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Comment Re:Scary? (Score 2) 63

How about, instead of auto-tagging flashing adverts to allow some people to opt-out of them, people can just not make annoying adverts, much like avoiding the <blink> tag even if it's still supported?

By the way, I've just googled 'blink tag' and the result is quite amusing (if you don't suffer from epilepsy, that is).

Comment Re:Everyone? (Score 1) 545

And I disagree with that. Why would the expectation be to work overtime? My expectation is not to work overtime. My expectation is to be paid for the time I work, and then go home and not work (and not get paid for that time). I think it's a reasonable expectation. If the result of such a law is that I earn less money, I'm allowed to accept that and settle for a lower salary in return for my personal time. Maybe many people think like you, and maybe many people think like me.

But such a law would give me a choice. Yes, I could decide to work overtime and make up for the lower salary (but at least get paid for my work), or I could decide not to. Currently it's either free overtime or no job.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 545

If I understand correctly, what you're saying is "the industry is bad, but it couldn't exist otherwise".

Isn't that the same as a factory that uses slave labour? If it didn't have slaves, it wouldn't be profitable and would fold. If the factory folded, you wouldn't be able to buy the ivory chess sets it was making. Paying for the skill required to make the chess sets is too expensive for the factory. Therefore it's OK to have slavery.

Slavery is great, but it was outlawed. Any company that depended on slave labour - folded. And that's a good thing. And we're still here, and we can live without ivory chess sets made by slaves.

(Note: I wish slave labour was gone from the world - it's still used in many parts of the world. But I'm not sure "the company would fold" or "if you live in this country you can expect to be a slave" are good excuses for it).

In other words, personally I could live without AAA titles made by slaves. There are a few game companies that somehow manage to make good games without killing their staff.

Comment Re:Listen to Sales - as hard as it may be (Score 1) 159

I guess you only buy bug-free software, then.

But seriously, isn't it better to see what's wrong and ask how the worse-looking risks are mitigated?
I guess the answer is about the general business culture, i.e. whether you're more likely to lose your job when the shit hits the fan if you say "I made an information-based decision and unfortunately the risk materialised" than if you say "I know nuffin'... they said there were no bugs".

Personally I'd get rid of a buyer who gave me the second answer, but I that's just me.

Comment Re:First movers nothing. (Score 3, Funny) 108

There's no point in acting all surprised about it. All the planning charts and demolition orders have been on display at your local planning department in Alpha Centauri for fifty of your Earth years so you've had plenty of time to lodge any formal complaints and its far too late to start making a fuss about it now.

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