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Salesforce Uses Chatter To Monitor Employees

startled Re:I think its BS... (82 comments)

Privacy: You've got a smartphone. I've got a smartphone. Everybody's got a smartphone. Seriously, if your employer feels at all hostile or big brother, can't you do you personal email, FB, Twitter, etc. on your phone?

Chatter: it's a corporate communication service. It's a given that your company is monitoring it. Hell, that's the half the point of using it. So the complaint here is that Salesforce is using yet another half-assed metric to evaluate employee performance? It can't be worse than a dozen other "measures" of employee performance I've seen over the years. Hell, maybe it's better.

more than 4 years ago
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Louisiana Federal Judge Blocks Drilling Moratorium

startled Re:Crying in your oil... (691 comments)

Did you just play politics right after complaining about people playing politics?

Here's a tip for next time: if you had used a semicolon instead of a period, you could have made a statement and then contradicted yourself in the same sentence.

more than 4 years ago
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Better Development Through Competition?

startled Re:Code Competition may not always work!!!! (251 comments)

I was once involved in a project where this sort of thing was going on, and those that had the better looking GUI got the nod.

I'll settle for the one that HAS A GUI.

This guy's advice is good for his target services and audience. In particular: he's giving advice with no existing relationship with a programmer, who are going to jump feet-first into elance, guru, odesk, and vworker. These first-time users of the services will be lucky to see a project through to a remotely satisfactory conclusion if they only hire one programmer.

Having been in that position once, I can vouch for what he's saying: you'll be ignorant enough of the criteria you should be using, that it's going to be very useful to hire 2-3 programmers for a small milestone up front. You'll get the guy who completely ignores the spec, and sends you something he cobbled together in 10 minutes. You'll get the guy who eats up the full time allotted, then at the very end cancels the project and refunds the money. And you'll get the guy who's actually a solid, communicative programmer, and gets the job done. Then you go forward with that guy.

It's going to be rare that, on your first use of these services, you can make a decision based on a close call, evaluating code quality, UI design, and so on. No, you'll be evaluating "did the project get completed AT ALL?". And you'll learn a lot about how to find people using these services, and how to write better specs yourself, so that you don't waste everyone's time in the future.

more than 4 years ago
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Doctor Slams Hospital's "Please" Policy

startled Re:Would it kill you to be civil? (572 comments)

Would it kill you to do your fucking job...? No? Clean out your desk.

One way or another, that policy's going to have a pretty high turnover rate.

more than 4 years ago
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Group Calls For Google Antitrust Probe

startled Re:who is paying Kovacevich (372 comments)

You have to appreciate that on /., a post that simply repeats part of the article summary is modded +2 Informative-- and rightfully so, as it's responding to a post that asks a question explicitly addressed in the summary.

more than 4 years ago
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Fine Print Says Game Store Owns Your Soul

startled Re:Legally owns.... (262 comments)

I love it when religion tries its hand at something

As long as we're sharing our turn-ons, I love it when Slashdot finds new and exciting things to anthropomorphize.

more than 4 years ago
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Yelp To "Clarify" How Advertising Affects Listing

startled Irresponsible "Article" (53 comments)

I searched the linked articles, and several articles linked from those, but couldn't find the word "clarify" in any of Yelp's statements. In fact, the only use I found was also in quotes, in the Ars article.

It appears Ars has decided to substitute scare quotes for "commentary." Readers ought to be informed that the "journalist" may be misleading them, because in fact, Yelp's changes (as "reported" by Ars) do not aim to "clarify how advertising affects listing."

(Please note that my last use of quotes was not intended to scare, but to set off language that came from another source. Sorry if I frightened anyone.)

more than 4 years ago
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"Mythical Man-Month" Supposedly Busted By MIT Startup

startled Re:Totally misses the point (231 comments)

They all worked on small projects. Where the mythical man-month applies is in the combined effort on a large, sufficiently complex project.

You're just quibbling about details. If they can get 40 interns to do 40 small problems quickly, they can certainly get 40 interns to do 10 large problems even faster. Just like 9 pregnant women can make a baby in one month. Or they can keep the original 9 month schedule, but pool their efforts to create one super-huge baby.

more than 4 years ago
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Supreme Court Rolls Back Corporate Campaign Spending Limits

startled Re:Constitution? (1070 comments)

Good point. Since corporations were granted their personhood in 1884 there has never been a corporation as President or even Governor.

What about more basic rights, like marriage? Yeah, yeah, "mergers" give you all the same benefits. If that's so, why not let them call it marriage?

