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The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

Ravaldy Re:It all comes down to payroll (261 comments)

And weren't they reprimanded and forced to return the money? I recall the answer being yes.

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The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

Ravaldy Re:It all comes down to payroll (261 comments)

Not all companies are built the same. I've seen directors fired over bad decision making that resulted in major savings for the company but bad results internally afterward. It all depends how much his management cares about what he does.

This bring us back to the topic of trusting your employees. As the CEO, you better make sure any of the leaders below you do their job, and those leaders have to do the same. Assuming jobs are being done properly is a poor way of running a company.

And as far as I'm concerned, if he saves the company $1 000 000 and the company objectives are still met, it doesn't matter if the replacements don't do a good job. It will only matter once it affects the company's ability to meets it's objectives.

As for bonuses it depends if they are profit sharing bonuses, performance bonuses or both. In all the places I've worked they were both. The first ~75% of the bonus weren't affected by performance and they were a % of the employee's salary based on the amount distributed. The remaining 25% was then strategically distributed by performance which usually included attendance, project completion and company objectives..

3 days ago
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Time For Microsoft To Open Source Internet Explorer?

Ravaldy Re:bigger problem (165 comments)

Windows and the two can never be separated Microsoft testified to that under oayh

Integration doesn't mean they can't separate the rendering modules from the main app.

3 days ago
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The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees

Ravaldy Re:It all comes down to payroll (261 comments)

If performance is a factor in his bonus, his next bonus will suffer resulting in him not benefiting in addition to possibly being on the hook for the screwup. He could later be considered for termination if the pattern continues.

3 days ago
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The Most Popular Passwords Are Still "123456" and "password"

Ravaldy Re:Why would they change their ways (195 comments)

I understand what you are saying. Even if the information was leaked it's encrypted so it would not be available to the hacker.

The point I was trying to make is that it's not a problem until it's a problem. I know so many people who give me their password at work and I tell them I do not want to know it. They don't understand that they can't trust anybody with their password. Its partially a generation issue but even the new generation is ignoring the consequences.

4 days ago
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The Most Popular Passwords Are Still "123456" and "password"

Ravaldy Why would they change their ways (195 comments)

Because the media lost much of it's credibility a long time ago and because they keep fear mongering, people pay less attention to the news. What ends up happening is people don't react until they become a victim or someone close becomes a victim. Everybody thinks it happens to other people.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Outlook Users In China Hit With MITM Attack

Ravaldy Re:Encrypt if you need to (35 comments)

The communication between the client and server is fully encrypted including headers. If you can't trust the server you send the message to, it's no longer a MTIM attack but rather a server hijacking attack. If you encrypt the communication between the server and the client and encrypt the message body separately you are almost full proof. I realize nothing about this is as easy as it sounds but if it's required you will do it.

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

Ravaldy Re:Yes? No? Maybe So? (487 comments)

I understand a end user saying something like this but if you are an IT professional I'm surprised to hear that. As an IT professional you life will always involve learning new software and technology. The day that isn't true you're probably are out of a job or at the bottom of your field.

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

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

Microsoft is great at making terrible decisions. They could have tried to capitalize on 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.

MS has the right intentions and I doubt their failure to obtain more mobile market value is due to bad marketing decisions. I think it has more to do with them being late in the game (you could say that's a bad decision). It would be a huge mistake for MS to skip on the mobile market since it allows them to ensure their API continues to be used. That's what is keeping them alive now and by continuing to push it, they will live on.

Right now MS is bleeding money in the mobile market. The problem with owning 3% of the market is that you don't get the apps that make a difference in a business. I own a Samsung ATIV and I love the phone/OS. All the apps most end user want exist. Where Windows Phone falls on it's face is with business specific apps. They all have a mobile version of their apps for Apple and Android but not Windows mobile. If the market share goes up to 10% that will change but it's hovered at 3% for a while now.

5 days ago
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Microsoft Outlook Users In China Hit With MITM Attack

Ravaldy Encrypt if you need to (35 comments)

If my email communication was important enough, I would encrypt it since its the only way to protect against MITM.

5 days ago
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Google Releases More Windows Bugs

Ravaldy Re:Shame on you Google (261 comments)

What I'm wondering about all this is, why is Google mud slinging? I can't seem to find a good reason for it. Google only has 2 areas of competition with MS (mobile and search engine). Is Google threatened by the 3% market share MS has?

about a week ago
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Google Releases More Windows Bugs

Ravaldy Re:Hope the trend continues. (261 comments)

Apple won't fix shit. Their team doesn't have the experience to deal with the complexity MS has to deal with. Jeez, they couldn't, even make iOS 6 run smoothly on the 3GS phone which turned most of those phones into slow ass pieces of shit. Don't get me started on the last big iOS release or the map issues they encountered!

