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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

cloud.pt Re:This is just a repeat (275 comments)

I have no idea on what's going on in Finland, but I extrapolated it because it's what I see in Western/Central Europe. What I meant by young prodigies is pretty obvious: I doubt Nokia hires any freshmen with an average lower than A on the European Scale (that's the top 10%). Since I wasn't close to an A and I knew where most of the A's from my year ended up (top companies or research, for those who disliked corporate environments and/or wanted to give some luck back to the environment). When such a student is hired to by , they usually assume (and sometimes even implied in interviews) that they are gonna have a big shot at the managing pos. in a short term (I know this from friends in such scenarios).

Something I don't notice is people being fired right-and-left in most of the IT sector as you describe, as all companies here tend to overvalue the importance of knowing what you can count on (and they also spend a lot in education for all their human resources, making severance packages highly prohibitive, especially here in Portugal). Keeping employers is usually cheaper and safer than firing them. Talent IS the driving force in escalating the corporate food-chain, but it rarely is a catalyst for dismissals, even in at least 2 major companies I see here (one is a Big Four consultant and the other is the major betting company back/front-end main developer). And these companies are probably the exception to what I mentioned in my first comment, as I have yet to know companies that are so self-sufficient in Portugal as these 2 are - they never happened to use co-paid internships to my knowledge and supply/abuse outsourced work as a means to keep a good number on fixed positions.

I definitely think you might have not understood the larger print in your contract: if you are staying in a company that is so eager to downsize in order to pursue a dead cause such as WinMo, you are on your way to a dark future as opposed to a promising one. In your defense, I am very young, and might have a narrow vision of the industry, but there are a lot of supporting facts to my statements :D

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Ask Slashdot: Linux Login and Resource Management In a Computer Lab?

cloud.pt Responsability-linked quotas (98 comments)

The only way I see this happening is if you totally migrate your lab to something like Amazon AWS/EC2, and link each user to an individual account with specific bandwidth and storage (GRATIS) quotas.

For one, processing power wont be an issue since that's on Amazon's side, and it's virtually unlimited. Now, everyone will have a decent amount of the other resources for whatever they need, as long as quotas stay inside each user's scope (for which their free quota should have been well defined).

A user abuses his quota? No problem - Students get overcharged on their tuition fees, or reflected on their grades. Same for employees/researchers, in their salaries OR performance reviews. Is it a public community lab like, say, a library? Restrict access based on fair usage, maintaining an external log of who is where and when. Hell, if anything like this is politically unfeasible, just warn your users, at least you will know individually who is doing what without the heavy-lifting that is required to analyze it manually.

Everybody will be self-educated on how to use the system. On the long-run, the community will educate itself with no need for personal bad experiences. Much like using a printing quota, or the water/electricity bill.

All resources are very similar when it comes to management, so the principle of fair-use with retroactive consequence will always be the best bet.

2 days ago
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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

cloud.pt Re:This is just a repeat (275 comments)

In the US it might be H1B visas to hire cheap specialty workers from abroad. In the EU (where apparetnly most of this is happening), it's basically the same strategy but applied to EU supported fresh-outta-college internships (co-paid salaries tending to ZERO by employers), basically sending off the worst of the elders, and enslave the f*ck out of the young prodigies who they will scopp with mild salaries and a "promissing" future. This cycle happens in every major company in Europe. I have seen it in 3: Bosch, PT.pt and Siemens

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

cloud.pt Updates can't be left unnatended (265 comments)

I'm not familiar with CentOS or Redhat, but in Debian it's not uncommon to get the odd update that requires configuration wizards. There's no shortcut to those, and in the event of it happening, you are gonna have some early risers complaining.

And even the supposedly safe, unattended updates aren't that safe: For example I updated to the latest linux-image from Debian's repos yesterday. I didn't expect some core services to depend on a computer reboot to start working again, but 5 minutes in people were complaining a Jboss web app wasn't working.

about two weeks ago
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Oculus Suspends Oculus Rift Dev Kit Sales In China

cloud.pt Re: Good strategy (131 comments)

I agree with everything you said except the first sentence. China does not have good IP laws because there is no balance. Some countries have restrictive IP laws like the US, and some have liberal IP laws like China and India. I don't know if there is any particular country with the perfect balance of protecting the interests of the inventor while not encumbering social development. To me that is perfect balance. Big Pharma is a known abuser of that decades long exclusivity which makes people die of tuberculosis

about two weeks ago
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Oculus Suspends Oculus Rift Dev Kit Sales In China

cloud.pt Re:Good strategy (131 comments)

Dude, it's a subsidiary, it's not that big of a deal. I bet you use a lot of hardware and software made by worse companies, which unlike Facebook have a track record of abusing your privacy for your own prejudice. Google, Apple and Microsoft are just some examples. Do you consider the hardware worse because it was made by such companies? Or are you saying that the fact a social media company, like Facebook, controlling a gaming company might have worse consequences than:
- a search company creating a mobile OS, phones, and enforcing guidelines to phone developers (Google);
- a "designer" company limiting your (as described by themselves) high-margin smartphone from being smart because carriers can't handle the bandwidth (Apple);
- an OS company which instills last century software patterns while playing catch with the previous 2 in new platforms for hardware, software and the cloud?

