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Comment: Re:serious question (Score 1) 93

by TheGratefulNet (#49168443) Attached to: Marissa Mayer On Turning Around Yahoo

not sure about flickr 'going strong'. I joined flickr when it first came out and most of the people I 'knew' back then are no longer active on flickr and their updates have stopped years ago.

each time flickr changes their site, it breaks stuff, features get dropped that were useful and stupid things get added that are of NO value at all.

I did have a paid membership to flickr but I had that just 1 year, flickr started to suck and I let the paid thing lapse. now, I post a few photos a year instead of the dozens per month that I used to post.

(and no, I have not gone to FB or the other sites. I don't have a FB account and never will.) flickr was my only 'social networking' site, if you can call it that, but all my friends have gotton fed up with yahoo and left!

Comment: Re:serious question (Score 1) 93

by TheGratefulNet (#49168431) Attached to: Marissa Mayer On Turning Around Yahoo

excuse me??? spam filter works on yahoo?


I get nothing BUT 'indian tv' and 'indian flix' and other stupid spam. uhm, I'm not indian and don't speak the language, don't know the people and actually, don't even watch (broadcast) tv anymore. marking them as spam never stops them. clearly its spam but yahoo won't stop them from appearing in my yahoo inbox. I've given up on yahoo mail and only check it a few times a year. (it takes about that long to load those stupid web pages, too, even with adblock!)

Comment: Re:Brain drain (Score 2) 93

by TheGratefulNet (#49168401) Attached to: Marissa Mayer On Turning Around Yahoo

I worked at both sun and sgi (that you mentioned in your list) and neither one required us to be at our desks. I was telecommuting about 99% of the time (even though my office was about 10mi from where I live, all my co-workers were 'remote' and all our meetings were on the phone, so there was no real reason to 'be' there). I stayed there 5 years and had a great time, did good work and enjoyed being at sun. well, up until oracle bought them and all hell broke loose...

at sgi, same kind of deal; I was allowed to work from home as-needed and sgi was a 'very online' company back in the 90's. before it was trendy, in fact.

so, not sure which bay area you worked at, but I've been here over 25 years and I know what the silicon valley culture is all about. and it used to be pretty open and flexible. it was the 'california way' (I moved from boston, so I knew the east coast 'uptight' way as well as the more relaxed calif way.)

Comment: Re:Brain drain (Score 1) 93

by TheGratefulNet (#49168337) Attached to: Marissa Mayer On Turning Around Yahoo

I'm not seeing much choice, anymore. the last few years of interviews (off and on) have shown me that the bay area is swallowing the 'open office' idea, hook line and sinker.

my last gig was at cisco and they are converting (slowly but surely) to an all OO environment. and again, no one I talked to, there, was a tiny bit happy about it. they all talked about working from home (cisco still allows that) or just plain leaving.

make no mistake, companies do this to save money, save space and they don't care at all about your happiness! they at least acted like they did, years ago, but they don't even try that anymore. they know we all know what their plan is.

being a tech worker is really starting to suck. its becoming like factory work, many decades ago. churn and burn.

Comment: Re:Brain drain (Score 3, Interesting) 93

by TheGratefulNet (#49168241) Attached to: Marissa Mayer On Turning Around Yahoo

yes, silicon valley culture USED to be about the employees. I worked at SGI and I remember them allowing dogs into the offices, so that single folks who don't have anyone to watch over their pups can avoid having to kennel them during the day. we had hardwall offices, with doors (!) while managers had 'cubes'. it was the opposite of how most of the rest of the valley was, and it helped make sgi one of the best places to work at.

I also worked at sun. also had a hardwall office.

I was at fore systems (west coast) and many of us had offices with walls and doors.

now, the bad news. the last 10 or so years, I've seen a move to 'open offices' and so, you don't even get a cube anymore! ;( really really bad move, HR morans.

every place that had an open office, sucked. everyone felt that way but HR, who would never admit they made a mistake (like politicians, never admit you were wrong, sigh).

if someone gets sick, YOU get sick, too. isn't THAT nice??

plus, the new trend is to not hire f/t but only hire contractors. guess what: contractors don't get sick time off, so they HAVE to report in and make everyone else sick.

