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Comment It sucks from the other side, too. (Score 1) 195

When I quit my last job, I was there for 5 weeks after saying, "I'm gonna go ahead and leave." I said I could stay as long as they needed to have a smooth transition but that was clearly a mistake. 2 weeks in, absolutely nothing had been done to transfer my tasks so I set a firm date for 3 weeks later. Had all my tasks documented but no direction on who would take over. Another week goes by. "Who is taking over these tasks?" And another. "Who is taking over these tasks? I would really feel more comfortable walking them through their first week." [cricket_chirps] A couple days before I left, I emailed my documentation to the remaining department employees with one last reminder that, even if everything else is ignored, backups and archiving are very important and require daily attention. I assume they figured things out without catastrophic failures because they're still around.

Comment No shit. (Score 3, Interesting) 184

Besides the fact that the DoD already incorporates climate change in their threat assessments (see and, there's the bleedingly obvious conclusion that if an area goes through enough environmental changes that mass migration is better than staying put, conflict with the surrounding areas is guaranteed.

I mean, when New Orleans was evacuated during Katrina, that already sparked enough conflict. Now imagine that the change is permanent and that it's not just a major city evacuating, but an entire geographical area. We'll find out just how far we have evolved from chimps (hint: not very much).

Comment Re:This was definitely needed! (Score 3, Informative) 100

Same here except substitute Verizon for AT&T and hotels for Starbucks. One time, I was staying in a motel in the middle of a large city and their internet service felt as slow as satellite. Huge latency, mediocre speeds. When I went out to the car, I saw a friggin' DirecWay dish at the end of the building. I could only assume that they had some ridiculous contract that required they put satellite internet at all of their locations. Another hotel limited their free internet to 1mb down. If you wanted 10mb, you had to pay something like $10/day. Ridonkulous.

Now I just fire up the hotspot on my phone and get service almost as fast as my cablemodem at home and nobody else can [easily] access the data on my WPA2 connection. If I was really paranoid, I'd use wired tethering. Even if I'm really out in the sticks, I still get 3G and that's plenty good for surfing.

Comment Re:What past was he from? Mine. (Score 2) 479

I had an Atari ST at college. It booted (to a graphical, no less) desktop pretty much instantly, say a few seconds if you had a slew of SCSI peripherals (especially a CDROM drive), but otherwise it was about half a second.

It was ready to go, too. None of this crap of *showing* the desktop and then spinning the busy cursor for another 30 secs...


Submission + - Russia Proposes Banning Foul Language on the Internet (

eldavojohn writes: In a country where it's illegal to insult a government official, State Duma Deputy Yelena Mizulina has proposed an amendment to ban swearing on social networks, bulletin boards and all websites. The website would be blocked if the offending material had not been removed within 24 hours. The name of the law this would be added to? "On the protection of children from information harmful to their health and development." Mizulina's title in regards to this legislation? Chairwoman of the Committee on Family, Women and Children (No joke!). Of course, Yelena Mizulina is no stranger to unwarranted censorship as she was behind the law banning gay propaganda to minors and invoked laws to try to silence critics on twitter. The article also notes, 'United Russia deputy Vitaly Milonov put forward a similar initiative on 25 July. He proposed to tighten control over social networks and allow people to dating sites through their passports.'

Comment Apples to Oranges (Score 5, Informative) 158

If it wasn't for all the false reporting about conditions at Foxconn, I might take this seriously.

"All the false reporting" was one nutjob who was confusing journalism with stage performance. A stark difference between Mike Daisey and China Labor Watch is their falsifiable report that, unlike Daisey's heart wrenching anecdotal stories, can be checked.


At Pegatron, over 10,000 underage and student workers (interns), from 16 to 20 years of age, work in crowded production rooms, doing the same work as formal, adult workers. But some students are paid lower wages because schools deduct fees for the internship, while other students will not have their wages paid to them on time.

CLW’s investigations revealed at least 86 labor rights violations, including 36 legal violations and 50 ethical violations. The violations fall into 15 categories: dispatch labor abuse, hiring discrimination, women’s rights violations, underage labor, contract violations, insufficient worker training, excessive working hours, insufficient wages, poor working conditions, poor living conditions, difficulty in taking leave, labor health and safety concerns, ineffective grievance channels, abuse by management, and environmental pollution.

Did you read the report? It's got hard numbers and straight up accusations with defined conditions that can be checked. It's not like "I met a little girl who polished my iPhone." Instead it's like "A dorm room at Pegatron can accommodate 12 people. From Monday to Friday, residents have to clock-in within 24 hours or else they will be considered checked out of the dorm." or "The Pegatron factories had a list of discriminatory hiring practices, including refusing to hire people shorter than 4 foot 11 inches tall, pregnant women, those older than 35, people with tattoos, or people of the Hui, Tibetan, or Uighur ethnic groups."

Comment Re:Time to send out the papers... (Score 0) 339

That the information was only produced after the IG investigation is highly suspicious and seems to be a flimsy, if not fraudulent, attempt to undermine the IG's investigation.

Citation needed. Preferably in the form of direct comments from the IG.

That liberals have conveniently come out with a list of words after the IG investigation has concluded proves nothing. There's simply no evidence progressive groups were targeted like conservative groups were.

Wow. The fact that [GroupB] has come out with a list of words after the IG investigation has concluded proves nothing. There's simply no evidence [GroupB] was targeted like [GroupA] was. Do you listen to yourself?

Conservative students being disallowed to a presidential speech that they had tickets to and that had open seats based on their political preference is exactly the same discrimination perpetrated by the IRS against conservative groups.

I don't think you know what "exactly the same" means. Unless, of course, you think that a presidential speech is the IRS, and conservative groups are students attending a speech. Furthermore, there is the question whether there was reasonable suspicion of thinking they're up to shenanigans. Considering the history of republican activists like James O'Keefe, I'm waiting for some more evidence before coming to any conclusion.

Liberals preach tolerance, but are almost never able to tolerate those they disagree with, which is the whole point of being tolerant.

And there, I was almost ready to take you seriously. You have no idea what tolerance is. Hint: it is not "you have to let me do and say whatever I want". It's significantly more subtle and complex than that.

Comment Re:*Grassley* is complaining about waste? (Score 1) 147

Senators and House of representatives are the ultimate Government waste. I suggest we tackle waste at the root: by removing the entire Congress from the US political system. I mean, it's not like they're doing anything right now anyway.

What's that? They perform important, and things like government salaries, pensions, cadillac health care, corporate-sponsored outings to the Bahamas are just things that make government possible? I'm shocked at that news. Maybe we can come to a similar understanding for thinks like NASA researchers dressed as Vikings?

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