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Comment Re:Uh... let me think about it (Score 1) 396

Real paper maps are NO longer common in the USA. It took several months for me to find a local city map for my non Internet connected Mom. Tim S.

The Boy Scouts offer a merit badge in mapping. I suspect the real problem is that while maps are common, large numbers of folks never really learned how to use them. Sounds to me like an elementary-school class on the topic is in order.

Lots of gas stations have maps. True, they are expensive, but get close to where you need to go and find a BP or something and buy one. These will be street level city wide maps in all but the largest cities where you are going to need a local atlas.

Comment Re:Uh... let me think about it (Score 1) 396

Cellphones must be a godsend to 911 in this regard.

Cellphones were a bloody nightmare in this regard. Before cellphones, your phone was tied to a physical phone line, and emergency dispatch knew where that line was for your phone number.. Knowing what cell tower you were using helped a little, but the problem really didn't go away until cells started having GPS.

VOIP and VPNs have screwed that up even further. My co-worker had a fire and dialed 911 on a desk phone that made the 911 operator think he was in a different city, despite being able to tell them to tell the fire fighters to walk out into the parking lot of the station and look for the smoke down the street.

Comment Re:Hammerheads in Vermont (Score 1) 535

The problem is Google and Apple are subject to the 35% rate and there is little they can do about it, other than keeping their profits off-shore. Only lowering the rate to 20% (or maybe 15%, the exact amount is debatable) will motivate them to bring it back here.

Actually, it won't. Canada's corporate tax rate is 15% and it has had no significant effect. Lower the rate to 0% and maybe they will be motivated to bring it back. It's a simple fact that the money goes where it will be taxed the least, end of story. They pay people to make sure their tax rates as low as legally allowed, and the last time I checked, there were already 0% corporate tax jurisdictions, so the only way to guarantee they bring the money back is to offer a negative tax rate.

Comment Re:Hammerheads in Vermont (Score 1) 535

Hadrian's Wall. Two and a half centuries of use suggests it was working pretty well.

I'm not sure if that was sarcasm because the building of Hadrian's wall marks the beginning of the end of the Roman empire. It was a spiritual turning point for the Romans. When they built the wall they admitted that they could not conquer the world and that they were no longer strong enough to dominate technologically inferior opponents. So they built a wall across an island because they no longer had the will nor the capacity to conquer the rest of the island. It was an admission of what they could no longer do, and it marks the end of the expansion of the empire and the beginning of the fall.

Comment Re:Hammerheads in Vermont (Score 1) 535

That's just not true. People are uniformly better off today than they were 35 years ago. What has happened is that tax burdens have shifted somewhat. And if you look at government taxation and spending, you'll find that the only income group that pays substantially more than they receive in government benefits is the top 20% [taxfoundation.org].

I suppose that depends on whether maintaining the society that allows the top 20% to earn their massive incomes should count as a benefit. Studies like this (especially from organizations called "The Tax Foundation" or something similar) are generally run with the intention of showing how the rich are taxed way too much for the benefit of "those lazy poor people" while ignoring the fact that the very same people they spit on the ones who generate all of the wealth that the rich are accumulating. The change that's being going on since the 70s is that corporations have been systematically underpaying their employees for the work they do and transferring that wealth to the owners. I think that in general, Americans overvalue ownership and undervalue productive work and I suspect it's the inevitable end result of the worship of capitalism. It's a pretty good system, but y'all need to stop dry-humping it's leg.

Comment Re:Hammerheads in Vermont (Score 1) 535

From that I know why I don't support minimum wage increases (it causes unemployment increases and reduces incentive to learn the skills required for just-above-minimum-wage positions, while unfairly targeting low-skill labor markets).

I used to believe the same thing, but apparently it's not as simple as that. For instance, according to the department of labour it's actually myth that increases to the minimum wage cause unemployment. They cite a letter signed by 600 economists (including 7 Nobel Prize winners) that claims that recent research shows that raising the minimum wage doesn't lead to job losses and furthermore it actually tends to reduce unemployment by mildly stimulating the economy.

