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The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

MetalliQaZ Re:Time for a UNION! (263 comments)

Although this problem needs a solution, a union is not that solution. Unions are a relic of a bygone era. The core premise of a union is that employes are all the same and can be swapped in and out of work like parts in a machine (once they are trained). This leads to collective bargaining which takes back some of the power that big employers have. However it also removes individuality from the worker. If I am smarter, stronger, or more skilled than my coworkers, I want to be able to elevate myself based on my merits. A union interferes with that. You pay a union, and the union acts only in its own best interest, not in your individual best interest.

Modern skilled workers, especially in the IT and Engineering fields, are usually very specialized. This is not a good fit for a union. It would be ill advised to take a good thing and remove all motivation for creativity and the free flow of invigorating talent.

A better solution is to simply prevent large corporations from getting away with their bullshit. No "gentleman's agreements" to prevent poaching. Stop accepting lies regarding layoffs and market performance. Reward employers for using home-grown talent rather than rewarding them with tax loopholes for moving overseas.

4 days ago
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Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

MetalliQaZ Re:Microsoft needs to undercut the competition (487 comments)

Those budget laptops do exist on the market, but they are slow, heavy, and prone to breaking. Don't even get me started on the screens. The screens are almost unusable.

Instead, compare it to an ultrabook. Those have SSDs, decent processor and memory configurations, good screens, and are lightweight. The prices are on par.

about a week ago
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Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

MetalliQaZ Re:Microsoft needs to undercut the competition (487 comments)

For $800 you must have been looking at the Surface Pro 3. I don't think an Android tablet is an apples-to-apples comparison. The Surface Pro 3 runs a full Windows 8 OS. It is basically a laptop without a permanent keyboard. The Surface 2 is more like $450. This is much closer to the price range you're talking about.

The real problem with Microsoft's tablet experience isn't the price of the Pro 3. I think it's a great piece of kit and compares favorably to a laptop for many usage scenarios. The problem is the Windows RT used on ARM phones and tables. Specifically, the Windows RT app ecosystem. There just isn't enough going on to make it a compelling platform.

Microsoft is great at making terrible decisions. They could have tried to capitalize on their their existing platforms with good market penetration to bootstrap a great app ecosystem. Instead, they wanted to have what Apple has. They wanted to control everything so they could milk it all for money. Unfortunately, they didn't offer any other reason to get developers and users to switch.

I can't see myself ever getting a Surface or Windows Phone. However, I probably will get my wife a Surface Pro 3 when her current laptop dies.

about a week ago
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Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

MetalliQaZ Re:And that people... (329 comments)

so if you have 1 you have 0.

Dude, what does that even mean? Backups have to be done intelligently based on your situation. In the summary, the user had an external hard disk on USB which would have protected against primary HD failure, but not against common mode failures such as a fire at home or a compromised PC. He didn't protect himself against malicious code, and got burned. The raw number of backups don't matter if you're not paying attention to what you are and are not protecting against.

about two weeks ago
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Firefox 35 Arrives With MP4 Playback On Mac, Android Download Manager Support

MetalliQaZ Re:h264 support (177 comments)

That isn't new this time around. It was added a few versions back.

about two weeks ago
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Firefox 35 Arrives With MP4 Playback On Mac, Android Download Manager Support

MetalliQaZ Re:Stop making a once slim browser fat! (177 comments)

Please name a major browser vendor that has less money than Firefox. Mozilla is the only one of the "big four" browser vendors that isn't a huge multi-national corporation.

about two weeks ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

MetalliQaZ Re:you're all insane. (1051 comments)

People used to die from smallpox. Now they don't. That's good enough evidence for me.
How many deformed kids did you grow up with due to polio? Zero? Oh, me too. I wonder why that is.

about a month and a half ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

MetalliQaZ Re:Not the real problem (1051 comments)

Citation needed.

about a month and a half ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

MetalliQaZ Re:So how far are you willing to go? (1051 comments)

We're not talking about forced vaccination. You just have to be vaccinated to attend school.

about a month and a half ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

MetalliQaZ Re:Offer 'Em Ten Bucks (1051 comments)

This is actually a really good idea.

about a month and a half ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

MetalliQaZ Re:Personal inviolability (1051 comments)

So be it. But you can't come to school if you aren't willing to protect public health. That's the deal.

about a month and a half ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

MetalliQaZ Re:Freedom of choice (1051 comments)

Free country, sure. You're free to be foolish and suffer the consequences. You aren't free to drive on the sidewalk, discharge your firearm at a Walmart for target practice, or take a shit on the president's desk.

Similarly, we should not be free to endanger public health with disease. If you want to remain unvaccinated, do so in your own backwoods shack, away from us. Thanks.

about a month and a half ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

MetalliQaZ Re:Vaccines are totally safe (1051 comments)

Yeah, I'm totally going to trust a naturalist with no formal training to give me advice on advanced medicine. Especially when they are selling herbal remedies at the same time.

