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Comment That's nothing new (Score 1) 417

I worked at Best Buy back in college and we used to tell people the cheap boxes we advertised in the paper were out of stock if they weren't gonna buy the service plan all the time. We'd do it even if there was a whole row of boxes sitting right in front of them. The first time I saw it, I was amazed, and I'm sure Best Buy would never admit it, but we used to be instructed to do it by management on a regular basis.

Comment Re:I'd rather have 4/36 (Score 3, Interesting) 1055

I worked this schedule several years ago as a night shift NOC monkey. I think I might go back if given the chance, despite the fact that I'd make about 1/4 the money I do now. Nothing like staffing a data center by yourself (or with one other person) in an empty building with nothing to do except write code, watch movies, play video games, order takeout, and wait for an alarm. Plus we had several OC-12s at a time when I was paying $150/mo for 768k SDSL.

You didn't get to see other people very often, but everything was just starting to open on your way home from work so running errands was a snap, your commute was the opposite way traffic was going, and shopping was easy because the grocery store was empty. I used to hit the health club downstairs, swim a couple miles, and be headed out to my car to go home just as the 9-5ers were rolling in.

Just thinking about it makes me dread riding the train into the city in a few hours. I need to go to sleep...

Comment Re:Herd instict (Score 1) 734

Don't know where you live, but I'm sure it falls into one of two categories:

1) Decent place with at least a few privacy invading and/or absurd security regulations that don't actually make anybody safer.

2) Hellhole.

As a US citizen, someone who's not easily scared by nebulous "TERRORISTS R COMING" proclamations from the White House Press Office, and someone who thinks the government in general should stay out of my hair, I'm not a fan of most of our regulations when it comes to travel and documentation.

On the other hand, I've been around enough to know that aside from the extra attention our laws get, they're not really any worse than anywhere else.

Common sense and practicality are in legendarily short supply when it comes to nations and their concepts of security. This is not a problem that's restricted to the USA by any means. We do get a lot more attention than most other individual nations, though.

Comment Thanks Citizens! (Score 1) 713

Thanks, citizens of Oregon! With your continued efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle, you are helping to ensure that this planet of ours is around for generations to come. Kudos to you for cutting down on your driving, buying new, fuel efficient vehicles, and using alternative methods of transportation.

Unfortunately, we're gonna have to fuck you.

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