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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.

NASA

Does Obama Have a Problem At NASA? 479

MarkWhittington writes "Has NASA become a problem for the Obama transition? If one believes a recent story in the Orlando Sentinel, the transition team at NASA, led by former NASA Associate Administrator Lori Garver, is running into some bureaucratic obstruction." Specifically, according to this article NASA Administrator Michael Griffin made calls to aerospace industry executives asking them to stonewall if asked about benefits to be gained by canceling the current US efforts to revisit the moon; we mentioned last month that cutting Aries and Orion is apparently an idea under strong consideration by the Obama transition team.

Comment Huh? (Score 1) 412

I didn't have anything except a cell phone when I signed up for FiOS. Granted, I signed up for FiOS TV + Internet, but I could have just as easily left the TV off and they would have connected it. My neighbor has that setup, and I've been thinking about dropping the TV myself.

Comment What a stupid reason to hate Python (Score 1) 997

As someone who has no particular love for Python, I'm not encouraging you to use it. Still, of the possible criticisms of the language, the whole "using indentation to delimit blocks" is probably the worst. It just works, people. I went into it skeptical too, but Python's parser is smart enough to handle just about any style of indentation you throw at it, so long as you're at least somewhat consistent in its usage.

If you want "Python without mandatory indentation", Ruby is probably about as close as you'll get, though they're significantly different. Still, if that's your gripe about Python, you owe it to yourself to at least give it a try before you write it off.

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