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Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

Ash-Fox Re:Good luck (115 comments)

Including an app to control the Harmony hub...

3 days ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Ash-Fox Re:This isn't scaremongering. (489 comments)

You could argue the same thing for Detroit... if only they could devalue the Detroit national currency and print their way out of debt then they wouldn't have needed to go into default/bankruptcy and technically ruin their credit rating.

Pretty certain Iceland's credit rating is better now than what it was prior to devaluation.

Or they could just settle on a budget that is actually sustainable and not have to borrow at a rate that is outpacing the growth in tax revenue.

Which isn't really possible when the economy of Greece is that vastly different from the big earners of the European Union (let's not forget that the EU politicians took their membership despite all the EU auditors and advisers saying they would not economically fit).

3 days ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Ash-Fox Re:This isn't scaremongering. (489 comments)

The other issue is economic, the UK didn't use transitional controls when Poland entered the EU to delay immigration, so it got a really really large number of Polish immigrants because they had few other places to go. The evidence suggests the UK benefited from this economically but given the sheer speed and scale of the migration it's not hard to see why people got antsy.

Some of us have other reasons to be antsy.

I lived in Poland for over a decade, I was forced to have a visa and such when legally I wasn't required because I am an EU citizen. I was regularly told that I was stealing Polish land, taking the food out of their children's mouths, taking their jobs away by people who learned that I wasn't Polish. I learned Polish, could almost speak like a native.

I eventually moved to the UK, I participated in the Polish communities, listened to how a vocal minority wanted to demand there be Polish news papers, Polish radio stations, mandatory lessons to teach other children about Polish culture etc. I do remember once instance, I was in a job agency searching for a job, when one of the staff commented in Polish that I shouldn't be there to her colleague once she found out I was not Polish.

I don't think the majority of Polish people are bad people, I don't think the majority of them are xenophobic. I do feel antsy about them because I have been mistreated by many Polish people and their government and I have seen preferential treatment employed by Polish communities as a sort of solidarity against true integration into UK society.

I believe that people pick up on these signals and is part of the reason for the dislike.

3 days ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Ash-Fox Re:This isn't scaremongering. (489 comments)

the EU proves that currency unions are possible

You do realize the Greeks are in a miserable situation because they are not allowed to create their own currency and devalue (like Iceland did not too long ago) to recover?

3 days ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Ash-Fox Re: The opinion of an ignorant (489 comments)

Or the Scottish parliament can decide otherwise. Although you'll see Northern Ireland Assembly making many more different positions than the Scottish do to the rest of the UK.

3 days ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Ash-Fox Re:Ho hum (489 comments)

Which is stupid expensive to build, maintain. Nuclear power is cheaper and don't require fossil fuels to back it up.

3 days ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Ash-Fox Re: The opinion of an ignorant (489 comments)

From the same article:

The formula is not applied to all public expenditure, but is the default option if no other decisions are made.

3 days ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Ash-Fox Re:FUD from start to finish... (489 comments)

Oh really? Care to back that assertion with facts and links?

Sure, but it'll have to be when I'm back home and not working in my client's offices. Which will be two weeks from now (internet is locked down and I'm only doing Slashdot while blocked in my work).

The UK has been nothing but a pain in the arse since day one of its membership. Screw them

There is nothing wrong with being eurosceptics. Next you're going to say that there is no legitimacy behind arguments like the European Union auditors not signing off on accounts for years (is it 10 now) in a row and that if they were a bank, they wouldn't have been shut down (hint: they would have or at least had their managed completely changed). Or how the people being unable to vote on European presidents is meant to be democratic for the European states etc?

Oh, you mean Australia? The country that is one of the biggest trade partner of the EU?

That is now, you're quick to forget history.

Gosh darn, those poor Aussies sure got screwed in those deals.

They did in the 1970s. They could have been more prosperous if they hadn't found significant issues ending getting locked out from much trade.

3 days ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Ash-Fox Re: The opinion of an ignorant (489 comments)

This is a myth, the Barnett formula does not effect public expenditure (including welfare).

3 days ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Ash-Fox Re:FUD from start to finish... (489 comments)

Why would they do that, now, since the EU is in a deep economic and institutional slump, is completely beyond me, but still...

The EU has a bunch of sad laws that discriminate against non-EU countries for trade. This has hurt the UK quite badly when it came to trade with other common wealth countries that weren't part of the EU. The way Australia got screwed was pretty bad and I think people that remember still hold it against the UK to this day.

3 days ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Ash-Fox Re:The opinion of an ignorant (489 comments)

I believe they should just stay while using the current situation to get more "practical independence", i.e.: more control over the union's government, taxing and expenses

They actually receive a lot of control over that through the Scottish parliament. The interesting thing is, if it wasn't for the rest of the UK, Scotland could not afford their welfare state (which is high due to people living in a lot of remote locations with little business prospects).

