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Comment: Its called a dog (Score 1) 248 248

I've owned big dogs my entire life, I have never had even an attempted break in despite living in some really rough neighborhoods. Any "security" system will just let you know some hoodie wearing punk broke in and stole your stuff. A good dog makes that never even happen.

Comment: Apple does this routinely (Score 1) 953 953

Background. Wife works as a distribution manager for a small indie publisher. Her job is mostly converting e-books to different formats and uploading them to the online sellers databases. To upload e-books to the Itunes store she has to use a program called IProducer. One day, Iproducer just stopped working when trying to upload to ITunes. Turns out Apple had started blocking access for any copy of IProducer that was too "old". Fine, it is a business need, upgrade IProducer, ooopsss. New version of IProducer won't install on the current OS version. Fine, business need, pay for new OS, then pay for new IProducer, then can sell on ITunes. Pretty neat setup when you think about it. There was nothing wrong with the old version of the Iproducer program, they just shut if off to force people to buy the new OS.

Comment: Usual practice in other industries (Score 1) 117 117

Semi - conductor worker here. My employers have always paid for training up front. I wouldn't work at a job that expected me to pay for training the employer requires. I am provided the study materials, I am paid for my study time and for the time spent actually in a classroom. Sounds like the IT field is getting the short end of the stick.

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