I'll give you 2 examples of weird success stories on companies one would least expect it:
- Blizzard making an MMO out of an RTS
- Amazon making an e-reader out having an online bookstore

about two weeks ago
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Oculus Suspends Oculus Rift Dev Kit Sales In China

cloud.pt Re:So the Chinese have created a free market econo (131 comments)

Why bring politics to a much more complex topic. This is not about liberalization of this good. It's not a good yet, it hasn't been released. It's not even an essential good. They are issuing developer editions for genuinely interested developers who will make the device popular with new content.

If you get a free market for these controlled sales, you will end up with gaming enthusiasts or knock-off reverse-engineers rather than real contributors getting the item, and companies know better than to buy an overpriced SDK: product won't sell if developers don't get easy access.

And from what I know, America is far from being "a bastion of free enterprise" mate: they sell iPhones through selected carriers, they won't allow companies to sell cars directly to consumers (Tesla), and they are one of the most import-afraid economies around - there's no other country where "Made in this country" is such a strong compelling argument. They don't like free markets, they like controlled markets, for whatever good or bad that may bring

about two weeks ago
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Oculus Suspends Oculus Rift Dev Kit Sales In China

cloud.pt Good strategy (131 comments)

Not selling it directly if price is being uncontrollably inflated is great strategy if they want to keep this product popular, especially in China. It was pretty obvious Chinese public would scourge the earth for these in order to start reverse engineering it in a country with poor IP legislation (especially for foreign IP), but the real problem Oculus would face with this Rift "black market" is marketing itself, as the product would immediately get the exclusive, overpriced label that a developing countries loves to hate. And the Asian market is no small piece of the pie for the paying gaming industry.

about two weeks ago
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IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

cloud.pt Re:not the norm in other non-athletic competitions (221 comments)

I'm betting this has something to do with the amount of money poker moves around and live tournaments' marketing influence on online poker spending. As opposed to online tournaments, which have a fraction of the marketing influence on games profitability.

You rarely see gambling-centered regulation making much waves because winners and losers want to avoid such regulations. One out of greed and the other out of vice. So lobbying is pretty easy for most things gambling.

about three weeks ago
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IeSF Wants International Game Tournaments Segregated By Sex [Updated]

cloud.pt Re:simple fix (221 comments)

You mean like they still haven't done with chess?

about three weeks ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

cloud.pt Re:The Solution is In Plain Sight (579 comments)

Wow, that escalated quickly. It's traffic lights. We still got corruption in many public offices, sports, and serious lack of respect for environmental causes and social security concerns. Did I mention high taxes? We are way behind central european countries in all social areas.

about three weeks ago
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Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned

cloud.pt Re:Question (299 comments)

Probably enough to pose danger of melting or expanding the materials in the protection suits of those who would have to handle him. Anything above 70C would be dangerous.

about three weeks ago
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Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

cloud.pt DUDE actually has a point (239 comments)

So dude doesn't want his name's first search result to be an over-hyped headline. Despite being a very decent publication, BBC is mass media, and as such it has to make news outrageously. Dude just made a pondered decision to save some company's face, or was forced to without having a second chance to fix it, and maybe I'm assuming here) is not even directly at fault for the company's losses. Maybe yes maybe not.

I don't think he has to professionally and personally live under that shadow for the rest of his life, just because an indexing algorithm is inclined to shove it up his popper every single time someone wants to know who he is.

I'm guessing someone who really needs to know that info will know it eventually, not through google. His decision to be forgotten will most likely only seclude the info from wannabe conspiracy theorists and amateur employers, which pretty much deserve to NOT know it :)

about three weeks ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

cloud.pt The Solution is In Plain Sight (579 comments)

In some areas of Portugal we have exactly the opposite - timers applied to traffic lights instead of crosswalks. In some places we also have crosswalk timers together with traffic light timers.

Why is this a solution? Because drivers will stop paying attention to crosswalk timers and use their own traffic light timers instead, which have a security offset of 1-3 seconds. This not only makes standing at a traffic light much more dynamic and time-efficient (drivers will know how long they have to do imprudent things like fixing a rear glass, looking at the mirror, texting or picking something out of a glove box, with a high degree of safety), but it also prevents them from prematurely hitting the gas, as most drivers feel it is unsafe to go before the timer hits 0.

