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Comment: Screw M$ (Score -1, Troll) 96

Screw Microsoft! There are plenty of underemployed and under skilled people right here in the good old US of A that would really like to take advantage of such a program. Heck, I would be all over it just to get out of Systems Admin and Engineering. The IT career field seems to be so hostile towards Americans. Managers seem to prefer H1B visas and labor importation. Co-workers have strong egos and are constantly trying to climb the ladder by making others look inferior. I, for one, am sick of it. This is precisely why I just gladly put 12 years of experience in IT in the trash can and became a truck driver. No PHB, no egotistical coworkers, just a nice job where I get to see the country. Sure, I only make 26K right now but it's only for 6-8 months. Once I get more experience under my belt, I'm looking at 60s to 70s. No on call work, I have a dedicated run and I'm home on weekends. I have truck that has the creature comforts of an RV. Hopefully, I'll never have to look back at the BSOD and General Failure again!

Comment: Curious (Score 1) 132

by DaMattster (#47964077) Attached to: Nobody's Neutral In Net Neutrality Debate
I would really like to see the true cost of bandwidth, that is what it costs to run day to day. I'm guessing that the telcos are exaggerating more than a little bit. I really don't believe for a New York minute that video content is putting much strain on resources. Heck, I'd really like to see the honest, undoctored resource use statistics. I think the argument against net neutrality is all about wanting an additional revenue stream: nothing more, nothing less.

Comment: Interesting (Score 5, Interesting) 138

by DaMattster (#47961297) Attached to: New MRI Studies Show SSRIs Bring Rapid Changes to Brain Function
The study is interesting however, it is notable that no one studied had a diagnosis of depression. It so happens that I am autistic and have Autistic Spectrum Disorder and suffer from Major Depressive Disorder. Being autistic, I have certain stimuli that I am very sensitive to and others not so much. I noticed almost an immediate difference when I started to take Prozac. I've always been sensitive to medicines and I noticed some initial feelings along the lines of things seemed clearer somehow.

Comment: No issues here (Score 0) 504

by DaMattster (#47959673) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?
I've been using iOS 8 now since Thursday of last week with no issues whatsoever on an iPhone 5s 32GB model. Of course, I don't have a lot of apps installed - I only keep ones that I absolutely need so maybe I'm not a good case in point. I really like the improved accuracy of Siri and the predictive text input features. I don't care for the recent contacts when using the app switcher so I turned it off. Overall, it's been a pretty good experience ... much better than the transition from iOS 6 to 7.

Comment: Assuming .... (Score 1) 504

by DaMattster (#47937771) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police
I'm operating under the assumption that this is not some marketing gimmick and Apple is really concerned about the privacy of its user base. If this is the case, I'm happy to keep using Apple. I was going to hold off on updating to iOS 8 but, methinks I will upgrade after all. The old adage, "You have nothing to worry about if you haven't done anything wrong" is just plain wrong. With the misconduct of police and prosecutors, I want to be secure in my effects.

Comment: Apple Fanboy (Score 1) 183

by DaMattster (#47916793) Attached to: Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't
Yes, I am an Apple fanboy and use their stuff. But, I find that Apple is just as guilty as Microsoft in "embrace, extend, and close" They essentially did this with Darwin. Sure their are parts of Darwin that are open source but a lot of the add on stuff is closed up. I would think it would be advantageous for Apple to open Swift up.

Comment: Prime Example (Score 1) 288

by DaMattster (#47896297) Attached to: California Declares Carpooling Via Ride-Share Services Illegal
The Uber drivers refusing to pickup passengers is a big example of market forces in action. It doesn't take an act of government to necessarily effect change. Uber needs its drivers so that it can turn a profit. Uber's drivers ultimately determine the financial success of Uber. Uber can threaten and cajole all it wants but when the day is said and done, no pickups mean angry customers and no revenue.

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