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Comment Re: Another reason (Score 1) 360

The "problem" is that some of the truly excellent coders/developers/etc are:
1) prima donna assholes - I have no desire to work with someone with whom I want to kick in the teeth every time they fucking open their goddamned mouth. Do your job. If you spent more time coding and less time telling everyone how amazing you were, we'd think you were actually amazing because you get shit done.
2) not as excellent as they think they are. I'm no rockstar coder. And yet I've been handed codebases where management were absolutely gushing about how smart and awesome and whatever the previous dev was and once I get the code open, it's full of stack overflow paste jobs, half-assed code and I think "Wow, they paid this dude how much???" It's like thinking you're going to get a Sam Maloof and come home with an Ikea and everyone thinks it's amazing. On the other hand, if that's the standard, why, I guess when in Rome..
3) "always looking for a challenge": this can be taken a couple ways: first, because of #2 above, they don't want to be around when someone finally busts them out on it, which would break their fragile little egos (not really. those checks are long cashed and spent. Can't really blame them). and Second, they're going to jump ship every 8-12 months looking for "something new".

And frankly, #3 is probably where it hurts the most. But, with our new system of "zero loyalty between either party", from a corporate perspective, if I have to train and bring up to speed a new dev every time I need to change something, I might as well do it for 1000rs a day vs $500+/day.

Comment Re:Create? (Score 1) 138

I do, it's my writing machine for when I wake up from a particularly vivid dream and want to record it for later.

Writing writing, however, is done on my desktop with a mechanical keyboard because the keyboards on just about every chromebook I've tried are horrible.

Ideally, in a "pro" configuration, they'd give us, I dunno, a thinkpad (x201 and older era) keyboard).

Comment Re:Or, you know.. (Score 5, Insightful) 482

I came to see the band, not your fucking cell phone that you insist and holding over your head, blocking my goddamned view.

Saw one of my favorite bands recently. The girl behind us actually had the temerity to ask us to "keep it down" because she was recording the band on her cell phone. At a rock concert.

Comment Re:It's a rant (Score 1) 524

Why yes, we must. Because CEOs are our betters in every way, they must hold some divine wisdom that we should be so lucky to be the recipients of should they so deign. /* You have the courage to tell the masses what no politician told them: you are inferior and all the improvements in your conditions which you simply take for granted you owe to the effort of men who are better than you. If this be arrogance, as some of your critics observed, it is still the truth that had to said in the age of the Welfare State. - Ludwig von Mises */

Because Invoca's call tracking metrics software is exactly what I owe for living life to its fullest, sir.

Comment Re:But... (Score 1) 120

Sure, if that makes you feel better. Most of us think CCTVs are an overstep, but that's not the point. I was merely pointing out that the Laws, in and of themselves, don't necessarily prevent crime; they only provide an avenue to pursue justice. Again, we can debate the merits of CCTV surveillance (and I fall firmly in the camp of "jesus fucking christ, this shit is obnoxious"), but your hyperbole is rather tiring.

Comment Re:But... (Score 1) 120

Actually, it's more like laws in general. The law itself cannot prevent a crime. The law just provides an avenue to pursue justice after the crime has been committed. There is a deterrent effect, as well, but that's truly not the primary purpose. Same with CCTVs. They don't prevent crime, but they do provide an avenue to pursue justice by providing evidence of the crime and the perpetrators. We may debate whether or not CCTVs are an overstep of government authority in the name of security, like guns, they are merely a tool.

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