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Comment Re:Good. (Score 3, Informative) 699

A lot of people don't know what the flu really is like - they get a winter cold and call it "the flu", or they get some gastrointestinal bug and call it "the stomach flu". My ex-boss was notorious for the former... he'd have the sniffles but it was "a touch of the flu". Then when a coworker was out for two weeks with the real thing, ex-boss made a lot of derogatory comments because of course HE always came to work, even with "the flu".

The real flu lays most people out flat - congested lungs, bad sore throat, temps well above 100, a feeling like a truck ran over you. The increased mucus production can make you queasy when it ends up in your stomach, but it's not a stomach bug.

BTW I'm not intending to take sides - just making a comment.

Comment What do they expect? (Score 4, Funny) 177

They probably shouldn't have incorporated the tablets into the wood shop curriculum - if a student doesn't have a hammer available, he's gonna use the first thing he can lay his hands on.

Fortunately, back in my day, that just meant occasionally driving nails with a crescent wrench.

Comment Re:My company changed software too (Score 4, Informative) 101

I want to know how they did it without losing any functionality (or sanity!)

While our previous setup wasn't from IBM/Lotus, we switched to Google Apps a couple years ago. In our case the thinking wasn't "do we have 100% of our old functionality?", it was "is it good enough, especially given the cost savings (Apps is free since we're an educational institution)?" - and the answer to that question was yes.

It's sort of like all those places that switched to Hyper-V a few years ago. It was obvious Hyper-V was lacking in features when compared to VMware ESX; but in a lot of circumstances it ended up not costing anything up front, so the "good enough" argument combined with the cost savings won the day.

I'm not saying it was necessarily the right decision - it wasn't my decision to make, only to implement. But it sure seems like "good enough if it's cheap enough" rules the day much of the time, anymore.

Comment Re:Susan Bennett?? (Score 1) 114

She says she sat in her home recording booth for 4 hours at a time for a whole year reading nonsensical phrases given to her so that they could later be pulled apart and analyzed.

Unfortunately Apple Maps interpreted those phrases as actual place names located in the Australian desert.

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