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Comment: Always check the "Other" box (Score 4, Funny) 252 252

We have an every other hire must not be a white male [policy?]

Wow, so it's a good thing that in today's PC society, I can "identify" as a 28 year old female of color, with 30 years of industry experience the next time I apply for a job. That will increase my chances, because, as a 50 something year old white guy, I am screwed.

Comment: Last secure MS OS? (Score 1) 192 192

Well, not secure from outside attack, you can defend against that by not putting it on a network... KISS

Maybe everything after XP started phoning home to who knows what "area code" (206, NSA, KGB, unit 61398?)

Doing things right, and doing things cheap are two different things.The presumption was that "COTS" was both... maybe not so much anymore. (BTW the spirit of COTS means OSS is fair game for scrutiny.)

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Comment: Can't we all just get along? (Score 1) 1064 1064

After decades years of living, I've decided I'm tired of the uncertainty of what happens when I die. Would there be any serious harm in universal consensus that said being dead equals zero? Maybe it exists already, not sure. But I run into it all the time in every religious person I've worked with. Does anyone want what happens when they die to result in anything other than zero?

As long as you are making up shit, you can make up whatever you want, but it doesn't make it true.

Comment: Wish me luck... I'm on hold right now (Score 0) 90 90

I went thru the phone tree (something like, existing service, changes, remove or downgrade...) and I am sure I am per-routed to the "customer retention" expert.

I want to cancel TV altogether from Cox (Keeping Internet only). All representatives busy... estimated wait time 8 minutes. (I am in minute 10).

Comment: Forget shit and move on (Score 4, Informative) 743 743

My grandparents were fallout of WW I - They left the Ukrainian part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and came to the USA. I never met them, since they died young, working in shitty jobs like rubber factories (cancer) in Detroit.

Fast-forward... since I never met the "folks from the old country" and only knew my mom and a step father who raised me as American, with no particular culture, other than American, I don't have any animosity towards past aggressors, I am happy with my lot in life.

My take-away, as trite as it may seem, is "what you don't know can't hurt you", and if you forget your (possibly shitty) past and just go forward you will be fine.

If you think you are owed something from those who went before you, you are in for a big disappointment, since those people are dead, and those who are here today only want to know "what have you done for me lately".

Do something and stop whining.

The program isn't debugged until the last user is dead.