely not bother with the Zenbook. These laptops are either toys for people who the price is meaningless or they are people who travel a lot (like every week or 2x a week travellers) who actually DO value the lightness of them.

Comment Re:God damn it, just PICK A FUCKING LANGUAGE ALREA (Score 1) 172

Actually ... this is exactly how you use compiled. You compile C to an intermediate language (possible just a special type of ASM, but an intermediate language all the same.) You compile Java to Java Bytecode. So yes you can in fact compile C to Javascript. In the very long term, we could build a better safer intermediate language and compile everything to that.

Comment Re:The elephants in the room (Score 1) 244

A large amount of large companies either have plans in place to migrate to Gmail/O365, are IN mid-migration, or have already migrated to them. It might be that in your sector they are behind in doing this, but Microsoft sweetened the pot a few years ago and Gmail is really cheap to begin with. For the typical F100 company, there's not even a way they can compete with likely "free" from Microsoft and $50/user from Google. Companies are paying in upwards of $125/user for internal Exchange.

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