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Comment: Re:I'd like to see the environmental nightmare die (Score 1) 369

by neurovish (#49646821) Attached to: Keurig Stock Drops, Says It Was Wrong About DRM Coffee Pods

I don't understand why people continue to buy those overpriced pieces of plastic

For the same reason you see these same people with 2 x crates of over priced bottled water in their cart.
I don't understand it either.

Their municipal water supply is flouridated and they want to keep the commies out of their precious bodily fluids?

Comment: Re:Consider the source... (Score 1) 65

by neurovish (#49646309) Attached to: Top Cyber Attack Vectors For Critical SAP Systems

I do not disagree at all that SAP sucks. I work for a large retailer and sit right next to the SAP guys. I've never seen such a miserable lot. Daily banging their heads against one stupid SAP issue after another and always complaining about SAP support being completely useless.

I'm just not sure I buy the 95% of installs are horribly insecure claims coming from a company that's only product is securing SAP.

You might get a laugh out of this then, one of the SAP guys came to me yesterday asking if one of the ECC servers can receive email. I asked him why the ECC server needs to read email, and he just said it was on this checklist he had and would have to see what the reason was. I don't think he even realized how preposterous his question was.

Comment: Shit article (Score 1) 65

by neurovish (#49646265) Attached to: Top Cyber Attack Vectors For Critical SAP Systems

What a useless article. The only content is that evil hackers leverage vulnerabilities to gain access to companies' SAP systems. Well, no shit sherlock. SAP is a mess and barely works under normal conditions, so anybody VP-level and above freaks out at the mere mention of touching anything on them. Of course they're going to have patching windows > 18 months.

Comment: Re:Is negotiation a skill required for the job? (Score 1) 892

When is the last time you negotiated prices at the grocery store? Yes, there are places where you can do so, but the prices then get determined almost entirely by the relative skill of the hagglers, rather than the actual value of the merchandise. "Market pricing" is an almost completely unrelated phenomena determined by the intersection of supply and demand curves for commodity-scale trading.

Of course there are other options as well to try to get the best of both worlds - transparent salaries for one: put everybodies salary on their name plaque and you'll get a lot of disgruntled workers if you let Frank' superior haggling skills earn him a substantial pay raise, despite him being the office slacker.

Does that include shopping at another competing store where Item X costs less?

Comment: Re:Managers need an algorithm for that? (Score 1) 210

- Have they turned up in a suit one day when they normally where jeans and t-shirt and disappear off for an extra long lunchbreak?
- Have they started arriving late and leaving early?
- Do they skip meetings more often?
- Have they hinted about a payrise in the last assessment?
- Has their work quality gone off a cliff and they spend most of the day on social media or youtube?

If YES is the answer to 2 or more of those then yes, probably they're looking to leave.

Yeah, that's pretty much how it goes. I don't normally wear jeans to work though.

Comment: Re:Suck it Millenials (Score 1) 407

by neurovish (#49353893) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US

Makes me glad I'm one of the leading edge Millennials, one of the ones that grew up with Windows 95/DOS and all the associated bugginess and user-unfriendliness of the applications of that era. We actually had to learn how our computers worked and how to really get in and fix things. These later edge Millennials that got iPhones in middle school and high school have utterly no idea how any of this stuff works.

For reasons I don't understand, the media continues to refer to the trailing edge Millennials as technology whiz kids who have grown up with technology and are "technologically savvy", but to my way of thinking they really know nothing about technology at all. It takes absolutely no skill to use some Apple store approved iPhone app with a super simple, refined UI. It did take skill to try to install and run old DOS games and get all those crazy, primitive drivers to install, work, and not have conflicts with each other. Those issues led to a curiosity about computers, which led to me learning programming, which led to a computer engineer degree and ultimately a good career in IT, but had I grown up with an iPhone I wonder if it would ever have happened.

Oh, and let's not forget leading edge Millennials are phenomenal typers too, because we grew up with Instant Messaging clients, not texting with our thumbs. Not a bad skill to have in IT.

-Born in late 1983.

Screw X and Millenials, we need a new label for the DOS generation that needed a few custom boot menu options to play our video games and knows how to wrangle TSRs, himem, and emm386.

Comment: Re:Excel spreadsheets? (Score 1) 113

Excel spreadsheets are what "The Business" uses when "you IT folks" can't make a "reasonable" system that retains all data forever fast enough.

Is it too late to eradicate The Business from workspeak? It's gone too far where I spend most of my days, and now we have a guy who will refer to a single person as The Business and invoke The Business when asking for anything he doesn't want us to question. In one email exchange with him going back and forth talking about The Business, I deduced that The Business really did not know what it wanted and was making nonsensical requests. In trying to get a representative for The Business that I could talk to directly, he told me that The Business was just one of our BSAs with a tenuous grasp of technology.

"You show me an American who can keep his mouth shut and I'll eat him." -- Newspaperman from Frank Capra's _Meet_John_Doe_