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Comment How I found Linux (Score 3, Interesting) 135

I was studying for my M.Eng in electronics and we were using Sun workstations for EDA software. After I graduated, I joined a startup company that produced chip layout software. We had purchased a bunch of Sun workstations, but they were going to take weeks to arrive.

So we loaded up a few PCs with Slackware Linux from about 40 floppy disks (took two of us an entire day to finish all the installations) and started our development on the PCs while we waited for the Suns to arrive.

Comment Re:Confusion (Score 5, Insightful) 147

atheism is really just the name for their hate of christians

Nonsense. I'm atheist and dislike all religions, though I confess I have a special hatred for Islam in particular, given the disgusting behavior of a small minority of its adherents and the silence and blame-deflecting of most of its adherents.

Unfortunately, it's true that a lot of leftists cry about "Islamophobia" and that's too bad. Islam is a fascist ideology diametrically opposed to everything leftists say they hold dear, so I really can't understand how they can maintain the cognitive dissonance.

Comment Clothing design, not thermostats (Score 1) 388

I think it's clothing design that's to blame, not thermostats. Women's casual business clothes tend to be a lot thinner and flimsier than men's. Skirts are cooler than pants. Women's t-shirts have lower necklines and much shorter sleeves than men's. And women's clothes in general emphasize display more than comfort and tend to expose a lot more flesh than men's.

Regarding another poster writing about Arizona: Definitely! I was in Phoenix for a conference a while back and I happened to have a nasty cold. I had the choice of suffering in 38C heat outside or freezing at what felt like about 17C inside. It was crazy!

Comment Re:Handy article on the Globe and Mail (Score 3, Insightful) 247

Same thing in Ottawa. Taxi plates are artificially scarce, which drives up the cost of obtaining them to stratospheric levels. Taxi drivers rent the plates from investors and they have to work like hell to make very little money because their expenses are so high, even though cab fares are high too.

The correct thing to do would be to eliminate the artificial scarcity. Let anyone who is willing and able to comply with the safety, insurance and knowledge regulations drive a cab. That will bring market forces back into play and taxi fares will settle down to something reasonable and sustainable, and Uber would no longer be necessary.

Unfortunately, the people lobbying against Uber are the plate-holding investors who would take a huge loss if the taxi industry were allowed to run like any normal industry, so they spend tons of bucks to protect their investments.

Comment Wrong solution (Score 4, Insightful) 267

Trying to solve HR problems with technology is doomed to futility.

At my company, I don't block web sites. If I walked by someone's desk and saw him[1] looking at porn, I'd say "don't do that." If it got out of hand, I'd discipline the person.

Sometimes I walk past the desks of the tech support guys and I see them on Facebook or playing solitaire. Well, what else are they supposed to be doing if there are no support tickets open or support calls coming in? I don't care if they take breaks every now and then as long as they get their work done.

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[1] I suspect it's almost all guys who look at online porn.

Comment I believe it too, and also a pitch for Ghostery (Score 4, Informative) 327

AdBlock Plus is awesome. Another really useful tool is Ghostery. It might not reduce bandwidth dramatically, but by blocking beacons, trackers, etc. it junks tons of JavaScript content and makes web pages render far more quickly. This really improves the browsing experience.

Comment Trying now! (Score 1) 340

There's a guy at work who wanted one, so we set one up. Then someone else followed suit. I decided to give it a try; my desk is not adjustable so I hacked something together. Seems quite nice.

It was slightly too high, so I fixed it by taking a 1U rackmount server that's purely scrap metal at this point and standing on that. So far very comfy.

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