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Comment Re:I'm not surprised. (Score 1) 904

Why does this kind of culture crop up again and again in human history?

It's a very common way for insecure people to protect their positions. A person at the top is worried about being replaced by their subordinates, so they set their subordinates against each other. That way, the subordinates spend all their time on infighting rather than trying to replace the boss. You'll see this kind of thing all the time in dictatorships, but it shows up regularly with dictatorial managers of all stripes, too. It's one more variant on the old "divide and rule" strategy.

Comment Re:I'm not surprised. (Score 5, Informative) 904

the HR person (if they were being honest) did the right thing.

At least according to the article, the HR person was not being honest. They said that it was the boss's first offense and they didn't want to put it on his record because it would hurt him. But the author spoke to other women who had complained about him before she did, so it wasn't his first offense. The most generous interpretation is that they were basing the claim of first offense on his blank official record, so that he could get an infinite number of "first" offenses left off.

It goes to show why that approach is a bad one. If you don't want people to get in trouble for a first offense, make that the policy. Put the offense in their record, but give them a free pass for it when it comes time to evaluate them. But leaving something out of the record makes it possible for somebody to get an indefinite number of "first offenses". Of course it seems far more likely that there was an informal policy of protecting offenders who were otherwise high performing, and the whole thing about it being a first offense was a ruse.

Comment No more connectors (Score 1) 153

Apple should just give up on connectors for the iPhone completely. They've already removed the headphone jack in favor of wireless headphones. They should remove the lightning connector and go to wireless charging and WiFi/Wireless only for data. That would remove the last remaining open connector on the phone and make it much easier to make it really waterproof.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 2) 91

For the right price you can be hired to flood Twitter with whatever message you want.

Except that's of limited utility. A twitter feed only contains tweets by (or retweeted by) people the user is following, so tweeting by a bunch of bots with no followers won't flood the feeds of anyone else. You could use something like that to get a topic trending, but most people would ignore it once they realize it's just a bunch of bots tweeting the same message.

It's much more likely to be an army of followers for hire. There are apparently people who will pay real money to get an army of fake twitter followers to make them look more impressive. It apparently even works. People pay more attention to tweeters with more followers, so getting a bunch of fake followers can actually help you to get real ones.

Comment Re:Shipping and Handling (Score 1) 308

Somebody forgot about shipping and handling.

And Economics 101. If you somehow managed to bring that much iron to the Earth, it would completely change price structures. Iron would become essentially free as a raw material, with only transportation and processing costs. People would develop all kinds of new applications for raw meteoric iron to take advantage of its low price, etc.

Comment Re:the smell of E-6 in the morning (Score 1) 213

Supposedly slides are far superior to digital projection, and I could very well be persuaded to agree -- but at the same time, digital projection is kind of very crap these days at the low end, just like any other digital display technology.

Good digital projection beats the hell out of film, which is why the movie business has moved to digital*. Of course that good digital projection is expensive, but as a practical matter it takes a high quality, dedicated projection environment (e.g. a serious home theater room) before the quality of the projection is the limiting factor in quality.

*No, it's not just a cost reduction thing. In some of the tests where Hollywood was trying to figure out if digital projection was ready, film was literally booed off the screen in back-to-back comparisons. The qualitative difference, even with new prints, was that big.

Comment Not worth the effort (Score 1) 207

Curly quotes are primarily an aesthetic thing. If you are nesting quotes to the point you genuinely need the direction of the curl to tell you what's inside and what's outside, you're doing it wrong. Go back and figure out a better way of distinguishing quoted from non-quoted material and showing the depth of nesting.

Comment Re:I've never been able to wrap my head around thi (Score 2) 313

One reason people miss their flights is because they have busy, unpredictable schedules. They may be doing something like business negotiations that don't run on a nice schedule; they're finished when everybody agrees on terms. For someone like that, it's more convenient either to book multiple flights and then take whichever one works out or to pay the full, non-refundable fare that lets them keep changing their flight so they can push it back one day at a time. FWIW, this kind of thing is why there are still travel agencies specializing in business travel even in the day of online booking.

Comment Re:To avoid confusion... (Score 1) 239

These are predicted to happen in several cities around the world in particular atmospheric conditions... if things keeps getting worse though, you can predict that soon, along with heavy snow days, we'll also have heavy smog days for some cities.

This is old hat here in Los Angeles. There is a whole series of defined smog levels with different suggested and mandatory actions associated with each. There hasn't been a stage 3 alert (the highest level) since 1974, and even the lower level alerts are extremely rare, largely because Southern California adopted a really comprehensive approach to cleaning up the air. So it's only going to get worse in other places if they are fatalistic about it. If they are aggressive about trying to prevent smog, they can succeed.

Comment Re:Use case? (Score 2) 83

A possible use case would be an enterprise with a very specialized, expensive printer- like a super-high speed or large format printer- that's kept in a centralized location. Jobs would be submitted remotely and then the output would be shipped to the submitter. HP makes some very high-end printing products where that kind of workflow makes sense.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 3, Interesting) 302

It doesn't have to be of unlimited length. In Outlook/Exchange, at least, it's possible to have a distribution group that is handled by the server, so including the group name in the To: (or CC: or BCC:) field will send it to everyone in that group, no matter how big. My organization has a #Everyone group that does actually go to everyone. I don't know if #Everyone is protected, but there are certainly some very large distribution groups- around 1/3 of the organization- that anyone is allowed to send to.

Comment Re:Trust but verify (Score 2) 90

The problem is that Google isn't manufacturing all those phones, chargers, and cables. It's not clear how much power they have to enforce standard compliance even among Android vendors, much less among people selling third party accessories like chargers and cables. And it's really hard for the phone to check standard compliance for those third party devices. OTOH, Google does have at least one engineer whose job seems to be testing third party USB type-C cables for standards compliance and posting on-line reviews with his results. They know they'll take the blame if customers damage their devices with cheap, non-compliant third-party devices, so they put the knowledge out there so nobody can claim ignorance.

Comment Re: Totally the right call (Score 1) 90

I don't think anyone is going to try charging a cell phone battery at 100W; that's so laptops can use a USB type-C connector for both power and connecting to peripherals. If you tried to use 100W to charge a tiny cell phone battery, you might very well put enough heat into the battery to get it to blow up, regardless of what cable you were using. I don't think any of the rapid chargers are drawing more than about 20 W.

Comment Re:Airport charging (Score 1) 72

Why add lots of charging stations at airports? When people are leaving their cars for multiple days, they don't need a 240v charger or anything fancy.

There's a lot of short-term parking at airports, too. There is a surprising amount of one day travel- fly out in the morning and back in the evening- that would benefit. And a lot of people who are flying for longer times don't want to park their car at the airport and pay for multiple days of parking, so they have somebody drop them off and pick them up. Short-term parking may make more sense in that case than driving around the airport, especially for pickups when there's some time uncertainty. If I had an electric car with some range questions, I would certainly want to park and charge while waiting.

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