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Submission + - SPAM: Eric Hameleers (55) - from Slackware Team - is being laid of by IBM - due age

rastos1 writes: Eric Helmeers (a.k.a. alienbob) writes on his blog:

Unparalleled (because forced) job cuts in the Netherlands are the result of that change of focus. Almost 10% of the IBMNL work force is sent away in a “re-balancing” operation and I am out of a job per November 1st.
On an intellectual level I understand the reasons for this. It is nothing personal and it also has nothing to do with the appreciation of my performance. I have scored among the top 5% of IBM Netherlands employees during my performance reviews of the last couple of years, which is quite decent for someone aged 55 in a technical role.

More details are given in the comments:

Dutch law enforces a “mirroring principle” which protects younger employees from a “last in, first out” move. The law dictates that the company must create a matrix of functional groups and age groups and in every cell, the same percentage of people is laid-off: the ones with less years of employment are the first to go onto the list. This ensures that the age diversity will not change because of the lay-offs.
So my manager would not have been able to keep me from getting fired.

Eric, I'm sorry to hear that and I hope that you find a new job soon. Also thank you for years of your work on Slackware.

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Comment Re:Goodbye, World Wide Web. (Score 1) 282

When people author web pages, they're usually pretty certain how they're going to end up looking when the browser renders them.

They may be certain - if they have no clue how the thing works. Accessing the same URL may deliver A today, but B tomorrow. It may show C to me and it may show D to you. If you use an URL pointing to a host that you do not control, then you have no control on what that host delivers. By definition. Do we want to outlaw external links? I don't think so.

Comment Re:Seems reasonable to sell a product (Score 1) 238

To be honest: no, I'm not sure. I was surprised too when I read it first time. While the case seems to be several years old, it came to my attention only a few months back and it seems to be a rather landmark court decision which is not talked about much. I tried to contact a company that does something similar in my country with the very same business model and I attempted to get a clarification, but the person on the other side was apparently not capable to understand my questions. It was basically a sales person with a script to follow.

On the other hand, the court decision seems to be rather clear: (in my own words:) the vendor by selling the license first time "exhausts" his rights to further control that license and thus the licensee is free to give up the rights he was granted by the license and can re-sell the license to next party. It also seems a common sense to me, but IANAL yada yada ... I'd love to see this analyzed by Groklaw.

Submission + - British Airways passengers delayed by computer glitch (

rastos1 writes: British Airways told customers that some flights were cancelled on Monday "due to operational reasons". The airline apologized to customers, saying its IT teams were "working to resolve this issue". ... a professional poker player from London, told the BBC she had queued for a flight in Las Vegas for two and a half hours. "My boarding pass was filled out by hand. Even had a hand-written hand baggage label. Staff were updating us well — The staff... were excellent. The pilot said the delays were due to a computer glitch and apologized profusely."

Comment Re:ya know, microsoft... (Score 2) 133

Shit happens when you take something that works for 80,000 users and put it on 80,000,000 users's hardware and unique software configurations.

You know that. I know that. Everybody here knows that. Microsoft however, does not. Or, more likely, they do not care. All they have to do is to let the user choose what updates to install and when.

Comment Re:There's a better fix for this... (Score 1) 212

How do I run MS Office and Adobe CC on that?

Well if you have to "run MS Office and Adobe CC" then I feel sorry for you. However if you need to run an office suite that includes a text processor, spreadsheet, presentation and vector drawing, and a photo editing software, then the suggestion of GP is not without merit.

Comment Re:Isn't it obvious why they're doing this? (Score 1) 275

Microsoft wants to make using older versions of Windows as annoying as possible for IT departments, to try to push us to move to Windows 10.

So they think, that people who do not like forced updates and telemetry will resolve the problem by upgrading to Windows 10? That does not make sense.

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