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Comment: Re:Negotiating when desperate (Score 2) 455

What sibling said.

I've been socked with life events that drained all the financial liquidity I thought I had... and at the same time had to go hunt down a new job. The solution was simple - I took the first one that looked halfway decent that allowed my family to stay fed, clothed, and warm. I then busted my hump to improve my finances over a year, then went looking for a better job when it was clear the one I was at wasn't going anywhere. Turned out that I became the most valuable member of the team when I left (turnover and skill/initiative played equal roles), but by then it was too late for them (protip: never, ever accept a counteroffer!)

Now I'm doing even better than I was before SHTF. Sure, life events make you eat a shit sandwich on occasion, but you grunt through it and build back up.

Comment: Re: 1 thing (Score 4, Interesting) 455

It's even easier than that... I just short circuit the whole conversation by saying (and yes, this is a direct quote): "I'm looking for $x per year to mitigate the risks of leaving my current position and to make it worthwhile - meet the number, beat the number, or we'll both be wasting our time." ($x equals my assessment of the current market for the position).

It destroys any pussy-footing around, allows you to get right down to assessing the rest of the company. Note that I have also had polite refusals at other interviews and the conversation ended there, but those were very rare. By doing it this way, I've increased my yearly salary in the past few jobs by $13k and $27k over the past 12 months (a $13k bump to a contract-to-hire position that I'd later soured on, and a further bump of $27k to my current position's salary.)

YMMV, but it works out very well.

Comment: Re:Does this mean... (Score 1) 134

One currently popular example is officers saying "I feared for my safety and the safety of others", which seems to be the magic incantation to get out of major crimes including murder...

"...magic"? No. The law has a very clear reason for exempting someone who kills in the name of self defense and/or defense of others - otherwise you'd need a cop posted at a coverage of something like one for every 10,000 square feet of jurisdiction (...which is not very practical in rural areas, yanno). It boils down to this: Everyone has the right to defend him/herself against deadly threat with whatever force is necessary to neutralize said threat. It works partly as a deterrent (at least in rural areas), and partly as a mechanism to actually help the police keep law and order in areas/situations that they cannot reach in time.

Incidentally, it's almost an identical exemption that police have when using deadly force, save for the fact that the police officer is (ostensibly) under a greater burden of proof due to his training and because of his privilege to act as the state's agent (with deadly force if necessary) in keeping order.

Now we can quibble over the "currently popular" reasons why you brought up that example, but the underlying concepts are sound and should remain so.

Comment: Re:Good ruling (Score 1) 134

To be fair, in the vast majority of cases, this is exactly what happens... cop engages brain, realizes that the situation either either something dumb, mistaken, or impossible to prosecute (and is otherwise not a crime), says as much to the complainant, and moves on. Or, in the case of what may be a crime but turns out to not be, same-same, with maybe a stern talking-to of the 'offender' that maybe he should not be so dumb in the future, or at least don't make the activity appear so damned suspicious. ...and then there's the small minority of police officers who are either overeager newbies, had a really bad day, decides he doesn't like the guy, didn't get laid the night before, a closet sociopath, or suchlike.

About the same sample size as humanity at large, really, but with one subtle-yet-important distinction: force.

But yeah, otherwise, a blanket statement like yours is, well, a blanket statement that holds little meaning in the real world, since most police already do use their brains before acting.

Comment: Re:I've already uninstalled the windows 10 nag ico (Score 1) 308

by Penguinisto (#49814977) Attached to: Windows 10 Release Date: July 29th

I don't understand why Microsoft doesn't realize that I don't want my desktop to look and operate like my phone.

So you'll be a fan of Windows 10 then.

There's more to it than making the screen look like a desktop... Not being a Windows 10 beta-testing type, an honest question or two: have they finally gotten rid of all of the 'admin-by-easter-egg' bullshit (e.g. the Charms Bar)? Is the UI actually usable without a touch-screen, or will that still require a few of the workarounds that Windows 8/8.1/9 did?

Why not reinstall your "nag icon" and give it a go before you complain that no one understands you.

...because in an enterprise environment, that nag icon is a bullshit equivalent to spamming (e.g. wasting folks' time with a sales pitch). No other OS bothers the user with 'OMG update your shit because we need the money!' nags every time someone logs into it.

Comment: Re:Open Source Windows (Score 4, Insightful) 278

by Billly Gates (#49810423) Attached to: Windows 10 RTM In 6 Weeks

Oh please coming from a long time linux and freebsd user.

The costs to fly consultants to fix broken IE specific sites like SAP, java applets that look for XP and crap out on other platforms, wine bugs, lack of AD support for lockdowns, and help desk Temps to sort through the angry users, documents created with Libre office looking funny to potential clients with Office, are pure madness to consider! Don't give me the garbage about how users were supposed to save as .docx with no macros. Many are drooling idiots who will want to reprimand your ass for ca using this etc. Wine config? Yeah good luck with a 1,000 users including HR who have a weird java applet where people don't get paid if an error arises ;-)

I am not saying this as a troll. Linux has it's uses for specialized servers.

