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Comment: Re:A step in the right direction (Score 2) 208

by flanders123 (#47070949) Attached to: NSA Surveillance Reform Bill Passes House 303 Votes To 121
It is not a step in the right direction. It is window dressing. It is a dress on a pig. It is the a polishing of a turd. The fact that Americans will be OK with this is the EXACT problem. Yours this is the EXACT reaction that the politicians want. The smoke screen has worked. Again.

Comment: Exclusive Content... (Score 1) 340

by flanders123 (#46946223) Attached to: Average American Cable Subscriber Gets 189 Channels and Views 17 the only reason to have cable today, and the cable companies know it. This is why they are focused on content lock-in on live sports. This is why some major networks to only allow online streaming to verified cable TV subscribers. This is why my $125 MLB TV subscription will not allow me to watch local games online.

The only hope is that enough people cut the cord so that cable companies cannot afford to buy up all the content any more. Then the content creators realize they don't need cable and can offer content online without moronic rules like blackout locations and required cable subscriptions. Then devices can be created to neatly aggregate your online content (the stuff you want and nothing else), and cable TV can RIP next to land line phones.

And yes, I recently cut the cable in case you were wondering.

PS sorry for the double post, was not logged in the first time :-(

Comment: Re:this shit is infuriating (Score 1) 139

Don't hate the players, hate the game, my friend. The LAWS are the reason HP gets a slap on the wrist and you received an (alleged) unjust penalty.

People don't like flopping in sports. Sure guys that flop look like douchebags, but they are just taking advantage of the rule. So change the rules!

The corporate douchebags work VERY hard to influence lawmakers to pass laws that go easy on them....We unwashed masses do not do our due vote these crooked lawmakers out and elect officials who will overhaul of the political lobby system. Because, you know, that would require effort on our part.

Just Sayin.

Comment: 8 year open office veteran here... (Score 1) 314

by flanders123 (#46047755) Attached to: Office Space: TV Documentary Looks At the Dreadful Open Office
I've worked in an open office environment with about 250ish people for 8 years. I am a software developer / architect for our business systems. The office is shared with all departments from finance to IT to HR to Sales.... Here are my thoughts:
  • I generally am okay with the environment. I do feel it fosters better communication. I know everyone in the office, mostly by passers by stopping and saying hi. I do like this aspect if I'm not in the middle of something. I can see how this would slowly kill very introverted people.
  • When I really need to focus on a difficult problem and come up with a creative solution, I dislike this environment due to the distractions. I usually work from home when I need to do these tasks.
  • I work in the US. My company is HQ'd in Denmark, presumably where this idea came from as the HQ office is also open. After working in both places one thing is clear: We Americans are f*cking loud. Loud on the phone. Loud when conversing with people 50 feet away. Loud. The open environment may not be for us.
  • Execs still get offices with glass walls and doors. Conference rooms and even phone booths are very scarce. I often have to take private calls in my car, which is pretty ridiculous.
  • The HQ office does have more common areas for collaboration and private rooms for isolation. I think this setup is ideal. You cant simply be 100% open due to the need for both individual focused productivity as well as collaboration.
  • My desk has foot traffic around it on all sides. I have a standing desk. Needless to say I use a privacy guard on my monitors. Not surprisingly everyone wants the desks where your back is against a wall.
  • I use headphones when necessary. My coworker coined this "going under the knife", as people seem less inclined to interrupt. I often fake being on a phone call (with a headset) for the same effect. Hey it works.

Comment: Re:Highway Robbery (Score 5, Insightful) 453

(The answer, of course, is that the Republicans (and Democrats) are perfectly okay with totalitarianism.)

Actually this is the "this".

The Snowden saga and politicians' and media response to it prove that there aren't 2 teams in politics. Dems and Republicans are part of the same corporation that pays them handsomely with the public's money.

It's like any professional sport organization (NFL, etc). Sure the teams are competitive to a point, but at the end of they game most of them don't give a rip and are chuckling and hugging each other, meeting for drinks and dinner afterwards.... Because they all get paid millions of the public's money, regardless who "wins" a single game. Only the public cares about that single game.

Same with American politics...The debates about healthcare, abortion. The elections. The political news shows. It is all just to see which team is best funded by the special interests. The special interests have big plans for the public's money and/or social behavior. In this system the politicians are always paid, at the public's expense.

It is no wonder why no politician or politically bent media organization will tip this system. It is their cash cow. We Americans need to wake up.

Comment: Re:Fitting rooms (Score 1) 385

by flanders123 (#45415561) Attached to: How Blockbuster Could Have Owned Netflix

I think the big shopping mall anchor stores (Macy's, JC Penney, etc) are all likely to fail in the next 20 years.

Department stores have one big advantage over online stores: fitting rooms.

Your home can be a fittting room... (owned by Amazon) has free 2 day shipping and free returns both ways. I often order the same clothes in a few sizes from there, keep the one that fits and return the rest. They have videos of the clothes on people to help you decide, but failing that the return process is flawless. I am a tall size (6'4" / 1.9m) and shopping malls often don't carry odd sizes. Online usually does. Some prefer to touch before buying so I respect that.... I just hate malls.

Offtopic Big/Tall Protip: offers tall sizes for cheap because they typically are the last to sell. They however do not have Zappos excellent customer service and return policy (Even though they are owned by Zappos / Amazon)...they are the online no-return clearance rack.

Comment: Re:Lowest bidder wins... (Score 1) 346

by flanders123 (#45369719) Attached to: "War Room" Notes Describe IT Chaos At
Lowest bidder, or only bidder?

This is an honest question...If you Google "who bid on" several seemingly right-leaning sites say there was only one bid and it was won by Ms Obama's crony CGI.

Reuters and others say there were 4 total bids, although I cannot find who those other 3 bidders are or what their bids were. And the end of that article states "No other IT contractors have come forward to say they, too, bid on the contract to build"

So honest question: which is it? As the project sponsor (taxpayer) I'd like to know. As an IT Professional that runs web projects (in the private sector) I would get fired for not getting competing bids on a project with budgets order of magnitude less than this.

Comment: Re:How is this better than an ultralight helicopte (Score 1) 127

by flanders123 (#44560911) Attached to: The First 'Practical' Jetpack May Be On Sale In Two Years

People build helicopters rather than lift-jets because moving a large volume of air slowly is more efficient than moving a small volume of air quickly. (force is goes as (M/s)*V, power as (M/s)*V^2).

...An convenient illustration of this is the Atlas Human Powered Helicopter which uses massive slow-moving rotors to compensate for a human's puny power output.

Comment: Media coverage (Score 2) 442

by flanders123 (#44079971) Attached to: US Charges Edward Snowden With Espionage
There is something about the US television coverage of this story that i find... odd. Ive seen coverage on several networks, and the anti-Snowden bias of the coverage is almost universal. Honestly Jon Stewart's daily show seems to be the only one NOT taking the "He's a traitor" stance. CNN, Fox ... Even Letterman seem to be treading very lightly and no one wants to side with Snowden even though he presents a reasonably logical and convincing case against the government. It's like the expected righty, lefty bias is out the door and there is now universal pro government bias. I find this really unsettling.

Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment. -- Robert Benchley