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Comment Re:Nicotine is great! (Score 3, Informative) 178 178

It's not nearly as addicitive as it's been made out to be, and the chemical addiction only lasts a few days. A number of the other chemicals and toxins in cigarettes pile on top with additional addictions, so when someone tries to quit smoking they're fighting multiple battles. After the short chemical addition there is a psychological addiction though too because it is actually somewhat beneficial to your mind and you'll miss those benefits. It's used to help treat schitzophrenia and bi-polar disorders since it helps the person calm down, be more alert, and it helps with memory. Just do a search for "bi-polar nicotine" and you'll find a lot of sources of info.

Comment Re:No (Score 5, Insightful) 545 545

Isn't it though? Business took advantage of the one thing we geeks are known for, and that is that many of us have an incredible desire to constantly mess with technology. Instead of messing with what your boss wants for 40 hours a week then going home and messing with what you want for another 40, your boss gets all your time and you get none.

Comment Re:Anonymity == being a schmuck for a good number. (Score 1) 728 728

You don't fight back. You stop caring. Calling someone out as being gay was an effective method of destroying them up until just a couple decades or so ago. Now if you try it people will just look at you funny for thinking it matters. It stopped working because people got to the point where they no longer cared if someone was gay or not.

So someone slept with a journalist to get a favorable review. Who cares?

So someone filed a DMCA complaint for a stupid reason. Who cares?

So someone is a prostitute. Who cares?

The next time you see someone trying to spread gossip, your only response should be "Who cares and why are you being an idiot for thinking it matters?"

Comment Re: Would be awesome (Score 1) 727 727

I would if that had anything to do with our business. If we recieved docs like that from customers or business partners then of course I'd have to set up a way for us to use them. We don't though. I've never seen anything but MS Office docs come into this business, so there's no reason nor point to do the test you describe.

In business you use what works and what fills your needs. In my testing in this business, every alternative to MS Office fails testing. That is all that matters.

Comment Re: Would be awesome (Score 1) 727 727

"What really kills open source is that it doesn't have a functional GUI or a dearth of useful apps. "

Every couple years or so I check to see if we can replace MS Office in our company. I grabbed some of the larger, more complex word and excel docs we use here and tried to open them. Every time I try, all of the alternatives fall on their faces within the first few minutes of testing. In a business, if you can't replace MS Office then you're not replacing Windows with Linux.

Comment Re:Surprise? (Score 3, Insightful) 579 579

This is a city that loves open source. Do you really, honestly believe hundreds if not thousands of people got bribed and not a single one turned it down and reported the attempt to the press? That's a pretty serious and frightening case of paranoia you've got there.

Comment Re:Hardware still matters (Score 1) 145 145

Nobody is forgetting that because it's now partially irrelevant. Need to upgrade ram in a server? Migrate the VM's to another, shut it down, upgrade, turn it back on. Have a server catch fire and die? HA has already migrated the VM's for you. Getting low on ram or cpu hits 100%? Look! An alert!

Hardware does still matter, but it's no longer something that must be watched closely and in fear.

Comment Re:Might that still benefit the US another way? (Score 2) 225 225

If the H-1B process increased the number of jobs in the USA and gave all of those displaced workers better jobs then you'd be right, but you're not. It's very much the opposite. Those jobs are lost and all of those people end up fighting for much lower paid work, and many times have to take minimum-wage jobs.

The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.

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