MAC deals with a very limited scope of hardware and a limited number of permutations which in turn reduces the complexity of any patch. MS on the other hand has to deal with billions of permutation in addition to the cross platform compatibility and the large range of products affected by any library change they make. Linux has the same issue but Linux doesn't have the customer base or the same responsibility towards it's customers.

So you sitting in front of a MAC and making it sound like our lives are hell compared to your just tells us how ignorant you really are about the world of PCs.

about a week ago
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Google Releases More Windows Bugs

Ravaldy Re:Evil corporation cage match! (261 comments)

I think long term Google will be worst than MS since it owns access to information and online marketing. At least with MS, you had alternatives. With Google, if you don't use Google to advertise online, your target audience won't find you.

about a week ago
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Obama Planning New Rules For Oil and Gas Industry's Methane Emissions

Ravaldy Re:Good luck - he'll be 7 years OOO by then (202 comments)

If the strategy is legitimate and the same government remains, I would suspect the plan to be upheld.

about two weeks ago
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PC Shipments Are Slowly Recovering

Ravaldy Re:My guess (130 comments)

Interesting you would say Lenovo. The 2 Lenovo laptops I purchased a while back are the only laptops worthy of staying in operation after 3 years

As for DVD drives, I don't buy laptops with them anymore. I just have USB drives on hand for when it's required.

Maybe I haven't been lucky with HP laptops but the problems I mentioned earlier plus the fact that they tend to overheat after 2-3 years makes it that we would replace them after 3 years. In their defense, these laptops were moving every single day. Laptops that remain on a desk 90% of the time are less prone to failure for obvious reasons.

Anyhow, all new laptops purchased have been Lenovo so we will see within 2 - 3 years how well they do. Hopefully as good as the two I already have in operation.

about two weeks ago
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PC Shipments Are Slowly Recovering

Ravaldy Re:My guess (130 comments)

I didn't mean that the complaining was negative just that their needs were taken more seriously than most other employees since what they do directly impacts the company's ability to make money and develop new products.

about two weeks ago
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UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

Ravaldy Re:Any experienced teacher already deals with this (388 comments)

This is exactly why I'm so tired of this linear compensation system. Lots of teachers out there. Some are awesome and some are complete garbage. Of all professions, teaching is probably the one government run operations I would suggest a bonus system be implemented instead of the ridiculous attempt at putting in 10 - 15% salary increase (which I'm sure some deserve).

The beauty of education is that it's effectiveness can be measured via standardized testing (Please don't beat me up yet). IMHO, standardized testing should be used to determine a bonus that teachers would receive based on their success rate. I understand that in some areas teaching children may be more difficult due to the street culture but this is why it's so important to set the bar the same for all.

It doesn't end there. As the success rate increased, the standardized testing needs to evolve to force teachers to continue improving. As far as I'm concerned this is the only way we will managed to provide proper education to our children AND possibly keep our teachers interested. Give incentives for teachers to improve our whole education system.

about two weeks ago
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China's Engineering Mega-Projects Dwarf the Great Wall

Ravaldy Re:Infrastructure (206 comments)

Civil rights are orthogonal to the economic system. You can have civil rights in a communist country. You can have private property. You just can't have private ownership of the production facilities.

I wouldn't claim them not to be but I doubt each Chinese person's right to argue with the government is as strong as one of an American, Canadian or European. I would even be willing to suggest that most wouldn't defy the government without strong backing from a large portion of the population.

about two weeks ago
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PC Shipments Are Slowly Recovering

Ravaldy Re:PCs are still awesome imo (130 comments)

I agree fully especially 1), 3) and 5). If you work on a computer, you need those 3 things.

Fact is that as we move our paper world into the computers, we need something that allows us to visualize the content the way we used to on our desk. This is true of many professions if not most.

about two weeks ago
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PC Shipments Are Slowly Recovering

Ravaldy Re:Saturation (130 comments)

Agree and disagree. If you have a PC that runs anything newer than a socket 775 then yes. Anything before that is a waste of money. You will see an improvement but it's not as impressive as on the new socket. Maybe someone with more h/w knowledge can explain but we benchmarked a few stations to confirm our findings and found the disk performance was consistently 30% when comparing systems running on socket 775 to the ones running AMD AM2+. and Intel Socket 1150.

My guess would be that the increased processing power reduces the latency between requests enough that it creates a 30% difference in performance.

From a business standpoint putting a $180 drive in a 6 year old PC is nonsense. We would rather spend 1 man hour per PC + $700 in parts and upgrade the machines to newer specs (say i5-4570. If we had that many more computer to upgrade we would probably simply buy HP, Dell or Lenovo boxes but we continue to make good use or our interns by building our own :)

about two weeks ago

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