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Comment Re:Small Government Mandate (Score 4, Insightful) 142

Actually, Rand was almost exactly in the middle of the generation that paid for Social Security twice. The first benefits began in 1940. The first generation of retirees were paid directly out of the treasury. The actual SS taxes that Rand paid went into the "trust fund," which was later loaned out to other government agencies, to pay for war mostly.

Comment Re:Can someone explain this theft? (Score 1) 232

With emphasis on the "unbelievable," as in "probably complete bullshit." MtGox has been under investigation for a year now, selectively limiting accounts and withdrawals. Karpeles has said himself that the Bitcoins aren't lost, but "temporarily unavailable." There is likely more going on behind the scenes.

Comment Organizational Breakdown (Score 1) 717

I have worked 60+ hour weeks only one time in my life. Before I joined this company, two of the three employees separately contacted me to warn that the boss was, in their words, "crazy." Unfortunately, I didn't believe them. I hadn't had any experience with crazy bosses up until that point in my career. The only other employee quit around the same time.

I lasted four months. The pay was good. And the job would not have been that difficult. It didn't even require more people. But the organization had definitely completely broken down. Everyone did five different jobs, everything from electronics repair to customer service to data processing to moving equipment. This was by design, apparently, in order to make the company more "agile."

I spent a lot of time automating simple data processing tasks, and working on improving physical processes that took a lot of time for no real benefit. But I couldn't make improvements quickly enough. Almost the entire time, the "crazy" boss was literally looking over my shoulder, telling me how to do every little thing in whatever particular way he thought was best. Even though I had been a Unix consultant for nearly a decade, he took it as his personal mission to teach me the wonders of Excel as a universal programming tool. Ugh.

I was actually relieved to eventually be fired, after working two weeks straight, including travel and weekends and 10-11 hour days, simply for taking a day off. One of the other employees left at the same time. The last thing I did was to fix an absolutely crippling issue that I had noticed on the first day on the job, but never had the time to properly investigate. They had re-programmed a bunch of wireless routers with the same MAC address. Brilliant.

Last I heard, they had hired a dozen people shortly after I left. Probably all Excel experts.

Comment It's Too Late (Score 1) 776

It's too late. It was a political decision, and one that that had to be made well in advance. The decision was made a long time ago. Plans were put in place that can't be undone. Industries were bailed-out that shouldn't have been bailed-out. Things were blown up that can't be un-blown-up. Recession and renewables were chosen over nuclear. There is an agenda. Renewables fit it. Nuclear doesn't. The choice was made to push ahead with wind and photovoltaics for those who can afford it, hoping it can scale up quickly enough, leaving the masses in squalor for the time being. Perhaps longer. It's going to be incredibly disruptive, in the US especially. But there's not much that can be done at this point. Nuclear is no longer an option. The only remaining option is the choice between putting the rest of the carbon in the air, risking the environment, or stunting the economy for a period of some decades. I imagine it will come down to a compromise, some mixture of the two that leads to the same death toll either way. There is a popular delusion that subsidized healthcare can mitigate this. But it's pretty much a zero-sum game. Only hard choices remain.

Comment Re: Not dead, Jim. But... (Score 1) 171

In Fedora 15, the big WTF was switching to a desktop environment that does not work well or consistently with remote viewing, which is a big issue for server use.

Really? I'm not in the habit of having any sort of GUI on Linux servers. When I encounter a GUI on a server I inherit, I judge the previous maintainer to be sloppy.

Perhaps it's a generational thing, perhaps I'm missing something. More than superfluous, I view GUIs as a waste of resource.

Perhaps it's

Hotels are tired of getting ripped off. I checked into a hotel and they had towels from my house. -- Mark Guido