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Comment Had to cancel (Score 1) 97

Yes, we have two choices for Internet/TV/, Uverse & Comcrap. Neither are good. Comcrap raised raised our bill to $189.00 a month. That being said, they did offer extremely fast speeds, both up & down. They would not lower by bill back to an acceptable level no matter how much I tried. They didn't really think I would leave, literally saying "we would hate to lose you, but there is nothing we can do...". So I got Uverse installed. I called to disconnect Comcast & they of course offered to match the price.

Uverse works but upload is slow & really shows up when I am working using my employer's VPN. After my 12 month agreement is done, I'll likely return to Concrap & likely get a great deal. Maybe by then will be ready to just cut the cord & get straight up Internet.

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

The demand for talented writers is rare. Most stuff is produced by formula today.

Today?! This is nothing new, they've been making "stuff" by formula for decades. Most, if not all, is crap. A really good, imaginative writer, one that can make people laugh &/or cry is rare. Usually they have a short career. There is always demand for them. Just not necessarily compensation.

Comment Re:Contract negotiation... (Score 3, Insightful) 316

What never fails to amaze me is how people seem to think that a strike what their first option. This is the very last option when all other negotiations have failed.

Talented writers are rare. If we want to enjoy good content, they need to paid well. Or we get shit, like most of the shit that gets produced.

Comment Re: Thought crime (Score 2) 164

Do you have a vested interest in having pedophiles not treated as the scum they are? Perhaps the authorities should investigate. Who knows what you might be hiding...

There it is... always someone has to toss out a "why are defending....?" "what are YOU hiding!?" Anyone that is interested in protecting the innocent from overzealous LOA/Prosecutors, must be guilty also. The Bill of Rights means nothing to these people. For all anyone knows, this doctor could very well be completely innocent. Yep, so a few innocent people's lives are ruined, they go to prison. That's OK, tough luck, it's for the children. Most are guilty of something, right?

The shit scares me. There are 6 computers in my home. 2 solid gaming desktops, 2 gaming laptops. My son has LAN parties in our basement every few weeks. God knows what they do with those computers when everyone else is sleeping. Later today I will scan them all for malware but pics/vids could be left behind. These punks are starting to wake up now, time for me to go out.

Comment Re:Min. wage does not matter (Score 1) 440

Doubt it. They are all about "WELCOME HOW ARE YOU! What can we get for you?!?!" After cashing out, they get a numbered card & the food is brought to them by a human. They want only HAPPY SMILING PEOPLE that LOVE TO HELP! Now as automation spreads, cultural acceptance is bound to increase, so this will likely change.

Comment Re:Min. wage does not matter (Score 2) 440

Why do I think? Without data gained from peer reviewed, replicated studies I can only say: I don't know.

My opinion for whatever that is worth... it's the money. It always the money. Minimum wage has been suppressed for so long that it just does not pay enough to make it worth some unskilled worker (regardless of age). How do they get there? It's not enough to pay for a car. I stated these stores are in affluent areas. The younger folks won't bother at those wages. The workers that would can't get there because the public transit sucks & won't improve any time soon after a three county millage failed last November.

This guys business model sucks. Shitty wages are the only way he makes money.

Comment Min. wage does not matter (Score 3, Informative) 440

A friend has opened three (under contract to open three) "specialty" fast food restaurants. His biggest problem by far & he has a lot of problems, is the difficulty in hiring people. If he does get a good worker, he can find himself in bidding wars with other restaurants. All of his stores are in more affluent areas so local kids are not interested. He can't get away with paying any employee minimum wage. It seems that unless a employer is based in a low income, high unemployment area, minimum wage means nothing, they gotta pay more, sometimes a LOT more.

Them lines go out the door but he is not making any money so far because of his labor costs as they are a lot higher than his business model forecasts predicted. But damn does he work his ass off!

Comment My Newegg order history... (Score 1) 99

My Newegg order history shows 8 total DVD drives. Plus one laptop with a DVD. Dang,within the years 2003-2008... reduces it to 2 drives, one laptop with a DVD. I'm sure there were more dammit... Then again it doesn't say I have to prove it. I bought some locally from the local computer store. If I got $30 from these guys I would be shocked.

Comment Re:False premise (Score 4, Interesting) 501

Agreed. With all the phones & tablets & the apparent attitude that PCs are dying, everyone still uses them. My stepson lives in a co-op with a ton of other 20somethings & not all of the own a PC but they sure like to use his when they have a need. Our local library's machines are almost always in use with people waiting. I sure as hell can't do any real work without a PC.

The demise of the PC is desire of the the greedy men that rule the world. Lock them down, no more of this wild west internet stuff. They've been telling us the PC is dying for years now & iOS, Android & now windows fucking 10 (still mostly open though) IS THE FUTURE. I wonder if some day using regular PC on a public network will be outlawed.

A 7+ year old PC is fast enough for most. This is the only reason PC sales are not what they once where.

Comment Re:Semantics... (Score 1) 433

Agreed. Every asshole co-worker is not necessarily gaslighting you. Even with spreading innuendos, outright lies, backstabbing, & direct sabotage, it's not gaslighting, it's a common problem of having a asshole co-worker. IMO %50 of the population of this planet are assholes so chances are good that changing jobs fixes nothing.

I've dealt with these ongoing issues using direct confrontation, building good relationships with the non-asshole co-workers, & being damn sure I do my job very well. The reasons these assholes behave the way they do is because they feel threatened by you. I just continue to directly confront them until they back off & do my job obsessively well. Soon enough they will back off or show they incompetency.

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