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Comment This used to piss me off when I was a MSFT drone.. (Score 4, Interesting) 204

... I used to regularly score 'above average', or in MSFT stack rankings, a 3.5 or 4.0 (the latter was hard to achieve if you weren't the golden-boy - required to balance the team score). This meant I would get a performance based bonus, which was great.

I made the mistake of pushing for a promotion. I felt that because I was consistently out-performing my role, that I should be promoted. Eventually they promoted me and a few other guys. We got a 'Senior' title. Now comes the problem.

The promotion only came with a 2% pay rise. The following annual performance review, it was now deemed that I was not exceeding my role (due to the new title), so I only scored a 3.0. This score means 'you met all your objectives'. Unfortunately, at the time, the policy was bonuses were only awarded to those exceeding their job description. I got no bonus. That year, or the following year. It probably left me on average $5k/year out of pocket.

Moral to the story? Don't be an employee :-)

Comment I wonder how they managed it.. in the 80's.. (Score 1) 256

So it's the mid 80's. You've got your innovative home computer, a Commodore 64, a Sinclar Spectrum, a Toshiba MSX, and others.. A lot of these platforms (and starting with the NES and Sega Master System, used/could_use cartridges for their software/games. Actually, even with using tape or disc it makes no difference. I don't remember _ever_ seeing an 'update' or a 'fix' for a game or piece of software you purchased over the counter.

Sure, with utility software, you'd get new major versions. Games? No. It had to work right out of the box as there was no going back. You were manufacturing a boxed product which simply had to work.

I appreciate it was a lot simpler back then. Less to go wrong. Less demand. Less requirement to always be on the edge of everything. At least that's my perception of how it differed back then to now. Maybe i'm wrong, I don't want to discount any of the great work from the 8 and 16 bit days.

Perhaps the modern internet day creates too much of a challenge. It's easy to knock up some code and distribute it. Same as posting any old crap comment/opinion on a forum, you can just as easily publich some code. 'Back in the old days' you actually had to make the effort and commitment to put something into production, which wouldn't have been taken lightly. Nowadays it seems to be a case of get something new out there before the next guy and worry about fixing it after. Of course, the internet facilitates this nicely.

Maybe the nostalgia bug is just biting again.


Nintendo Wins Lawsuit Over R4 Mod Chip Piracy 146

schliz writes "The Federal Court has ordered an Australian distributor to pay Nintendo over half a million dollars for selling the R4 mod chip, which allows users to circumvent technology protection measures in Nintendo's DS consoles. The distributor, RSJ IT Solutions, has been ordered to cease selling the chip through its site and any other sites it controls, as well as paying Nintendo $520,000 in damages."

Comment Taken from nature... (Score 1) 83

There are animals in the Ocean that make noises as loud as this..

Take the Pistol Shrimp for example:

That makes 200db's just by snapping it's big claw.. (albeit at a much shorter range)

Interestingly the 'explosion' caused by the snapping reaches temperatures close to that of the suns surface!


Submission + - So it's OK for the BBC to perform DDoS attacks? (

saqmaster writes: "It appears the BBC have been performing DDoS attacks with their botnet formed from approximately 22,000 compromised hosts. Now i'm sure we all appreciate a lot of TV shows and documentaries get very close to crossing the legal line, and i'm sure the BBC had relevant T&C's in their spyware/malware to protect them, but there is no way I can see that they were covered legally in performing DDoS attacks across the internet. Perhaps they think their actions only affected their dummy target and ignored all the network providers inbetween who would have been affected? Should they be allowed to get away with it?"

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