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Comment 6 montsh? That's it? (Score 1) 393

I haven't had Flash installed on my home system in years. Never missed it.

People who make a big deal about how long they've gone without technology have bigger issues. If you can't go a day without having to text someone, get the jitters if you don't check your phone every 30 seconds or have withdrawal symptoms if you're not staring at a screen, you need to seek medical help.

Comment Blah, blah, blah (Score 5, Insightful) 231

Here we go again. The supposed shortage of IT workers has been repeatedly shown to be false. While the IT industry has fared much better than most after the Bush depression, to claim that there is a shortage is just plain wrong.

There are thousands of people willing to do the jobs but it is the employers who are the sticking point. They want someone under 30, with 10 or more years of experience in multiple languages, willing to work long hours for average pay.

Article after article I have read all say the same thing: employers admit they are looking for someone with exceptional skills but then go on to admit their wages are not competitive AND they are unwilling to train people.

Only in extreme situations are there shortages of qualified people and those are few and far between. The disconnect between what is available and what HR/employers say they want is the overriding reason for this supposed "shortage".

Until employers get their heads out of their asses and stop whining about how they can't find anyone when they get 200+ resumes for a posting, they can go pound sand.

Comment Re:No, it shouldn't (Score 3, Informative) 307

We would probably get more done as a country if we had more time off.

Funny you should mention this. Just this morning on CNBC there was a guy who talked about this very subject. His main point was that people should get roughly 10 hours of sleep each night, not the recommended 8 and certainly more than whatever the national average is.

He also mentioned that people should take naps in the afternoon to recharge as well as take more vacations as they are more productive afterwards.

Finally, the blurb across the bottom of the screen said according his book, most people work in 90 minutes bursts of creativity then have to recharge for the next round.

Overall, working more hours does not produce more work and people who think they can be more productive by working more and sleeping less are actually doing the opposite.

This is the link to the interview from this morning and this is a link to a related story from last year saying the same thing.

Having said all that, do I want Chinese New Year to be a holiday? No. Holidays should be reserved for unique events, such as our Declaration of Independence, not some general celebration such as New Years (Chinese or not).

Comment Re:Always on = !on (Score 0) 592

Demos only allow you play up to a certain point.

Yeah, so? That's the point of a demo. It gives you a taste of what the game is like and allows you to make a decision whether to by the game or not.

Oh wait, I see. You wanted to have the game without paying for it. Apparently when a company offers you a free sample, that's not good enough. You want a free game.

Comment Re:The Plant (Score 5, Informative) 81

Actually, he cut it short because it WAS working well

False. This is the Wired article wherein his assistant, Marsha Defillipo states:

By part four, only 46 percent of the people who downloaded the book paid for it, DeFillipo said.

As I always say when these stories come up, and routinely get modded down, people are lazy and cheap. If they can get something for nothing, they will, regardless if it hurts the person producing the work. They feel they are entitled to take someone else's work without compensation and will use every excuse and twist of language to justify their actions.

Comment Re:In other news today. (Score 1) 99

Then I guess video games are a waste of time and money as there is a hell of a lot of art in them.

So would be any pictures in any book as they're art.

Then of course there are the thousands of museums housing pieces of art from over the centuries from such wastes of time as Michelangelo, Cezanne and Gauguin.

Yeah, art is such a waste. I guess four bare walls painted grey is what the world should have instead.

Comment Re:Chinese/Oriental medicine (Score 1) 386

If you go to and do a search for acupuncture, you will find that Randi's thoughts on acupuncture and chi are the same as for faith healing, dowsing, psychics and all other supposed paranormal matters: they're bunk. There is no evidence to show acupuncture has any health benefit beyond the placebo effect.

Here, have a look at the numerous articles on the site.

As to tai chi and chi kung, since those are exercises, they would obviously have some health benefits and would not be considered in the realm of paranormal or woo.

Comment Re:In other news today. (Score 1) 99

Define waste of money. What you might consider a waste, others might consider art. As in this case.

You might say spending millions every year to feed hungry people in Africa is a worthwhile endeavor while others say it's a waste because we've been doing it for decades and nothing ever changes. Why don't we use that money to move them where the food is? (thx Sam Kinison).

Unless you're saying people should be told what to do with their money rather than spend it as they wish simply because you think how they're spending it is a waste.

Comment We would never do that (Score 1) 117

"One time at my lab, a petri dish of genetically modified super-virus went missing. That day we made a pinky swear never to admit we crossed Ebola with the common cold."

"Why the hell would you cross Ebola with the common cold?"

"We never did. That would be a terrible, terrible thing."

Comment Re:Old software? (Score 1) 415

before you are going to have to move off Windows XP.

Bullshit. No one has to move off XP. They can continue to run it as long as they want so long as they have the hardware to do so. I have my own XP system and I will run that as long as I am able to. There are people still running 2000 and 98 without issues.

One can always do other tricks to lock down their system regardless of whether they get security updates or not.

Comment Re:negatory, cut them back, hard (Score 4, Informative) 605

The space program was dramatically accelerated by accepting German immigrants.

Try again. We didn't accept them, we captured them. We got Von Braun and the other Nazis and had them work for us. Our rockets kept exploding but it was the Nazis, with their usual efficiency, who got us on the right track and took us to the moon.

Obligatory XCDK comic

Comment Possibly some truth (Score 1) 514

smacks of racial prejudice and vulgar insinuations against Asians and Orientals as people with deceitful and criminal personalities.

Considering in China it's not "Buyer beware" but rather, "If you got taken, it's your own fault", that does appear to insinuate that at least in China, deceitfulness is part of the culture.

As to the criminal personality, almost without exception when the evil Asian female is portrayed, she has long hair. Not that I mind Asian women with long hair (gives you something to hold on to), but it's disconcerting every time I see an Asian female with long hair as my first thought is usually, "How will she try to kill me if I ask her out?"

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