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Comment Age is a protected class (Score 1) 300

IANAL, but having been in a similar situation and after spending some time with a lawyer, I learned that age is indeed a protected class, but lawsuits of this nature typically take a very long time to get through the courts, and the chances of collecting, in the lawyer's words, are about 50/50.

"National origin discrimination"... I haven't heard of that one, but hey, it's California. It might work.

There have been, I think, some recent traction on companies not following rules on outsourcing, they may be able to use that.

I dunno. I think winning is iffy, but I wish them the very best of luck, and maybe now is the time for this kind of suit to go through. Here's hoping they win and it becomes a precedent.

Comment "23 percent reduction" (Score 1) 67

"Since then, Google has seen a 23 percent reduction in the fraction of navigations to HTTP pages with password or credit card forms on Chrome for desktop."

Ok, but is that because the users started using https pages, or because the businesses in question switched to https,

...or because the user switched to Firefox?

I mean, we've been trained for the last 20 years that if you get an error, Switch Browsers.

Comment This won't really matter (Score 5, Insightful) 224

This doesn't change anything. The people who buy into Apple mindshare will continue to buy Apple, and the rest of us will continue to repurpose old hardware for new roles and pretty much ignore the shiny trendy things. And there will be enough Apple fans for Apple to continue to make boatloads of money. And many of those fans will be all hyped up to save the earth and recycle everything and battle global warming, while not even recognizing the irony of throwing away an $800 phone every 18 months.

But we will, apparently, continue to argue about it.

Comment Re:move to civilization (Score 1) 73

What he said. Associates who live down town have to put up with 1.5 Mbps DSL because that's all the infrastructure can handle, and running new infrastructure is a big can of worms. It looked for awhile like public high speed wifi might fill in the gaps, but I've read that there were bureaucratic issues with that as well.

Also, from reports, parts of Sacramento, areas around the SF Bay Area, bedroom communities in New York, pretty much everywhere the phones are still using hundred-year-old wiring and it's too costly to run broadband the last mile.

In general, the denser and older the living space, the harder it is to put in a broadband solution.

Comment conclusions colored by perception (Score 2) 73

Is this really news? I live in an area where it rains pretty much the year round. Biking to work isn't impossible, merely challenging and unpleasant. I wonder if the uptick in biking to work is not because biking has become more popular but because there exists more circumstances (crowded downtown, difficulty with parking) where it's the only practical option.

On the other hand, the only factors keeping us from a huge uptick in working from home are (a) old school company policies, and (b) lack of broadband. And perversely, access to broadband is reportedly *less* likely downtown, (I believe there was a slashdot article on that last year) due to legacy wiring, (low speed dsl only) giving the edge for work-from-homers to the suburbs which are more likely to have cable or fiber. Suburb professionals also being the same class that are looking at a possible hellish auto commute and impractical logistics to bike into downtown, increasing the attraction of WFH.

I'd be interested in seeing the statistics broken out by distance from work, and perhaps split between jobs downtown and jobs in the suburbs. (For instance, the Intel plants -- major tech employer -- in this area are *not* downtown, but quite a bit out west of the city. So biking to work is more practical, but driving to work is more appealing also.)

I dunno, the more I think about it the more complicated the picture gets. I don't think percentage increases in commuting categories for all of America would necessarily lead to valid conclusions.

And incidentally, regarding the old school policies ("If you work from home, you work for someone else, not us") it's amusing how a company with strict rules *against* work from home will happily employ offshore programmers who (for all they know) are balancing an old laptop across their knees in a tin shack. But dammit, the locals they employ had better the hell have butts in cubicle seats first thing every morning.

Comment Re:an administrator leaves a company (Score 5, Interesting) 143

"This could also happen if they forgot to renew the software."

Absolutely. The biggest time bomb of all might be simply to decline to share the file of license renewals. The company starts to feel the results of *that* after the admin is long gone. And all the warning messages go to the admin's closed account, or to a service account that nobody checks since he left.

The problem is, the results are indistinguishable from the case where the admin passed the information to "transition management" prior to being outsourced, only to have them lose it, so he gives them his spare copy, and they lose that also, and then a few months down the road when appliances and software suddenly stop working, offshore management blames the former admins for the debacle(s).

Don't ask me how I know this.

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