Government contractors can get fired, I believe what you are looking for here is government employees which are difficult to fire.
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Not to argue too much because I agree with your sentiment, but Obama had nothing to do with solders coming out of Iraq, that was all the Iraqi president who refused to allow US solders to stay in his country. Unless we want to actually act like a colonial power, we should leave a country when told to and not overstay our welcome.
If it happens outside the office and while you are not on the clock (or even during those periods...) it is the province of the police, not your office.
As an email guy, I am concerned about the coverup happening with Lerner. Email doesn't work like that unless someone in IT is intentionally trying to keep things out of other's hands. Government email systems are required to keep all emails, so how could Lerner's hard drive crashing make any difference at all to the ability of the IRS to provide a record of all the emails? Why would she be setup with POP, IMAP, or PST so that she is storing anything locally, especially in a critical agency like the IRS?
On top of what Halltk says, if you install Windows 7 and above to a SSD, it auto optimizes for SSD (no page file, turns off defrag, and I am sure other optimizations)
What is wrong with Newegg? They tend to have the most selection of computer hardware around. Sure you could buy from Ingram Micro, but there is no guarantee that they have any larger selection, and you will pay more.
You want a more enterprise like drive like Intel 3700, which is warranted for 10 drive writes per day for 5 years
Is that 10 a typo?
Just to counter this. I have an Intel I bought on 7/23/2009 (looked it up on Newegg) that I don't use much as it is only 32 GB. I also have a 120GB Intel (with a Sandforce controller) from 8/25/2012 that is still working just fine. Intel and Samsung are on the top end of SSDs as they own their own fabs, so don't badmouth without actual evidence.
You are ok with your company dictating what you can and cannot do after hours/off the clock? So you are saying it is ok if your company has a rule that you can't drink? At all?
Two hours on the phone, only to find out you got billed for it three more months. Yeah, that is more likely.
Would you expect the same thing if it happened after hours? The argument was over the preparation of his dinner, not his lunch, so it was after hours.
Not always. If I slam on my breaks (ABS, electronic brake distribution, traction control, etc) and someone rear ends me, I could be at fault for overbraking even if it was needed to prevent me hitting someone/something.
Did you miss the first two words on the Cruise control line? Speed Adjusting Cruise Control, it is the new hot thing, it adjust the speed of the vehicle automatically to the vehicle in front. If it were to malfunction you may not know in time to react.
4 wheel drive ONLY effects acceleration, what else would it have control over?
You are missing the point, all of these systems (besides 4WD...) are being integrated into an auto driving car, so we have to look at the failure modes to understand where the liability is (the article this was all replying to).
A dropped bumper will tend to slide along the ground and likely will go off the side of the road before the approaching car gets anywhere near it (coefficient of friction of steel or plastic vs rubber will show you that), however, when a tire falls off the lead car and the disc brakes are instead digging into the road surface, that will stop rapidly.
However, that was just an example. There are others for current "autonomous" features in cars. How about the speed adjusting cruise control (when it malfunctions and the user doesn't realize in time to brake the vehicle)? Or even 4 wheel drive (honestly officer, I had no idea my truck would accelerate that quickly that I would run over that poor little old lady). ABS (it actually reduces your braking in snow, and is less than useless on ice). Traction control (can cause you to not be able to move AT ALL in snow and ice conditions...this could be a bad situation).
That will become a union thing (in both cases). The trains and trucks will still be required to have a warm butt in the seat, the butt will just be totally ignoring the windshield though instead of just partially ignoring.