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Comment Re:Pathologies (Score 1) 499

this is the opposite of what every study ever conducted has found

No. found that suicide rates increase dramatically a few years after surgery, and reaches a level substantially higher than the general population. Or to use their own words:

Persons with transsexualism, after sex reassignment, have considerably higher risks for mortality, suicidal behaviour, and psychiatric morbidity than the general population.

There's evidence that this is nonetheless significantly lower than suicide rates amongst pre-op transexuals but sure as shit doesn't suggest that surgery left everybody in a happy place.

Comment Re:Dude plays race case, threatens upper managemen (Score 1) 253

Shit, most employment contracts include 'and any other tasks that might be assigned'. Mine does. I do all sorts of shit that wouldn't traditionally be considered part of my role. Being asked to do management tasks? So fucking what? He should be grateful for the chance to gain the experience.

As for filling in a timesheet.. "Please complete a timesheet each day" is a shitty request but it's not bullying. I fucking hate timesheets and if I don't fill one in my manager gets shit from the CIO. I could cause her that grief but it's not going to end well for either of us.

It sounds to me like they treated him like an employee. Welcome to paid fucking employment.

Comment Re:default judgment (Score 1) 253

turn over all security credentials 'in my brain'

If the security credentials are only 'in your brain' then you've already demonstrated actionable neglect.

Your job is not to have the admin credentials. Your job is to assure that the company has the admin credentials and you're merely using them and/or managing them.

Comment Re:HBO needs to get its head back in the game (Score 1) 139

The HBO subscription is only worth it if you have a peer group that also has an HBO subscription and so it's important to watch things at the same time as them. I stopped buying DVDs about 10 years ago when renting became a lot cheaper than buying, but I've recently started again with boxed sets. Even if I only watch each episode once, it's cheaper than any of the streaming options, plus they're practically DRM free (as in, the DRM is so broken that it may as well not exist) and I can copy them to a mobile device for watching on long trips. Oh, and I get to wait until there are multiple years of something before I watch it.

I do wonder a bit what would happen to the economics of TV series production if most people did this. You'd expect a TV show to make a loss for the first few years, but then be profitable over a longer time, which is a very different model from the current mode of any profits after the first year are a nice bonus, but not factored into the accounting calculations.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 176

It's a tricky one. You wouldn't have given them money if you didn't know they existed, so they need to engage in at least an element of marketing in some form.

Sponsoring a marathon race is one way they achieve that public awareness. For a cancer charity in the UK (that actually sponsors many many races) it's not (just) a fundraising activity; it's a way for them to engage at risk communities and raise awareness of cancer, how to reduce risk, how to detect it at early stages and how to seek treatment.

This is probably a good use for their money.

On the flip side, many national charities in the UK spend grotesque amounts of their revenue on further marketing and admin, and it's far from uncommon to find out that only 5-10% of money donated actually benefits the people it's intended to help.

Comment Re:Advertising and greed (Score 1) 139

Personally, I would be delighted if Netflix dumped all the shows from traditional networks.

Netflix probably won't do that because they'd be leaving a segment of the market unserved and that would open up a very large opportunity for a competitor.

They would be doing to themselves what Blockbuster and Hollywood did when they ignored the streaming content model.

Perhaps what they need is a better interface so that people like you, who aren't interested, don't have to see that content but people like me, who watch it, can find it easily.


Comment Re:What an idiot (Score 1) 253

Has it ever crossed your mind what would happen if you got hit by a bus?

Every organization should have a "Won the powerball" or "Hit by a bus" insurance policy of some sort. Namely, a second or third person with the same level of access to every system.

Allowing one person to have the power to cripple your organization is a recipe for disaster.


Comment Re: What an idiot (Score 3, Insightful) 253

Part of being competent at your job is loving your company and what you do.

What kind of Stockholm Syndrome bullshit is this?

I'm good at what I do. I enjoy what I do. I'm on good terms with my employer but I do not love it. It's misguided and unhealthy to love a company. A company won't love you back. A company can't love you back.


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