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Comment Re:And we wonder why music is such crap these days (Score 2) 301 301

It's funny that he mentioned Trent Reznor because there probably isn't another artist out there that has been screwed more by the record companies. He only started making money when he got his music out there on torrent sites and let his fans pay a reasonable fee to download his music directly from his site. He's the model for what all artists should be doing now. Cut out the record companies and let the artists be supported directly by the fans. Trent is making more money today then he ever did using the old record company promotional model.

Comment The best thing you can do is manage. (Score 1) 261 261

The best boss I ever had actually managed. He served as the conduit for all requests from other mangers and directors then set priorities, goals and time frames. He served as a buffer between our development team and the outside groups. It was great because it allowed us to do our jobs without random interruption and requests from people who shouldn't have been doing those things in the first place. He established processes to make sure that we had the requirements and goals before we took on a task. He set reasonable goals because he understood what it took to do software development because he had been there. I really miss working with him.

Comment Re:Get a laptop and a desktop (Score 1) 385 385

What you say about multiple large displays is true but these days that doesn't limit you to a desktop. I have a docking station with 2 displays at home and at work. Plus, both my work and home laptops are Dell's with the same docking port so I can use either one of them at home.

Comment Ads after the fact (Score 1) 249 249

The problem is that I only see ads for something I'm interested in after I've bought the product and I'm not interested anymore. Last week I bought a pair of yoga socks online and now I'm being inundated for the product I just bought. I'll probably never need to buy another pair in my life so what's the point?

Comment Re:Military personnel have a different attitude... (Score 1) 299 299

It also causes a lot of problems. In my professional experience, I've had two ex-military managers. One was the best boss ever. But the other one was one of the worst because he had that get it DONE! attitude.While I liked him personally, I was always over-worked and under-paid (70 hour weeks were the norm) when I worked for him. Several times when I tried to take a vacation he would be calling me on the second day saying how desperate they were to get me back on the job and I always relented until the last time when I quit. Three weeks later I had a better job for 50% more pay. So it really depends on the person, not on their background.

Comment Problems with dry eyes (Score 1) 550 550

I had it done almost 15 years ago and I had some complications. I live in Colorado over 10,000 feet and it's very dry up here. One of the things that I haven't seen mentioned is that the surgery can cause you to have dry eyes. In most environments that's not a problem but for me, one night my eyes got so dry that my eyelid stuck to my eye and it caused me to scratch my cornea when I opened my eyes in the morning which required several more weeks of healing. Plus, I had to get one eye redone so in the end it took over a year for my eyes to completely heal. Plus I had problems with night vision from halos. Fast forward to today and I just had to get a new pair of glasses for computer work and reading. After the surgery I also had problems reading low contrast, small text. Particularly text on small molded plastic parts. If I had known all that I had to go through I probably would have waited another couple of years for the next round of technology. But I still don't need glasses for day to day living and it sure is nice to not need to wear contacts for sports. My only caution would be if you live in a very low humidity area that there can be complications from that.

Comment Re:Welders make 150k??? (Score 4, Insightful) 367 367

From the article: A good trade to consider: welding. I recently visited Pioneer Pipe in the Utica and Marcellus shale area of Ohio and learned that last year the company paid 60 of its welders more than $150,000 and two of its welders over $200,000. The owner, Dave Archer, said he has had to turn down orders because he can't find enough skilled welders.

So in reality what you have are some welders putting in long hours in the oil fields and probably working 70 to 80 hours a week so they are getting paid lots of overtime. In the real world, that doesn't sound so good. It's no wonder Pioneer Pipe can't find people to fill positions.

Comment Re:No thanks (Score 3, Informative) 84 84

I have also recently been diagnosed as a type II diabetic. While I'm sure that eventually I will easily be able to manage my diet by how I feel without an app like this, there is a learning curve and something like this could be very helpful to me at this stage. I've found some online resources that are very helpful when it comes to meal planning that could be even more useful if they could be integrated with my blood glucose meter and a smartphone. Imagine the day when there will be an implantable blood glucose meter that also monitors blood pressure and heart rate then communicates via wireless with your smartphone. Snap a picture of your meal, a barcode or menu item and it will be able to tell you how much time will need to spend on the treadmill to remain healthy.

Comment Just what I need, more ads (Score 2) 274 274

They already know I'm a middle aged single geek. How many more erectile dysfunction and over 50 dating site ads can they throw at me? And here's a clue for you ad programmers. If I need the erectile dysfunction pills, I don't need the dating sites and if I need the dating sites, I don't need the erectile dysfunction pills. Now get off my lawn!

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