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Comment Re: It has its uses (Score 1) 417

Java (like Flash) was always designed as a plug-in, running side by side with the browser, not an integrated part of the browser. T

Uh, what?

Just because Sun developed a Java plug-in doesn't mean that Sun's vision was ever that Java was primarily supposed to be used that way. Java has always meant to be used as a standalone programming language, and the percentage of Java development targeted at the plugin is absolutely tiny. Most of it is focused on back-end applications, websites, and the occasional desktop app.

I'm not sure where this "Java = applets" thing comes from, and it's especially hard to understand why software developers would think this given it's pretty hard to work in this industry for more than a few years without being given a Tomcat/etc application hosted in a JBoss environment to fix up.

Comment Re:Literally in the Summary (Score 1) 269

There is an expectation that the parent will return.

No. That they are required to take them back doesn't lead to the conclusion that they expect the return. Most maternity-fill I see is by temp-to-hire. They expect to fill the position permanently, but have to be able to clear it out, if the employee returns.

Your premise is that employers are dumb. They know the employees don't return. They plan on the employees returning. That's dumb.

Comment Re:Literally in the Summary (Score 1) 269

It's a form of "terminal leave". You have leave due you. You take it, then don't come back. That's how organizations like the US military pay out leave owed, rather than the lump-sum most private corporations do. There's nothing "unethical" in taking a leave you've earned. The few places I've seen it offered, you had to have been there a few years to earn that perk. Why hand the employer a handout? Take your leave payout as terminal leave. Then leave.

The only thing "dishonest" is the employers who wouldn't pay it if you told them you weren't coming back. The dishonest employers drive the employees to lie.

Comment Re:big businesses asking for special favors (Score 1) 288

Netflix screwed themselves. They built a Tier-1 ISP (that isn't an ISP and isn't Tier-1) and called it a CDN, then tried to peer with everyone for $0 to cut their costs.

Netflix's bad CDN isn't even the question here. There are no "pipes to Netflix" if Netflix bought "real" T1 Internet from multiple providers. Comcast not wanting to peer with a Tier-1 wannabe is again unrelated to Net Neutrality, and I think Netflix made a number of bad decisions trying to cut costs that have hurt them, and their entire industry.

Netflix used a side-channel to try to cut costs, and it worked poorly. But there are real and documented cases of DNS hijacks, and QoS penalties for competing voice services. If you are a telco that sells voice, you should block Skype and throttle SIP down to unusable levels. That will increase your profits as the people in your area have no other choice, and the other options for voice are unusable over your ISP.

If Netflix buys bandwidth from ATT and Level3, what would Comcast do? Fail to peer with them? Then their customers would get even worse service. That's how it ends up working, and generally worked well until Netflix broke the standard first.

Comment Re:You can't generalize. (Score 1) 371

It does *sound* a bit sociopathic, doesn't it? But sociopathy is a pathological disregard for the rights of others. While deception is often used to violate someone's rights, but it can *also* be used to protect someone's rights.

For example if I knew an employee was embezzling money, I don't have to tell him I know. I can deceive him into thinking I'm not on to him until I gather enough proof or discover who his accomplices are. This is deceptive, but not a violation of his rights.

Comment Re: (Score 1) 288

The cities should all lay dark fiber to every house (no not crappy GPON, but dark fiber from the CO to every residence and business). Then rent that fiber to the ISP. They can run 1Mb, or 1 Tb across it, for the same price. A price just high enough to cover the costs of install and maintenance.Your phone company doesn't more to call Dominos vs Pizza Hut, so why should we expect that from our ISP? Net Neutrality shouldn't be necessary. But the companies committing the fraud of unequal access also lie about it. The market can only correct itself with informed consumers.

Comment They're still people (Score 2) 371

The expectation is that the salaried position is a 40 hr/wk position.

If you treat your employees only as a measurable commodity, entering into no acknowledgment of their worth, individuality, and personal potential, while attempting to mine every second of their time like a greedy, annoying crow, or worse, if you attempt to sit on those things and repress who they are, then your employees will not be loyal. This is inevitable.

When the first even nominally better opportunity (which might not even be better on grounds of pay, since everything else at your place sucks so bad) and they'll be gone. Because you made them hate you.

Which you deserved.

Sane employment is pleasant, goal seeking and reward-rich. For everyone. Not based on counting drops of sweat and screaming when the count is short. Balance liberty against compassion in tension as you encourage your employees to chase your goals and their goals. Otherwise you run the risk of just turning out to be considered another reviled prick.

I've run several very successful businesses. I'm not guessing here. Happy people do better work. Period.

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