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Comment Re:Note to self (Score 1) 227

I'll second the Canon recommendation.
Their fancy inkjets and color lasers are the same way. We have a PIXMA-100 PRO and an MF8280cw. Both will warn you that the toner/ink may be running low but neither will stop...ever. My laser has been warning me that two of the colors (both starters) are "beyond usable life" (or something like that) for over a year now but continues to print (in B&W and color) without a hitch. Given the abhorrent behavior of the other printer manufacturers, I'm not sure I'll ever buy from anyone else.
The only problem I've ever had is a little bit of difficulty with the Linux drivers. However, with Windows, Android, iOS, and OSX, though, it just works.

Comment Re:I got a bonus every single quarter at Wally-Wor (Score 1) 108

Have you ever thought to ask those teachers how much they make, and what their expenses are?

No, I've never done that because that would be rude. It's not my place to judge them. Of the one with whom I had a personal relationship, I know he had a child with greater-than-average medical needs. The others seemed to signal that they were just trying to make some extra money.
I don't know where you live, but in my state, the average teacher salary is ~$50,000/year (source). I wouldn't exactly call that rolling in dough, especially when you consider that many have a master's degree and also have their own kids to take care of. Also, our budgets for resources and supplies is garbage in this state. Many teachers ask for donations of paper, glue, etc from the parents. Many end up buying the stuff they don't get with money out of their own pockets (so that employee discount helps). The problem just magnifies when you get to poorer school districts.

Comment Re:I got a bonus every single quarter at Wally-Wor (Score 1) 108

Agreed, WalMart is just the poster child for the larger living wage problem. When I was in High School (80s), jobs like that (in my town) were 80% staffed by kids with no real income needs - just for pocket money, there would be the occasional older loser who just didn't care that they could only afford to live in a trailer park with 3 roommates in an 800 square foot tin can built 30 years ago, and once in a rare while - a true hardworking person in a tough situation who was just using the income to get by until they got something better.

Today, there are so few better opportunities out there that the demographic of who's working near minimum wage jobs has become much more diverse, and people who really want out don't have nearly as much opportunity to get out. It's not impossible, but it's much much more challenging and competitive.

I'm glad we found a common ground. I see the same thing happening. Even in the 90's when I was in high school, I knew people who worked at K-Mart, Pizza Hut, grocery stores, and other low wage positions. Now those positions are increasingly staffed by older people. A knew quite a few people at Wal-Mart who were teachers trying to supplement income on the evenings and weekends. It's a sad commentary that the people who are educating my children are having to work 7 days a week just to make ends meet or provide a decent living for their own kids. How much time does that leave for lesson planning outside of school? Something needs to give. I don't think huge minimum wage increases are the answer because that will make everyday items more expensive and lead to even more job elimination. I'm personally a big proponent of the various universal basic income schemes. We'll see what happens in the future, but the status quo is just not heading in a good direction.

Comment Re:I got a bonus every single quarter at Wally-Wor (Score 4, Interesting) 108

You realize, though, that the crappy situation you're talking about is something endemic to the US economy and not just Wal-Mart. There's a reason that so many people are pushing to raise the minimum wage. Wal-Mart, right before I left, announced that there would be a $10/hr minimum for front-end workers which was a decent improvement from the previous status quo.
That being said, Wal-Mart isn't that bad of a place to work, especially after you break through that living wage barrier and get up to store level management or higher (and they will promote almost anyone as long as they are reasonably competent and stick around long enough). They even offer health insurance to part-time employees (again, if you've been there long enough). From what I understand, it's not as awesome as when Sam was still alive, but it's still not bad.

Comment I got a bonus every single quarter at Wally-World (Score 4, Interesting) 108

actual bonuses? not for the rank-and-file. plenty in bentonville get them, though.

I actually worked at Wal-Mart for 7 years and have several phone calls out to a few market managers because I wouldn't mind going back (at a much higher pay rate after I'm done with school). I'm in the pharmacy, mind you, but the seven years I spent there were as a tech. I can assure you that the rank and file get bonuses every single quarter. There's a big poster in the break room tracking progress. The bonus is given based on store performance in four categories (profit, inventory turns, total sales, and something else). If you're at a high performing store you can make an extra $2000 a year or so (sadly that's ~10% extra for a full time employee). Number-wise for someone like you who probably makes six figures it's probably not much, but to those people who are barely above minimum wage it's huge.

Comment Re:Why not a fake account? (Score 2) 301

Adopted storage is actually automatically encrypted with a 128 bit AES key. Assuming gp is using the correct terminology. Adoptable storage is the name that android gave to the ability to store entire apps on a specially formatted portion of the microSD card rather than the previous implementation of some developers allowing a small portion of the app to be moved to an encrypted container file on the card. I think it was meant to allow people to supplement those really tiny entry level phones that may only give you like 4 GB of storage for your apps.
It makes sense, though, that you could put all your sensitive apps/data on adoptable storage so you would end up with a seemingly innocuous phone if you erased/destroyed the SD card. In fact, you could mail the SD card, instead, so that you would have a fully functioning phone while traveling but none of your sensitive data would be available at your border "interview."