You ask me, get the government out of this whole marriage thing, and let individuals, their faiths, and their churches decide if they want to let AOL be "wedded" to Time Warner. In the mean time, the government can call AOL and Time Warner "civil partners".

After that, maybe we can end this horrid business of corporations being bought and sold. Disgusting!

more than 4 years ago
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Android Phone Demand Up 250%, iPhone Down

startled Re:I am not surprised (445 comments)

I often wondered what was so special about the iPhone. I have never got a satisfying answer.

If you're saying the iPhone isn't appealing to you, great. Fine. Whatever. Have some free mod points from people who agree with you.

If you're saying you don't understand people-- if you're saying you honestly try to put yourself in other folks' shoes, try to empathize with them, try to see why they love what they love, but you just can't-- well, congratulations, you're a geek. You've come to the right place.

more than 4 years ago
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Lifecycle Energy Costs of LED, CFL Bulbs Calculated

startled Re:Great assumption (400 comments)

Assuming LEDs last 2.5 times as long as LEDs, we conclude that LEDs last infinitely long and there is nothing superior except for LEDs.

The study was commissioned by an LED manufacturer. In order to reach the desired result, they had to redefine 2.5 as the multiplicative identity. At least they're up front about it. ("Up front" being, in fact, quite important-- you don't want to see what they did to the associative property.)

about 5 years ago
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Leaked Modern Warfare 2 Footage Causes Outrage

startled Re:Well (543 comments)

They need a better gimmick if they want me to buy it. No server = no buy!

You wouldn't buy it anyway, you dirty PC pirate.

more than 5 years ago
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Congress Mulls Research Into a Vehicle Mileage Tax

startled So dismissive. (792 comments)

Damn, everyone's really dismissing this out of hand.

But just think: if such a tax DID pass, it could raise as much as $154.5M!!!

more than 5 years ago
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'Wiretapping' Charges May Be Oddest Ever Recorded

startled Re:Lie to me! (439 comments)

I find it interesting that a website filled with people who are normally outraged at the idea of video surveillance in a public place with everyone's knowledge is so accepting of the idea of audio surveillance in a public place without everyone's knowledge.

I find it interesting that after reading a website constantly filled with talk of restricting government power and expanding personal freedom, you don't see a difference between government power and personal freedom.

more than 5 years ago
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How an Online-Only TV Series Stays Successful

startled Re:Eek. (163 comments)

for me, as a married guy with a kid, a hobby done in moderation means once a week, tops.

Your posting history shows that you post more than once a week. Is that part of your chores, or part of your job?

more than 5 years ago
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How an Online-Only TV Series Stays Successful

startled Re:Eek. (163 comments)

Why is there this sense that we have to be busy doing things all the time?

Please remain in your location. A squad will be sent over shortly, and you will be "optimized".

more than 5 years ago
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Why Game Developers Should Shut Up About Used Games

startled Already out of date. (590 comments)

"There's nothing game developers can do to stop them."

Really? How much are you selling your used copy of Battlefield 1943 for? About the same amount you sold your used copy of Castle Crashers for, right?

This rant is years out of date. Game publishers are already figuring out all sorts of ways around the used games "problem". Rather than pursue the legislation red herring, they're trying market-driven approaches: lower prices; downloadable games; free content for registering; purchaseable downloadable content; long-lived multiplayer modes; "freemium".

Strangely, by pursuing market-driven solutions instead of lobbyist-driven solutions, it looks like both the publishers and the gamers will benefit. Weird.

more than 5 years ago
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Download Taxes As a Weapon Against File-Sharing

startled Re:Sounds good... (451 comments)

Stolen property. If you steal property, you must report its fair market value in your income in the year you steal it unless in the same year, you return it to its rightful owner.

Since piracy is stealing, I don't have to pay taxes on anything I pirate as long as I seed long enough for the RIAA to download a copy?

more than 5 years ago
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Vital Parts of Games As DLC?

startled Re:They're insane. (446 comments)

When you decide to start punishing non-customers rather than finding ways to entice them into being customers, that's a really bad sign.

Then it's a good sign that they're enticing non-customers into being customers, right?

Gears of War 2 has special downloadable maps for people who buy the game new. People who buy it used still get the full single-player game, plus full multiplayer functionality-- they just don't get the bonus maps.

They've identified a problem with their business model, and instead of legislating to protect their business model (like the recording industry), they've found a solution. What's the problem?

more than 6 years ago

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