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Comment Re:Bricked or not? (Score 1) 93

Some people distinguish betwen "soft-bricked" (the device stops working but can still be revived with user-available measures going beyond normal configuration*), "hard-bricked" (the device stops working and can only be revived with tools unavailable to an ordinary user**) and "broken" (the device is dead and can only be replaced***). In this case the routers appear to have been hard-bricked as they stopped working and had to be physically accessed by the vendor in order to restore functionality.

* E.g. using Fastboot to flash a new firmware to an Android phone.
** E.g. using JTAG to flash a new bootloader as the device can't even go into Fastboot mode anymore.
*** E.g. my Zuk Z1.

Comment Re:Contract negotiation... (Score 1) 316

Are you a screenwriter? Just because things work that way in your industry and region doesn't mean they work that way everywhere.

I mean, we all know how companies are desperately trying to hire even mediocre workers, right? It's practically impossible to not get a decent job; even casually mentioning a hobby to a stranger on the street can net you a job offer. So why are there unemployed people? Because what I said only applies to IT workers in Karlsruhe, Germany, and most people don't fall into that category.

I'd wager that the screenwriting industry is rather unlike yours. For instance, you're probably not paid on a unit-of-work basis with a hard limit on how many projects you can do per year and ever-shrinking project lengths.

It's not like the writers are making less in terms of studio accounting. They get paid the same amount of money per episode as before. It's just that a few years ago they got paid for 20+ episodes and now they get 10 and their contracts often forbid simply working on two or more shows per season. From the producers' perspective everything is hunky-dory; they still produce vaguely the same amount of content (spread out over more shows) and pay vaguely the same amount of money to writers per season.

From an individual writer's perspective they're getting paid much less per season. I can see how they might want to take action there.

Also remember that the entertainment industry is rather famous for its use of creative accounting to keep royalty payments low. These people are not exactly known to be generous when it comes to monetary compensation.

Comment Re: LibreOffice (Score 1) 203

I'm not sure whether MSOOXML compatibility is terribly important, though. I very rarely see .docx files in the wild; pretty much everyone is still using .doc - and LO's Office 97/2003 compatibility is rock solid, at least for the documents I've encountered so far.

The document format where you absolutely must have the proprietary software package would be PDF these days - while you can open most PDFs in any old PDF reader, some places will send you documents as interactive, heavily scripted PDF files that (badly) try to reinvent Excel. Good luck trying to deal with those without an up-to-date version of Adobe Reader.

Comment Re:Translation (Score 1) 203

Oh, VS is not free of error. I've seen crashes and freezes beore and currently I have to deal with no longer being able to create new WPF views and windows, only custom controls. (Yes, creating a custom control and changing the parent class works perfectly fine but it's annoying.)

It is fairly stable but it does screw up occasionally. Sill not "on a whim", though, I agree on that.

Comment Re:No problem (Score 1) 220

Nice keyboard/trackpad arrangement, though. One thing that bugs me about most Linux laptop vendors is that they insist on putting numpads on their laptops. That just wastes space and pushes the space bar to the left, taking the trackpad with it. I hate it when a whole bunch of vertical space is reserved for a trackpad that is then strongly off-center because of a numpad I don't want. Still not something I'd pay 4000 bucks for, though. (Note that I'm perfectly fine with the option of having a numpad but for some reason Linux laptops are mostly divided into thin executive-style ones with little power and reasonable ones suitable for work that always include built-in numpads. Apparently entering numeric data is such an important feature for all developers but me that using a USB numpad just wouldn't cut it.)

Comment Re:Whoah there (Score 1) 22

But in saying it this way, you're attempting to imply you can provide evidence. And I am simply pointing out that there is no reason to even consider that this is a possibility. Don't tell me you will do it later, because that's irrelevant. It's no different than saying nothing at all, or even saying "I have no evidence" or "I cannot provide evidence." They are all exactly equivalent in the end, except that the other methods do not have the implication that you might actually provide the evidence, despite you not giving us a reason to believe that, so it smacks of dishonesty.

Just say nothing at all, unless you have something to contribute. You'll be better off.

Comment Re:It's the media's fault (Score 1) 22

If not for you, then it's not difficult for anybody.

I make no claims about what is not hard for others. I do assert that most people do not do it, regardless of how hard it is.

In this case blaming the media is just doing the democrats' dirty work ...

Yawn. I am uninterested of your characterizations. Either actually make an argument against what I wrote, or do not. So far, you have not.

We all have the same power to turn our backs. You're not that special.

You are not, in any way, arguing against what I wrote.

In theory humans can make the choice.

Of course they can. So? Again: this, in no way whatsoever, implies that the media is not to blame. It just means that we have the power to ignore their bad behavior. But it's still their bad behavior. They are still to blame for it. Obviously.

Comment Re:Whoah there (Score 1) 22

Incorrect. Page views and the like are cash money.

I meant -- obviously -- there is no journalistic or democratic reason to do it. Everything has a reason.

I don't know of any broadly reported unsourced attacks on Hillary Clinton.

Of course not, you don't read the NYT.

So you have no examples, then. Good to know.

Comment Re:Whoah there (Score 1) 22

I'm not talking about evidence, I'm talking about railgunner's assertion that it's "obvious".

I get that, but the main point is that there's no reason to report it in the first place, because there is no evidence ... regardless of how much you think it might be in line with his character to do it.

Besides, it worked so well on Clinton, can you blame anyone for adopting the tactic?

I don't know of any broadly reported unsourced attacks on Hillary Clinton. Can you give an example? The main attacks I know of on her were based on hacked documents that the DNC and others admitted were genuine; on a report by the FBI that no one called into question on the facts (though admittedly we couldn't verify some of those facts, such as that the information Clinton mishandled was actually classified); and so on.

Comment Re:It's the media's fault (Score 1) 22

The media has 'trained' us?


Is it really so hard to turn your back?

Not for me, no. I am one of the very few who actively dismisses any unsourced report.

Where is all this *personal responsibility* that you speak of?

Of course, it is our responsibility to ignore unsourced reports. But that doesn't mean the media isn't responsible for incessantly giving those unsourced reports to us ... obviously.

Comment Re:It's the media's fault (Score 1) 22

'Fake news' and the official narrative are frequently synonymous. Why is it the media's fault if people decide to believe them?

Did you not read my comment? I already answered this question: because it's the media that has trained us to believe assertions without evidence.

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