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Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 128

I find that "book vs. Internet" it is analogous to the difference between instructor lead classes and just having access to the training material.

It is nice to have a text book that will shepherd you through a series of related subjects and ideas.

The Internet is great for quick answers to specific questions.

So, yeah, I love my Camel book and you will have to pry it out of my cold, dead hands.

Comment Re:Pro or Anti union (Score 1) 113

I was a Teamster at one point when I worked for UPS.

I hated the union dues because my pay was already really low.

However, I REALLY liked the union-negotiated medical benefits which was 100% medical, dental and vision coverage, no co-pays on anything and no money withheld.

Some union dues (I don't think they were more than $30/mo) are really insignificant compared to how much that benefit package was worth.

So, this was over 10 years ago now but I don't think things have changed very much at UPS and they seem to be doing just fine even compared to FedEx, which, is not unionized and *should*, by all arguments made here, be eating UPS's lunch.

Comment Re:Yep, Unions do nothing (Score 1) 113

What I don't understand is why people are SO opposed to unions.

There is enough non-unionized labor force out there that unions are almost irrelevant these days.

So why vocalize so loudly about getting rid of what is left?

Sort of like why some people are so vocal against gay marriage... it doesn't affect you... why do you care so much?

Could it be that you are just towing a line fed to you by someone with an agenda?

In the case of unions, just like with "tort reform" the message is coming down from the corporate overlords and the shills just eat it up because it is spun "right" and intermingled with other, unrelated noise.

If unions have a place, they will survive. If there isn't, they will fall on their own.

Comment Re:Roku (Score 1) 150

plus the purpose-built device will out-perform and be more reliable than the half-assed software baked into the TV.

I have a 2013 Samsung smart TV that came loaded to the gills with all kinds of bells-and-whistles and a pretty beefy quad core processor to run it all and yet I ended up using the Roku anyway because the apps kept breaking, malfunctioning and performed sluggishly... It's not like I had a ton of apps either... Netflix, Hulu and Amazon are about the only ones I use.

Comment Re:Why Are They Called Smart TVs? (Score 1) 150

I had to laugh at the "sport" reference. So true.

I also don't particularly like the new(ish) "smart" labeling trend and eagerly await its decline in popularity.

About 10 years ago, everything had an "e" label... which, while annoying, was at least more-or-less accurate as it stood for "electronic".

I mean, where to do we go from here? What happens when we truly do have smart electronic devices (AI)? What do we call those?

Comment Re:angst over old tech . . . (Score 1) 244

My employers have dropped the latest MS Office on us. With a 4 core processor and 8 GB RAM it takes Word over a minute to start

If you have a Microsoft Account, you can just use Word Online... no load time.

Or just use Wordpad for basic paragraphs and simple formatting... it can even save in .docx.

Comment Re:Not just phones... (Score 1) 244

Tell me about it.

SonicWALL was always a device I knew would just work. I never had a problem with a SonicWALL prior to Dell's acquisition of it.

Now it seems like every firmware release adds new bugs.

There are features in our current SW that downright don't work (pre-made application layer rules mostly).

Really sucks too. I have been pretty invested in SonicWALL (maintained my certifications) until now.

Dell is has been on a buying spree for a while and really seems to just crapify everything they touch...

Comment Re:exaggerate much (Score 2) 244

Except that now you have to go buy a brand new device for several times the cost of repairing it might be (especially if you can do it yourself).

It is a lock-in technique, obviously.

At some point down the road, when there are no more cheap labor pools, resources become more scarce and landfills are overloaded, we will see a return to re-usable stuff... but I guess for the next few hundred years at least, stuff is going to get more disposable due to the short sightedness of greedy corporations.