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Comment Re:!Revolution (Score 1) 273

Um, yes he does. Especially computers. Overpriced, feature-poor and unreliable were the hallmarks of some of the first gen microcomputers I used in the late 70s and early 80s. And some of the first "consumer"/small business systems cost more than cars did. I knew a guy who was selling IBM XTs with modems and weather forecast access software to farmers for over $10K a pop.

The "internet" as I knew it in the 80s wasn't the internet, it was BBSs and the horribly overpriced CompuServe. Then it was SLIP connections and using FTP, then Mosaic, then a thousand other incremental steps and now you have the ability to watch people get nutshotted in 4K on your monitor.

Similar with mobile phones. Horribly expensive and unreliable. Then came PSION and WinCE "smart" phones that sucked ass. Japan kinda got that going well in the early 2000s with their DoCoMo FOMA phones but didn't want the rest of the world to get in on the fun so they never made non-Japanese models. Palm came along with the Treo and that was the first mostly useful smart-phone and then came the iPhones and the Androids and now here we are today.

Comment Re: employee improvement plan (Score 5, Interesting) 391

The problem is that there are many cases where companies use the employee improvement plan process to fire people who aren't actually bad at their jobs but the companies want them to leave for other reasons and don't want to lay them off with the associated unemployment costs.

They put the target on said plan in hopes they take the hint and just leave. If not, the employee will be judged to have not sufficiently improved, no matter how they actually perform, and at the end of the EIP deadline they are let go for cause.

Comment Re:Tax evasion is popular...News at 11. (Score 1) 81

One just requires more planning?

Evasion = Oh look, if I buy this from there I can get it without taxes because the seller is out of country and doesn't know what to charge, sweet!

Avoidance = If I structure my life/business a certain way and move mailing and or physical addresses I can avoid taxes on all these transactions.

Comment Re:Overall Result (Score 1) 95

That only realistically works for a few reviews. If a dedicated shitposter has 20 sockpuppet accounts they can still do a ton of damage to a product's rating and most customers aren't going to go to the trouble of checking more than a couple of those accounts and blocking them - if they even bother. Most people will see 35 reviews, and 20 of them are 1 star. NEXT PRODUCT, this one sucks!

Comment Re:Why does Iceland the country care? (Score 4, Informative) 102

Because Iceland the country actually seems to have a vested interest in making sure their citizens can use their own country's name in business ventures. What a novel idea, a country looking out for its citizens...

The crux of this case is that Iceland The Country is saying Iceland the Supermarket are being dicks and suing or threatening Icelandic citizens and businesses for having commercial ventures with the name Iceland in the name.

To use your own example, suppose there was a US supermarket named Canada, that was threatening Canada Computers with a cease and desist and forcing them to change their name.

Comment You mistake their motives (Score 1) 736

It's not about emotion, it's about $$$. The people doing these fake stories are doing it because they are getting paid to do it. The ones paying them to do it see an angle to either make more money by throwing dirt at Musk's ventures or are doing it to protect an existing revenue stream.

With humans it's always about power, sex or money. Frequently all three.

Comment Re: Dear Apple fans: (Score 5, Insightful) 471

The problem comes when you see people in the company start to use the company as their credit card. Don't forget, according to the US Census there are 28 million small businesses in the US. What happens when the tax burden is shifted onto the owner as he takes profit? He or she might do what I've seen others do. Use the company to pay for as much as they can and take a paltry salary.

One guy I knew took a 30K a year salary as President of his own company and was quite vocal that everyone in the company got paid more than he did so they better work their asses off in appreciation. And on paper looking at his paystub that was 100% true. But he didn't tell most people that the company rented a 2 bedroom apartment in a tower downtown for "out of town" clients that he happened to live in for free, and the company vehicle was his vehicle, and the reason he would take staff out to dinner to chat was so the company would pay for dinner as a business expense, business trips to Europe coincidentally were in cities near Alps ski resorts, etc. So while he made only 30K, his out of pocket expenses were about $600 a month because the company paid for everything else.

I'm not saying the tax shift would be a bad idea, I'm just saying once it happens I would expect to see a lot of what I described above start happening.

Comment Re: Block everyone or the driver? (Score 1) 291

Actually if you RTFA, it mentions they want to exempt nav apps from the blocking so that wouldn't be a problem. Of course your passenger couldn't use other apps at the same time. Unless the passenger took the driver's phone and did navigation with that and whatever else they want with their own phone.

This is a stupid way to try and fix the problem as getting around it is trivial.

Comment Re:How does Fedora compare to Ubuntu? (Score 1) 154

> And apps don't use "file manager plugins", they use whatever the widget toolkit (usually GTK or QT) provides

Whatever, I'm a sysadmin not a programmer, and that's what I was looking to call it.

And it sure as hell did happen. In Evolution:

I remember it clear as day because we were corresponding with a client endlessly going back and forth on a project and all of the project docs were on a mount on the office CentOS machine and I was absolutely pissed that I could get to the same mount using a SFTP software and pop things up to the client's server without issue but I couldn't mail them any of the files as attachments without copying them by hand because Evolution refused to even see directories that were mounted. After about the 500th time I had to move files by hand I got really angry, thought about how much time I am wasting moving files to a temp directory just so I can either mail them out or move them to a mount from my inbox and said fuck it and installed Windows 7. And you know what the hell of it was? Windows 7 works well enough for what I expect that I stayed with it.

Comment Re:How does Fedora compare to Ubuntu? (Score 2) 154

I haven't used any desktop Linux in a while but when I played around with them I found Ubuntu's were easier to initially set up, but Fedora was more stable. There were still bizarre integration problems with applications though, like different apps using different file manager plugins so that one application works across the whole file system no problem, but another can't browse into mount points, which means you need to move files out of that mount to use them, then put them back, etc. A small mountain of little annoyances like that eventually drove me back into the arms of Redmond.

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