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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

Alarash Not suprised (505 comments)

When I see the kind of shit my colleagues from Sunnyvale, who are on 80+ hours/week schedules, tend to release, I'm not surprised one bit. Of course I'm a lazy European socialist who only work 40-50 hours a week so what do I know.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

Alarash C# (536 comments)

Use C# and .NET. It's an ISO language, the framework is fully compatible with Linux thanks to the amazing work done by the Mono team, it's a powerful language, Microsoft open sourced a ton of the .NET components this year, MonoDevelop (or Xamarin Studio if you need support) is a good IDE, or alternatively Visual Studio Express (which is free) is even better. Haters gonna hate and all that, but objectively this ecosystem is one of the best for web development.

about a month ago
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Court Allowed NSA To Spy On All But 4 Countries

Alarash Re:Uh... Yeah? (242 comments)

I like that a bit north of 300 years after their Independence the Americans decide not to spy on Commonwealth countries. Nice irony.

about a month ago
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Mozilla Working On a New Website Comment System

Alarash So... Disqus? (142 comments)

Such systems already exist. There is one from Facebook, another one from Disqus, and many more. They always use this to track users across websites (since it's usually some sort of iFrame, if you stay logged on, you can track users over different websites) and sell the information to third parties. I wonder if Mozilla wants to get into that system or not. I'd be surprised (and disappointed) if they did.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

Alarash Wrong postulate (737 comments)

The story is rather dumb. The more educated you are, and the more used to learning you are, the better you can lean new things or adapt to new situations. And anybody who wrote enough code, or deployed enough network equipment, or just was just very technical overall is probably better suited than most for problem solving. I'm not saying they'd replace the other ones, but that they are certainly not useless.

about 4 months ago
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New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

Alarash Not A Law (477 comments)

It's not a law, it's an agreement between the managers' union and the enterprises' union. Only managers with a specific kind of contract (~250,000 people) are affected by this. I know that contract because it's the one I have had for 10 years. This contracts provides no maximum daily work hours, only a minimum about of rest hours : 11. Ergo, you can't work more than 13 hours a day, which I don't think anyone will claim is not a fucking lot.

With this contract, I have to work 218 days a year. This means that if there are many bank holidays on week days on any given year, I will have less PTO that year (since they're replaced by the bank holidays). These contracts are the exception not the rule, and they exist because people like me who pull very long hours would cost way to much if we were paid overtime. I regularly take planes on week ends, or come back late from a customer (meeting ending at 6pm in Germany, plane at 8pm in Munich, I'm home at midnight).

Last but not least, the agreement doesn't prohibits after-hour emails or calls, but make it so the employer cannot expect from us to pick up the phone after work hours. Since most of the time we're working anyway (I'm on the road or in an airport terminal) I will pick up the phone or do emails if only because I might be bored - but if I had a rough and long day and decide to read a book instead, the employer cannot call me out for doing this. It was already the case of my employer who understands my complicated schedule and the stress and fatigue that goes with it, but the fact that it's now a rule make it so that less understanding employers can't do that any more. This agreement is nicknamed "Anti-burnout" around here.

about 4 months ago
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Why Movie Streaming Services Are Unsatisfying — and Will Stay That Way

Alarash Possible in France (sort of) (323 comments)

In France, a service called CanalPlay allows you to do just that for 6.99€/month. Once you're subscribed, you can watch TV shows and movies on your Set-Top Box, tablet/phone, Xbox, AppleTV or computer. I'm hoping for more openness to allow external applications (like XBMC) but for now it seems pretty satisfactory (I'm not using the service, myself, as I don't really watch movies, but I'm aware of it). The catalogue is not 100% complete though, and some movies (usually the best sellers) are not part of the subscription and are available only through VOD.

about 4 months ago
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NSA Hacked Huawei, Stole Source Code

Alarash Re:Good for NSA (287 comments)

I thought any company in China has to be owned at 51% by the government?

about 4 months ago
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Paris Bans Half of All Cars On the Road

Alarash Re:Paris had cars? (405 comments)

Don't the that American ass. Poor you, Europeans are meanies and you totally don't deserve anything they say about you :(

According to the World Bank (who's not known to be particularly anti-American), the per-capita oil consumption in the US in 2010 was 1,108 kilograms (clearly they are, in fact, anti-american for not using gallons). France sits at a whopping 113. UK 241. Germany 223. So yes, please, tell me more about the poor Americans who are not sucking up all the oil.

about 4 months ago
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Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

Alarash Re:One side of the story (710 comments)

GitHub's CEO has posted something on this:

This weekend, GitHub employee Julie Horvath spoke publicly about negative experiences she had at GitHub that contributed to her resignation. I am deeply saddened by these developments and want to comment on what GitHub is doing to address them.

We know we have to take action and have begun a full investigation. While that’s ongoing, and effective immediately, the relevant founder has been put on leave, as has the referenced GitHub engineer. The founder’s wife discussed in the media reports has never had hiring or firing power at GitHub and will no longer be permitted in the office.

GitHub has grown incredibly fast over the past two years, bringing a new set of challenges. Nearly a year ago we began a search for an experienced HR Lead and that person came on board in January 2014. We still have work to do. We know that. However, making sure GitHub employees are getting the right feedback and have a safe way to voice their concerns is a primary focus of the company.