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

Ash-Fox Re:Experience counts (231 comments)

I once had a manager ask me to perform a task in a timeframe well short of reasonable. I said "no". He said "with a click of my fingers I can get 5 people just like you who will say yes". I said "go ahead". And ... he didn't. I took the time that the job required, and it worked out OK.

I have encountered similar issues, except, I get the person to sign off on the risk before doing it. So, if it fails, it's on their head for doing a bad estimation, not mine since I raised the risk.

I do admit, sometimes it can be hard to get people to sign off, so CC'ing stakeholders in follow up e-mails usually helps.

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

Ash-Fox Re:Agile/Scumm was written not by develop (231 comments)

Your implementation of agile wasn't done very well. It works quite well at my company for the pure Agile, Scrum projects. When people don't do the full agile methodology, that's when things start going awry. Of course, if everyone is inexperienced in programming and agile, you're not going to get very far (not much different from waterfall).

The very good developers will be at a loss to explain how they only got one task done, as their task was truly a 50 hour task.

Something is very wrong at your company if this happens where they can't explain why it was a 50 hour task.

When that developer cannot explain why it will take longer, people just say "we'll just go with the original estimate then." Then those people don't get the tons of work done, and the whole project failure is pinned on them.

I've never been in a situation where I couldn't explain why, I have been in a situation where I have been overridden. In those instances, I go out of my way to get the overriding decision signed off (risk based approach) so if it blows up; I'm absolved, since I did raise the risk and got the risk signed off.

Then those people don't get the tons of work done, and the whole project failure is pinned on them.

I've been on late projects, never been on any that were cancelled and people fired.

3 days ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

Ash-Fox Re:Easy solution! (323 comments)

Bitcoin won't stop us from dragging the rich from their palaces and putting them to the sword.

But it'll stop you from getting their money.

3 days ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

Ash-Fox Re:Well.... (424 comments)

From the Point of Sale systems, it's the same exact technology used for NFC payments, which is used by NFC enabled cards and Google Wallet.

All those retailers that support Apple Pay, identically support NFC enabled cards and Google Wallet.

4 days ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

Ash-Fox Re:And when it's in a case... (424 comments)

You people do realize that by the time you put the phone in a case, there will be no camera bulge

The iPhone users in my office don't use cases.

4 days ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Ash-Fox Re: Got Burned by Titanfall (291 comments)

I don't see how it's MS responsibility to run servers for third party games. For first party and second party, yea, I'd expect that in a just world. Considering 95% of games for all consoles are third party, it would be absolutely absurd to expect the console maker to control all online access to games down to the server level.

Considering they charge a fee to play online, force developers to use their APIs, force users to use only their service. I would and that's why I don't have an xbox anymore, nor an xbox live subscription.

It might help, considering most games are abandoned within a year and dickholes like EA straight up take the online portions down - like with Army of Two, but how would they make any profit?

Hey, I'm told the console experience is to 'just work', so I expect it to 'just work' and provide a level of quality with that service. My expectations are limited to the console when just paying for the console, but paying for online use? Now those expectations are applied to online use.. I am not here to workout the logistics, but if I was, I would use this thing called 'the cloud', possibly even this cloud system Microosft made called 'Azure' to spin up the relevant servers on demand.

Not to mention, your 15 bucks a month doesn't exactly pay to keep dedicated servers running.

Logistically speaking, they can oversell infrastructure using the cloud, since people are unlikely to be using their consoles 24/7. They have enough data to figure out the pricing point that would work for them.

Not necessarily defending them, but isn't the point of business to make a profit?

As a consumer, isn't the point of consoles to provide a quality service that "just works" ? As opposed to home Internet connection ran servers that are done on PCs often where the experience varies particularly when people are expected to pay for online capability.

They should be allowed to profit off of XBL

I didn't say they couldn't. I'm saying that I won't pay for a service that doesn't deliver to my expectations. I never stated I minded if the pricing was more expensive either.

In other words, I am not paying for a service that doesn't deliver, it doesn't matter how cheap you make it. A service that doesn't deliver is not a great deal, it's a rip off.

4 days ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Ash-Fox Re: Got Burned by Titanfall (291 comments)

Titanfall games are hosted on those servers, not on some random MP host, like you get on a PC

TItanfall MP on PC are hosted on Microsoft Azure, not home PCs. No subscription to xbox live to get it either.

4 days ago
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The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

Ash-Fox Re: Got Burned by Titanfall (291 comments)

I wasn't speaking of Titanfall in my example. I stopped using xbox some years ago after some bad experiences with games doing what I have mentioned.

4 days ago

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