Comment Re:who needs re-entry? (Score 1) 246

unless you don't need to re-enter or hit a specific target. let's say you just want to get something high over the continental US and detonate it.

something that creates a nice EMP.

They have a ways to go before they can create an EMP-capable nuclear weapon.

And, EMP threat is not what fiction tells you it is.

Comment Re:Timing and frequency (Score 1) 276

They would just post a thread to ask that. People are offering up solutions. Desperate to have a solution even. As a user, I don't want the content to go away, but on the other hand, I am not tolerating asshole ads either. If someone can take the asshole part out and find a happy medium then I wouldn't complain about it.

Comment Re:Too Bad (Score 1) 276

At least it's not Expert Sex Change links where people have a similar problem and people post answers, but you can't see them because you don't pay for their service. Those days were the worst.

You are right, site-scrapers are annoying as hell. I don't get why the search engines don't completely blacklist them. They must not ever use their own search tools to solve problems.

Experts Exchange is easy to beat. Just scroll down past the ads and junk on the page and the actual conversation is there.

Comment Re: Managers are dumbasses (Score 1) 142

Just be professional about it. Tell him that there seems to be a mix of personal and company data, and to please separate the two and transfer any business relevant data to the server where it belongs. Personal data can to stored to an external drive or we can wipe it along with the rest of the internal drive.

Let them sort it out. Only they know what's what among all that data. There's no need to be involved in the sorting process.

The sorting process might be quite arduous though, with lots of 10 minute breaks in it and all...

Comment Re:Managers are dumbasses (Score 1) 142

Migrations often bring a lot of this out of the woodwork. You can tell users to clean up their machines before migration till you're blue in the face but you'll still get the uncomfortable moment when the 80Gb of "essential company data" they need transferred from their old laptop has filenames like "Busty Betty bonks like an animal"... Though as IT staff we're not immune to this either - I've seen someone asked to hand in their resignation by the end of the day because someone else borrowed their flash drive to transfer customer data and it turned out to be full of pr0n... which Windows helpfully popped up thumbnails of right in front of said customer...

This is why my porn is all encrypted. ;)

Mostly our problem is telling people MP3s shouldn't be copied onto the network.

I got a 1 terabyte hard drive from a (very snotty in general, a pile of self-important turds if I ever saw one) customer once that wanted their VM copied onto it so they could host it elsewhere. We were happy to see them go. Instead of buying a hard drive for couple hundred, the dude used his personal drive full of pirated movies. Of course, we copied all of them and tucked his VM on the drive and sent it back. No porn, unfortunately. But weeks worth of BitTorrents...

This was their IT guy.

Instructions came with "DONT DELETE ANYTHING". Which means, they couldn't afford a new drive to use, and the IT guy didn't know how to make his own backups. We offered to buy them a drive and just copy the VM onto it and ship it. With two way shipping costs... a new drive would have been better.

I never mix personal equipment with work equipment to help prevent that stuff from happening. "Sorry, go to walgreens and get a thumb drive" (while looking at a pile of my personal drives sitting on my desk.)

Comment Re: Too late (Score 1) 422

When your "balance" means giving things to people who haven't earned it, then it has no place in business nor politics.

Nobody who wants to get something done as their top priority, cares what race or sex the people are who do it. And seriously, you don't think that if one sex or one race did the same stuff for cheaper, that they wouldn't have somehow filled the ranks already? Do you really think people are more racist than they are greedy?

Sorry, the one causing problems here is you. Go smoke some more pot.

Comment Re:Managers are dumbasses (Score 1) 142

When it is mixed in with a steady stream of "I didn't do anything and now it's infected" and "Did you get the email about the email server being down?" , disgusting keyboards that don't work anymore, demands for more optical mice because the kids got new computers or whatever else...

this kind of stuff doesn't stand out so much.

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