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Comment Re:Work-life balance thrives where it is prioritiz (Score 1) 195

This is basically my experience, but after my fortune 500 experience the two consulting companies were 150+ (one was smaller when I started). 40 hours a week or more was expected - at least 80% billable -- but that was countered by higher pay, more WFH flexibility, and more widespread responsibilities.

Comment Guns aren't used to immobilize people (Score 2) 712

They are used to kill people. Look at the force continuum used by PDs. Guns are in the lethal section. If an officer is shooting his gun, he's trained to and willing to kill someone at that point. Now a ton of things need to change with respect to the officer and his willingness to shoot someone for little to no reason (eg Tamir Rice's killer or Lonnie Swartz), but as long as officers are given the ability to kill people there really isn't an effective replacement for guns.

Honestly better recruitment and enforcing use of de-escalation techniques is probably the best bet.

Comment Re:Win 10 (Score 1) 209

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) 399

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) 345

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) 399

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) 399

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)

Marvelous! The super-user's going to boot me! What a finely tuned response to the situation!