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Comment: Re:Less apple more ISO standard interface please (Score 1) 110

by TheGratefulNet (#46763699) Attached to: How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

I installed my own garmin gps in my car about 10 yrs ago when I bought the car, new. I did a very custom install and people are usually impressed by it. its also quite hidden, which is why its not been taken OUT of my car in 10 yrs.

but now, 10 yrs later, the maps are very out of date for many areas I drive in (bay area). I'm too cheap to buy an update and so I use my android phone. it sits in a center cup holder area, it uses cellphone locations and gps and always stays current, for free.

I don't love google, believe me, but I'm not sure I'm willing to go back to old school gps boxes again. I also can't see paying the car co for their version when a cellphone does gps these days just fine.

if I had garmin stock, I'd sell it. same for others. they were great when they were all you could get; but now smartphones have this one killer app and that's gps, for many of us. I value the gps almost more than I value remote email and web on the phone.

Comment: Re:no one would HIRE them, either (Score 1) 570

by TheGratefulNet (#46726609) Attached to: Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

who ever said 'unskilled labor'?

all I was talking about is hiring older guys who DO have tons of experience.

if you are not skilled, fine. no one is asking for a 'gift' but by the same token, a guy with decades of relevant computer and networking experience should not be passed over simply because he won't play nerf football in the hallways with the other children^Hworkers.

Comment: Re:no one would HIRE them, either (Score 1) 570

by TheGratefulNet (#46726589) Attached to: Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

I'm hearing people say to delete my valuable experience simply because it was more than 10 yrs ago.

I have a problem with that. some of my best lessons or experiences have been 'that long ago' and they are still relevant.

I worked hard to build a killer experience base. it seems wrong, to me, to remove experience that makes me valuable! just to show that I'm not an older guy, which I actually am?

are you going to suggest I dye my hair, too, to hide my age? I can only go so far to pull off this charade.

it bugs me that people say I should remove older experience. the whole point of wisdom (not intelligence, but wisdom) is that you learn things over time that you can't get otherwise. time is valuable and time spent in your field should never be 'trimmed' just for appearance sake.

Comment: no one would HIRE them, either (Score 4, Interesting) 570

by TheGratefulNet (#46725931) Attached to: Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

if you are transitioning from one skill/job to, say, software, you'll probably be over 30, and maybe over 40.

just tell me this: who would hire an aging programmer, just starting out, when you can more easily abuse immigrants and h1b's who are young and will work overtime for free and deny the value of a personal life?

we have a major problem with companies not being socially responsible. they don't care that an aging population is being wholesale REJECTED by corporate america and worse than that, local US born and raised citizens are second class, now; with imported labor or outsourced labor being first class.

an idea: give tax incentives or other incentives for companies that go out of their way to hire locals/americans and even bigger bonuses to companies that go out of their way to hire older (over 35, cough) people. not saying you punish those companies who don't; but you give them extra benefits so as to motivate them.

companies only look out for their bottom line. they would sell their mother into slavery for a higher share price. the only way to keep a balance of social responsibility and prosperity is to give incentives, to guide better behavior.

(I'm over 50, have been looking for work for a while now, and I'm getting nothing; no interviews and certainly no offers. I have a lot of experience and a good work ethic, but it does no one any good if the companies routinely dismiss anyone with more than 2 pages of resume experience, since they are seen as 'too expensive' to hire).

Comment: Re:If you make this a proof of God... (Score 1) 589

if god is our programmer, then its just a real shame the whole job was outsourced to a low quality job-shop...

this life is quite shitty and yes, I could easily design a better and more just system if I was omni-powerful, as god is attributed.

I like woody allen's quote 'god was an under-achiever'.

Comment: Re:Politics as usuall (Score 3, Interesting) 719

by TheGratefulNet (#46716881) Attached to: Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

for some, its about getting insurance AT ALL if you want it.

pre-existing bullshit was one thing that needed fixing and its fixed.

SOME discount if you are a single buyer (not group plan based) is also there. in fact, it can be lower than cobra payments.

so, there was some benefit.

