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Comment Re:Surprised? (Score 1, Insightful) 511

You'd be surprised. A decade of ultra-thin client architectures mean most business systems are now accessed via the browser and don't need Windows.

If using Windows breaks regulatory compliance, loses business or causes business sensitive information to be leaked, Windows is history.

Comment Re:We don't hate them because they are perky.... (Score 1) 109

I've seen people reprimanded for not working the shift that they are expected to work, including a couple of people that were early and expected to leave early. Coverage was expected and not working the assigned shift messed with that.

Shiftwork is different.

All the smug morning people here should try doing a job where they have to work night shifts.

Comment Re:backwards premise (Score 1) 109

What does that mean, cleaning my living habits. I want to learn more!

Not regularly drinking yourself into a stupor until you pass out at four am and wake up with a traffic cone on your head in a pool of your own urine, I imagine.

Morning people are generally boring bastards. They actually choose to start meetings at ridiculous times like 8am, and ruin things for the rest of us.

Comment Re:It's official, you all live in a Dictatorship (Score 1) 179

Sure, share a link.
A contact/feedback form wouldn't hurt - think about whether you want to engage with people that would use it, or whether it's just a way for them to share thoughts one-way.

But I'd suggest keeping it anonymous, from the domain registration up. As you did on Slashdot, it'd challenge the preconceptions about the 1% rather than be an ego thing.

Comment Re:It's official, you all live in a Dictatorship (Score 1) 179

I don't kick puppies, I even walk gingerly around them. After I steal the baby's candy, I give it back. I may take their pacifier and hide it for my own amusement but that's because I'm evil. I give that back too. I've never run over a nun. I've never burned down an orphanage. I've never even cheated on my taxes. I've never pushed an old lady out of the way - my home is up in Maine now and they're particularly stout. I don't cut people off in traffic. I'm not more important than you - I'm not better than you either. I've never once shut down a factory and sent everyone home without pay - nor do I pay anyone or reward anyone who does. I only get one vote and nobody has ever told me that my vote is more important than your vote and, if they did, you'd probably enjoy living in my country as I'm mostly sane. I've never torched a cat, a cow, or even stuck a firecracker in a frog's butt. I never bullied anyone. I'd say I'd never hurt anyone but that'd be a lie. I not only got my degree, I served my country to afford it. I do own a BMW (a couple, actually) but I've never run anyone off the road. I put my pants on one leg at a time - I don't even have a tailor or a butler. I do, technically, have a housekeeper and sometimes she lets me pretend to be the boss. I have a dog and he farts just like your dog. I use the same 'net and the same hardware you use. You probably are using a faster computer (at least video card) than I am. I have a cute girlfriend but she's not a supermodel and she wears jeans and a sweatshirt. She has a purse, it was under $100 from LL Bean and is more like a satchel. I think my credit cards have a limit but I don't know what they are - I don't use them. I don't want to eat your baby, even with salt. I've never once been mean to your mother and I'm sure she's a nice lady. I've never had knowing contact with aliens. I have no idea how to buy a law, or a senator. I don't shop at Walmart but I've been in one. You have a bigger television than I do. You probably have a better stereo than I do. I don't steal. I'm willing to do manual labor. I didn't sacrifice a chicken or even a goat to get to where I am - I just got lucky as all hell. I swear, I smoke cigars, and I don't think I've taken a shower yet today. I didn't burn down a church. I've never taken your retirement fund - none of the people I know personally have done that either. Most of the people I know and associate with are not wealthy, they're fairly average and middle class. I drive my own cars - and wouldn't have it any other way. I use the same software others use - nobody makes me special software unless I pay them or do it myself.

Do me a favour? Buy a new domain called (or something, haven't even checked that one) and just put up a single page with that text in a slightly more readable form. It'd be useful to link to people :)

Comment Re: Obligatory (Score 1) 662

In Germany when refugees made sexual comments to women on the street, it was called sexual assault. They are just words, toughen up.

Except where it was actual sexual touching/assault, yeah.

Even if someone pinches your bottom, your life is not profoundly changed, you had an unpleasant experience for about 2 seconds.

As a guy, if someone grabbed your balls you'd just laugh it off? Even if it was your boss at work?

Comment Re:Obligatory (Score 0) 662

It is not the PC crowd being pissed off about something you say or do that worries me. It is their ability to influence an organization or person who has direct control over whether or not you stay employed at a certain company or otherwise fuck with your life or livelihood. That is what pisses me off.

If someone got a person fired for something said that otherwise wouldn't bother anyone, that person had better start looking over their shoulder for retribution (preferably physical retribution such as teeth knocked out by a hard right hook).

There's truly no tough guy like an Internet Tough Guy.

Comment Re:Obligatory (Score 1) 662

Because life is generally a long series of tests. You come to college to learn what you're going to have to know on demand for what is supposed to be your entire life.

Unless you choose to spend it sitting exams as a hobby, then life is nothing like a long series of tests. And most people will not spend their adult working life having to answer on demand questions about what they learned at college.

Comment Re:We are infected with MBA-think (Score 1) 217

And the cuts may just be starting: one activist investor (SpringOwl) says the total number of employees should be closer to 3,000 for a company with its revenue.

Why would anyone think there's a constant proper relationship between revenue and the number of employees across all businesses? I mean, let's just skip right over that employees are paid different amounts, businesses take different amount of human effort to create the wealth, the market will support different prices for different services, and the business will have a different amounts necessary to pay their vendors and capital requirements.

Suppose I have a farm business. One year I decide to spin-off the part of the company that picks the tomatoes. The previous company suddenly has much more revenue per employee. Should it go out and hire more people? The tomato picking company has little revenue per employee. Should the tomato picking company fire a bunch of people. Of course not.

It is just barely possible that the professional investors involved have factored in these considerations and not just made up a number by sticking a wet finger in the air.

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