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Comment: Re:Is It Worth Getting a New Job Over? (Score 3, Interesting) 420

by VonSkippy (#48701783) Attached to: The Open Office Is Destroying the Workplace

Yes - I've turned down two solid offers in 2014 (both with a minor 10%ish package increase but more interesting research, at least more interesting to me) because the position did NOT come with dedicated office space. I agreed to do a followup interview and stated in no uncertain terms the entire reason for me refusing the offer was the open layout of their lab. The 30-something HR person looked at me like I had just grown two heads. Depending on your career level and path, your mileage may vary.

Comment: Maybe (Score 1) 312

by VonSkippy (#48534077) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?

Maybe you just need to get a grip.

It's not your toys, it's not your electronics, it's not your friends, it's not your classes, it's not the radio/mp3/tv around you, it's not the 21st century - IT'S YOU.

Learn self discipline and control what and when and how you do things.

It's not that hard - people have been doing it successfully for centuries, until the fad to blame everyone and everything else for your own shortcomings became the norm.

In the old days (i.e. pre-90's) your parents would have taught you this, unfortunately now days your parents consider you to be a precious snowflake and didn't teach you squat, so you're on your own.

Comment: Meh (Score 0) 142

by VonSkippy (#48069659) Attached to: US Navy Develops Robot Boat Swarm To Overwhelm Enemies

So robots are the solution to not having a pair and being able to fire upon any intrusion on a soft perimeter?

Just like a embassy, let the world know that we consider a 50 meter perimeter around ANY US vessel to be American soil and will act as needed (including weapons fire) to protect that perimeter.

There - problem solved. If the Cole (and it's Pentagon masters) would have had a pair back in the day, that cluster f**k wouldn't have happened. But hey, soon as a few more billions are spent, we'll have a fleet of rubber robot boats to yell mean things at people trying to damage our fleets.

Comment: Why bother? (Score 0) 213

by VonSkippy (#45756981) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can Commercial Hardware Routers Be Trusted?

So what exactly do you have to hide?

Just kidding (more or less) but really, what difference does it make. If NSA (or any other powers that be) wants to "get you", does it matter if they have "real data" they sniffed from one of your digital systems or not? If they truly want to arrest/harass/make you disappear whether they have real data or fudged data is rather moot.

So why worry? Either you're below their radar, and they can collect or not your precious data, or you're a target, in which case no matter what you do/hide/avoid won't help you in the long run.

Privacy went out the door along with all those AOL CD's - what's amazing is that people are just starting to notice (or care).

Comment: Bullshit (Score 1) 361

by VonSkippy (#42874331) Attached to: OpenOffice: Worth $21 Million Per Day, If It Were Microsoft Office

With OpenOffice (and LibreOffice) even the most minor of updates REQUIRES a full download.

Apparently writing a simple update API is beyond the scope of the project (or skill set of the programmers - take your pick).

So assuming that each download is a NEW user (and therefore counts as if they were buying a commercial office suite) is complete bullshit.

Comment: Ignore it (Score 1) 305

by VonSkippy (#42794055) Attached to: Piriform Asks BleachBit To Remove Winapp2.ini Importer

If it didn't arrive by certified mail requiring a signature, ignore it. Don't respond, don't ask for more details. D O N ' T.

Email has no authority, no authentication, no traceability, nothing.

Responding just adds more burden to you - so don't do it - just ignore that email, and any future emails.

Until you get an official snail mail letter, preferably from a legal firm, relax they're just trolling for a easy fix.

Comment: Get them a book and a ball (Score 1) 267

by VonSkippy (#42068493) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Console For the Kids This Holiday?

How many studies do you need that show TV/Computers/Consoles are BAD (bad bad bad bad bad) for young kids?

Get your kids a book and encourage them to learn to read well, remember well, and imagine well.

Then get them a rubber ball and teach them to invent their own physical games out doors.

The world already has enough fat, apathetic, couch potato kids (and parents). Get off your ass and teach your kids to use their brains and their body instead of just twitching their nacho encrusted thumbs.

The solution of this problem is trivial and is left as an exercise for the reader.