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Comment Re:Recommendation (Score 1) 205

Agreed. My workplace is unpleasant. In order to increase employee retention they focus on "building relationships" rather than improve the basic working conditions. They believe that having a friend at work will keep you there. Of course this is a huge problem for them as well, because while you might stay for your friend, your just as likely to quit when they leave because they are the only thing keeping you there.

Mixing work and personal lives is a disaster. All workplaces want this when they want you to work from home every night and weekend or stay until 8:00 at night. All workplaces blame employees when this results in you bringing your personal life to work. No work place will tolerate this being a two-way street and there is simply no benefit to the employee if only the employer gets the advantage.

Comment Re:Insanity. (Score 1) 673

That's kind of like sitting in your car at the bottom of a ravine and saying we are close to driving off the edge of the road. The Simpson's are 23 years old. If they are children, it's only because a writer puts it on a script. They might as well be arresting husbands whose wives dress up in a school girl outfit for them. He's being arrested for fiction. That is a thought crime.

Comment Re:I recommend ... (Score 1) 687

All the comments are mentioning the ineptitude, outright stupidity, of school officials. And of course they are absolutely right. But I'm surprised no one is writing about the poor article here.

Authorities: Who are these authorities? I don't know and the reporter should be informing us. For nothing else, at least to have someone to ridicule publicly.

School policy: If the school official gives a quote about school policy AND the author includes it, that reporter should be questioning those details before using the quote or else pointing out how the school official couldn't provide any documentation for his made-up allegations.

Comment Re:I love this bit (Score 1) 307

I think what the parent is pointing out, and absolutely true, is not that they don't realize they could use Google but that they still can't figure it out. After years of university they still lack the skills to research a problem to find the answer. This is nothing less than pathetic when technology that was common place 10 years ago allows you to type keywords, get a list of thousands of relevant pages, with short summaries of the articles/pages, and is as easy as clicking a button to go to each and read the instructions.

I'm in America and I'm horrified to read that the problem isn't limited to the US. I have had the chance to work with educators and I am still in shock every time someone with 17-18 years of schooling cannot do simple problem solving steps and is generally unwilling to even attempt to do so.

Are geeks good at problem solving because their desire to play with the computer required them to learn? Or are they drawn to computers because of some innate skill at problem solving? I refuse to believe that problem solving is some special mutant power that only 10% of the population has. I despise the fact that students are asked to read a chapter out of a book and answer a few look-up questions for 12 years while no one is teaching them how to compare and contrast or do research on their own.

Comment Re:Baby Free Zone? (Score 1) 643

This is stupid. It increases the danger to passengers. Think of it this way. If you are put in this section you are declaring to everyone that you have a special weakness or vulnerability to exploit. Someone could easily carry out a small scale attack on the plane by falsely reporting an allergy and then rub peanut dust on all of the armrests.

Comment Re:Moving and all (Score 1) 515

I'm going to differ here. I get the tie in between Outlook and almost everything else, tie-ins between Word and whatever, Excel and Access, everything else and Sharepoint. But what is the tie in needed for PowerPoint. I use Powerpoint and I really don't find a need for integration anywhere. If someone came a long and offered a product that made it much easier to put together a presentation I'd pick it up in a second. And I don't even spend most of my time on it. Think of the mid-level managers spending hours each week.

I know, maybe you can't get it approved for work. What if the new program had a built in feature to save as video?

I'm just saying, there's less reason to hold onto Powerpoint as to hold onto the other MS Office products.

Comment Re:One of my first jobs (Score 1) 709

I think that breaking down the work/personal barrier is a mistake. Companies who destroy that barrier with unmanageable hours leaving employees to work at home or pull a 13 hour day reap what they sow as those employees eventually take their personal time back during the work day.

This leads to scandals over office romps and surfing for porn like in the recent NASA story as well as hold ups everywhere in the production chain as Person B waits for Person A who is taking a nap. When he finally tries passing his work up to Person C he finds C is out getting his shopping done.

This can pay off on jobs where production is needed in spurts. But normally it is just a counter-productive waste of time.

Comment Re:Casual Gaming (Score 1) 126

I don't have a problem with the "reality" shows but I do mind that they push out quality shows.

