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Comment Rust Belt (Score 2) 142

If Trump were clever, he would allow unlimited H1B's in Rust Belt areas, with protections for local IT workers (assuming he won't support a free market, which is pretty much a given).

Silicon Valley CEO's don't want to go anywhere but down their mountain to work, but the massive influx of workers into one area is making things miserable for non CxO workers because of the density/demand-driven prices.

Want to see how badly the VC-fueled ventures really want to consume their H1B workers?

Comment Re:Great. More glassholes (Score 1) 106

This is exactly what we needed, more glassholes continuously uploading video feed to the largest data aggregator company in the world that has facial recognition, geo location, reads our email, and knows about our web searches.

So, don't go into a business that is using Enterprise Glass in their operations. Derp, what part of this is hard?

Comment Re:Ah the return of glassholes (Score 3, Interesting) 106

What you said is a nice idea but it isn't really practical or safe to use in that environment. I do with lathes, mills and welding and you wouldn't even use these glasses while operating a machine. If I have to look at a design I step away from the machine and check the design. I'm not going to have a whirly machine of death running while I am looking at the design.

As far as welding goes, here's a slashdot story from five years ago. The demo video is fantastic.

Just because you can't see the use immediately doesn't mean there isn't one.

Comment Re:It's more complex (Score 1) 399

When I was 18, I acquired a ridiculous long distance telephone bill.

I made the calls and I owed the money but there was shady business going on.

When I was away at college, we all got long distance calling cards for RCI via the school. These cards had a $100 limit on how much they would allow you to accumulate before they were shut off. I used mine for months, occasionally hitting the limit and getting shut off until I paid. After a few months, they allowed me to make $200 in calls before shutting me off. I paid. The last straw was when they allowd $570 in calls before shutting off the card. I didn't pay right away because I didn't want to keep racking up charges and I didn't trust myself to have the discipline to not use the card if it was available.

The semester ended and I went home. I got a collection letter from Windham Associates, listing my debt and listing a $200+ collection fee. I called up immediately and expressed my desire to not pay $200+ to them in addition to the money that I rightfully owed. They wouldn't budge and they continued to call me until I agreed to send $50 per month until the debt was settled. Immediately after I hung up the phone, I felt outraged that they were successful at making me feel bullied into paying them money for doing virtually nothing. I went and dug out one of the old RCI bills and wrote a check to RCI for the full amount of the bill but NOT the collection fee.

I avoided Windham Associates' calls until after I received the cancelled check in the mail. Once I had that check, I accepted one of their calls. Robert C. from Windham Associates had an edge to his voice because I hadn't sent them any money after agreeing that I would. I smiled big and wide as I explained to him that I had already settled the debt with RCI. I sent them a check for the full amount that I owed them, they cashed the check, I was holding the canceled check and I would be giving him nothing. I could almost hear his face hit the floor when he realized that the easy windfall he was expecting wasn't coming.

I owed the money, it had always been my intention to pay it but that collection agency taught me a valuable lesson. Never pay what they initially ask you to pay. Always find a way to settle the debt for less.


Comment Re:Thank goodness it's not just me. (Score 1) 551

Also, if liking windows 7 is "being an old guy" then what does that say about 90% of slashdot users, a fair amount of which, i'm guessing, stood in line to get windows 95 when it came out and/or red hat linux for that brief moment in the 90's where linux was popular with consumers for some reason.

I'm comfortable being an old guy. I go back to the days of the TI-99 and Apple ][. My first GUI OS was Apple's System 6 on a Mac Plus. I still have some 800k floppies stored away somewhere.


Comment Re:What is the point? (Score 1) 551

I think you're just splitting hairs - how is Windows 10 "unusable" out of the box? I'm no MS fanboy, and I freely admit Windows 10 has problems - but given all the working around I've always had to do with every OS I've ever installed, I've never understood the hate.

