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Comment: Re:fees (Score 3, Interesting) 388

Yeah, I remember those days with Cavalier DSL here in Richmond, VA. There was a fault in my circuit (laid in the 1920's) and Cavalier placed a service request with Verizon, who sat on it for weeks before I finally had to get the State Corporation Commission involved. Wonderful times, indeed.

Comment: Re:I'm surprised we aren't hearing more from the b (Score 1) 562

by sydbarrett74 (#48843911) Attached to: Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications
Don't be surprised. I assure you that Billy Badass CEO has all of his communications suitably encrypted, and if he's ever charged with a crime, the authorities will probably 'lose' the device with data needing decryption and say they don't have any evidence to hold him. No, the target for this is the little guy. The people in power are always protected and excused from having to comply with those pesky laws foisted upon hoi polloi.

Comment: Re:Why bother? (Score 1) 421

many of the engineers I encountered adopted an almost Scandinavian lifestyle of working to live instead of living to work.

What's wrong with that? The vast majority of the planet has a far healthier work-life balance than we here in the US have. Time to take your blinkers off.

Comment: Re:No, it isn't. (Score 1) 222

by sydbarrett74 (#48639737) Attached to: Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles

Hmm... She's managed to gain the trust and support of enough people to get into the position she's in.

One could say the same about Carly Fiorina. That didn't stop her from destroying HP. It doesn't logically follow that, just because someone is hired for a certain position, s/he is actually deserving of or qualified for said position.

Comment: Re:Let's Just Be Honest (Score 1) 343

I agree with everything except the telecommuting bullet-point (with which I am in *qualified* disagreement. My qualification is that working from home should be OK, but only on company-issued hardware, with the restrictions you listed (e.g., disabled USB ports) and I would add the use of something like a Sonicwall connected downstream from your home ISP's gateway.

Comment: Re:So perhaps /. will finally fix its shit (Score 1) 396

by sydbarrett74 (#48623687) Attached to: Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites
How about the fact that some analyst over at the NSA may take note of the fact that you might like to read articles critical of said three-letter agency and make a note to flag it for future analysis? By knowing what kinds of articles you like to read on Slash, various intelligence and law-enforcement agencies can compile a lot of blackmail material if you were ever to prove a nuisance down the line.

Comment: IT pros absolutely *should* get overtime pay (Score 1) 545

by sydbarrett74 (#48542695) Attached to: Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?
In fact, only people at the very top of the income distribution should be exempt from overtime pay -- think A-list actors and professional athletes. The vast majority of workers should be paid overtime. *cue bullshit libertarian arguments about how this abrogates free-market capitalism*

Committees have become so important nowadays that subcommittees have to be appointed to do the work.