Also, the timer works in both waiting for a green and waiting for a red. Yellow lights could be fully substituted by a red and green light only with a timer which would turn yellow on the last 1-3 seconds before a red. It would also prevent a lot of ambiguity in yellow light ticketing which is very common in urban areas and is reason for dispute between veteran drivers and over zealous traffic authorities.

about three weeks ago
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FAA Bans Delivering Packages With Drones

cloud.pt The FAA should have no word on this (199 comments)

Low-level flight should be regulated on a municipal level, not through national airspace policies. Such type of drones doesn't need (despite having the ability) to fly higher than you average apartment block. As such, commercial, recreational or even military use of such gear should have never fallen under the FAA's jurisdiction, as the FAA never really had control over what's on a shallow level of the ground (excluding airports or helipads, but even there it's the facility that molds to the FAA regulation and not FAA regulation restricting it to total impossibility).

It's much like saying the FAA should regulate paper-plane throwing or bungee-jumping: "Hey, you can't jump from that bridge wearing an Amazon t-shirt silly. You're going to jail"

about a month ago
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NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

cloud.pt Thank you counselor (455 comments)

Thank you for pointing out something totally trivial criticizing the cancer of slashdot: interesting articles related to important technological and political matters. We really needed a hero to save us from the truth, or we might make more theories than our small intellects can cope with.

But hey, if fallacies like this work in courts, they must also give great comment points here.

And you probably also helped your local fire department and schools by lobbying for a group of people who is socially accepted to be pathologically inclined to scam you. Because, unlike the video says, competition-pricing only works when people have full disclosure of a specific product condition, which is impossible in new and "previously-owned" cars. Not even the dealer knows what went on during the shelf and road life of a car. At least factories are sure to have better information than someone whose only job is to market (read: pitch) an insecure commodity at an inflated AND ____commissioned____ price.

about a month ago
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Starbuck's Wireless Charging Stations Won't Work With Most Devices

cloud.pt Re:Editors Won't Won't Edit (114 comments)

I wouldn'twant my devices to be worked on while at Starbucks anyway

about a month and a half ago
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Mr. Schmidt Goes To Washington: A Look Inside Google's Lobbying Behemoth

cloud.pt House of Cards (128 comments)

...apparently wasn't enough for some to understand the true politics at work in D.C.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

cloud.pt That one is easy (737 comments)

Weapon dealers > [insert essential good here] dealers > paramilitary related jobs.

Medics aren't really a necessity when having enough food for whoever is alive is the main issue. It will be a bonus for oneself to have such skill, but it will only take a medic so far before he faces more serious problems than his health.

Pretty much anyone who has an eye for social manipulation will have a huge head start in any state of social disarray, such as those in an apocalyptic dystopia.
People might argue the question was about usefulness, but well, since we are doing the "what if" possibilities, we might as well speculate on the most successful and/or having the most life-expectancy. Criminal activity will surely boom and kingpins will have a field day (or years).

about 3 months ago
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How Riot's Social Scientists Fight League of Legends Trolling

cloud.pt Re:LOL's community behavior has no comparison (116 comments)

I didn't mean tribunal, I meant outright lies about having ban powers or knwoing anyone who has. Tribunal is a great system, it's just not made for this community. 90% tribunal voters are gona be (sorry to put it like this) butthurt players who will lose 5 minutes of their life on it after a flamewar, so that they can vent it there instead of popping up a forehead vein. It's still an effective system on the short-run because, well, whoever gets warned/banned has a 99.9% chance of actually improving behaviour, as that's the probability of them being a truly offending player (i.e. pretty much every registered user deserved it at one point or another, me included). But on the long run, it's a system destined to fail. This is the type of game that could actually benefit from enforced, centralized communication (which exists to a degree) and a disabled general chat, be it team chat or all chat. Unfortunately nobody is in a hurry to remove a standard feature, and as I said, this society obnoxiousness is part of the charm.

about 3 months ago

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Radionomy buys Winamp from AOL, will "offer Winamp's ... just as it is today"

cloud.pt cloud.pt writes  |  about 6 months ago

cloud.pt (3412475) writes "Winamp's demise has apparently been halted through a 'cash and share' deal between AOL and Belgic-based Radionomy, for a reported value between $5 million and $10 million, $70 million short of Nullsoft's original purchase value back in 1999. The deal will also include Winamp's radio broadcasting services, Shoutcast. Radionomy focuses on the digital audio business and will now own the rights to about half of old fashioned stations online broadcasts, thanks to the Shoutcast part of the deal. Apparently "the intention is to continue to develop both products" and distribution will continue "just as it is today", meaning both ad-supported and payed Pro options can be expected at the least."

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