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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

Cederic Re:maybe (336 comments)

UPS aren't charging you for the weight of the trolley they used to load your package onto the delivery van though are they.

If I download a web page, I expect to pay for the bytes leaving my router and arriving back at it.
If I download an encrypted web page, I expect those bytes to include that encryption overhead.

On neither occasion do I know or care about the encapsulation. That's the ISP's issue, not mine.

Just like the fuel in the van is UPS's issue, not mine.

6 hours ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Cederic Re: The US slides back to the caves (508 comments)

Bullshit.

Hypothesis: Bill Gates is poor and lives in a shack
Null-hypothesis: Bill Gates lives in a massive house near Seattle

Well, you failed to disprove the null hypothesis there. This casts considerable doubt on your hypothesis.

9 hours ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

Cederic misogyny? (984 comments)

Threatening a misandrist social injustice warrior is not misogyny.

Shit, I've been threatened online. It wasn't misandry. So stop making this a fucking gender thing and treat it as the simple stupid criminal behaviour that it is.

11 hours ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

Cederic Re: Phones + 1 laptop. (259 comments)

No, I'm definitely part of the reason too.

It's ok, there's plenty of blame to share. Maybe you'd like some too, or did you use the power of your mind to add your reply to the Slashdot database?

3 days ago
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For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

Cederic Re:Why should they? (316 comments)

With hardware, it's relatively easy. The product is build *here* so the profit is registered *here*.

The hardware is built from raw materials. They come from somewhere else, and who can say we aren't internally recharging a reasonable market rate for their purchase.

The hardware is built to a design. How much should we charge for that design? Which company and which country should we make that charge from?

The hardware is built for a cost. Why should we sell it for anything more than that cost? We could even sell it for a loss. Which of our subsidiaries should buy it ready for resale?

The hardware only exists because there is a market demand for it. We have tremendous expenses building up that market demand. We'd better transfer the cost of marketing too.

Profit? What profit?

4 days ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

Cederic Re:Feeding the PR engine, (441 comments)

Sure. Four companies that work explicitly in the IT space take people on.

The four hundred thousand non-IT companies have a very fucking different approach.

5 days ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

Cederic Re:If he sold phyiscal copies (459 comments)

I see a fuck of a lot more millionaires in the movie industry than I do at my local garage.

It could be coincidence, or it could be because they're still charging fifteen quid for a film released three decades ago and demanding jail time for anybody that thinks its earned them enough money already and they should be incentivised into producing something worth watching now, not Fast and Furious fucking 6.

about a week ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

Cederic Re:Must be an alternate earth. (441 comments)

Yeah, you understand completely. That's exactly why the Infosys staff I worked with didn't want to move to the UK.

Or maybe it's because in the UK they wouldn't be able to afford multiple houses earning them a second income, a household staff so that the wife doesn't have to work, the early retirement they're planning to enjoy.

Indian salaries may be low compared to the UK or the US but Indian IT salaries are way off the scale when you factor in the cost of living.

about a week ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

Cederic Re:Feeding the PR engine, (441 comments)

The big problem is that the pipeline's been cut off.

You used to be able to interview 20 local people and get a choice of great candidates because the local people had come through the ranks and had to learn their shit.

These days you don't take on junior people and train them up. For the same money you can get the already experienced person over from India, or Malaysia, or China, or Bulgaria. Or if you're a multinational, don't even get them over: Open the office there, it's even cheaper.

So there aren't the junior learning roles, the apprenticeships, the low paid jobs in which people can learn the skills and become the great IT people we need.

It's a fucking tragedy and it's taken a failure of the outsourcing model to reveal the sudden disconnect and gap that's been created, and it's going to be another decade before that gap starts to be filled.

So right now it's actually true: there is a shortage of great people. Not because the locals aren't capable, or couldn't become great, but because there just haven't been the openings to let them develop those skills.

about a week ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

Cederic Re:Read that statement as follows: (441 comments)

coding for is not rocket science, not even close, specially for Facebook, Google, or Apple.

Articulating algorithms in your programming language of choice isn't rocket science, but neither is welding a fuel tank. The analysis, mathematics and design that occurs before you do either of those things is more comparable than you think.

about a week ago
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UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime

Cederic Re:Not surprising (391 comments)

Yes, of course.

Sadly being British, human and/or alive is also considered a terrorist offense here too. The law really is that badly written.

about a week ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

Cederic Re:Working from home (160 comments)

Agreed. My company provides a warm secure well equipped environment in which I can do my job. If I choose to work in a warmer more secure even better equipped environment of my own choosing then they're very graciously not stopping me; why would I expect them to pay me extra?!

about a week ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

Cederic Re:Salesmen (160 comments)

If only there were third party apps that let you secure access to exchange on iPhone and Android devices.

Oh. There are. Fucking hundreds of them.

about a week ago
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Chinese Researchers' 'Terror Cam' Could Scan Crowds, Looking for Stress

Cederic Re:I can see a large false positive rate (146 comments)

Remind me, what's the current exchange rate on Palestinian children to Israelis?

about two weeks ago
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Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

Cederic Re:Is there a barrister in the house? (226 comments)

I can make that concession only because even war follows some rules, and Aussie football clearly does not.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

Cederic Re:Contact Us (278 comments)

Meanwhile I can find and use the email address of your head of HR and include within my application a suggestion that I can help them move off archaic technology and attract candidates that want to work with forward looking companies.

Or I can just apply for a job with a forward looking company.

His wife is an idiot, she's driving away potentially great candidates with her artificial barrier to entry.

about two weeks ago
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DEA Paid Amtrak Employee To Pilfer Passenger Lists

Cederic Re:Amtrack should be working on (127 comments)

I greatly dislike prostitution. I regret that some people feel it's the only way they can earn a living. I would prefer that there wasn't a market for such services.

None of that makes me hate people that provide such services.
None of that makes me a bigoted twat that hates transgendered people for no reason other than my own ignorance.

I'd rather be a clown.

about two weeks ago
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Chinese Researchers' 'Terror Cam' Could Scan Crowds, Looking for Stress

Cederic Re:I can see a large false positive rate (146 comments)

Terrorists in the newly declared 'Islamic State': 10,000ish
Terrorists supporting Hamas: 40,000ish

Lets assume that half the Muslim terrorists in the Middle East are inexplicably not aligned to either of the above causes.

Even those generous estimates leave the number of Muslim terrorists just half the size of the organisation actively bombing children, making people homeless and preventing a normal life for millions.

I guess I just have a different definition of 'terrorist' to you.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

Cederic Oracle iRecruitment (278 comments)

A lot of companies use Oracle E-Business Suite as their HR and/or payroll system. An EBS module is iRecruitment, which includes candidate web application capabilities.

Pretty much everything this article highlights as wrong with modern recruitment sites applies to iRecruitment. Even by EBS standards it's a horrific unusable mess and Oracle would do the world a favour if they deleted the code base and demanded all their customers remove the binaries.

about two weeks ago

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L1NUX for sale

Cederic Cederic writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Cederic (9623) writes "The vagaries of the UK car licensing system mean that in 1993 the number plate L1NUX was given out as a valid UK number plate. Surprisingly it's taken until 2007 to reach Ebay. No, I didn't bid."

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