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Comment Do you want to live next to an oil pipeline? (Score 1, Flamebait) 243

Or fracking operation? Coal power plant? Of course not, especially if you can get your lights on and your care cruising on the highway through other means. You would rather have a thousands birds ground by wind turbines per day than get lung cancer from breathing radioactive coal smog.

So why are these things next to your home? Of course, because government has forced you and only the Standing Rock tribe had the cojones to call their bullshit. Fossil fuel industry only still exists because we are spineless.

Comment Re:I don't even like Uber but (Score 1) 629

It doesn't take 7 billion people to feed, clothe, shelter, and entertain 7 billion people. So, now what? What is the solution to that fundamental problem caused by our technological advancements and medically enhanced longevity?

Do the people who are unnecessary to societal function deserve a death sentence? Deserve to be tortured to death? Live on the brink of starvation? Live in constant medical/dental/emotional pain?

The real problem with people not "deserving" a living wage is that people are real, actual living humans, and most people do not want to live in a society which treats human beings as disposable.

Comment Re:Another bad investment (Score 1) 63

Even Sprint can't be that stupid ... or can they?

If they're trusting Tidal's subscriber numbers without even looking at their own traffic patterns to get a picture how much Tidal data (and that other streaming services) is moving across their networks, then I wouldn't put any amount of stupidity beyond them.

Comment Socialist paradise (Score 2) 379

California/Silicon Valley government has made it simultaneously illegal for folks of ordinary means to access new housing (NIMBY) and to support themselves (for example it's against regulations to cook food at home and sell it to neighbors). At the same time, tech corporations pay very little taxes as for some insane (likely lobbyist-driven) risen, Prop 13 that was intended to help grandma applies to commercial real estate.

So we have a handful of tech corporations and thousands of young single employees in tiny studios living among crumbling infrastructure and Democratic party officials wondering why they lost on national arena.

Comment Yep (Score 2) 213

Two of my three Android devices have custom ROM's, and the third probably will once the LineageOS folks start pushing out reasonably stable builds.

The only reason the third doesn't currently have a custom ROM is that Motorola didn't go batshit with the bloatware, so waiting for the warranty period to up wasn't a pain.

Comment Re:The death spiral is continuing. (Score 5, Interesting) 168

But back to MS: they absolutely are critical and relevant, because everyone's PC runs on their software.

Their problem, though, is that everyone's PC runs on their old software just as well (if not better) than their new software.

What the Windows 10 debacle has shown is that the old stuff is good enough that the only way they can push the new stuff to a reasonable fraction of their users is to essentially force it on them, for free.

At the same time, efforts to diversify into other areas have not been, to put it charitably, as successful as they would have liked.

I'll agree that they're still critical and relevant, but at the same time, they're the least critical and most irrelevant than any other time in the history of the PC.

Comment Re:News at 11 (Score 1) 32

If you keep making a story for every "A company lied" instance, the front page will be non-stop company lying spam and there will be no news for nerds. Or things that matter.

Yeah, but this is really more of one of those extremely rare "music company screws someone over" stories, which...

Oh. Right. Pardon me. Carry on.

Comment Greed (Score 1) 397

3D is a great feature for appropriate content, like kids movies, horror movies and console video game. But it's not so great if there is no content. Pretty much every major movie was released in 3D in theaters, but very few got to streaming and then for exorbitant prices. Now the same thing is happening with 4K. MPAA will never learn.

Comment Re:same here (Score 1) 433

Especially since it tends to happen at every job.

I obviously have not personally experienced each situation. But, for your own benefit, please consider that you are the only common factor between all these jobs. So chances are, you are either choosing rotten jobs, allowing unhealthy dynamics to be established once you are there, or misinterpreting what is happening.

(I am a female engineer).

I would buy that for one or two jobs out of five. If all five turned out badly, this is almost certainly not the main factor. Furthermore, it's one thing that you can do nothing to change, so it's best to focus efforts elsewhere.

I frequently have to 'Disagree but Commit' in the interest of getting things done

That's a perfectly expected and normal occurrence in a hierarchical organization and treating it as an outrage is guaranteed to spoil working relationship with a tech lead. Everyone has a job description, even if someone can hypothetically do that job better, or think they can.

Comment Fail fast (Score 1) 433

A dozen things have to go right for a job to contribute to rise of your career, only one has to go wrong for it to become a personal and professional disaster. Like in Poker, you have to quickly fold most hands till you are dealt a very good one.

That said, you may be misreading the situation. So long as you are not too worried about bring to find another job with decent pay, this person has much more to lose than you. Starting to forward any obviously unreasonable/contradictory communication to manager/tech lead could be a great way to make them back off.

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