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Comment: Re:Why live there then? (Score 1) 80 80

You're parsing this wrong. Try "the 107k/year includes salary + the employer's cost to provide benefits to the employee". The benefits/fringe do sound excessive - most places they're more like 25-30% of the salary, here it looks to be more like 60%.

OK, maybe I did parse it wrong, now that I reread the original, I see it. But $170k is $170k, even if some of it is in benefits. That 25 to 30 percent for health/dental/retirement/whatever is money you'd be spending on those things anyway, and most likely a lot cheaper than you'd get on your own. So my statement sill stands on the economic situation, the rent gouging, and over inflated real estate going on there needs to be stopped.

Comment: Re:Why live there then? (Score 1) 80 80

Silly. How about less than 68k/year? Because the 107k/year includes salary + the cost of the employees benefits to the employer.

Are you telling me California has legalized kickbacks? WTF are "employees benefits to the employer", and how can it be legal to require an employee to pay his employer part of his salary to work? Especially if that employer is the state government.

Now back to the story ~$9000.00 a fucking month, and you can't live off that? Seriously, if someone making over a hundred thousand dollars a year is living in poverty there is a serious economic problem there, and THAT needs to be dealt with before more tax dollars are thrown into the economy

Comment: Trained vs Untrained... (Score 1) 190 190

Fighter pilots go through countless hours of training to learn how to deal with a HUD during air combat. During the other 90% of flight time there's nothing for them to hit if they're not paying attention to the sky. Drivers, on the other hand, go through a few hours of just barley paying attention in drivers ed., and/or a few minutes skimming the book just to pass the test before taking to the road. Automobile driving requires constant attention to the road, and with no training what so ever what do you think joe sixpack will be paying attention to because "I thought I was supposed to focus on the HUD, and it would tell me what to do"?

Remember, 50% of the population is below average intelligence, and I'm sure a good 25 to 30 percent of the above average think they can handle texting while driving as well. HUDs for automobiles is a very bad idea, and there's no reason for them.

Comment: Re:Poor summary (Score 1) 113 113

Still doesn't make it a footnote, and since Fallout isn't even mentioned in the title, it could've been left out of the summary altogether.

I haven't been following E3, but I knew Fallout 4 was going to be announced last week. This is the first I've heard of Doom and Dishonored 2. New news should be mentioned first.

Comment: Re:Poor summary (Score 3, Informative) 113 113

It's a summary of an article, and two sentences at the end of a five sentence paragraph is not a minor footnote.

Perhaps if you'd get over the idea that what's the most important to you is not what's the most important to others, you might consider that they may have left the best for last to get you to read the whole summary?

Comment: Re:Anyone know if this applies to free Wi-Fi? (Score 2) 99 99

These places are not ISPs, and shouldn't be treated as such. They're businesses offering a service in addition to whatever it was you purchased, so don't be a leach. It costs them money, and if you're one to even think of reporting an establishment offering free WiFi for cutting you off from or throttling your torrent, then fuck you. Go pay for your own connection.

Public libraries may be a different story, however, but I don't think they'd fall under ISP either. They are tax payer funded though, so leach away.

Comment: Re:Coming next ... Office desk telephones (Score 1) 395 395

From an ethical standpoint, if a company provides you w/ any equipment - be it a laptop, cellphone, printer, or whatever, they have the right to write the rules of its use however they like. One would also be stupid to use that for personal stuff just b'cos one is too cheap to buy a laptop/tablet/phone of their own.

The U.S. worker feels it's their god given right to use company equipment for personal use during working hours, regardless of the hazard to the companies data and network.

I used to work IT for a small county courthouse. I was wiping the same crap off the workstations of the same people and giving the same lectures almost weekly. The County Judge wouldn't let me lock them down for fear of a lawsuit. Theses were machines with access to personal and county records. Kinda scary, now that I think of it.

Comment: Re:Coming next ... Office desk telephones (Score 1) 395 395

This is what surprises me. Why don't we have multiple profiles for a given phone so you can pop in a new SIM card and have your company load and manage their stuff seperateely from your personal stuff?

For the same reason we don't have multi-SIM phones in the U.S. The carriers won't sell as many phones, and that's what it's all about. Why do you think they calls us consumers now instead of customers?

+ - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer-> 11 11

An anonymous reader writes: Sourceforge staff took over the account of the GIMP-for-Windows maintainer claiming it was abandoned and used this opportunity to wrap the installer in crapware. Quoting Ars:

SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.

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Comment: Employees think the POS is their personal computer (Score 1) 85 85

This is what happens when you have employees who think they have a god given right to surf the internet and conduct personal business on company time and equipment.

I'm sorry, you would not have that "right" in my shop. Especially these days with smart phones and tablets. You want to check your email or surf the web? Do it on your own god damned device, and it better damn well be after you've completed all your work, or on your break.

Yes employees have rights, but so do employers. They have the right to not have their equipment fucked up by ignorant employees who fall for the latest click-bait headline or flashy-shiny desktop icon thinngymabob that compromise their entire business.

Comment: Profit is profit... (Score 2) 66 66

...Verizon and Sprint will be able to keep 30% and 35% of the fees they collected, respectively.

Both companies do something illegal and still get to hold on to 30% or more of the money? They should be paying that 30 to 35 percent in excess to the customers they ripped off, court costs and fees, 100% of lawyer fees, plus a hefty fine. The victims should be getting 130% of their money back.

What kind of shit is this, DOJ? How in hell is this going to deter this type of behavior in the future? I'll tell you how - it's not. It will encourage it as just another revenue stream.

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