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Comment: Re:Those of you who are? (Score 2, Interesting) 58

by TheGratefulNet (#49805235) Attached to: Let's Take This Open Floor Plan To the Next Level

I recently had 2 interviews: one at HP and one at ebay.

both were 'rows and rows of desks in an OO grid'. made me sick to see how dehumanizing it was. no, I did not get any offers from either of those 2 places. maybe it was a good thing.

I saw next to no personal stuff on peoples' desks, there. I tend to bring things in from home (sometimes even computers or networking boxes that I need for a short term 'lab') but I would not feel ok doing that when no desk actually belongs to you, you come in, grab one of the 'open desks' and then use someone's grubby keyboard, probably still with cold and flu virus on the keys. not enough lockers (the concept of a locker at work also turns me off; as our desks USED to be lockers in their own right; stable ones we could always use and count on) and no security so I would not feel good about leaving my stuff there.

there really seems to be a unified effort to dehumanize employees. also to reduce their pay, make them compete with foreigners (who live 6 or 12 to a house that only has 3 bedrooms), keep their payscales at an all-time low and fire you when your project is done.

we truly are slipping back to the bad old days of millworkers in sweatshops. unions don't exist for hw/sw guys (generally) and there are no signs of anything coming back to help balance the power again.

one thing is for sure: each time I see an OO plan, I throw up a little and I weep for us all, in our collective losses. HR keeps telling us 'the kids love it!' but even when I talk to 20somethings they really don't love this OO idea either.

Comment: Re:Go for it (Score 1) 26

by smitty_one_each (#49805095) Attached to: Survey - George W. Bush more evil than Stalin, Mao, Lenin
Accusing someone of bigotry, just because they don't concur with an idea, is not the same as showing a specific instance of intolerance toward the subscribers of an idea.
I hope you can understand that you're leaving yourself wide open for fascism here.
The real issues involve power and money, of course. No one quite seems to grasp that, if there was not so much societal sculpture afoot via the tax code, we could all just do our thing much more in peace.
But try to share some real analysis, and get called a troll, or worse. What are you going to do?

Comment: Re:Go for it (Score 1) 26

by smitty_one_each (#49804255) Attached to: Survey - George W. Bush more evil than Stalin, Mao, Lenin
I'll take your lack of specific examples of bigotry, even against the dictionary definition: "intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself" as an admission that you're blowing smoke. Disagreeing with "their ideas" is not "intolerance toward those".
You seem to play d_r's game of raping the language in support of Holy Progress. Or am I overlooking something?

Comment: Re:Not clear (Score 1) 6

by smitty_one_each (#49804253) Attached to: George W Bush wanted to officiate at gay wedding.
Jeb who? If the little brother somehow threads it, it won't be due to the religious right. See 2012 election, where said constituency kinda left Romney hanging in the breeze.
If you want to posit an anti-Mormon bias, that's OK. But what substantial religious qualifications does Jeb have?
tl;dr: I think this argument is weak tea, myself.

Comment: Re:So, the other side? (Score 1, Insightful) 329

by TheGratefulNet (#49803253) Attached to: Mandriva CEO: Employee Lawsuits Put Us Out of Business

this actually sounds pretty good to me!

not sure its enough to make me learn french. also not sure its enough to make me want to move there and have to inhale next to frenchmen. I'll have to give it some more thought.

seriously, the US is the exact opposite. its almost like there is a celebration on how far you can depress US workers' wages, rights and personal time off. we have some of the least amount of time off in the world; probably worst in the developed world. corporations are 'people' (how absurd!) and they are always given the upper hand. we even have companies forcing you (since you have no choice) to 'agree' to binding arbitration, which is a bought and paid for NON-court that gets to judge your grievance against a company. you don't even get what's left of US justice; you get what a corporation thinks you deserve.

the US is fucked. we are burning thru our advantages - what we once had, that is. I wish we had a bit more of france's views toward workers and fairness. something in the middle would be great, you know! (dreaming on; know it won't happen).

Comment: Re:Go for it (Score 1) 26

by smitty_one_each (#49803161) Attached to: Survey - George W. Bush more evil than Stalin, Mao, Lenin
Can you provide a sensible definition of 'bigotry', and an example of where you think Carson and Cruz have failed to live up to your proposed standard?
The 'b' word seems to be the all-purpose kiss-off, these days. You risk evacuating it of meaning, like Tarantino did the Bigger Digger Trigger in "Django Unchained", I'm led to understand.

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 4, Insightful) 134

by TheGratefulNet (#49799889) Attached to: Uber Revises Privacy Policy, Wants More Data From Users

100%. this is why I refuse to install 'apps' and I really use my smartphone to just check email, run gps and sometimes use voice to make calls. most of a smart phone is wasted on me since I'm not a typical teen or 20someething who 'buys into' the whole shebang, lack of privacy and all.

android is not really trustable, carriers are a joke for trust, app writers tend to abuse their position and write crap or malicious code and the whole thing is a steaming pile of shit.

the smart phone thing had a lot of potential but I see that we have ruined this medium and device just like the 'business guys' have totally ruined the web and the internet as a whole.

now, I had nothing against uber before hearing this; but now, I won't be caught dead inside one of their cars, now. this 'war on your customers' is nothing I care to help fund or support!

uber can go fuck off. they don't exist to me, given this stance of theirs.

(and now I'm starting to have 2nd thoughts about having ANY 'contacts' in my contact list. again, phones cannot be trusted and apps, even less. best way to not have your friends spammed is, I guess, just to NOT even populate the contact list! seriously - might just return to flip phones and call it a century..)

Comment: Re: No kid should be forced to code ... (Score 2) 295

Most kids are never taught to write well enough to later write a novel. That requires much more dedication and skill building. Heck, most people have trouble composing a cogent comment on Facebook.

  It would be great if we taught all school children to think logically and in an ordered manner such that coding were the next practical step. But ... have you ever been outside your own home? As it is now, coders self-select. We should not make the mistake to assume that a high level of success among a self-selected population would translate into a high level of success among the general population. And I can see why government schools may not be keen on teaching everybody critical thinking skills.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (9) Dammit, little-endian systems *are* more consistent!