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Comment History repeating itself (Score 5, Insightful) 271

Cube farms were a step up from the open offices of the 50's/60's. Then the hipsters decided that cubes were bad and that open offices were the way to go. But the irony is that they are now discovering what was learnt in the 60's. From Cubicle

Propst concluded from his studies that during the 20th Century the office environment had changed substantially, particularly in relation to the amount of information being processed.[1][2] The amount of information an employee had to analyze, organize, and maintain had increased dramatically. Despite this, the basic layout of the corporate office had remained largely unchanged, with employees sitting behind rows of traditional desks in a large open room, devoid of privacy. Propst's studies suggested that an open environment actually reduced communication between employees, and impeded personal initiative.[1][2] On this, Propst commented "One of the regrettable conditions of present day offices is the tendency to provide a formula kind of sameness for everyone."[1][2] In addition, the employees' bodies were suffering from long hours of sitting in one position. Propst concluded that office workers require both privacy and interaction, depending on which of their many duties they were performing.

It's sad that the wheel keeps being reinvented.

Comment Doesn't stop pro-Trump posts (Score 5, Interesting) 430

I am being inundated with all sorts of pro-Trump posts by one of my friends. All the anti-Clinton conspiracy posts. Every damn one of them. Including one that was so bad that even Fox News published a retraction.

So as far as I can tell FB isn't shaping much, otherwise they would have tweaked that mysterious algorithm that only shows you posts from people that they want you to see and then for everything else goes "What post? I don't see any post? What do you mean you saw a post 5 minutes ago and now you can't find it in your feed? No idea what you are talking about."

Comment Re: Supply and Demand - where is the demand? (Score 1) 425

Be prepared, not a victim is the point.

This is OT but a while ago I heard a story on NPR about gun owners who had pulled the trigger in the moment of crisis. The interesting thing about it was that while they were trained for action they seemed to have no training/support for the psychological aftermath of doing what they did. And were almost in a living hell because of it. This is not to say all people and all situations will be like this, but I have never heard it mentioned before what happens after reality sinks in.

Comment Re:Supply and Demand - where is the demand? (Score 3, Insightful) 425

You have NO IDEA how effective the finger scanner will be.

Well lets start by talking about gloves. And we'll follow that up with a nice does of "has to work 100% reliably in all weather conditions, temperatures and surface cleanliness as well as doing so in less time that takes a human to pull the trigger".

Also I deal with industrial control systems and I see on a daily basis what it takes to build electronic shit that is small and can take the rough and tumble of real life. And even then that stuff needs regular maintenance and fails regularly.

And yes I realize that finger print technology will reduce deaths. But it does so by bricking the device.

Comment Re:Supply and Demand - where is the demand? (Score 5, Insightful) 425

It's a gun. These features would make it potentially not deadly.

And that's the point. It will make them not deadly on its own accord without consulting the owner. A gun that doesn't go bang when the owner needs it to go bang is not a gun to be trusted.

And I say this as some one who believes there needs to be stricter gun controls in the USA.

Comment Re:I'd guess it's the licensing fees (Score 1) 93

But that's just a guess. Of course that being said, Netflix is cutting back their shipping hubs. Those fuckers axed the one that was next day away from me and I have to use one a state over that takes 2 to 3 days each way.

On the other hand I noticed that for my local Netflix hub they seemed to be sending out new discs as soon as the old one was processed by the post office and before it could have arrived back at the hub.

Comment Re:stories (Score 1) 93

I care about new content more than watching the same old stuff, which I only watch very rarely. Netflix has great original content for like $10 freaking bucks!

There's a lot of good stuff out there on Netflix (or used to be). At time's I've binged on early silent movies, mid 40's detective films, 60's Bollywood, 90's anime, movies from all over South America in Spanish and Portuguese, etc etc etc. All of it good, none of it produced by Netflix and none of it widely available and none of it I had seen before. I think Bollywood in itself produces more movies than Hollywood so the amount of old content out there is staggering and you can't claim to have seen it all before.

So don't discount stuff just because its old. That just makes you sound like a whining millennial.

Comment Re:Minefield (Score 1) 560

Why is that so hard to swallow?

Because it was a bullshit conspiracy theory that was floated around the beginning of the year about how the CEO of Chobani wanted to import muslims to take away the jobs of americans. And he supported ISIS in the process. Thoroughly debunked a long time ago yet still believed to be true by a lot of people. There is nothing so dangerous as a falsehood that is passionately believed to be true.

It's on the same level as a friend of mine who keeps posting conspiracy theory stories on her FB page. One of the last one being from Fox News about how a shooter in Washington was not only not a citizen, but he had voted multiple times. This was so much BS that even Fox News published a retraction - but I don't see my friend posting *that* story.

Comment Re:Minefield (Score 2) 560

This is really getting dangerous in this country, if people start getting blackballed, hired or fired for having expressed mere support for X political party or Y viewpoint.

Its worse than that. The other day I was in a supermarket buying yogurt just as this old guy was walking past. When he saw the brand I was buying he commented loud enough for me to hear "Chobani supports the Muslim Brotherhood". Absolute pure full on conspiracy theory grade bullshit, yet I was virtually accosted in public for it. That is an indicator of the level of political discourse in the US at the moment.

I look forward to the debate tonight because I need a good laugh.

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