But if people wanted to be freed they would have last decade. Windows is reliable now since NT came and gets shit done

Comment: Re:Linux Mint 13 (Maya) MATE desktop demo (Score 1, Insightful) 278

by Billly Gates (#49810371) Attached to: Windows 10 RTM In 6 Weeks

Why bother then? Easier to just use what came with computer which is Windows.

Mate is a fork for the now obsolete gnome 2 4 years ago. I left linux 4 years ago because of nonsense like 5 his realizing gnome 3 made it game over.

Why would someone want to be free of Microsoft? It just works and is stable now. It ain't 1998 anymore where you could make a case since Windows now has an NT kernel

Comment: Re:MS Paint (Score 2) 278

by Billly Gates (#49810351) Attached to: Windows 10 RTM In 6 Weeks

What you describe is skuemorphic design which objects mimic real world objects which is the old way of doing things.

Look at the candy buttons and leather in the address bar to see why the art professors decided not to go this route anymore.

With flat the design possibilities are endless as you can make the gui in a way you want and the user can focus on content-consumption and work. Not glass and depicting what a tiny pic of something like a skuemorphic button means. Think of Stop signs? They are simple colors and text.

I am not saying I agree with this. Just reprinting what I read on art blogs. FYI it was Google that started this. Not Microsoft. The search is soo basic but is powerful underneath

+ - Windows 10 RTM in 6 weeks->

Submitted by Billly Gates
Billly Gates writes: Arstechnica has the scoop on a new build with less flat icons and a confirmation of a mid July release date. While Microsoft is in a hurry to fix the damage by the Windows 8 versions of its operating system the question next is if it is ready for prime time? On Neowin a list of problems are already mentioned by MS and its users with this latest release including wifi and sound not working without a reboot and users complaining about tiles and apps not working in the new start menu. Also the new Microsoft browser EDGE/aka Spartan will be shipping without plugin support at RTM which could damage its reputation as an IE killer as one of the disadvantages of IE compared to Firefox or Chrome was the lack of real browser extensions. Also this new build takes away color from the titlebars similiar to Office 2013 which bothers some users as well. What is not known is if Microsoft plans to have OEMs sell new computers with Windows 10 in the middle of July? Or will this mean OEM's will get the official version for testing and deployment in the middle of July too while Microsoft fixes the bugs for the next 1 — 3 months before it comes standard on all new pcs?
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Comment: Re:Heh. (Score 5, Insightful) 255

True, though it sadly proves P.T. Barnum's maxim, and says more about a gullible public, the lack of peer review in the field of nutrition (and worse, the sheer incompetence of so-called 'nutrition journalists' and 'specialists'), than it does about a science journal's shady/sloppy practices.

Long story short, it exposes a hell of a lot more than just what the scientist initially wanted exposed.

Maybe someone could do and publish a sociology study from it?
(/me ducks and runs like hell...)

Comment: This has been played out before... (Score 4, Informative) 582

by Penguinisto (#49790943) Attached to: How Tesla Batteries Will Force Home Wiring To Go Low Voltage

...albeit this has already happened on a smaller scale before. All you need to do is ask anyone who owns or has owned an RV or Camping trailer.

I dealt with it myself when I had an RV: a bank of huge batteries, an inverter, and a generator. In Tesla's instance, you replace "generator" with "local power grid", but otherwise it's the same routine: Your lights and similar are low-voltage (just like most RVs), but you use an inverter for any general consumer item (TV, computer/laptop, hair dryer, whatever).

I think the only diff would be in the appliances... most RV appliances (e.g. the refrigerator, furnace blower, AC units) are made to run off of 12v DC, but most RV appliances are pretty small when compared to their house-made counterparts.

Maybe ask folks who do the hardcore solar/wind thing?

Comment: Maybe a definition is need here... (Score 1) 344

by Penguinisto (#49790765) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

I agree with your post mostly, but what exactly constitutes a "power user"?

Yeah, I root my phone, parked Cyanogen on it, and spent time modding my UI to fit my needs and tastes, but I consider myself to be someone who tinkers with the thing (as part of an old sysadmin's habit), and not a 'power user'. I fully understand what goes on with the OS, and have tinkered with mobile OSes before even Familiar Linux came out, and even wrote (okay, adapted) a quickie printer driver once, long, long ago... but I'm not a 'power user'.

IMO (and little more), I've always considered a 'power user' to be someone who has an above-average grasp of the item (phone, application, etc), and has very successfully integrated it into their life's workflow, and in turn the item has boosted their productivity, entertainment, etc. in very apparent ways. However, on a technical level such folks only know enough at best to be *very* dangerous - they can follow directions on a website to root their phone w/o blowing it up, but they don't understand *how* it works.

Dunno... what do you think? I just seem slightly fuzzed when it comes to assuming what a 'power user' actually is in the mobile realm.

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