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Comment: Re:Almost all tech support requires upselling (Score 1) 231

by DarthVain (#47712929) Attached to: Comcast Training Materials Leaked

My girlfriend had same issue doing call center for a large telecommunications company (cable, cellphones, internet, etc...). These places are terrible employee mills. She eventually quit because she couldn't take it anymore. Shift bid were every couple of weeks, sometimes not even that, every other week. They would even play games with tenure, by moving everyone with long tenure into the same group so that they only compete against each other in shift bids, making tenure largely worthless. They don't really give a shit about retaining employees anyway, as they have a rotating training program to get new employee's in to replace those leaving due to the high attrition and turnover rate. Everything is evaluated about selling, even if it has nothing to do with what the customer is calling about. Anyway for me the worst part was the constant screwing around with shift bids, working weekends and odd hours, never the same in a given week. It is hard to maintain a relationship or any kind of life with that sort of uncertainty all the time. Hopefully she has better luck at her new employment.

Comment: And... (Score 1) 67

by DarthVain (#47705155) Attached to: Iceland's Seismic Activity: A Repeat Show for Atmospheric Ash?

So what if it does? What are they realistically going to do about it? I mean the warning is great and all (if accurate), however without a way to stop it, or anyway to mitigate the consequences, what is the point?

I guess presumably you might be able to reroute traffic in advance, however I am guessing the ability to even do that would be limited, as I am pretty sure they would have done that after the first time.

Comment: Duh. (Score 1) 242

by DarthVain (#47702639) Attached to: The Cost of Caring For Elderly Nuclear Plants Expected To Rise

1) Anything we built that is several decades old will need increasing amounts of maintenance.
2) Environmental regulation has increased costs over the last several decades.
3) Inflation has increased over the last several decades.

All of this means that the cost of caring for these facilities will increase. Notice I didn't say nuclear once in any of that.

Comment: Paracetemol? (Score 1) 355

by DarthVain (#47697965) Attached to: Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

Well I didn't know that, and I am supposedly smart and well education with resources available to me to even easily find that out. All I know is that some doctors have already tried an alternative experimental drug, and that the UN recently authorized the use of experimental drugs that haven't gone though human trials yet. Though it is probably too soon for large volumes of said experimental drugs to be available (or maybe not, this is an emergency).

Nobody said criminals are smart, only that they are sometimes desperate individuals.

Comment: Motive (Score 1) 355

by DarthVain (#47695603) Attached to: Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

I think motive is rather obvious. I would discard the idea of superstition and the like.

1) Liberia is poor, like really poor.
2) Drugs are expensive, like really expensive.
3) Drugs in a quarantine zone for a deadly epidemic are in high demand, very high demand.
4) Profit!

I think someone decided that the personal risk was worth it.

I mean, what are these communists doctors doing giving all these profitable drugs to poor people for free. Why not let the invisible hand of the market allow people to sell the expensive drugs to unaffected but scared wealthy people in the area? I mean the rising tide raises all boats, and the trickle down effect, and whatever and the like right?

Comment: Spoiler Alert: A: Yes. (Score 1) 432

by DarthVain (#47695485) Attached to: Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

Exactly. This is probably just some sort of political "think tank" with an agenda.

Here is the simplified answer:
A) No, storage is not needed, if you do not plan to replace base load generation but rather use renewable sources to augment your energy mix.
B) Yes, storage is needed if you plan to replace base load generation with renewable, however there is not enough "storage" to ever come close to doing this in any meaningful way unless someone develops some sort of magical storage battery that isn't limited to appropriate locations for hydro storage and generation.

Too many people are enamored with the idea that renewable energy is the magic bullet to solve all our energy needs. Maybe someday, but not today, nor anytime in the foreseeable future (barring as I said some sort of magical storage device).

Comment: Commercial AV (Score 1) 318

by DarthVain (#47695411) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

There is also the fact that much of the commercial AV software is barely less worse than the viruses they purport to protect you from. From consuming resources in a bloated way, to advertising, to constantly trying to extort money from you, to conflicting with other programs, etc...

Personally I have taken a light approach and the only ones I touch are MSE and Spybot Search and Destroy on specific issues that might come up. Much of the malware you get (and most of it is adware now) take over other applications such as browsers and the like and are not easily removed by AV packages.

