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Comment Re:Probably will just make our jobs harder (Score 3, Insightful) 106

This is the most screwed-up stance. Benefits, all of them, are part of your compensation from the company. In my mind (not necessarily from a legal standpoint) they're obligated to provide the promised benefits, including vacation time. If they pretend benefits exist and don't let you exercise them, it's not a real benefit, it's a lie. Short-term exceptions are one thing (no, you can't take vacation during our busiest week of the year) but if an entire year passes without them finding a way to take your fully allotted amount of vacation, something is deeply, deeply wrong. It does not matter if they're chronically under-staffed. A year is more than enough time to either address it or come to terms with it and allow the existing employees to exercise their promised benefits.

Comment Re:What does Science have to say about this? (Score 1) 583

It depends what your theory is. If your theory is people can detect radio waves, your suggested experiment makes sense. If your theory is it's all in their mind, the original test makes more sense, because it actually tests whether psychological clues are part of the issue. Lo and behold, they can't detect radio waves and it *is* all in their mind, so it sounds like a far more informative experiment was carried out than the one you're suggesting. Yes, it goes an extra step, but it's a revealing extra step.

Comment Re:I volunteer as tribute. (Score 1) 380

Don't forget the amount of physical work they put in each day. There's an absurd amount of muscle power required for nearly every farming task. Even those that weren't farmers were probably doing physical labor, and in between doing manual work for chores and until relatively recently also walking everywhere.

Comment Re:4/5 in favor (Score 4, Insightful) 751

Well, we've got a theory and a counter-theory. Sounds like this is a fantastic experiment to attempt and see how it goes. If it's disastrous, they can change it back or attempt refinements, while the naysayers say, "I told you so!". If it works well, others can learn from it and put it to use. I'm glad someone's trying it so that we'll have some better data points.

Comment Re:Sounds like an ad (Score 1) 314

On the flip side, I've had LibreOffice compatibility successes that weren't possible with Office. A bunch of older documents from the late '90's became unreadable during some combination of OS/Office upgrades. For a while I thought they were lost, but I tried LibreOffice out of desperation and it converted them just fine.

Comment Re:So.... (Score 1) 222

That may be a bit extreme. Still, just last night I was reading Breakfast of Champions, published in 1972, so 43 years old. And I had some ideas for a novel that would make heavy reference to it. And then I tossed it out because it won't be out of copyright for another 60-ish years or so. It's an artistic loss for the world, that I can't incorporate something older than myself into a new work. My lack of freedom to use that creative source is a sort of suffering from tyranny, isn't it? And if a bunch of people thought my idea was a good one, they're also being deprived.

Comment No surprise (Score 1) 134

I published a couple of novels as e-books, because it seemed easier to stick with one format. Quite a few people asked for physical versions (some of the crankier responses were along the lines of "what, no *real* version of the book?"). Some were older relatives who don't have e-readers and didn't want to figure out how to get one running, but some were posting on a gaming forum and, while I don't know their ages, they were technical enough to play computer games, so presumably just preferred the physical book.

Comment Re:Future of Books and eBooks (Score 1) 134

On reason for the uptick in serials is the lack of delay with e-books. I can read an already published serial, see how the first book is, then at 10PM, when I finish the first, immediately download the next in the series, starting to read it right away.

One evening I finished a book and then had to drive to five different bookstores before I found one that had the sequel in stock. By the time I got home, it was too late to start reading the book, because I had to go to bed. Talk about a frustrating experience.

Comment Re:Agreed, BUT... (Score 1) 134

Also, when you finish one book, you know the next one is waiting for you (or you can get it) without having to specifically be at a bookstore or your bookshelf. I used to carry an emergency spare in my bag, another in my car, and now and then I'd still finish a book someplace where I didn't have access to a new one.

Comment Re:This is just the looong tail of the distributio (Score 1) 122

Considering there's an infinite number of prime numbers, and only one of them is even, you could argue that statistically speaking every prime number is odd. Or every prime number large enough to do anything with, if you're speaking cryptography.

Yes, I'm just being difficult. I would've just modded you interesting, but I'd already posted.

Comment To answer the headline (Score 1) 122

To answer the headline, I don't know. But no amount of sheer quantity will ever displace the paper by Alpher, Bethe, and Gamov for the most entertaining authors list. (I swear I heard a version where someone tried to recruit a Delter, too, but a quick google search isn't turning that part of my theory up for me.)

Comment Re:And they didn't (Score 1) 528

I got a "like us on facebook" pop-in the other day, two seconds after visiting a page. As if I'm really going to "like" an article that I haven't even been able to read yet -- in that case I hadn't even had time to find the headline amid all the other junk! I said screw that and left without even bothering to read the article. Their loss.

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