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Submission + - Meg Whitman asks employees to support efforts of HPE to offshore their jobs (thelayoff.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Meg Whitman, who has spent the last three years letting go of tens of thousands of US workers, has found a way to dig even deeper — pleading with her workers via an e-mail to contribute to the HPE PAC, offering payroll deductions for those willing to contribute the full $5000 she and her fellow board members have. What is the HPE PAC? It's an effort to lobby Congress to put a stop to the Border Adjustment Tax bill, which will put punitive taxes on companies like HPE that offshore much of the business from their U.S. clients.
It's hardly surprising, given policies and actions that have demoralized most of their employees who still remain. This is the same CEO who called an all-employees Town Hall to pat herself and her fellow board members on the back for moving many jobs overseas, and telling her audience, effectively, how they looked forward to putting more of them out of work.

From the e-mail sent to US employees:

Let me be more specific. There are a number of troubling ideas coming out of our nation’s capital these days. But one in particular, the “border adjustable tax,” is extremely worrisome. A well-regarded industry analyst recently wrote that, if this tax is enacted, it could profoundly degrade the financial performance of our company.


Comment Re:HGST nearly always on top (Score 3, Insightful) 114

Seagate blows. I've got a lot of hard drives - Toshibas, Hitachis, WDs, Seagates.... I have exactly three Seagates out of 12 that are currently working.

On the other hand, I've bought up some "refurb" Hitachis (server pulls with 20k hours) and they just work.

Seagate hasn't made a quality drive since they bought up Maxtor and, apparently, dumped all of their factories, QA people and engineers in favor of Maxtor's. It's the only explanation I can think of for the nosedive in quality.

It's rather ironic that the former "Deathstar" line is more reliable than Seagate these days

Comment Re:Which version? (Score 1) 105

Good thing to see that many people use the MIDI device enable button!!!! I'd hate soooo much to see Google remove that!

Something as fundamental as details about the cert should never be buried, no matter how rarely it is used. Let's also talk about Extensions... a useful feature, but functionality is buried under several layers of UI "goop" just to get new extensions. Seems like it's designed to discourage users from getting new extensions.

Also, if I use certs for servers I have on my own LAN (for example, WebMin to run Linux servers I keep in my basement), Google has just made things a bit more difficult to access self-signed certs which are completely adequate for such a use, but require some additional up-front steps to use.

Comment Best and brightest? Probably not.... (Score 4, Interesting) 141

As a developer, I can't imagine even bothering to answer an offer of employment from an airline these days. I spent considerable time looking for better options last year before deciding to take an offer and leave my employer of 20 years (HPE), and there were several potential employers I did avoid; work for any airline would have been a huge red flag for me. The way they've cut corners over the last few decades would definitely not make it a good place for career advancement.

I suspect the quality of their hires in IT would be limited by their reputation as employers and probably tend toward the desperate only looking to fill immediate financial needs on a temporary basis. I can't say this would lead to the most inspired work effort.

Comment Replacing jobs Meg Whitman has cast off from HP (Score 0) 186

Sadly, Amazon jobs are a far cry from the jobs lost in HP's efforts to spin off, spin down and disintegrate the brand (while extracting as much cash as possible through stock options before the ride ends).

She's shed something around 80,000 jobs and more are on the chopping block.

As for Amazon, I'm sure these are jobs fit for a Trumperor follower - low-paying, no-benefits jobs that bring us more to parity with the third world.

Comment Why are the win buttons set so low? (Score 5, Insightful) 265

Has the title bar expanded an inch or two? Why so much wasted vertical space?

The same idiots who subverted 30 years of UI research at Microsoft are still at it with their inane attempts to enforce a hipster UI on us. I don't need buttons that get lost because they are not clear, multi-colored and where I expect them. I don't need monochrome, abstract icons. I don't need menus IN ALL CAPS.

Stop changing stuff I've become accustomed to, stuff that makes me productive.

Comment Freesync has nothing to do with color gamut. (Score 4, Interesting) 67

One thing is not related to the other.

Freesync is just a way to handle variant refreshes without screen tearing. Those refreshes can happen faster or slower. If a refresh happens faster than the LCDs can make the transition (which is rare, and only will really be an issue on whole scene changes, and likely you'll never see ghosting anyway), it will still happen.

That said, Sync tech has to do with human perception of changes that respond more precisely, and eliminating stutter (which happens because the refresh can't occur at the cyclical vertical refresh, which is mostly an artifact of CRT tech anyway). It is frustrating that nvidia has pushed proprietary sync tech that is costly to implement, rather than go with "Free Sync" which only requires firmware changes for most basic monitor controllers.

It seems like AMD's real push here is to maintain Free Sync capability as monitor manufacturers increase the color gamut and enhance LCD response times.

Comment Re:The title is wrong. 4K != UHD (Score 1) 304

What about film grain? I thought there were limitations on resolution based on the original "analog" film because the grain simply doesn't allow you to get more detail... and I thought this was in issue back when we were just talking 1080p, let alone 4k resolutions.

I can see color space being enhanced, though on a 40 year old film copy, I'd think that something has been lost in time, as well.

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