I have never been at yahoo, but it sounds like I would hate it there if I went.

as for their products, their email is the worst/slowest and loads the most CRAP when you give it permission. its also the most unfriendly html/js code to filter on (on purpose, no doubt). adblock has a harder time with yahoo content since they intentionally make every fucking variable name unique! ;( really unfriendly, which I'm sure they could care less about. obscurring the 'content' that gets downloaded via yahoo pages is part of what makes yahoo, well, 'a yahoo'.

taking away telecommuting - all the while, SHE has a private room next to her office for her little ones - that would be the most insulting thing to me if I was working there.

the sooner yahoo fails, the better. the whole internet would be better off without them, at this point.

Comment: Re:Storage (Score 1) 126

by HiThere (#49166863) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK

Well, I don't know what they're planning, but ISTM that if they divide the storage area they can greatly extend the time at which they're generating energy in exchange for nearly halving the peak generation capability...and without much pumping (which adds an additional inefficiency or three).

OTOH, the amount of energy that can be generated by water stored at a particular height depends on the fall distance. So the potential generation capability will vary a lot as the tide changes. Maybe some of the inflow could be used to drive a hydralic ram to lift some of the water higher than max high tide level. But that *does* introduce additional inefficiencies.

All in all, I don't know, but it looks pretty iffy.

Comment: Re:Armegeddon for indigenous marine life. (Score 1) 126

by HiThere (#49166805) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK

You don't need a huge tide, that just makes it more efficient, and cheaper to build, and requiring less land and construction. So perhaps it's only feasible in a few places, but any country with a coast on the Atlantic, the Pacific, or the Indian Oceans should be able to make it work with enough effort and expense. Most of them just wouldnt' find it practical.

Comment: Re:And dams aren't really worth it either (Score 1) 126

by HiThere (#49166753) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK

Tidal power would seem to have a lot going for it, but there's probably a good reason that it hasn't taken off before now. Of course, that reason may have been solved...

For that matter, cost overruns are also likely on large nuclear plant projects. (Every one I've heard about has had a significant cost overrun, of course there's a huge selection bias...)

Comment: Re:Default Government Stance (Score 3, Interesting) 154

by TheGratefulNet (#49166611) Attached to: Feds Admit Stingray Can Disrupt Bystanders' Communications

and also, where is the notion of a mass dragnet ALLOWED by the constitution?

its not. never was allowed. any dragnets were always illegal (not to mention immoral).

they over-reach with this mass surveillance stuff. they know they are on borrowed time and that, eventually, we the people will not tolerate it. it may take years to get the laws fixed; meanwhile, they enjoy the fruits of the poison tree and enjoy their little spy-fest.

Comment: Re:Default Government Stance (Score 0) 154

by TheGratefulNet (#49166579) Attached to: Feds Admit Stingray Can Disrupt Bystanders' Communications

careful there - next time there is an R running the country, expect the same exact 'treatment'.

I know you are trolling, but for some reason, you got marked insightful and there's nothing at all insightful about your post. it would come straight from faux news - and that's hardly anything 'insightful'.

btw, what does obama have to do with local state police? you think he's in control of everything in the US?

'insightful', my ass!

Comment: Re:Slight factual error (Score 1) 269

by Aighearach (#49166305) Attached to: It's Official: NSA Spying Is Hurting the US Tech Economy

Really? You spend time to reply and reply and reply, and even call me "stupid," you must feel really smart to magically know how people feel. You seem to think I "wasted" my time, or that you personally were who I was writing for. Guess what, I've been online since before the internet was public, and I've never written you even one personal message.

As for feeling "stupid" or not, lets put it this way: I stand by my analysis, and further, you didn't even succeed in addressing it. None of the intended readers need your name-calling to read the ideas and claims and decide what has value. To take it to another level, I can point out that my analysis is actually mainstream, past-tense stuff about an already-shrunken industry.

Some hand-waving about "anecdotal shit," well, like you say, we could look up the numbers. ;) To you it is an "anecdote" that rail shipping is an already-declined industry in the US. It is an obvious reality for those of us here. I don't need numbers, because Americans can go out and see for themselves. Like your claim about oil train cars. You seem totally unaware that we do that using trucks, or even that it is possible. You don't know oil tanker trucks are a thing. You're probably from a place without them. You're dreaming that numbers you don't provide will refute "anecdotes," but you don't provide them. Why? Is it because they prove you wrong, or because you don't know where to look? If you wanted to challenge my claims with numbers, you failed.

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