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Comment Re:Vigorous debate? Surely you jest (Score 4, Insightful) 346

I would add - the comments section of typical left-leaning news sites have become absolutely fanatical if even one dissenting opinion is expressed. If you agree with 90% of a topic/idea and provide criticism of the other 10%, you are dismissed as a racist nazi and shunned from the group. Try it some time as an experiment, they swarm like flies to honey. With that type of environment you simply will never see disagreement, people have better things to do than shout at a wall. Since Slashdot has people with higher average IQ, and a marginally better moderation system, dissenting thought isn't punished and can be debated on it's merits (to a point).

There's also the simple fact that a percentage of people will naturally shift right as they get older. So, if slashdot's reader base has good retention without much "new blood" being injected into it, this change could manifest as a result.

Comment Re:Escalate! (Score 1) 147

The official policy is that all work goes through tickets. As in, we are not following the proper procedure when we directly work off of an email/email chain. The type of person who whines to middle management when their email is ignored is most certainly going to bring attention to work done outside of the approved channels if we accommodate them (as in, if we do something nice once, they'll expect it every time and complain all the way to the top when we don't, at which point we'll get yelled at for having done something nice). The type of person who follows up without ever including management understands how things actually work, and they get the cookie.

Comment CCing the boss to indicate approval (Score 1) 147

I haven't seen anyone mention this, but I will typically CC the boss if I'm asking for something that should be questioned. For example, if I'm asking for access to a system or application managed by a different team, or card access to a new building, or creation of a new vlan. Usually simply CC'ing the boss is enough to bypass any questions, but in case they do ask "is there approval for this" the boss is already on the chain to say "yes".

Comment Re:Escalate! (Score 1) 147

Heh, that approach doesn't get very far with me. Emails are prioritized by me based on how many top priority tasks I have, followed by how much I like the person requesting, followed by how easy the task is. Someone who does that very quickly gets the "I'm sorry you must submit a ticket for that" cold shoulder. The officially published SLA is 2 weeks for my group's ticket queue.

Comment Re:Doesn't even need to be open source (Score 1) 123

That's easy to avoid - rarely are those professors the only ones for that particular course, so pick a different one.

Also I saved a ton of money by not buying any textbooks until the first time I needed them. While all the used copies are typically gone by then (unless you're lucky enough to grab returns from those who drop the course), buying 5 out of 20 "required" books new each semester is an order of magnitude cheaper than buying 20 out of 20 used ones.

Comment Re:They could have done better with the data (Score 1) 343

Do you do mostly city driving? I could understand that. Highway though, an inane conversation is safer for me. It keeps me from "highway hypnosis" while staring at endless trees, dotted white lines, and the occasional other car. On road trips I require conversation from whoever gets shotgun - I want both of us awake, alert and looking at the road, and talking about random bullshit insures this. As a passenger I once saved us from hitting a wild turkey flying across the road (simply interjecting "turkey!" mid-sentence did the trick); I expect no less of my navigator!

Comment Re:32,000 (Score 1) 343

In rural areas it does protect more than they kill, even the people who don't have one. If 1/3 the property owners in a zip code are armed, none of them get robbed (the robbers go elsewhere for easier targets). Being followed by a road rager? Call a buddy to come out onto his porch with his rifle and pull into his driveway. When the cops are 20 minutes away, that's how it works. Think of it like the Nuclear Umbrella.

Comment Re:They could have done better with the data (Score 1) 343

That's only if you are engaging in the demanding conversation, which is what the testers were doing. The rare occasion I talk while driving (using the built in bt connection), if the conversation goes anywhere above inane chatter, I hang up suddenly. I might call back while stopped and say "oh sorry, bad reception out here in the sticks", or just not bother.

Comment Re:I find this thoroughly unsurprising (Score 1) 343

Yes! The texters on my morning commute create an opening on the long entrance ramp line to the highway once the traffic light changes. If I see one of these gaps I scoot in. If no gap I take local roads (so I'm not one of those assholes who jumps the line and forces my way in when there's no openings).

Comment Re:I find this thoroughly unsurprising (Score 1) 343

I'll add, when stopping the car it automatically pauses, so when you get back in later, it resumes. So if I don't close the player at some point during the day, I never even take the thing out of my pocket - meaning if I *don't* get my music playing the moment I start the car, I know I left it at my desk / at home.

Comment Re:I find this thoroughly unsurprising (Score 1) 343

For me that's exactly how it is. It takes a few seconds while initially parked to set up (if Amazon Music or whatever wasn't already running/paused) and from then on, steering wheel controls. And I have an "older" car system, newer ones can probably communicate more than next/previous song and cycle playlists/albums.

Comment Re:Instead of tips (Score 1) 140

FWIW they recently (and surprisingly quietly) raised the minimum annual salary for overtime exemption from a paltry $23,660 to $47,476 as of December 1st. Still laughably low, but a step in the right direction. Complete text. Also notable is the number is now pegged to a calculation with an automatic update every 3 years.

So people making less than that now have a cattle prod to get a raise.

Comment Re:So you exclude half the taxes and what you get? (Score 1) 903

Now I'm just waiting for some wise-cracker to say "If you hate government so much, you should move to Somalia." I don't hate government, but I do hate corruption, waste and bureaucratic red tape. Apparently, being against those things makes you some sort of anarchist with Somalia being your only option, instead of returning your federal government back to a limited, constitutionally defined role.

The real country to use as a model is Singapore. The Gov't stays out of the way of business, thus business prospers. Singaporean government regularly tops the charts of "least corrupt" countries in the world. Of course it's not a Libertarian utopian paradise either, as on social issues the government is extremely strict (some speech is restricted, and there's that whole death penalty for drug trafficking thing).

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