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Comment Re:Who owns this malware ridden OS? (Score 1) 86

I'm sure that with Microsoft's Army of Lawyers(tm), they've got some weasel language in the Terms of Service that either absolve them of responsibility, or shove it onto users who don't properly patch their machines.

Even if they don't, good luck with that lawsuit. (Refer again to the Army of Lawyers(tm)).

Comment Re:GoFundMe isn't the problem. (Score 1) 242

My problem with most (I'd say easily 75%) of the drug company advertisements that I've seen on TV is that they never tell you what in the Nine Hells the drug is for.

It's a montage of people strolling down a boardwalk, looking out at sea, and hanging out on their porch, and "Ask your doctor is Sleminiforal is right for you."

But they don't tell you what the fuck it's for. Gee, thanks, drug company, for spending a whack of cash on that TV spot. I'm sure it justified someone's salary at your company.

Comment Re:butterfly erection (Score 2) 347

I'm not saying that the CEO being a toxic dude-bro was the sole reason that he got ousted. I'm not even saying it was the main reason. But the VCs almost certainly considered it along with all the other reasons that they already had.

Yes, the fact that he wasn't pushing for an IPO was probably a big reason. But when a company has that bad of a public image problem, it doesn't help attracting investors for an IPO.

Comment Re:butterfly erection (Score 2) 347

No, but it's hard to argue the point that the blog post got a lot of people, who wouldn't otherwise be interested in the matter, looking at the corporate culture at Uber.

If it hadn't been for her blog post, would the CEO still be there? Maybe, maybe not. With as toxic as the culture was there (and probably still is to an extent... that shit doesn't change quickly), it probably wouldn't have been long before he was given the heave-ho. He might have lasted through the end of the year.

Comment Re:All just posturing (Score 4, Informative) 381

Oh, I'll agree that if Trump is good at anything, it's self-promotion and posturing.

But I honestly think that he thought some of his campaign promises (the border wall among them) were doable, and he's so far out of his depth with not just political reality, but reality itself, that he doesn't understand why it can't be done with a snap of his fingers.

Trump's big problem (wait, I've narrowed it down to just one?) is that he expects the government to work in the same way that a corporation works. He's the CEO of the United States, and damnit, he should be able to snap his fingers and big projects are started.

Except that it doesn't work that way, and it never has.

I lost track of how many times I've had to explain to Republicans/right-leaning independents that, no, the border wall could not be started on Day One of the Trump Presidency, because of silly things like land surveys, and floodwater surveys, and so forth.

Sometimes, it even got through to them.

Comment Re:I have my doubts (Score 4, Insightful) 381

Also, didn't he basically just treat a "We'd like to do this thing?" as a "It's a done deal, I'm signing this now." for an air traffic control overhaul? (Or am I remembering the wrong thing?)

Regardless, Trump is all sizzle and no steak. He will say anything that makes him look good, and well, if his attention wanders later and no one ever gets around to doing anything, it doesn't matter, because Trump has already moved on to the next shiny thing.

Comment Re:Who domesticated whom? (Score 5, Funny) 172

I think it's fairer to say that the intelligence range of cats and dogs can widely vary. I've known some dogs that were dumber than a bag of hammers.

Okay, story time. One of the cats we had when I was younger was a Siamese that we got from a shelter. If she had a previous owner, that owner never let her outside. Well, all of our cats have been indoor/outdoor cats, so we didn't see any problem letting her outside after she had acclimatized to her new home.

No, she didn't run away. She was, quite frankly, amazed at the outside. Kind of a "Oh, wait, there's more?"

Anyway, a while after we got her, she's outside, sunning herself on the front walk when a neighbor's Golden Retriever sees her. Now, this dog was a very pretty dog (as Golden Retrievers tend to be), but it was so dumb it's brain might as well have been a flowchart.

So, it sees the cat, and in it's doggie brain, the only possible response is "run at cat, barking madly" followed by "WHEN cat runs, chase it."

Not, "IF cat runs". "WHEN".

Well, of course, the cat had no idea what a dog even was, and being the most chill cat ever, waited until the dog came to a screeching halt, still barking, to get up, sniff the dog's face, do a little kitty shrug, and lie back down. The dog was not important to the cat.

The dog wandered off back to it's own yard. It had no concept of what to do when the cat didn't run.

Comment Re:Can we stop caring about this? (Score 1) 253

Except that there are other limits to speech outside of hate speech.

You cannot threaten public officials and expect to use the First Amendment as a dodge for criminal charges. You cannot yell "FIRE!" in a crowded theater when there is no fire, and expect to use the First Amendment as a dodge for criminal charges.

Then there's inciting to riot, "fighting words"....

Comment Re:How about just not changing shifts? (Score 2) 51

You aren't kidding.

I did the graveyard shift at a FedEx Office (before it was known as such) for over a decade. During that time, I worked with easily a dozen other people on that shift, most of whom couldn't hack it.

Not in terms of work or anything. They just found it very hard to adjust to sleeping during the day, and working at night. (One poor guy was trying to be a full time student, work the graveyard shift, and work part time at his church. He.... didn't last long at the store.)

And every once in a while, my manager would insist that I show up at the generally pointless store meetings. He finally understood why I wasn't showing up when I explained it as "Okay, go home. relax a little. Have dinner. Go to bed. And then, three hours later, get up, stay up for an hour and a half, and then go back to bed. And see how effective you are in the morning when you're supposed to come in."

Alas, shortly after he understood it, he transferred to another store, and I had to go through the whole rigamarole with a new manager.

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