Don't think vaccines are safe? Try polio, rubella, whooping cough, and measles. See how safe you feel when your kid might catch one of those at school.

about a month and a half ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

MetalliQaZ Re:Simple solution (1051 comments)

We don't have that ability.

about a month and a half ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

MetalliQaZ Re:No (1051 comments)

That would never happen. How could you pass that rule? If you did, how would you ever enforce that?

Better to simply specify that people must be vaccinated to attend school, get a government job, and receive public benefits.

about a month and a half ago
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Node.js Forked By Top Contributors

MetalliQaZ Re:Joyent unfit to lead them? (254 comments)

Again, here is someone who didn't look at the request and doesn't understand why it was rejected. Just lap up that SJW narrative and don't think about it. You get an A+ in modern activism.

What happened here is a request was deferred for valid technical reasons and then removed because of intra-project politics. Those same politics led to the forking.

about 1 month ago
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Node.js Forked By Top Contributors

MetalliQaZ Re:Joyent unfit to lead them? (254 comments)

You're blinded by your strong support of activism. The issue is the way that Joyent threw the guy under the bus. They said, in essence, "We would fire this guy if we could, but he's totally not an employee. We hate him as much as you do, so don't hate on us!" And they said it in a very public way. That's alienation. Oh, they forked it? Big surprise.

If you actually looked at the merge request he rejected it for being a worthless change. He didn't invest any value in a change that had no functional improvements and didn't even make the documentation any clearer. It was just churn. He didn't reject it on the grounds that pronouns should be masculine.

about 1 month ago
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Node.js Forked By Top Contributors

MetalliQaZ Re:Joyent unfit to lead them? (254 comments)

Wow, after reading that blog post, I suddenly understand exactly why they're forking themselves away from Joyent. And to be honest, I'm now expecting that Io.js will become dominant over Node.js in time, which is the opposite of what I thought yesterday.

Apparently Joyent doesn't want to focus on the product. 99% of people who depend on Node.js don't give a flying fart about what pronouns are used in COMMENTS in the library.

about 1 month ago
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Android Co-Founder Andy Rubin Leaving Google

MetalliQaZ Re:Favoritism! (82 comments)

How come when I update my monster.com profile it's not news?

Because nobody uses your crappy software.

about 3 months ago

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Verizon Wireless caves to FCC pressure, says it won't throttle 4G users

MetalliQaZ MetalliQaZ writes  |  about 4 months ago

MetalliQaZ (539913) writes "Verizon Wireless was scheduled to begin throttling certain LTE users today as part of an expanded "network optimization" program, but has decided not to follow through with the controversial plan after criticism from Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler. All major carriers throttle certain users when cell sites get too congested, but Wheeler and consumer advocates objected to how carriers choose which customers to throttle. The fact that Verizon was throttling only unlimited data users showed that it was trying to boost its profits rather than implementing a reasonable network management strategy, Wheeler said."
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Google Engineer Wins NSA Award, Then Says NSA Should Be "Abolished"

MetalliQaZ MetalliQaZ writes  |  about a year and a half ago

MetalliQaZ (539913) writes "Last week, Dr. Joseph Bonneau learned that he had won the NSA’s first annual “Science of Security (SoS) Competition.” The competition, which aims to honor the best “scientific papers about national security” as a way to strengthen NSA collaboration with researchers in academia, honored Bonneau for his paper on the nature of passwords. And how did Bonneau respond to being honored by the NSA? By expressing, in an honest and bittersweet blog post, his revulsion at what the NSA has become: "Simply put, I don’t think a free society is compatible with an organisation like the NSA in its current form.""
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Netflix Is Raising Its Monthly Rates, Again

MetalliQaZ MetalliQaZ writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MetalliQaZ (539913) writes ""Today, Netflix announced that they are raising rates on monthly plans that allow customers to get unlimited streaming and one DVD out at a time. The plan which originally cost $9.99 a month will now cost $15.98 a month. In addition, the company is now splitting out streaming only plans from DVD plans and consumers can get an unlimited streaming plan for $7.99 a month, or one DVD out at a time for $7.99 a month.""
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Facebook's 1-sided handling of copyright claims

MetalliQaZ MetalliQaZ writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MetalliQaZ writes "Ars Technica is currently following the story of their own experience being the target of a fraudulent copyright complaint on their Facebook page. "Facebook is so eager to protect copyright that the mere accusation of copyright infringement is enough to get an account locked. Ars found this out the hard way Thursday morning when our own Facebook page became inaccessible, with no warning, no explanation, and no clear appeal process. To make matters worse, Facebook is not responsive to inquiries about account lockout, and the company provides absolutely zero useful direction on how to rectify a complaint.""
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