Comment Re:Wrong (Score 0) 498

I don't know if it's a setting somewhere, if it's model specific, or some change that happened with more recent updates, but my wife's iPhone 6 keeps updating itself in the middle of the night shortly after a new point release of iOS. The GP and my wife might be clicking the wrong button but my wife swears she's not. I don't know because I don't use Apple devices since I dumped my PowerMac G3.
Apple's not the only one to do this, though. My Samsung S5 Active kept updating itself at night. I use it as my alarm, too, so this stupid "security feature" has made me late for work twice now (my phone is encrypted and asks for password on reboot). I finally figured how to disable the update app using ADB after the last time; my wife may not have that option without a jailbreak. Automatic updates that require a reboot are plain anti-consumer and unacceptable.

Comment Re: Scientists and doctors.. (Score 1) 296

I don't know if you're trolling, but on the off chance that you're not, the person doing the swab is your doctor/PA/Nurse/Pharmacist/InsertMedicalProfessional when you realize that your symptoms don't line up with "normal upper respiratory infection" as in you have PAIN IN YOUR THROAT (and inflamed tonsils and/or spots on the back of the roof of your mouth and/or nausea) that indicates strep throat or terrible body aches (that differentiate a cold from the flu).
The point is simple:
If you have normal upper respiratory infection symptoms (runny nose, stuffy nose, cough, etc) and nothing else,stay home for at least a week and preferably 10 -14 days and just treat it with with over the counter symptom relief

Comment Re: Scientists and doctors.. (Score 2) 296

Strep throat, when it presents normally, is a dead giveaway and is easily tested for with a quick swab.
The advice that the Anonymous Coward was giving was for upper respiratory infections. In that case, viral infections are generally self limiting and will go away within 10-14 days. If it takes longer than that, you likely have a bacterial infection and it's reasonable for your doctor to treat it with empiric antibiotics. The only exception is if you suspect the flu (body aches, etc) in which case it can be tested for, quickly, with a swab and you get Tamiflu.

Comment Re:Argh, FU MS (Score 1) 212

Genuinely curious. How does FreeNAS work with OS X? Have you tried it yet?

Amazingly well. FreeNAS supports CIFS/SMB and AFP among others so you can share files with pretty much any platform you can imagine.

Also, when you're setting up an AFP share, there's a check box that just says "Time Machine." If you check the box, when you can use OSX's built in Time Machine backup service to back up to that share. You don't have to dedicate an entire drive as I'm told you have to do with the official Apple hardware and you can even set up quotas for the dataset that the backup is on so that Time Machine will autoprune it and it won't get out of control.

I used Windows Home Server for a few years, then tried Amahi, then rolled my own server, but I'll never go back to any of them since I started using FreeNAS. I don't think I've run into a single sane thing I've wanted to do that I haven't be able to do yet. Be warned, though, that ZFS is one heck of a memory hog. That being said, I'm running my system with 6.5 TB of storage on only 4 GB but I wouldn't recommend it. I'm going to upgrade the system as soon as I have the free cash.

Comment Need checkboxes, because I use all of them (Score 1) 229

I use all of them. I have a FreeNAS box that stores all my user data (movies, pictures, music, camcorder videos, computer backups, etc) on a zraid1 (one redundant drive). The machine makes hourly snapshots, pushes those snapshots to another FreeNAS box, and also backs everything up to a cloud backup service. I made the mistake once of trusting a single solution and got burned...hard. I lost tons of family pictures and camcorder videos that I can't recover. I won't ever let that happen again.

Comment Move the poll back, while you're at it! (Score 5, Insightful) 403

Back in the day (before DICE screwed everything up), the polls used to be on the sidebar on the homepage. I almost missed this poll because my eyes are trained to pass right over that obnoxious blue video bar in the middle of the page. Put it back there and you'll probably get a lot more input on this and any subsequent polls.

Comment F*@king moderation (Score 1) 699

To our new overlords: Can someone please fix this lame javascript based moderation system and put in a submit button? I can't count the number of times I've picked overrated instead of funny because my finger came close enough to my touchpad to move the mouse. This whole replying to undo moderation thing is lame. At the very least there should be an undo mod button.

To AmiMoJo: Sorry for the wrong mod.

Comment Re:Brought it on themselves (Score 1) 67

The last time I checked, a Mac mini started at 499 USD plus tax. Where do you get this "thousand dollars", unless you live in a country whose dollar happens to have such an exchange rate with the USD?

To be quite honest, I didn't even know that Apple even offered the mini anymore. I don't really shop Apple very often.

I think that's a bit of a strawman, though. You could just as easily suggest that someone buy a used or refurb unit. The point still remains that it's unreasonable to expect people to invest in an entirely new computer, learn to use it, and learn how to use XCode just to run an app on their iDevice.

Comment Re:Nobody is buying email software anymore (Score 1) 244

Not only is Outlook a manifestly superior email client, the quite useful group calendar functions are infinitely better since... T-bird doesn't have group calendar functions.

What exactly do you call Lightning? Looks a lot like a calendar to me.

Lightning even supports a few network calendar formats natively. Need to sync with CalDAV? There's a plugin for that.

Oh, I see...they're not automatically included. That's a positive since not everyone needs those extra features. Some people just want email. That's what makes it nice. That's why people used to flock to Firefox before it became a giant, bloated piece of garbage.

There are a lot of things that can be said that are negative about Thunderbird (it's slow, freezes often, prone to mailbox corruption) but lacking a group calendar is not one of those negatives. It works just fine for keeping my entire family connected and aware of what's going on in the coming weeks.

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