I'm unlucky in that my cobra payment is about as bad as my pre-obamacare non-group policy. I was unemployed with single policy for a while, then went contract and had a better pkg, then went full time and had a pretty decent pkg, now I'm laid off, on cobra and its back to non-group level monthly premiums that I was doing before I had that last job.

the insurance companies are raping us again, and using this as an excuse. nothing I'm doing has anything to do with obamacare but my rates went up a lot over the last yr or two and the 'discounts' are not really discounts that I can see.

but still, they can't cancel you for having pre-existing stuff and they can't totally deny you, either. those were 2 major evils pre-obama.

Comment: Re:Should be objective, not biased... (Score 0) 445

by TheGratefulNet (#46716207) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

win7 32bit works so-so on old hardware (based on drivers). win7-64 is shitty as many things will not (ever) work.

a bog-standard usb/spdif dongle that I own and use from time to time won't work on win7/64. no driver on earth for it. 32bit, yes. 64, no.

other hardware is the same story.

next time I do an install, I'll go out of my way to avoid 64bit windows. its just not worth the hassle and I don't NEED the full ram space. it would be nice, but I don't need it; whereas I do need all drivers to work! throwing away working hardware is a sin.

Comment: Re:Was it really Tesla's problem? (Score 4, Insightful) 152

by TheGratefulNet (#46715793) Attached to: Under the Chassis: A Look At Tesla's Battery Shield

disagree about carelessness.

I believe products should be designed (over-designed) so that even if users are not operating fully as planned, you should still have a safety margin to protect them.

its typical german (old school; not sure about now) engineering design. don't just do the job barely; OVER do it. just in case.

having protection down there makes uber sense ;) not having it is a weakness. this should have been there on day-0 and I'm very surprised that they didn't.

when making a brand new product, its best to over-plan for disaster and mitigate as much as you can, in advance, via over-design and better parts quality than you thought you might need. you get only a short window to prove yourself to the world, might as well do all you can to make that big splash work for you and not against you.

to contrast, the chinese way (sigh) is all about just barely having enough headroom to support use-cases. they will put lower voltage capacitors on a circuit thinking 'this is good enough for our foreign users; if the circuit blows up, who cares, we already got their money'. this is why so many people are going out of their way to avoid chinese junk electronics. their design mindset is ALL WRONG and actually dangerous.

I'd like to see more of a return to overdesign and thoughts about customer safety and product longevity. this throw-away culture really pisses me off.

Comment: Re:Not your father's SGI (Score 2) 100

by TheGratefulNet (#46715051) Attached to: Intel and SGI Test Full-Immersion Cooling For Servers

I worked at SGI for a short whole, at the mtn view campus. before it was infested and taken over by google...

SGI was one of the coolest companies in the bay area, or even the world. I can't begin to describe the joy of working there and of just *being* there.

really sad when they closed down. also sad when Sun closed down (I also worked there, too).

why do we lose good companies and piece-of-shit things like facebook and twitter are the 'new computer economy'. we went backwards quite a bit, it seems. don't design hardware, just try to be a mega-marketing firm, which is all social networking is, at its core. don't build computer, send more ADVERTISING and do more SPYING on users. yeah, great going, silicon valley... ;(

Comment: Re:Short term - long term (Score 1) 475

by TheGratefulNet (#46714461) Attached to: New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

And if your union doesn't pull its weight, find another one that does. Failing that, resign and get a more fulfilling job!

yup, its just that easy. there are so many jobs out there, so many employers who will treat you well. yeah, uhuh. right. the job market is looking for people to hire since there are simply not enough workers, anywhere!

(facepalm)

Comment: Re:get rid of salary pay / make it have a high lev (Score -1, Flamebait) 475

by TheGratefulNet (#46714429) Attached to: New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

the term is called 'exempt' and if you think for a living (you have control over the process in how you solve your work day issues) then overtime 'is on you' and not the boss' problem.

otoh, if your job is a simple typist (say) and the boss gave you extra pages to type in that could not be done in the same day, you CAN charge for overtime in that kind of job.

but engineers are 'exempt' since 'its their fault' (???) that the job took longer than bossman thought it should.

yes, IBM AND THOSE GUYS FUCKED US ALL OVER.

they used us and made us into essentially slaves to do their bidding and without any extra pay!

fucking evil shit, man. read up on 'exempt'. I was contracting and also doing fulltime work so I got stung by both. even on contract, I could not charge 1.5x or 2x since I'm 'exempt' even as a contractor.

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