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Comment Re:Do not use usernames in email addresses (Score 5, Funny) 383

"Hey there, I'm Gary Wilson. I'd like to get more information about this petition you're circulating, but I'm running late to class... can you email me more info?"
"Sure, Gary. Thanks for your interest. What's your email address? Gary.Wilson@myuniversity.edu?"
"No, it's generated using a salted hashing algorithm, it's actually 8msMWlk09$1)_23@myuniversity.edu"
"uh...... yeah, why don't I just give you my card, you can contact me later."

Comment Re:American sweatshop (Score 1) 210

This. So much of this.

I worked at AOL for about 3 years in their tech support queue (this was straight out of high school) and the metrics for support staff were something along the lines of maintaining a 7.5 minute call time and 90% satisfaction rating from callers.

My average was about 9 minutes, but I routinely got 100% satisfaction ratings quarter after quarter. My boss told me to stop being so nice so I could take one more call per hour. I ended up moving to the DSL queue which had no time limit, and that's just about the only reason I was able to stay for so long. The average turnover was 300% for regular support. You read that right, they turned over their entire support staff 3 times per year, on average. There were some days that I was helping train someone new and they would leave for lunch on day 1 and never come back - and this happened several times.

But I gotta tell you, when I moved to the "no call time limit" queue, it was an instantaneous leap forward in my overall job satisfaction. No more pressure to dump calls, I could actually take the necessary time to solve the problem, which made me very happy. Then the AOL-Time Warner merger happened, I saw the handwriting on the wall, and I sold all my stock options almost exactly at the peak of $165 and never looked back. I honestly miss that job sometimes.

Comment Re:American sweatshop (Score 1, Insightful) 210

instead of a lame attempt at comedy by improper use of "dripping sarcasm", perhaps you should try critical thinking.

America has always been about self determination. If you are at a job where you don't like the situation, you have many choices. Here are a few of them, listed in increasing risk/reward order: You can join or form a union (even in non-union states, most of the time you can unionize even if it's a right-to-work state.) You can speak up and try to change the culture of your workplace. You can find a different job with the same skillset. You can move to another city with better economic prospects. You can increase your skillset through training and education and then find another job. Or you can start your own company and run it however you want.

And before you think you can get away with linking job satisfaction with education, remember that government-run schools are the ones you're complaining about. In the aggregate, private, parochial, and home-schooled kids rank far better on standardized tests than the schools you're excoriating. Think about that. The parents that follow the path of self-determination for their kids are exceeding the average, just like the people who start their own businesses do. As for lifespan and health, that's partly genetic, partly cultural (fast food, etc.), but has almost nothing to do with workplace satisfaction. Look at Japan, where they have arguably some of the worst job hours and stress in the world, but their average lifespan is higher than the US. If we were to conclude that job satisfaction correlates with lifespan and health, Japan should be doing much worse overall than the US, which isn't true.

Comment Re:OK. Next? (Score 3, Informative) 588

There already exist a number of tablets which have Win 8 Pro installed. They're just not made by Microsoft. Surface Pro is (will be) the first tablet *to be made by Microsoft* with Win 8 Pro.

Even today you can install whatever you want on a Win 8 Pro tablet that doesn't have secure boot restrictions not already overcome by drivers.

So, yes, he could have been more wrong. He could have said what you said.

Comment Re:More food for thought for the mentally starved (Score 1) 1130

I actually thought of that when I posted, but it's really quite a different thing to take policing action at a violent, arson-fueled riot than it would be to invade Denver with tanks, as had been suggested in a post above. Would there be a few hotheads in fear of their lives claiming self defense, like at Kent? Sure, probably... but a planned "invasion" against Americans? Not gonna happen. Cooler heads would prevail.

Comment Re:More food for thought for the mentally starved (Score 4, Insightful) 1130

wait, who said that members of the military would actually be *willing* to fight a war against other Americans? I'd wager you'd see the shortest war in history as the front line troops would simply refuse to fire. Key leaders would resign before giving the orders to fight, and the infrastructure would then either A. fall into unmanageable chaos or B. constrict and lock down into a state of paralysis. Either way, it's not going to be an effective force, even if it gets far enough to (unconsitutionally) deploy troops.

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