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

by gothzilla (#48534617) Attached to: Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?
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

by gothzilla (#48112091) Attached to: Why the Trolls Will Always Win
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

by gothzilla (#47757119) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'
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

by gothzilla (#47716079) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'
"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:Hardware still matters (Score 1) 145

by gothzilla (#47663915) Attached to: The Quiet Before the Next IT Revolution
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

by gothzilla (#47526165) Attached to: VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding
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.

Comment: Re:Not denying something is different from forcing (Score 1) 406

by gothzilla (#47039933) Attached to: Did Mozilla Have No Choice But To Add DRM To Firefox?
What planet are you living on? On a normal budget, rent is not supposed to be more than 33% of your take home pay. Please tell me where in the US you can find a 2 bedroom apartment for $333/mo? Even if two people are working that's $666 per month. If you do happen to find rent that low, you're either in a very high crime area or you're in a small town with some serious limitations on employment.

Comment: Re:Recruiting policy (Score 1) 589

by gothzilla (#46929245) Attached to: Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says
You changed the subject. AudioEfex wasn't talking about a ratio of competent to incompetent professionals. He's only talking about the competent ones and how there's a severe lack of competent linux professionals. If you do manage to find one, you're in a world of hurt if they leave. There may be a large number of incompetent windows professionals, but there's more than enough competent ones to make finding a replacement pretty easy.

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