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Comment: Re:Biased Institutions FTW (Score 4, Informative) 784

by Corbets (#48830005) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

but even so it demonstrates how in the west we treat children as far less capable than they actually are. It's not just respnsibilities and safety either, they consider children's emotions to be genuine and to be respected, rather than trivialized and ignored or even punished like the west does.

Don't mistake the US for the entire West. Here in Switzerland, very young schoolchildren get on the train by themselves, ride to the appropriate stop, and walk in small groups between destinations on both ends of the route. No adult supervision.

On a side note, kids here are usually bilingual and often trilingual, too.

Comment: Re:Found something you can't buy? (Score 1) 273

by Corbets (#48801387) Attached to: Silicon Valley's Quest To Extend Life 'Well Beyond 120'

A collection of obscenely wealthy guys are upset that life won't let them get their way. Maybe if they at least admit they're scared shitless about it they can get their way.

Or a collection of obscenely wealthy guys make a low-cost (to them) investment with a potential return of increased longevity. You have no insight into their motivations, and your post sounds petty.

Comment: Re: I never have understood (Score 1) 265

by Corbets (#48665559) Attached to: Serious Economic Crisis Looms In Russia, China May Help

Not really. He clearly fails to understand some key points, as evidenced by his comment on the franc. The Swiss are uncomfortable with losing their already restricted ability to export goods due to an incredibly over-valued franc. Being a "reserve currency" is hardly worth destroying their ability to export!

Comment: Re:To their defense (Score 2) 314

As a normal person I never had use of large bills like that. Even 100 is an annoyance as you have to get it accepted for change somewhere. So in essence nothing of value would be lost. Then the claim that it would be effective at curbing illegal business is not very strong either.

As a normal person in Switzerland, I regularly use 1000 CHF notes (about 800 Euro, give or take). Grocers accept them and ATMs give them out; not considered a big deal here.

Comment: Re:Automate it (Score 4, Insightful) 228

by Corbets (#47629237) Attached to: What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

Absolutely, but DO NOT TELL ANYONE. honestly automation will not get you a raise or a promotion, it will just get you extra work. for the same pay.
Automate all of it and keep your frigging mouth shut.
Hell I used to automate emails to be sent at 2am so that management though I was working 24/7.

If you've automated your job, *shouldn't* you get new tasks to do? You're being paid to do the job to the best of your ability. You've done that by automating - but that leaves you on-the-clock time to do other productive tasks.

Comment: Re:Terror in the minds (Score 2) 55

by Corbets (#47366321) Attached to: Shark! New Sonar Buoy Will Warn Beachgoers When Large Sharks Are Near

They may be curious, but because they're not mindless killing machines

Actually, that's more or less what they are. They don't sit back and plan to eat people - but if they happen to be hungry, and there's a person nearby that looks edible, they may react and take a bite.

I fail to see how giving people more information, enabling them to make informed choices about getting in the water or not, is a waste of money.

I have swam with sharks on numerous occasions, and always look forward to doing it again

Completely irrelevant. An anecdote is not data, and I don't see anyone suggesting that every encounter with sharks - or even most - is going to result in human casualties.

Comment: Re:Ashamed! (Score 1) 265

by Corbets (#47063119) Attached to: IT Pro Gets Prison Time For Sabotaging Ex-Employer's System

Usually the damage estimates are way overstated, so I don't buy it on that assumption,

Often (I hesitate to say "usually"), helpdesk monkeys don't understand value calculations and the impact an action can have across the value chain.

and usually people don't engage in that behavior unless they were treated reprehensibly by their employer beforehand. Perhaps the real solution here is for management to act like human beings instead of jackals.

If they do outsource, they'll just learn their lesson the hard way.

So group B only acts reprehensibly if group A does so first? What, then, motivates group A to act reprehensibly? Whether management or line worker, people can all be assholes. It's just as probable that this sysadmin was the kind of guy that blows things way out of proportion and took an imagined slight as reason to wreak havoc.

Tata employees don't give a shit about you or your goals, and their code is buggy and broken, requiring a local side programmer to clean up their mess anyway.

H-1Bs are often treated as slave labor by aforementioned jackal management. I can guarantee they will throw their sabo into the works at some point the moment they have any power, which will happen when there are no more localside programmers left thanks to attitudes like yours.

Potentially true. I've not had positive experience with off-shoring, but I would assume the "people are people" statement holds true here as well, and there are good H1-Bs as well (I myself am an immigrant worker in another country).

Comment: Re:Boycott (Score 3, Insightful) 180

by Corbets (#46173647) Attached to: How Edward Snowden's Actions Have Impacted Defense Contractors

The veracity with which this "upgrade" is being pushed displays a stubbornness that can only be attributed to MBAs with no idea of what Slashdot is about.

Right, because nerds have never been known to compulsively obsess over doing things their way regardless of what the user wants. I suggest that your stereotyping doesn't help; focus on the problem, not your hypothetical reasons.

Also, I'm not sure that "veracity" means what you think it means. But then, I'm a nerd with an MBA, so what do I know?

Comment: Re:Not really topical, but... (Score 1) 222

If you want to hear from us on the beta, why does mail to the given email address bounce? Maybe fix your stuff.

Mine went through this morning. I expect it's directly related to mailbox capacity and the sheer amount of hate they've received today.


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