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Comment Re:Win 10 (Score 1) 207

Regardless of Vista's errors at releast (and through SP1), my point still stands. Vista ran fine with 2 GB unless you were choking the horse.

I made the mistake of buying a laptop with 1 GB and Vista with no downgrade option (no XP drivers). The wifi and sound would just randomly stop working. A fresh restore to factory would be fine. I never could isolate it to one update or anything. Finally after about the 3rd restore and 2nd fresh install, I just disabled Windows Update for about six months.
I hit a wall of Vista at 1 GB due to needing an XP VM for class -- jesus it was awful on 512 MB -- and dropped the cash to upgrade it ASAP.

Comment Re:Well now, not surprising (Score 1) 395

Actually they are obligated to make that distinction. Only a moron wouldn't think so. That's their job. Even without a passport, credit cards, a driver's license, and all sorts of other documents can confirm your identity. It takes a few minutes to look up whether a person is an actual citizen, longer to prove. Jesus you can get on a plane without government issued ID. You think a CBP agent would risk their job over denying a citizen re-entry?

Even without those documents, it's relatively trivial to to answer some questions about your identity, have CBP look up a photo ID, and let you in.

Comment I wanna bitch too (Score 1) 344

My regional bank didn't bat an eye when I studied abroad and failed to mention that I was travelling for an extended period. I checked with my parents and they hadn't said anything either (same bank but no account access). 7 months of transactions, ATM withdrawals, and other activity across 7 different countries nearly 4000 miles away from triggered nary a warning.

Fast forward another 6 months and several out of state trips and "large" purchases, I drove down to Florida for spring break. As I went to pay for lunch for my roommate and I, I found out it was declined. Luckily he covered and I called the bank. They decided to cancel my debit card -- on a college student eligible only type of account -- without warning and told me to show up at a branch to get a new one, despite being a thousand miles away from the nearest branch and with less than $20 in cash in my pocket. It took an awful lot of cajoling, not backing down, and pleading cash poverty before I even got to a manager who could "uncancel the card" until I got back to a state with a branch, despite being told for an hour that it wasn't possible to do. When I got home, I found my new debit card but kept using the old one until it was deactivated. It never was, and when I lost that card I activated the "new" card and it worked perfectly.

Comment Re:Well now, not surprising (Score 1) 395

They might well be. That doesn't justify detaining *him* until he gives up the passwords.

They don't suspect him of espionage or trade secret theft do they? My father sure as hell didn't get held up at customs when returning from Russia or China, despite taking a laptop and cellphone with him.

Comment Well now, not surprising (Score 4, Insightful) 395

I'm not a huge fan of the border search exception. Technically DHS and CBP can demand access to laptops or cell phones as part of entry into the country. They don't have the right to detain for passwords. They can hold the equipment and return it later.

A US citizen has an absolute right to re-enter the country.

Comment Re:Both are Garbage (Score 1) 147

What are you putting in your documents? I'd say at least 90% of the things I use Word for would either fail miserably in a general text editor OR take longer to do and look like shit (ie embedded lists in note taking)

Comment Re:Switching (Score 1) 147

Frankly I don't think I've ever seen PDF, .doc/docx, or even .rtf as unacceptable or unprofessional options, unless you mean giving the recruiter an editabel document so they can fudge your resume. Every time I've submitted a resume online or emailed one to a internal or external recruiter, they wanted it in one of those forms.

Comment Re:We have a Yes! (Score 1) 118

Ask for it ahead of time and save yourself some trouble. Otherwise you're just aggravating people who have assumed the financial compensation was finalized. These people have hiring budgets and other factors. Seriously it's a terrible piece of advice and I say that as someone in a field where it wouldn't bat too much of an eye if they are willing to hire you.

Retirement means that when someone says "Have a nice day", you actually have a shot at it.