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Comment: No difference (Score 1) 104

by geek (#47715587) Attached to: Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily

I find a study like this to be highly suspect. It's a 28 page story, hardly anything special. Have them read an actual novel instead. In 28 pages the "plot" is going to either be very convoluted or extremely thin. I find it just as likely that the 28 page story bored the kindle folks half to death and they didn't bother trying to recall it.

You're going to have to do better than 28 pages. That's barely a chapter in the books I read.

Comment: Re:Windows 8 (Score 1) 646

by geek (#47715411) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Windows 8 basically handed Linux an opportunity on a silver platter. Now they just need to make the desktop significantly better than what Microsoft is currently offering.

And to take advantage of the Windows 8 fiasco Linux created it's own with Gnome 3, Unity and KDE 4. Honestly, Linux had the Windows 8 problem before Microsoft did. The state of UI's on Linux is a travesty.

Comment: Re:Linus does not understand the size of the effor (Score 3, Insightful) 646

by geek (#47715397) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Microsoft probably has somewhere between 6 and 20 thousand engineers working on device drivers for various windows versions out there making about 80k a pop. Sorry but Linux simply does not have these kinds of resources. It would be nice but I don't see it happening.

Try 500-600. Most of those are "project managers" too who farm the work out to Indian contractors. Microsoft doesn't have the development force you think they do.

Comment: Re:Truly sad (Score 1) 358

by danheskett (#47694487) Attached to: Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

You have presented the exact reason why many argue that we should shut down the US border, with the military as necessary, quarantine foreigners, and become a far more closed society.

Education is an unproven method of preventing the spread of the plague. The three proven methods are: (a) kill the sick, burn the bodies; (b) quarantine all the sick and their families until they all die; (c) vaccine. Also, combinations of a and b and c.

There is no amount of education that will guarantee that an infected carrier doesn't make it to the US, spread the infection, and become patient zero for a stateside epidemic.

Comment: Re:A complaint (Score 4, Informative) 206

The move is shortsighted because it costs money to hire someone and the new person must then learn the culture, infrastructure, and the business.

No they'll just hire some idiot Indian slave labor and offshore them. Cisco's been at this for over 10 years.

Comment: Re:So, is that we're now forced to do? (Score 1) 364

by geek (#47656137) Attached to: Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

Have we become a country so corrupt that we now have to record *everything* in order to have even a modicum of justice? You can't get Comcast to not perform mail fraud unless you have a recording of them saying they won't do it, they only way to NOT have a police officer beat you to death for "resisting arrest" is to record it.

The cop will still beat you to death. We know this, because it's been recorded and it still happened.

As to your question about our corruption, yes. That is where we are at and you can thank Obama for a lot of it. He picks and chooses what laws he'll enforce. It's set a dangerous and deadly precedent in our nation. What's worse is, the next guy may be even less restrained than Obama.

Why should anyone follow the laws when Eric Holder and President Obama do not? Our system has lost its integrity and will likely never recover.

Comment: Re:Human Resources (Score 2) 277

by geek (#47655875) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

My wife works in HR and I'm finishing off the HR section of my MBA. It's not HR that does this. The HR people have an HRIS system that includes the ability to do forms etc. The managers are the ones that create the forms and guidlines, HR just shuffles the papers around. HR takes the blame because they are the face of the mess but in reality it's middle managers, or in my company they are called "talent managers" who have their heads so firmly up their asses that they convolute everything to the point even HR can't stand them.

Comment: Re:That's why I use chat instead of phone (Score 2) 364

by geek (#47654783) Attached to: Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

Just yesterday I had to engage with my ISP's support folks to resolve a network speed issue. Fortunately, I had saved the chat sessions from when the same problem occurred two years ago. I ended up pasting part of a previous chat session into the current chat session so that the CSR could see what worked last time. Result: problem resolved in hours, not days

I too prefer chat but I ran into a problem while canceling CenturyLink service. They refuse to cancel unless you call them and speak to a "retention specialist". I was furious so I told them in chat that I was deaf and could not speak to a specialist by phone. They told me that was unfortunate but was the only way to cancel.

About 20 minutes of back and forth with them I informed them it was illegal to deny my request based on the people with disabilities act. Within 10 minutes they canceled my account via online chat. It's sad I have to lie to these mother fuckers to close an account. They basically ensured I will never, under any circumstances, do business with them again.

Your own mileage may vary.