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Comment Re:This is *SO* unethical ! (Score 1) 242

Butte is a union town where the union's demands killed the economy. There's probably more to this than meets the eye... I haven't kept track of Butte politics in a long time, but would guess there's been anonymous pressure in directions that didn't suit whatever's left of TPTB.

But yeah, it does break the implied contract with existing commenters, and which of my real names would you prefer?? there's no law that I have to use the one on my birth certificate; so long as I have no intent to defraud I can call myself anything I like. I'd suggest a spate of posts by ... oh, say, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson.

Comment dear national security personnel: (Score 5, Insightful) 259

do your fucking job. spying on suspects

not hoovering everything from everyone and thinking a search query will give you magic intelligence. intelligence work is *work*

the encryption is not important. your gumshoe work is. get out of your fucking cubicle you lardass and find these dirtbags

and if you can't do that maybe your useless security theatre job should be axed

Comment Work Remotely (Score 1) 464

For the vast bulk of my career, I've worked remotely. This lets me get paid in Northern VA dollars without paying Northern VA prices. Effectively it's a 25% income boost. The only extended job search I had was when I worked on-site for a company as a contractor for 4 months while I looked for a permanent position working remotely. I actually live about 90 minutes from Northern VA (Fredericksburg, VA) so I can go in if I have to, but the houses are still half the price.

Comment Hospital Security sucks (Score 1) 116

In the 90's, I worked for a hospital that shall remain nameless. Their billing system had a root password of "Superman", and the vendor (on whom they leaned for everything) wouldn't let them change it. They also assumed phone lines were secure (which is a joke.)

I'd imagine things are better now, but there was really a total lack of security awareness at that time.

Comment Re:I have no debt and a hefty savings account (Score 1) 386

They don't want people with great credit and great ability to pay up. They want people who can't pay it off, so will carry a balance and therefore pay interest, which is where the credit companies make their money.

If you're not quite able to pay off your card (so that interest keeps accruing), but can make regular payments and won't quite stiff 'em, that's their notion of an ideal customer.

A customer who keeps their credit card paid off all the time is just an expense.

Comment Re:Change the interface! (Score 1) 262

I briefly ran Warp 3... briefly because

1) It wasn't useful without running Windows on top of it so I'd have some reasonable array of apps, and the exact same app doing the exact same task not only used 4x the memory it did in plain Windows, and ran at about 1/4th the speed, it was also much more likely to freeze up. And any task that was prone to exhaust resources in Windows (which was generally recoverable if one closed the offending app) could be relied upon to crash Warp.

2) When (not if) Warp crashed, it was prone to nuke something it required to boot. I've forgotten the details, but I found a reference to the exact cause in the manual (so it was a known issue!), and tho getting it bootable again was an easy fix it was also tiresome to have to do it every other day.

So after a few days of this it was marked FAIL, and I went back to DOS/Windows. OS/2 must have merit as an embedded OS, or it wouldn't have any traction there in the first place. But it was no mystery to me why it never caught on as a desktop.

Comment Re:Inflation? (Score 1) 674

That may be, but it doesn't address how much bureaucracy is involved in getting to that point. It's not just collecting and redistributing someone else's money; it's paying for the employees and facilities required to do so. If they work in a nice building and are unionized and get benefits and retirement pensions (and show me somewhere that's not the case?) well, there's your overhead, and a great deal of the reason-for-being for many gov't programs.... if the program goes away, so do all those union jobs, and more to the point, so do the union dues (not to mention the union members and program recipients who can be relied on to vote Democrat).

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