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Comment Re:Most people hate their job (Score 1) 81

Most fast-food workers and other low-level workers probably do hate their jobs, and for good reason. They're called "work" for a reason.

But we're supposed to be highly skilled professionals here. Do most doctors hate their jobs? I sure hope not, or else we'd have all kinds of problems in the healthcare industry (and I don't mean the insurance/payment side of things). Can you imagine a surgeon hating his job? That's a recipe for disaster.

So no, I'm sorry, I don't buy this "everyone hates their job" tripe. For shit work, sure, but not for highly-skilled work. I think that's mostly unique to tech workers.

Comment Re:Heh (Score 1) 81

I interviewed at a place that had some of that, like an air-hockey table. I didn't see anyone using it. Maybe it got some use over lunch break, but stuff like that seems like a waste because if you use it, then you're obviously not working, and that isn't going to look good if you use it too much. You could use it after work in your off-hours, but who wants to spend their spare after-work time at work? By then you're ready to get home and eat something.

Comment Well go substitute teach in inner city (Score 1) 81

I did during the days of the Great Recession a few years ago. Brings a whole new perspective on what exactly is sucky :-)

On a more philosophical level for those reading this who hate their IT jobs then what would you all rather be doing? That is where I am at. I say not dealing with annoying users all day and more admin work but I could see that getting old and repetitive real fast.

Would being HR be more fun? How about boring spreadsheets and statistical analysis all day in accounting/finance?

I can't think of anything that doesn't suck sadly. I guess I come to the realization that they call it work for a reason and all jobs suck but it beats the alternative of no job at all right? I keep saying I will start a business but that is a pipe dream. No job is really a hobby. Hey, IT work pays ok and it beats most other work out there as my examples above.

Comment Re:To be expected (Score 1) 229

I agree, I just don't see it happening. Getting the ISVs on board with that (especially shitty but large and entrenched companies like Adobe), and MS actually doing it for free instead of taking a big cut like Apple does, just isn't realistic I think. MS sees all the money Apple is making with their App Store and greedily wants to do the same, but like a typical cargo cult can't understand that they're just not in a position to replicate what Apple did.

Comment Using the potty. (Score 1) 73

After he went poo-poo in the potty, how did he ensure his bummy-bum was clean if he was unable so see the toilet paper? Did he use a bidet in the dark? Were the ravioli poo-poos gross and, what we call, "two-flushers" in our house? How would he know when the potty has enough toilet paper in it?

Seriously, if you're going to do science, you have to include the poo!

Comment Re:Not bad in principle (Score 1) 124

Good luck with that. First, many reviews are anonymous, and even if they aren't, how exactly do you prove that they're falsehoods?

"The food tasted lousy" is a subjective claim. That isn't libel. It doesn't matter how great your food is, someone can claim it tastes lousy to them, and that's Constitutionally-protected speech.

Almost any online complaint is going to be a he-said-she-said situation. Libel laws don't help with those.

Comment Re:Not bad in principle (Score 1) 124

Think of all the good, normal, upstanding stuff you do every day, and of course nobody notices and splashes "PopeRatzo is a great guy!" all over the internet. But you don't think and screw up one time and you could find yourself destroyed online. There are no 1000 good stories about PopeRatzo to drown out the one about the time you passed out drunk and shit yourself in a Wendy's. Reputation management is good for such cases.

Actually, this isn't quite true. That guy who dressed up as Batman and visited kids with cancer got his story put all over the news. Of course, he was hit by a car while stopped on the road and tragically killed, which is why he was in the news....

So yeah, if you want to be in the news for good deeds, just go do a bunch of really good stuff (and get no public recognition for it), then get yourself tragically killed somehow, then you'll be in the news. You won't be around to read it though. :-(

Comment Re:Not bad in principle (Score 1) 124

The problem is, that doesn't work. Very few people are motivated to spend the time writing a positive review (unless maybe they're paid for it). But angry people are quick to post negative reviews. I'm not defending false reviews, mind you, I'm just pointing out how "reputation management" (in the most vague sense) can be seen as necessary. I don't really have a good quick-and-easy solution for restaurants with a few angry customers. Most of the time though, what works for me as a customer is to look at how many negative reviews a place has, and read the reviews to see if they're highly specific and seem legit, or if they sound like insane ramblings by some obnoxious self-important asshole who's mad the server didn't wait on them hand and foot and ignore the other patrons. If there's too many negative reviews that look totally legitimate and not nit-picky BS, then I eat elsewhere, but I keep in mind that even the best restaurant is going to make a mistake from time to time so you can't expect 100% positive reviews.

Also, it's unfortunately common for many small businesses to write shill reviews for themselves, so I keep that in mind too.

Comment (Score 1) 281

BTW, I did a little googling, and everything I found indicates that eHarmony is almost explicitly Christian; their site even refers to their Christian principles in places, and this leads some to criticize them for not clearly indicating that they're really only a site for Christians wanting to date, and are not open to everyone (which makes sense, they're liars who want other people to pay $$$ to join and then go away when it doesn't work out for them).

They don't even allow people who are separated to join.

Comment Re:or else what, exactly? (Score 1) 191

No, they're requiring the manufacturers to put secure bootloaders on their devices, so you can't load your DD-WRT firmware unless it's been cryptographically signed, which you can't do because you don't have the correct private key to do so.

This doesn't mean it'll be impossible to load an alternative firmware, but it'll make it orders of magnitude more difficult (and likely require using a JTAG debugger to do so).

Comment Re:Apple can't modify Time Machine Firmware? (Score 1) 191

The software logic can be modified via firmware. But the RF side of things must be baked in as I understand it.

No, it's not. Alternative firmwares frequently allow modifying both the transmit power and the channels, which can easily make your device operate illegally. The channels, for instance, are different in, say, the US and Japan; some channels that are legal to use in Japan are illegal in the US. With mfgr firmware, this isn't a problem because they lock that stuff out in the ones they ship to the US, but open-source stuff doesn't do that (and can't, since you can modify it yourself since you have the source code).

Comment Re:At least you know what kind of food... (Score 2) 42

It won't be "Chinese food" if that's what you're thinking, it'll be actual Chinese food. The stuff they make for us Westerners isn't real Chinese food (and too bad too, the westernized stuff is great). Most westerners wouldn't care much for most authentic Chinese food.

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