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Comment Re:When you don't want a reference (Score 5, Interesting) 892 892

Depends on the situation. My current employer is in the process of outsourcing engineering to India, and keeping the US engineers on for varying periods of time (3-9 months) to facilitate the transition. There are incentives to stay through the end, but many have decided it's better to get out now. There is no bridge to burn, and people that are leaving already have new positions elsewhere when they resign. What is the possible incentive to give more than one or two day's notice?

Comment Re:Ask them if they ARE WORKING for NSA (Score 2) 126 126

"No one was surprised" is such an elitist and immature statement. Millions of people across the country were VERY surprised by this. There's a big difference between believing in something and having proof of something. "Oh, that doesn't surprise me" is the equivalent of "I told you so!" after the facts are revealed. And its a worthless statement anyway, because it doesn't make one bit of difference if anyone was surprised. It doesn't change what's going on.

Comment Re:Figured this out in 2003 (Score 1) 663 663

I have never figured out why anyone would want this. Maybe I'm just a newbie, because I didn't start using X until fairly late in the 80s. Maybe if I had been using it from the very beginning, focus-follows-mouse would make more sense.

Mostly so that you can type into a shell window without having to bring it to the front. At least that's what I miss the most. Not a deal breaker, but once you get used to it, it sucks to lose it.

Comment Re:We need full phone encryption. (Score 1) 375 375

Why on earth would you or anyone else give a crap who I've called? Or whose phone numbers I know? Or where I've been? At one point I wanted to sync my phone with my work exchange server. When I found out I'd have to turn on a passcode on my phone I said screw it. Seriously, WTF? Why do some people think anyone else cares about their trivial information?

Comment packaging innovation (Score 1) 172 172

We could all learn from this company. Take an existing product, put it in a new container, make it look "sexy" and sell it at an exorbitant price. Every time I see something like this, it's obvious that its a useless gimmick and I dismiss it, because of course everyone else will see through it as well. And nearly every time, I'm wrong. Another one in the insanely-expensive caffeine area is "Five Hour Energy." Just another horribly overpriced caffeinated liquid that provides the user with exactly the same drug as a pill that you can get for 1/200th the cost. WHY would anyone ever buy this? So what's next? Where can I score millions from stupid people? How about a little spring loaded canister with mini cookies that ejects one into your mouth with the push of a button? Bingo. Now I can sell $.10 worth of cookies for $3!

Comment Re:Inhaling powder? (Score 2) 172 172

You're right, although it's left pretty ambiguous, it is definitely NOT inhaled. It's a fine powder that dissolves in the mouth, absorbed through digestive system. Just like every other orally consumed caffeine. Also, it costs roughly 100 times more than the exact same thing in a pill ($3/100mg aeroshot vs. 200 count 100mg caffeine pills for ~$6).

Comment not inhaled (Score 4, Informative) 172 172

It's not "inhaled." You puff the powder into your mouth, it dissolves in the saliva in your mouth, then you essentially swallow the saliva+caffeine and it's absorbed in your digestive system. No better or faster than any other caffeine that you swallow, and I guarantee a bottle of Vivarin is going to cost a HELL of a lot less than this gimmick.

Real programmers don't bring brown-bag lunches. If the vending machine doesn't sell it, they don't eat it. Vending machines don't sell quiche.