top Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros
Vacation time is not something that government can force an employer to add on top of your salary, it is your salary, it is just a different way to pay you.
I don't know for sure about France but in many European countries vacation is by law on top of your salary, so you're still getting your normal paycheck when you're on vacation. I wouldn't be surprised if this is the case in France as well.
In Australia, many employees are on a government mandated award. This has minimum salaries, overtime payments and holidays - So if you are say, a waiter or a retail assistant, you know what your minimum conditions will be.
Most awards enforce a payment of 117.5% of your salary when you are on holiday (20 days + 10 days public holidays) because most people spend more when they are on holiday.
top IEEE Spectrum Ranks the Top Programming Languages
Where is the if statement in standardised sql?
CASE WHEN a=1 THEN 'one'
WHEN a=0 THEN 'zero'
ELSE 'something else'
FROM tbl1; about a month and a half ago
top Court: Oracle Entitled To Copyright Protection Over Some Parts of Java
As a now retired user and developer who sometimes used Oracle (since V4 ), I know the truth of the old saw:
Q: "What do you call Oracle customers?"
Perhaps Larry has has read the Rentier Capitalist's Handbook and found an even better way to take all business users and developers hostage? I would advise avoiding Java (and Oracle) in new projects wherever practicable.
top US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks
I used them on Data General Nova and Eclipse computers in the 1980s. There are still CNC systems using them, but many of them were upgraded to 5.25 floppies.
top Ask Slashdot: Books for a Comp Sci Graduate Student?
It's all a
real Comp Sci needs...
top Isolated Tribes Die Shortly After We Meet Them
C'mon people - aren't we nerds? Clearly we need an OR here, not an AND!
I think that you want a NOR gate. The tribe only survives (1) if the inputs from disease or guns are both 0 :
Wikipedia NOR gate
top London Council Dumping Windows For Chromebooks To Save £400,000
Here you are - A London clippy -
Link to photo
top Greenland's Fastest Glacier Sets New Speed Record
And those who use the word "Denier" are more credible?
I often use the word denier with credibility -
top Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?
A few years back a rep told me that 2.5" drives were generally more reliable than 3.5" because 2.5" were designed for laptops, were they would be expected to have a hard life, and 3.5" were generally used in desktops where they would be less likely to be knocked and dropped. He said that the smaller drives reliability was was still better even when based on relative capacity (say 2x 500GB 2.5" vs 1x 1000GB). Obviously the cost differential for large amounts of storage is not favourable (except to the rep), but for home use or where reliability is important it might be worth thinking about - YMMV based on how careful you are?
top Oracle Promises Patches Next Week For 36 Exploits In Latest Java
Oracle and Java exploits - An anecdote:-
A couple of weeks ago I tried to log into my superannuation account, the browser fired back an authentication error, so I notified the company (MLC) who asked me to send them as many technical details as I could. After a little bit of looking around, I noted that the Oracle Access Management system that gave me the error code was was at version (18.104.22.168.0). Oracle's currently version was 22.214.171.124.0. Not too surprising, a supplier that had not patched to the current version.
What did surprise me was that Oracle's Identity Management Patch Set that was available for the version displayed was >2GB - A compressed Java application and framework for a database authentication application that was
. over 2 Gigabytes in size
It has been a few years since I wrote any Oracle stuff, but that is ridiculous, what the hell have web based script kiddy/Java type developers been up to. Admittedly I started with Oracle in the Stone Age (V3) and actually shipped an application that used V4. By V6 the C interface which included all the necessary external validation code was small enough to be easily understood and modifiable by a single programmer. My memory is going now, but I seem to remember that in the 1990s all of the code for an early web CGI Oracle interface, including user validation would fit on a floppy.
top Winners and Losers In the World of Interfaces: 2013 In Review
I mean do people want fire^H^H^H^H interfaces that can be fitted nasally?
top CMU AI Learning Common Sense By Watching the Internet
Common sense = Skynet?
Are Cyberdyne Systems sponsors of Carnegie Mellon?