Comment Re:What is the point? (Score 2) 551

OK, I am talking about Windows 10 here, although I also had 8.1 Pro that I added a "classic shell" to before I upgraded to Windows 10. I guess my take is that I've always had to tweak every OS to get it to the state that was tolerable for me, including various Linux flavors and Mac OS. So I start on the install by saying "no" to everything MS wants to to do to send back information to them. I remove all the default tiles from the start menu and only add what I want after installing. Like EVERY OTHER OS I install Chrome to use as my default browser.

I guess I'm simply cognizant of the fact that MS will keep trying to steer me towards MS products and just ignore it now. Yes, MS, I really DO want to set Chrome as my default browser. I also have disabled internet searches from Cortana - I only use it to quick launch some things that I may not use that often, the same way I do in Ubuntu's search.

Once you do all the tweaking, Windows 10 is no worse than Windows 7 for most people, and in some ways it is better. Often, when I point this out to people they say "but I shouldn't have to do all that tweaking," and they're right - but, as I mentioned, it seems I always have to do that kind of tweaking on pretty much every OS.

Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 551

Yeah, I get it - they seem to have not finished actually moving their tools to a Windows 10 "paradigm," so you still have the older versions of the control panel in order to do some things, and the newer settings to do some things, and there's definitely a loss of coherence, and it's noticeable. But how often are users tweaking settings? It's one of those things that, as soon as you install Windows 10, or update certain drivers, or whatnot, you might have to search for a few settings to make things work. But then rest of the time, the 99% of the time, you're just using stuff just like you did with Windows 7 or XP.

I personally like Windows 10 - if there are any complaints, it's the telemetry, and I often use Linux when I don't feel like having everything tracked. I've also got some other annoyances (the clock is always wrong in Windows 10 after I had been using Linux... I have to turn "Automatically set the time" off and on again to get it right). I also had an issue where Cortana stopped helping me find local files when I had all the web search stuff turned off. For example, if you want "notepad" and you start typing "n" into the search, it just fails after the first letter.

So I'm not claiming it's perfect, but I've never felt anything was, and I just don't see as being a whole lot worse than anything else.

Comment Re:A UBI... (Score 1) 194


Humans need to have a purpose to be individually happy.

Humans need to be productive to have a happy society.

Society needs the production of goods and services to avoid scarcity of resources, and thus survive.

UBI, as currently pitched, is mostly billionaires trying to foist their nouveau-riche guilt off onto society, so they don't have to take personal responsibility for anything.

Once technology gets to the point of creating a post-scarcity society, then the rules will change. For now, it's a recipe for a decaying society and must be avoided, so that we can get to that vision.

These Silicon Valley rich-guys are exactly the worst people to listen to about this, as they have personal reasons to put this particular cart before the horse.

Comment Thank goodness it's not just me. (Score 2) 551

I have been feeling like an old guy for years. When Microsoft eliminated the plain old start menu in 8, I decided that they'd have to drag me kicking and screaming away from 7. I'm still using 7. I have even decided to forgo an upgrade to Ryzen because I do not want 10.

Hopefully, enough old guy nerd rage will convince Microsoft that they made a mistake (like with Vista) and that they should do something to fix it.


Comment Re:Rule 1. Don't attract attention. (Score 2) 112

will continue without any positive effects, but doing massive damage.

Cui bono?

It's positive for policemen and those who sell their toys.
It's positive for prison owners and unions.
It's positive for the "justice" system.
It's positive for the people who sell "interdiction" equipment.
It's positive for politicians who need an internal enemy.
It's positive for black ops budgets.
It's positive for big pharma.
It's positive for organized crime.

It's only doing massive damage to The People. And that's who it's a War on.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 314

Who here thinks that the free shipping is sustainable. Especial with the given examples?

The cost of shipping is built into every Prime item. On a few they lose out, on most they make it up. That's why many items are cheaper on Prime Pantry than on Prime - because they're only shipping one big box.

for fucks sake, get a clue.

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