As painful as this experience has been, I am super thankful to Julie for her contributions to GitHub. Her hard work building Passion Projects has made a huge positive impact on both GitHub and the tech community at large, and she's done a lot to help us become a more diverse company. I would like to personally apologize to Julie. It’s certain that there were things we could have done differently. We wish Julie well in her future endeavors.

Chris Wanstrath
CEO & Co-Founder

about 4 months ago
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Hackers Allege Mt. Gox Still Controls "Stolen" Bitcoins

Alarash Sitting on a stack of traceable coins (228 comments)

There's something I don't understand. If they 'stole' the coins, they can't really trade them can they? Anyone I mean. As I understand every single transaction is tracked, so you can't really spend them without people knowing so right? Ok so you can hide your identity and whatnot, but wouldn't people know the instant these BTC are back on the market?

about 5 months ago
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Portal 2 Incompatible With SELinux

Alarash Re:I don't think it was a malicious mistake. (212 comments)

Yeah, no. I think if a developer said "to play our game online, you must disable the Windows firewall", they wouldn't be very well received.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Confirms DirectX 12 Is Alive and Well, Demo Coming At GDC

Alarash Re:Better be for Windows 7 (127 comments)

You can't deny that this helped and made Windows the platform of choice for PC video gaming. So by that standard, they did a great job. Now of course I would prefer that they opened the spec so people could make a Linux version, and maybe they will do that if they decide that Xbox makes more money than people buying Windows licenses to play games minus the development costs of DirectX. That's a different topic.

about 5 months ago
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IE Zero-Day Exploit Used In Attack Targeting Military Intelligence

Alarash IE or Flash? (58 comments)

How's that an IE vulnerability if it uses Flash as a vector? Are they adding the iFrame in a non-standard way that only IE is susceptible to?

about 6 months ago
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Laser Headlights Promise More Intense, Controllable Beams

Alarash *sigh* (376 comments)

I was already pissed off at people with Xenon headlights, now they get friggin' LASERS ?

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?

Alarash Windows 8 (299 comments)

Windows 8 is a great OS, regardless of what the grognards here will say. You don't have to use Metro except as a glorified Start Menu if you don't want to, and the rest of the OS is basically Windows 7 only better. If that's not a problem for you, go for that. I was in the same situation as you, tried to install Guitar Pro on Linux, and that more of a pain in the ass than I wanted, so I just switched back to Windows. Plus, there's no driver for my Asus DAC on Linux (which is Asus' fault, sure, but in the end I want to use my 400€ DAC).

about 6 months ago
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FileZilla Has an Evil Twin That Steals FTP Logins

Alarash Re:This is BIGGER than Filezilla (197 comments)

When was the last time you heard Microsoft bash OSS? I'm genuinely curious. I've only seen them pushing code to Git or opening their own specs or frameworks lately (MVC, for instance). I think your point is correct, but I don't think Microsoft is the right example anymore.

about 6 months ago
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New Russian Fighter Not Up To Western Standards

Alarash Re:So a good match... (354 comments)

And I heard stories of the Dassault Rafale shooting down F-22 with their canon. There'll always be stories of "plane X shot plane Y so plane X is better than plane Y" but that overlooks individual skills (dog fighting), tactical conditions (can't shoot from beyond visual range if the target is flying low in a mountain range) or even strategic considerations (can you afford, both money and time wise, to replace your planes when they go down or need maintenance). The whole problem of military design is to find the right balance between high-technology and affordability. And it seems that lately the US have been shifting a lot more towards the former. Keep in mind that you can live using credits only for so long, and during war times it becomes even more critical.

about 6 months ago
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CmdrTaco Launches Trove, a Curated News Startup

Alarash iOS only (221 comments)

How can you start a website in 2014 with only iOS apps? What the hell?

about 6 months ago
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Why the Major Labels Love (and Artists Hate) Music Streaming

Alarash Should be careful (164 comments)

Majors should be careful. Pretty soon they won't be able to argue that what they care about is art and the artists. In any case, pretty soon there won't be a need for majors. Most people will self-produce, and if they make enough money by selling direct to the customers/fans (which should be easier than going through a major which takes WAY more than a fair share), then they can go to producers and record in a studio. Then all you need is a proper agent to setup tours and stuff. I genuinely believe that in a modern world major companies are really not that needed. Only the really motivated and good musicians will get ahead of the pack, and that's for the better. Too much shit music these days.

about 6 months ago

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French Deputy Aims to Block Porn At ISP Level

Alarash Alarash writes  |  about 3 years ago

Alarash (746254) writes "French Deputy Christian Vanneste wants to submit a law (Google translation) where French Internet users would have to explicitly ask their ISP not to block pornographic websites. He claims it's to protect the children because parental control software "doesn't work" and is "easy to disable." He also says that pornography is a "form of terrorism." Mr Vanneste has been condemned to a 3000€ fine in 2006 for claiming during a Parliament session that "homosexuality is a threat to humanity" and is "morally inferior to heterosexuality." His official blog cannot be reached at the moment."
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