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Comment I've worked in I.T. for 20 years. (Score 1) 283

We're all mistreated and we mistreat each other.

First - there's the serious mistreatment. I.T. is treated like a pariah at many companies. We are an expense, and we are an expense that many companies have a difficult time grasping. "We send the plumber away after he fixes the toilet, why do we have this guy on the payroll after he fixed my printing issue?" Bean counters especially hate us, because the things we support and provide to the users are expensive. I don't care who the computer is for, I.T. is blamed for it being purchased for it needing support. This is very much a "shoot the messenger" problem. I've seen companies that get rid of their support people, and I've seen it hurt them in the end. I've seen executive assistants - the guard dog types - really hate on I.T. because their master had a computer problem that wasn't immediately fixed and you're expensive.

Second - there's the peer to peer mistreatment. We're I.T., we eat our own. We are continuously cruel towards one another, especially if we like you. Holding back and treating you like a customer means we really don't want you around or we consider you a volatile liability. It's something I've found as pretty much a universal culture among competent technical people. We like practical jokes, well placed insults, and picking at each others issues. We're like a bunch of junior high kids, never mind we're in our 30's and 40's. Most of the people I've seen have a problem with mistreatment seem to only have the problem after they become accepted as part of the group. Some people just don't know how to fit into the culture. This isn't a race or gender thing, I've seen acceptance and breakdowns in about every combination of race and gender you can imagine. We're geeks, competence is currency, if someone is placed in an I.T. area due to affirmative action or nepotism they aren't going to become part of the pack. If you can't pull your own weight they're not going to feel sorry for you, they're going to eat you for lunch. Most successful technical environments I've been in have been meritocracies with the exceptions of rule by the person signing the checks, in which case even those setups are virtual meritocracies where you have the alpha-geek and the guy who can over rule the alpha geek.

Third - the serious real discrimination. Most real discrimination I've seen comes from H.R. departments and busy-bodies. Forced diversity is discrimination. I've been in really good self-governing technical departments. Usually the more offensive and wolf-packish they are, the better they are. I have on occasion had the pack destroyed due to concern from busy-bodies who don't understand that mode of operation intentionally changing seating arrangements, injecting people who aren't exactly up to par, and intentionally injecting people with polar opposite personalities into the team (who don't even technically qualify for the job) just to break up the wolf pack. I saw the intentional pack breakup happen by an injection that increased the size of the team 25%. Productivity fell by 40% as the old wolf-pack had to drag anchors through the work day. FYI, in the situation I'm talking about - the rudest, crudest, and the leader of the pack was female, she was awesome, she told the dirtiest jokes I've ever heard and had a photographic memory, able to recall data at will that I had to look up. We had both Hispanics and Blacks on the team that were part of the pack. The intentional breakup had nothing to do with race or gender - they wanted to break up what they saw as a homogenized personality type. The injected individuals consisted of a white female, a white male who was tech savy in an engineering sense but was mild mannered and couldn't handle high pressure rapid fixes of in a monitored queue environment. He was the type who would spend a day or two getting at a problem the rest of us knew how to plow through. The third was a black female that could barely operate Outlook. In the end their attempt at diversification actually percentage wise increased the white percentage, it increased the female percentage as well, but it destroyed productivity.

I think the culture of tech fields can generate these feelings even when the cause is a bit different.

Comment Yeah, I've experienced the pain. (Score 1) 114

The very first thing I noticed after booting for the first time: they forgot how to draw boxes.

Something I've run into since - I can't "run as a different user" properly anymore. My company has a rule for admins - you can't work from your admin account, so I've been right-clicking my Microsoft Management Console link and choosing "run as a different user". That quit working - now it says the super user doesn't have access to the management console, but if I actually do login with my admin account - like I'm not supposed - it works fine, just like it did before the update. I can probably figure out some rights changes and work arounds to make it work - but is that what I should be spending my time on?

I've been a Microsoft hater for close to two decades - I've recently softened up on them because Windows 8 and 10 really did introduce a bloat reduction, stability, and performance severely lacking in previous versions, but crap like this and less than ethical data collection and advertising in the system itself are keeping me from embracing it on my personal stuff.

Comment Re:How will this affect the LIttle Critter books? (Score 0) 156

You know - I have a case of Aspergers. I occasionally have issues picking up on jokes and what people are really getting at, but I've trained myself through the years and paying attention to mostly get by alright. Occasionally on Slashdot however I find that I get a reply from Drax the Destroyer and I don't feel so bad about the areas that I still have difficulties with.

Comment Re: Why waste money... (Score 1) 342

Broadly, I'm guessing because the sailor was still in active duty at the time and subject to more regulations thank former DoD staffer.

Nope. Mishandling classified evidence is mishandling classified evidence - just ask any whistleblower prosecuted for it, or former high level officials like Sandy Berger or David Petraeus.


You going to give Trump a free pass on everything, because there's even less to the Russian conspiracy theory than there is for anything on Benghazi (aside from a CIA black site, of course) using the same reasoning? The story that Russia hacked power companies fell apart within a day, so Trump didn't really say he liked grabbing women by their private parts. Because....reasons.

Comment Re: Why waste money... (Score 0) 342

I think Comey's sudden announcement of more Emails to investigate nearly on the eve of the election, on a Friday Afternoon, seems way more influential and suspicious than the crap fake news you quoted.

You wanna talk influence and suspicion, explain why a sailor was being prosecuted by the DOJ for taking unauthorized photos of a submarine on his cell phone at the same time it was letting Hillary off for her unauthorized email server, which stored a vastly larger amount of classified information.

Democrats, far from hating on Comey, should be giving him free blow jobs for the rest of his life for not charging their Dear Leader with mishandling classified evidence and obstruction of justice, when she deleted 30,000 pieces of evidence, again without authorization.

Buy your knee pads and get busy.

Comment Re: So... (Score 1) 342

Obama had a supermajority for a month or so around July-August, 2009

Two months, as Franken was sworn in at the end of June. But that's still a non sequitur, given Obama's drowning of the public option long before Congress could vote against it, his continuing to hold prisoners in Gitmo that had been cleared for release by Bush, why he proposed austerity through the "sequester" or placed Social Security and Medicare cuts into his budget, or why we are still working under the last minimum wage increase signed into law. By Bush, when there were a mere 51 Democrats in the Senate, as opposed to 58.60.

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