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Comment: Re:Proud to be gay??? (Score 1) 726

by bobbied (#48274759) Attached to: Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

As stated in TFS, it is legal in an awful lot of states, and just because it's not "common" doesn't mean it's worth ignoring or accepting.

WHICH states? I live in Texas and it is most decidedly NOT legal to discriminate based on sexual orientation here. So I've got to ask, given Texas is about as conservative as it comes, where does this legally happen if it doesn't here? California?

As I understand this, the EEOC ruled in 2011 that such discrimination is illegal under the Civil Rights act of 1964 (and following) so as a matter of LAW what you suggest is happening legally in some states is actually illegal EVERYWHERE in the USA. So.. If you see it happening, I suggest you get a lawyer and contact the EEOC and the DOJ to report it.

Comment: Re:Proud to be gay??? (Score 2) 726

by bobbied (#48272263) Attached to: Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

Got a picture of your wife on your desk? Ever mention her in offhand conversation? Sure would be nice if gay people were free to do that too without being fired, which isn't true in a lot of places.

...Everyplace I've worked in the last 15 years, firing for the things you suggest would be grounds for a lawsuit, not to mention run afoul of company policy in which we where usually trained annually...

you obviously don't work on Duck Dynasty

Right, and you obviously didn't actually read what Phil said in the context of the questions being asked him, you just read the news reports about what his detractors said about it. Phil may be a bit abrupt and not very delicate about how he worded things, but he was asked for his opinion.

As I understand it, a number of the crew working to film the DD shows profess to be homosexuals and not one of them has complained about how the Duck guys treat them. But that doesn't fit the picture so nobody reads that in an investigative news story.

Comment: Re:Proud to be gay??? (Score 1) 726

by bobbied (#48271921) Attached to: Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

In some places you'd be fired for your "lifestyle".

Where? The only places that can do this legally are Religious organizations, and even then only under specific circumstances. Given the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights, I don't see how you are going to get around the religious exemption. But apart from that, I dare say this kind of thing doesn't happen all that often these days. When and where it does, the courts should be invoked to make sure it doesn't happen to the next person.

Comment: Re:Proud to be gay??? (Score 2, Insightful) 726

by bobbied (#48271837) Attached to: Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

Got a picture of your wife on your desk? Ever mention her in offhand conversation? Sure would be nice if gay people were free to do that too without being fired, which isn't true in a lot of places.

Where? These days, what you suggest is pretty much illegal (in the USA) so I suggest that when you see such things take place, make a point to take such cases to COURT.

Everyplace I've worked in the last 15 years, firing for the things you suggest would be grounds for a lawsuit, not to mention run afoul of company policy in which we where usually trained annually. There are complaint processes and a whole department of Human Resources people who's job it is to make sure this kind of thing doesn't happen.

Where I'd not say it never happens today, I don't think it is as common as you might seem to think.

Comment: Re:Wait, this wasn't common knowledge already? (Score 1) 726

by bobbied (#48271743) Attached to: Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

Who _didn't_ already know he was gay? Show of hands...

(hand up) ME!

But I'd like to add, I wasn't asking about his sexual orientation either. Despite what people say about right wing fundamental evangelical conservative Christians, most of us really don't pay attention to this kind of thing right up to the point where it gets shoved in our faces with a demand that we accept the behavior. Sorry, no acceptance of such behavior will come from me, but you don't need my blessing anyway, you are free to do what YOU think is right and I'm not going to attempt to stop you. I really just don't want to be involved so there is no reason to bring it up.

So can we move on now? I really don't think your sexual orientation matters, and I know it doesn't matter to me.

Comment: Re:The message is (Score 1) 381

by bobbied (#48270261) Attached to: Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

Please no... There are two choices in my area, TWC and Verizon FIOS. Verizon needs some price competition, so I'd prefer to keep TWC around. It gives me a hammer to beat Verizon down on price when I can reasonably say, "But TWC will do it for $20 less a month with no 2 year commitment".

Comment: Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (Score 1) 381

by bobbied (#48270223) Attached to: Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

It's not like over the air broadcast news or the BBC is unbiased either.

I personally don't care what you watch as long as you are aware of the bias in the source and try to correct for it when you watch. You also need to be careful you understand the difference between "reporting" and "commentary" and recognize what you are watching. Fox has reasonable news (and I like the commentary usually), CNN usually has reasonable news too (although the commentators usually are off base for me)... MSNBC I'd stay away from, but I get the impression looking at their viewership numbers that I don't need to tell anybody that..

Comment: Re:Those who don't know history... (Score 2) 112

by bobbied (#48252733) Attached to: Microsoft Works On Windows For ARM-Based Servers

NT for Alpha actually worked very well, it was considerably faster and more stable than the x86 version.

My experience didn't match that, but I think mine was a bit unique. We where a DEC shop and where going to switch to NT. DEC and Microsoft engineers descended on us after somebody in management agreed to go that route, but they took weeks trying to get the software installed and working. I still remember the two engineers in the next cube claiming the other's company was at fault. They had a heck of a time getting all the hardware (video and network) to match the drivers and actually function and neither really knew why what they had didn't work. Of course this was all going on during what we call "beta" test time. I think we tossed them out the door after two weeks of flailing. But that's what I remember it to be like.

Glad to hear they got it working for somebody though it never did for us.

Comment: Those who don't know history... (Score 4, Informative) 112

by bobbied (#48250969) Attached to: Microsoft Works On Windows For ARM-Based Servers

Are bound to repeat it. (And those who do know history are doomed to watch helplessly while others repeat it).

Didn't Microsoft try this with NT? I recall that it had a DEC workstation Variant (Not that it worked all that well.)

My guess is that all the people who understood why this effort failed so completely are now gone and few are left who remember the lesson learned for Microsoft in that boondoggle. So the young bucks are now in the process of repeating the history they don't know. They will get *some* market share, but for the price sensitive user, Linux will be a better option for ARM because going to ARM only makes sense for large sized installs. Large installs have huge license costs and start to look cheaper on Linux, even with the management costs being more.

My guess is that this won't go well for Microsoft, but if they want to shoot themselves in the foot again, so be it. Personally, I'd not want to poke the Intel bear too much if I was Microsoft.

Comment: Re:I delete things when I'm done using them (Score 4, Interesting) 170

by bobbied (#48214477) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

I'll bet that's not true...

Seems to me that the stuff I work on keeps getting bigger and bigger, as does my collection of digital pictures and videos. Where I attempt to pare down what I keep, some of it stays around...

I expect that most users do the same things and thus data keeps piling up. I don't think it matters how well you are at deleting stuff you don't need anymore.

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