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Comment Re:"Is This News"? (Score 3, Insightful) 206

When we had the earthquake here in VA, virtually nobody's cell phones worked. I was standing in the parking lot with about a hundred people, and nobody could get through. Landlines worked through the entire event. I'd bet dollars to donuts that it's the same in nearly every crisis situation where the cell system basically gets overwhelmed.

Comment Re:Waiting for it to take hold? (Score 1) 921

Remember the douchebags that leave their bluetooth headphone thing in their ear all day long, ostensibly because it's more convenient, but more of a status declaration (because frankly, how much "work" is it to either lift up your cell phone when it rings, or put in the earpiece when it rings?) to all around them?

Let's be clear, sure there are plenty of people who do that. But, let me give you an example to the contrary.

A few years ago, I was on a project that had a daily 5pm conference call, six days a week. My work day was usually over after that, but the calls would occasionally last 3+ hours. My solution? Put in the headphone. I not only no longer needed to hold the damn phone to my ear for hours on end, but I was able to drive home, and often eat dinner while still participating.

I'm often on conference calls half of my workday. Wearing the headphone allows me to do other work while listening in.

Comment Re:Take pictures, press charges. (Score 1) 921

So, this stems from the fourth amendment, an the interpretation of it by the SCOTUS. Getting the law changed would likely require a new amendment, so good luck with that. And, I'm not saying that I wouldn't like to have additional privacy protections, just that the trend has been for them to erode rather than increase. Who knows, maybe the pendulum will swing far enough for a major change.

Comment Re:Odd (Score 1) 335

Not disagreeing with you. However, our home has dual zones, and very well insulated...custom built for us. This is really just her. She'll often ask me if it's hot inside after she's just been doing chores. Oh, and the hot flashes started a couple years ago.

Comment Wait and find a better opportunity (Score 5, Informative) 263

Most decent programmers will find themselves in your position at some point in their careers. I did too. I know nothing of your financial situation and commitments (mortgage/family/etc.) but don't take a pay cut if you can at all help it. The fact that you feel any uneasiness would seal the deal.

I would readily agree to a pay cut in only the following situations :

1) Need a job desperately and gotta make rent. Hopefully this situation never arises
2) Major promotion or opportunity in a company I strongly strong believe in. The idea being that I will work my ass off for peanuts, but believe in my heart that I will come away with a huge sum of money at the end, or the ability to make a huge sum of money.
3) I am going to work for or with someone who is absolutely exceptional and is going to be teaching me something I couldn't already learn on my own.

It does not sound like you are getting any of those three. If you are bored, keep looking for a better or different job. In the meantime, If you want to scratch your intellectual itch, do it on the weekends.

You have my 2 cents worth.

Comment Re:Odd (Score 1) 335

Reminds me of my wife, who will insist that the house is colder when it's colder outside, and then go adjust the temp up. I've tried explaining it to her a couple times, but she's a double MBA, and we all know how well management listens to engineering.

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