As many have probably mentioned, the best AV is the education of the person sitting in the chair, and until that is addressed, no amount of AV is going to be effective and there are so many ways around it by simply getting the user to allow it anyway.

Comment: Re:This. (Score 1) 164

by DarthVain (#47695313) Attached to: Giant Greek Tomb Discovered

Yeah went to the Colosseum. In addition to that:

Rome was pillaged and sacked a few times, and the building was burned and damaged several times.
World War Two wasn't so great for it either.
Interestingly as mentioned valuable material got looted, one of which I wasn't aware of before, was that basically it was of the first structures to use brick and mortar, but on top of that, of the large stone supports, in order to remain stable, it was one of the first to use a primitive version of "rebar", in which large blocks of stone had holes drilled in either piece, and iron rods inserted to keep things together. However at the time, iron was a very expensive commodity, which meant when things fell apart, looters would dig into the stone to steal the iron bars, further weakening the structure. Much of what looks like bullet holes from WW2 is actually holes in the stone where the iron rods have been removed.
However by far the most destructive was just a structural issue, where half the building was built on top of sand. When at one point there was a larger earthquake, the sand shifted and about half of the whole structure collapsed and had to be rebuilt.

So it being one of the larger and more notable structures has had quite a storied history of getting destroyed and rebuilt over the years, which a lot of people may not realize, thinking the grand thing has been standing for so long untouched.

Comment: ERMAHGERD SNER! (Score 1) 417

by DarthVain (#47680823) Attached to: Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

Your defending a parent who was concerned about VIDEO GAMES, so took his kids to a WAR ZONE to learn about what real war is like?

Stupid and irresponsible comes to mind.

That's like teaching gun safety to your kids by shooting them in the leg, "See now you know how it feels, so be careful".

Anyway I usually try not to be judgey but to react to an imaginary issue, with such an over the top answer is pretty crazy.

Like the Dungeon and Dragons scare of the 1980 and 90's and forcing your kids to live in a cult commune for a week to understand reality...

It is an overreaction.

Comment: Mad Men (Score 1) 144

by DarthVain (#47672275) Attached to: Telegram Not Dead STOP Alive, Evolving In Japan STOP

Reminds me of the Mad Men episode where they had to do a campaign for the telegraph where it was getting killed by the modern phone.

I believe the line was something about the fact that if you send a telegraph about say getting married VS phoning it in, it is something that is physical, that you can keep, and would have sentimental value.

It may still have a niche market for that sort of thing, where you want notification faster than is possible with a letter, but you have some memorable token of the event afterwards... We had a baby, marriages, promotions, etc...

Also Japan seems to have a lot of things that are either novelty or nostalgia, or both, more so than other places in the world, which might also contribute to the longevity.

Comment: This. (Score 2) 164

by DarthVain (#47672193) Attached to: Giant Greek Tomb Discovered

I went on a Mediterranean tour a few years back. An ancient history fan, visited all the big ruins and historical sites. I was disappointed.

1) Pretty much everything has been "restored". Very little is actually original. Most have tried to recreate as close as possible, but it is exactly that, a recreation.
2) One the most disappointing and disgusting things things I went to was the Vatican. Basically they looted and pillaged all the "Pagan" temples and historical sites of anything valuable to construct their own monuments. Valuable is pretty loose term considering the length of time it was done over. Stuff like marble and bronze and the like were the first to go, but even using sites as a convenient source of stone got pillaged. Looking at the astounding amount of wealth in the Vatican and the amount of history destroyed just makes me sick.

Though while the Vatican is a extreme example they are not alone, and in general the practice was pretty ubiquitous. Hadrian's Wall which was a HUGE artifact is basically gone, and many historians believe that it was just a convenient source of local stone that over time just got purposed in various local buildings. Though that seems a bit less villainous than the intentional destruction of historical sites for valuable material.

Comment: Re: what a douche (Score 1) 165

Lol, yes.

Add to this a lack of accountability. That exact thing happened a few years ago, they got busted, it was a HUGE scandal. However rather than actually punishing the people responsible (very high up), they change the procurement rules to make them even more difficult and onerous so that "this will never happen again", when all you are doing is making it even more difficult and expensive for those that actually follow the rules... rinse and repeat every few years...

For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong. -- H. L. Mencken

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