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Comment: Re:So what? (Score 1) 397

by spiritplumber (#49529727) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead
I'm an Italian working in the US... from my perspective, Americans are a bit weird on violence. They are very big on gun rights, but if two kids get into a fistfight at school, it's treated as a crime rather than as the natural consequence of cooping up male teenagers in a building for hours on end (And nobody cares about who started the fight, which would be the first thing to figure out back home, to decide who gets punished). Then again I guess that Americans living in Italy think that we're weird for not allowing people to own guns unless they live out in the country and hunt, but treating fistfights as "something that happens" rather than a public safety problem.

Comment: Re:So what? (Score 5, Insightful) 397

by spiritplumber (#49525559) Attached to: Using Adderall In the Office To Get Ahead
Happened to me. Workgroup was 11 people, only me and one other guy were NOT on what amounts to amphetamines of various sorts.

So, one day the team leader says "Hey, spiritplumber, you look tired."

"Yeah, the work is exciting but I'm having a bit of a hard time keeping up."

"I know what you should do."

"Thanks, but I only need one Monday off to catch up on sleep."

"No, nothing like that. Go to this one doctor and he'll give you a prescription no questions asked."

"For what?"

"Oh, you know, allergy medication. It's probably why you've been under the weather." (Winks, I miss it because I'm derp).

"What's it called? I have" (herbal remedy) "for allergies."

"ProCentra. Tell him you work here."

So I go home, talk to my girlfriend who's a chem engie, and ask her what the hell that stuff is, so she tells me it's amphetamine. The next day, I explain to my team leader what my family does to people who get any of us into drugs, and quit. My father disapproves of the decision because he says I should also have punched the guy out after quitting.

Comment: Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 399

What I generally do when someone is hitting me (this has happened, including one time with a knife) is close distance, put them in a therapeutic hold, and give them time to calm down and realize that they're not going to win so they have a choice between running away and being safe, or getting an enormous beating. It's actually a bluff in that I'm terrible in fights, I just know how to ignore pain for a bit, and I'm a pretty big person. I did have to deal with mentally unbalanced people attacking me for no reason in my life. This de-escalation method will not work with someone who is trained to fight, or who is completely unreasonable, but it does carry the day often otherwise (in the case of someone who is completely unreasonable, it will hopefully give other personnel time and space to get restraints or sedatives).

Comment: Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 399

Yes, be very good at defending yourself. At that point, if you have been following the other suggestions, it's a matter of "There's a crazy man trying to beat me up for literally no reason, who happens to have a badge" At that point self defense is very much a right AND a duty.

Comment: Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 399

How to deal with cops: 1) Be unfailingly polite. 2a) Let the cop think he's in control of the situation. 2b) However, control the narrative. You're both two professionals trying to do your jobs quickly and efficiently - his is to get you on your way after clearing whatever-it-is out, yours is to get back on your way to do whatever your job is. Stick to that. 3) If you can, record. If you are asked, confirm that you are recording. 4) Do not lie. Do not assume the cop is telling the truth. 5) If you are physically attacked, either do not resist, or resist in a way that overpowers the cop safely and quickly, no middle ground.

Comment: Re:this pisses me off about modern business (Score 0) 177

by spiritplumber (#49497799) Attached to: MakerBot Lays Off 20 Percent of Its Employees
Well, if you put your hands on me with hostile intent, you're implicitly giving me permission to return the favor.

This is a universal law that every child understands.

Given that all I did was carry those people outside and then tell them that if we wanted to fight, we could fight away from expensive/fragile things, I was if anything, too forgiving.

Comment: Re:this pisses me off about modern business (Score 0) 177

by spiritplumber (#49496477) Attached to: MakerBot Lays Off 20 Percent of Its Employees
I was supposed to be escorted out by security one time at a best buy (I won a bet against the store manager and he was trying to slip on it). I refused the escort. When they told me that it wasn't an option, I fireman-carried both the manager and the security guy outside and explained that if you can't take it don't dish it out. Americans are weird sometimes!

Comment: Had a workshop fire last year (Score 1) 446

Had a workshop fire last year and what did the job for me was having two drives (working copy, and a rolling backup done with SVN) on physically opposite sides of the workshop. If it's not a lot of stuff, just use USB sticks that are physically scattered around your place, one will survive.

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