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Comment "for purposes of bagatelle"? (Score 1) 348

noun 1. something of little value or importance; a trifle. 2. a game played on a board having holes at one end into which balls are to be struck with a cue. 3. pinball. 4. a short and light musical composition, typically for the piano. IDGI

Comment Pry my organ pipes from my cold, dead hands (Score 0) 126

Organ pipes are made from a mixture of lead, tin and zinc (at least those that aren't made from wood). They last for centuries vs electronics. Many congregations can no longer afford to maintain their old pipe organs, or they no longer use traditional music in their service and rip them out in order to make room for the band. In some cases an effort is made to find the organ a good home but often, tragically, the pipes are chopped up for scrap metal. If this drives up the price of tin, I could see it causing more destruction of existing pipe organs, and putting the price of new construction out of the reach of congregations.

Comment Re:laws (Score 1) 1127

What, never heard of "talking to the janitor"? It's actually happened to me. I've been up in the middle of the night trying to fix something, the janitor wandered by and asked what I was doing there, and in the course of explaining it in dumbed-down form, had the lightbulb vision of what was wrong with it.

Comment Re:It's called "Get A Grip!" (Score 1) 1127

If they said something about it and let people know how they felt, and then it continued, that would be grounds for a harrassment complaint.

No, in some workplaces it would be grounds for instant dismissal, outing in the surrounding community followed by death threats or actual violence.

I worked at a firm not long ago that had a manager that was sexist, homophobic and a raging alcoholic. When I checked with co-workers I determined that corporate policy was that it was cost-beneficial to keep him and lose me.

Comment Re:Dance, monkey, dance! (Score 1) 203

I have been behind the hiring table confronted with candidates with computing science degrees who could write a sorter to beat the band. I don't need them. My operating system has a "sort" command that works just fine. I need someone who actually understands business and systems and how to write code to make these work. These people didn't have a clue.

Comment My dogs love watching TV (Score 1) 201

In the old days of CRT and early HD, dogs couldn't see 60hz or slower raster. 120 hz they can see just fine. Mine get their morning entertainment barking at the dogs on the adoptable dogs show. If we leave them alone, we leave it on the National Geographic channel or whatever's running Dog Whisperer.

Comment Re:Runs most ATM (Score 1) 342

Up until recently, the teller terminals at my bank ran OS/2, but it was basically just a platform to run terminal sessions to the mainframe. Then they switched over to a browser-based front end to a UNIX back end.

Take your work seriously but never take yourself seriously; and do not take what happens either to yourself or your work seriously. -- Booth Tarkington