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Comment: Re:Link to Amazon's official announcement (Score 1) 62

by Pascoea (#48931187) Attached to: Amazon Takes On Microsoft, Google With WorkMail For Businesses
I would think that most admins are going to look a little deeper than marketing material when they are selecting a product. Marketing material is great for a first pass, but I'd think speaking to a sales rep, and eventually some technical people would be par for the course.

Btw, here is Microsoft's Advertized "details" (they call theirs "Top Features") for exchange: http://products.office.com/en-...

I know, I know, you can go on TechNet and find anything you want. Do you really think that Amazon doesn't have similar documentation stashed around somewhere?

Comment: Re:Spoofing! (Score 2) 199

by Pascoea (#48849365) Attached to: Insurance Company Dongles Don't Offer Much Assurance Against Hacking

savings

That's a funny joke. I tried the snapshot. What a fucking joke. Three cars: Me, 20 mile daily rush hour commute. Wife, 15 mile "off peak" daily commute. Daughter, car literally sat in the driveway for the three months, with the exception of 2 trips from Minneapolis to Fargo and an occasional trip to the gas station around the corner. Me: 0% (ok, I expected that.) Wife: 3%, daughter 3%. Seriously? What do you have to do to get their 30%?

Comment: Re:Jurors (Score 1) 303

Isn't that why you bring in experts to explain in, non-IT, terms what the purpose of TOR is? The jurors don't have to know how a gun works to be able to decide if it was used illegally or not. Now, if we are deciding whether or not the evidence was collected legally or not, that's a different story. And that isn't a decision made by the jurors. Which leads to my complaint: You have a huge problem if you have an inept judge that cannot understand the technical aspects of the evidence involved, to determine if it is admissible or not.

Comment: Re:They do it for us! (Score 2) 484

by Pascoea (#48819497) Attached to: IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce
If you think that there is ever such a thing as a "free ER visit" you are delusional. Yeah, they are required to treat you even if you don't have the "ability to pay", if you have a life threatening condition. But you can be god damn sure they are going to do everything in their power to extract their money out of you, regardless of your "ability to pay". They have no qualms about suing somebody making significantly less than the poverty line and garnishing their wages. What? Don't have a job? Don't worry, they will wait till you get one, then the collectors will come say hi.

Comment: Re: Dupe (Score 1) 840

So your argument about it being a "non-issue" is the same argument as mine? Because you think it's a non-issue? Compelling.

Find me a "reasonable person" on here that thinks it makes sense that you need tools, a half hour, and contortionist abilities to change a damn headlight.

If I'm driving in the dark in snow a storm I want both low-beams on. It's not a "convenience" thing, it's a safety concern. If you're cool driving around with impaired ability to see what's in front of you, giver 'er hell. I'm not cool with it. Period. And again, needing to lay in the snow to change a light bulb IS A BAD FUCKING DESIGN.

Comment: Re: Dupe (Score 1) 840

The one in the trunk is likely to fail from rattling around in the trunk.

You must get off on pedantry. Fine, put the fucker in the glove box where it isn't going to bounce around.

And regardless of whether I had a spare bulb, I'd never stop on the side of the road to change it, I'd just drive on the remaining light until a more convenient time.

Definitely your prerogative. Some people would make a different choice, especially when a "more convenient time" could involve many hours worth of driving. Which leads me back to my original point, again. Changing it out shouldn't require tools.

Comment: Re: Dupe (Score 1) 840

Who the heck replaces a headlight on the side of the road in the dark?

The guy on a late night long distance trip in the middle of nowhere that happens to keep a spare bulb in the trunk?

they do come in pairs

I know. That's why I have a spare in my trunk, because when I replaced the pair I put the old non-burned out one in the package and put it in my trunk. Ya know, so I have a spare bulb if one burns out while I'm in the middle of nowhere in the middle of the night.

But, back to my original point, if you want something more realistic: If you can't replace a headlight bulb by yourself with zero tools and without crawling on the ground, your design is broken.

Comment: Re: Dupe (Score 1) 840

Incidentally... bullshit.

Agreed. Owner of a 2010 Subaru Legacy. When the second line of instructions (after "remove these three fasteners") is something to the effect of "Pry the inner fender well out of the way", your design sucks.

If you can't replace a headlight bulb on the side of the road, in the dark, by yourself, with zero tools and without crawling on the ground, your design is broken.

Comment: Re: Dupe (Score 1) 840

For standard oil I would tend to agree with you. It's hard to buy all of the components necessary for the 19.95 (or whatever) that wal*mart (or whatever) charges. The trouble is when you go to get a synthetic oil change the price doubles or triples. I can find a 5qt jug of good synthetic and an oil filter for less than 30 most of the time.

The half hour of my time, an hour if you count the trip to the auto parts store, is well worth it to know exactly what was done to my car. I've heard too many horror stories about what happens in those oil change places.

Comment: Re:Getter by better if you have skills... (Score 1) 174

by Pascoea (#48721099) Attached to: Hunting For a Tech Job In 2015

Often people in the interview chain were tech school, or self-taught pedantic types, and they especially don't like theorists or those that can run circles around algorithm, logic, and design questions. These kind of interviews happened to me several times before I finally learned the disgusting practice of dumbing myself down, not showing off, and playing nice with those people

In my experience, taking the initiative to spend a little unforced time to go politely beyond the question at the white-board, and demonstrate a deeper understanding, after answering the question, is not being pompous or arrogant. This is the exact activity that has got me in trouble.

Can you see how you could possibly come across as arrogant? Those two statements are both yours, and they both say essentially the same thing. Attitude 1 gets shown the door, attitude 2 probably gets a second interview.

My only other thought... You have incredibly valid points, most people don't like being told they are dumb. If you are asked to dissect some code, it was most likely written by one of the interviewers and they are probably particularly proud of it. (they aren't going to display some crap they hacked together 5 years ago) Showing them intricate ways to improve it, even if they are completely valid, isn't going to earn you brownie points. Prove that you understand the concept, debug their intentional fuck-up, answer whatever the question is, and move on. Wait till you get hired to prove what an idiot the guy who wrote it is.

Comment: Re:Getter by better if you have skills... (Score 1) 174

by Pascoea (#48717925) Attached to: Hunting For a Tech Job In 2015

Often people in the interview chain were tech school, or self-taught pedantic types, and they especially don't like theorists or those that can run circles around algorithm, logic, and design questions. These kind of interviews happened to me several times before I finally learned the disgusting practice of dumbing myself down, not showing off, and playing nice with those people

Or, maybe, experienced established professionals don't appreciate punk know-it-all showoffs coming into an interview with the goal of proving how much smarter than everybody else they are? With the attitude that you expressed in your post I wouldn't hire you either. Not for a programming position, or a janitor. Nobody likes working with a pompous asshole.

You can measure a programmer's perspective by noting his attitude on the continuing viability of FORTRAN. -- Alan Perlis

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