We're doomed, doomed, I tell you.
top Sweden Is Closing Many Prisons Due to Lack of Prisoners
Sorry, yes, my Google-foo failed.
However as another poster has written, SWEDEN had conscription until 2010 and had a high level of their population with military training. Sweden, while not having as many guns/head of population does have a high degree of gun ownership
top Sweden Is Closing Many Prisons Due to Lack of Prisoners
Really? The majority of Swedish men have had military training and many of them have assault rifles at home (not necessarily ammunition, but that can be made available from the local barracks).
top Microsoft, Apple and Others Launch Huge Patent Strike at Android
The original Statute of (Queen) Anne enacted in 1710 gave exclusive rights to the individual creator for 14 years, then if the holder was still alive, they could extend the rights for another 14 years. The item then became part of the Commons.
top OS X 10.9 Mavericks Review
even software update goes through the app store now, or at least certain components do...
Try: sudo softwareupdate -l
If you like what you see: sudo softwareupdate -i SomePackage-1.2.3
top The Camera That's Also a Mac Mini, Or Vice Versa
If you don't like the early Lead Belly version, you could try AC/DC too
top Half of All Research Papers Published In 2011 Already Free To Read
90% of research papers published in 2011 not worth reading.
top New Zealand Parliament Votes To Extend Spying Powers
Plutocracy means the wealthy are the rulers. You do not have any realistic chance of putting up a candidate who is not wealthy in their own right, or does not represent the wealthy. America the greatest democracy that money can buy.
top Medical Costs Bankrupt Patients; It's the Computer's Fault
spends more per capita on health at $4437 compared to $2919 for the UK government.
This is, perhaps, the price that you pay for having one of the least efficient health systems in the world. You do however spend even more on military spending.
Bullshit. The US spent ~$600 to $700 billion on the military in 2012. The US has over 300 million people. That would be over $1.3 trillion for Health care.
I meant (and should have added) "too" (as in much more in proportion to GDP compared to other countries defence spending). The $1.3 trillion is about right for US government spending. Individual spending is about 1.9 times more.
Hopefully, you know that the US defence spend is about 60% of the total raised by individual income taxes.
US defence spending (>$680 billion ) is about 40% of the world's total. The US spends >4x as much as China, 8x that of Russia and >11x that of Britain.
top Microsoft Research Paper - Free Android Apps drain batteries
Tim99 (984437) writes ""Abhinav Pathak, a computer scientist at Purdue University, Indiana, and colleagues made the discovery after developing software to analyse apps' energy usage. When they looked at popular apps such as Angry Birds, Free Chess and NYTimes they found that only 10 to 30 per cent of the energy was spent powering the app's core function." http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21328566.400-free-apps-eat-up-your-phone-battery-just-sending-ads.html" Link to Original Source
top Register email address BLUNDER
Tim99 (984437) writes "This morning I got an email from The Register informing me that they have sent 3,521 of their readers the namesa and e-mail addressess of 46000 other readers. Considering their frequent rants about security this has got to be a major FAIL." Link to Original Source
top DEC founder Ken Olsen is dead
Tim99 (984437) writes "DEC founder Ken Olsen is dead — A sad day for those of us cut our teeth on the PDP." Link to Original Source
top iTunes 10 borked with NAS drives & Media Serve
Tim99 (984437) writes "The iTunes 10 upgrade does not work with 3rd party daapd media servers and NAS drives:
Some respondents think that it is just a bug, but others see something more sinister:
I called apple care. Same problem...they gave me the answer as "it was not meant to be supported in itune 9 to begin with. You will have to connect it through USB drive." — (itune 10)
Hopefully this is just a bug in iTunes ann not purpose or feature of Version 10. — (Oliver D.)
Problem occurs with both Windows and OS X versions of Tunes. The fix is to down grade to iTunes 9.2.1
http://appletoolbox.com/2010/09/how-to-downgrade-itunes-10-to-itunes-9-2-1/" Link to Original Source
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