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Comment I work in such a facility. (Score 1) 227 227

Most parts of the building are smartphone 'ok' but there are labs that are not. Outside the labs are cubbies with keylocks. You're supposed to put your phone in a cubby... The times i've violated the rule were purely accidental where someone has dragged me away from my desk to help them with something and the excursion ends up in one of the labs and I forget that my phone is in my pocket.. I've never taken the phone out of my pocket to use it though it did ring once causing everyone to look over and mock me until I sheepishly left...

Other parts of the building where the phones are allowed; the phones get used because the corporate firewall prevents us from doing actual work so we have to download stuff onto our phones and then e-mail it to our corporate accounts... The corporate climate for making firewall rules which permit people to be productive is non-existant. And you wonder why military gear is expensive? But I digress.

Comment Re: No it is not (Score 1) 351 351

Same here. My son grew up not knowing there were ads on TV. When he was 8, he saw his first ad at Grampas house (because Grandma/grampa have satellite)...

Unfortunately, the pervasiveness of ads is over the top. Most movies have product placement... I think there should be an IMDB category for product placement so you can decide whether to watch a movie based on how much of it is in there.

Comment Re:Progressive Fix 101 (Score 1) 622 622

Not to mention that most (all?) rental companies will not appreciate you driving their rental SUV down a dirt track with tree branches brushing against the side of the vehicle and bringing it back with pin-stripes...

I'm not Bear Grylls but I also enjoy driving offroad to get to beautiful places without starting a 3 day hike.

Comment I don't really see the point. (Score 4, Funny) 407 407

As a software developer in my late 40's, I have no trouble concentrating. I can go long stretches without any

holy shit! a Squirrel just hopped from one branch to another outside my office window! A grey squirrel... Let me look that up on wikipedia...

dammit, DNS is down... I wonder if there's a new bind exploit? I should look it up. I'll use my phone because DNS is down.

Oh look! A text message!

whoa! There goes the squirrel again!

Comment Re:this pisses me off about modern business (Score 2) 177 177

It's fairly common for the company to let you grab your coat and lunch and accompany you while you walk out of the building. It's an awkward situation all around... At the place I'm currently working, they make appointments for you to return to clean out your desk during the evening hours, when nobody else is around.

IBM Advanced Systems Group -- a bunch of mindless jerks, who'll be first against the wall when the revolution comes... -- with regrets to D. Adams