I agree that the reality shows in a large part exist because of the lower cost. But even cheaper shows would not succeed without viewers. These shows offer something that the Wii also offers, competition. They are a group activity. People are always talking about these shows around the lunch room at my work. Who's good, who's bad, who's evil... it makes it easy for the viewers to talk about the show with others. It's like football for people who don't like sports.

My main complaint is that with all the money I pay through cable subscriptions plus 20 minutes per hour in the form of commercials and they still have such garbage TV. With that kind investment per viewer there should be no reason they cannot have good television shows.

Comment Re:Greedy note aside (Score 1) 331

That is an excellent argument to industry on why they need to shorten copyright terms. There is good money to be made in producing works that are outside copyright. This might not mean that everything out there is going to be printed, but there would be a financial incentive for quality works to be printed.

I actually think that chains like Walmart and Target, or Amazon even moreso, should be leading the campaign. Think of all the money the distribution chains could make from pushing their own copies of public domain works.

Comment Re:Cool (Score 1) 331

My brother and I were having this conversation just the other day. Disney may 'believe' it is in their best interests if no one else has access to their materials. In reality, Disney is a victim of the beast it has created. Admittedly, Disney is doing great at raking in the dough from it's old movies that were good. But what have they done that's any good lately? Princess and the Frog? Eh, I guess so. But they aren't churning out grade A winners. They'll still get an audience because they are Disney for sure.

But what Disney needs is an original-ish idea or to build on something more current. They've hobbled themselves on two counts. On one hand they've stifled creativity or at least the production of new works. And, then they've limited themselves with their copyright extensions from being able to freely borrow from the new works that do get made (because they'll have to wait another century at which point they won't be current-ish ideas).

Disney has become the best example of why copyright no longer benefits industry... stagnant.

Comment Re:UrT: An FPS with Improved Realism (Score 1) 465

I'll second that for UrT. Admittedly, the walljumps that are fun as can be are not terribly realistic, but the teamwork is critical, as is strategy. Spawn-killing noobs? Protect your base or die in it I say. I think that's pretty realistic. The recoil and reload times as well as bleeding are realistic enough to push real strategy beyond pray and spray. OK, probably not a very realistic damage chart. But the fact that you have a choice after being shot of either taking care of your wounds or continuing to bleed out while you keep shooting is one of the reasons I love this game.

Comment MS - ACCESS (Score 1) 428

I'll suggest another MS solution, just build your own database. Because of my personal scenario I have few options for software. Access is already installed at my workplace so I just built a database for jobs. Recurring stuff just goes in my Calendar. But anything new coming in that is a project to a quick task goes in my database.

A form makes a convenient view to record who the job is for, what kind of job it is, any special tags you want to assign the job, and you have choices for what boxes you want for different types of data. Do you want to record the updates on the project/job? Do you want to record when you received the job and when you finished? I find 4 slots for milestones/sub-goals is plenty for me. You could add a date for the milestones if you wanted to.

This all makes it easy to view only unfinished jobs, or certain types of tasks, or to run a report by milestone dates.

Prior to using Access I just had odds and ends here and there and it was too hard to track. One note wouldn't be a good solution for me because many of my tasks are quick, but I still need to record them. Using OneNote would not be as convenient, nor as easy to turn into an end of year report detailing how time was spent.

Comment Re:If women are so smart . . . (Score 1) 928

You say these inequalities linger into the future, but you've done nothing to describe how they linger. The lack of female representatives cannot be due to inequalities since 1920, almost a century ago, when females gained equality in voting power.

You are merely reinforcing the original poster's argument that the what may have happened a century ago (before suffrage) has nothing to do with today's politics in which women wield a majority of voting power.

Comment Re:THE DAMAGES ARE BUNK (Score 1) 621

Amen to that. The blurring of work/personal life is something that management loves because they get 24/7 employees that see no problem with doing work for free. But then when employees display casual behavior at work (jeans/tshirts, inappropriate language, flirting, surfing facebook) the bosses get all in a tizzy. They have created their own monster here by blurring that line between personal life and work.

I was salary in an industry that was not well protected by labor laws. I did take work home and work late, but my bosses realized it that I did great work and did extra work and they rewarded me appropriately. Now I have a new boss, less recognition, and hourly pay. And you better believe it that when I'm asked to do an extra job I make it clear that it's overtime. The downside is my pay is less. The upside is that my time is even more valuable.

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