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Comment: Re:8000? (Score 1) 97

by matria (#47835799) Attached to: Dirty Diapers Used To Grow Mushrooms

With my own children, I used cloth diapers, and washed 3 dozen diapers twice a week. I had my children very close together, so I had two in diapers most of the time. And before I get any of these "popping out babies" cracks, it wasn't my idea. Marital rape does exist, and is not any more pleasant than any other variety.

Comment: Re:8000? (Score 2) 97

by matria (#47835749) Attached to: Dirty Diapers Used To Grow Mushrooms

I worked as a nanny for triplets for nine months. I'd say that I changed each one 8-10 times a day. The well-baby clinic said it was the first set of triplets they'd ever seen that never had any sign of diaper rash. The grandparents provided the diapers, with the stipulation that I use as many as I saw fit without worrying about cost.

Comment: Re:wrong and trivial solutions (Score 2) 378

When I was in the Navy, there was a key rack in the wachstander's office (barracks watch). Oncoming watchstanders called in to base security to report status, including the presence of all keys, at regular intervals. One petty officer who was a good friend of the barracks chief kept the keys to the barracks back door in her room so she could let her boyfriends in. I was always getting in trouble when I stood watch because I refused to falsify my reports. I would report the key missing, and base security would come blasting into the barracks to find the key, and I had no trouble telling them where it was. I still have the scars, after more than 40 years, from the several times I was assaulted in the barracks because of it.

Comment: Re:Apples and Oranges (Score 1) 186

by matria (#47044089) Attached to: Ohio Prison Shows Pirated Movies To Inmates
That's not unusual. One of my kids is in the Texas state pen, where they don't provide much at all... including no writing materials, no lunch on the weekends, no personal hygiene items, no Internet access thus no email. So I scraped up $20 to put in his account so he could at least write me every now and then and buy a toothbrush. The state took it all, as a repayment of the "services" that he is receiving as a "guest" of the state. And I thought Charles Dickens wrote about 19th century England.

Comment: Re:Startup or frat party? (Score 4, Interesting) 274

by matria (#46916465) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Joining a Startup As an Older Programmer?
I worked for a startup like this, pure software (a website). When I started, there were ~80 employees in one office. Within two years this grew to over 400 employees in three offices, with regular outings, breakfasts, etc etc which I never attended, except for one breakfast that was held at a fancy hotel within walking distance of my home.

At one point, my department manager "volunteered" us to work on the weekend. He was quite surprised when all but one or two of us were not at all agreeable.

During the third year, the layoffs started. My department manager was in the first wave of layoffs, and the poor young man was actually in tears from the shock. By the end, after the fourth wave of layoffs when I specifically asked to be laid off since I couldn't handle the stresses in the office any more, there were around ~60 employees left, and the owners sold out for several hundred million dollars. The site did go on to become a part of a very large corporate web presence, but in a different country.

It was all done deliberately, to build the business, then "downsize" until the bottom line looked good, then sell. Meanwhile, young people had gotten married, started families, bought homes. All based on this huge lie. During one of the performance reviews, just before the layoffs began, everyone was asked "do you believe in (x company)?" Not being young and inexperienced in corporate behavior, and having researched the owner's previous start-up behavior, I baldly said "No". Their long-promised IP (I'd been given 2,500 of their vaporware shares in an effort to persuade me to stay) didn't happen until just a few weeks before the sale.

In four years they had burned through $70,000,000 in venture capital.

Comment: Re:Useless bullshit (Score 1) 60

Well. This got me curious, so I did some research and found that there are, indeed, such fonts. Thank you for your attitude. If you hadn't felt that such a thing was useless because you didn't happen to see a use for it yourself, I wouldn't have been irritated enough to go looking. You see, that was the reason why my father, then my husband, kept me from ever getting my hands on a computer until he decided he could use one after all.

Comment: Re:Useless bullshit (Score 4, Insightful) 60

Oh really? I would find such a thing extremely useful in creating knitting and other needlework designs. There is a fairly standard set of images for creating pattern charts, but a font representing these stitches would be even better - no need for the usually Windows-only pattern creation software that uses these standardized images.

Comment: Nothing new (Score 1) 355

by matria (#46776863) Attached to: Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs
Nearly 40 years ago one of my kids' Kindergarten teachers told me she was getting more and more kids in her classes that didn't know how to hold a pencil or how to use a crayon, and couldn't handle a simple over-sized 6-piece puzzle. Also more and more of the boys were just running out the door to pee in the yard instead of using the bathroom.

Comment: Re:It's a good service (Score 1) 121

by matria (#46745907) Attached to: 44% of Twitter Users Have Never Tweeted
I'm certainly notified of any interesting developments in fields I'm interested in and follow, with links provided so I can follow up if I want to. It has to a large degree replaces newsgroups and mailing lists in those areas. I occasionally even "tweet" any new things I've done in those same areas, and have a handful (78 as of last check) of reasonably dedicated followers. While it's by no means a replacement for various blogs and forums I frequent, it's a good notifier that there's something interesting going on. Also helps when at conventions I want to find out which pub everybody in the other hotel is going to for the evening ;)

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