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Comment Re:Not a big deal (Score 1, Troll) 84

Someone is making a mountain out of a mole hill.

Not likely. We tried the Surface Pro at work. Its performance was so bad, its interoperability with Microsoft's own software so poor, its concept so poorly thought out that our management, largely pro-Microsoft since the beginning of time, threw the piece of shit in the trash.

Literally.

They didn't repurpose it, didn't give it way, didn't recycle it. They literally threw it in the trash and swore against ever using it again.

This plummeting revenue mirrors our experience with it. Shockingly, Microsoft's Surface revenue has dropped by only 285 million. They couldn't pay us to even pretend to use it.

Comment Maybe, Maybe Not (Score 1) 386

There are several factors to consider, including, in no particular order:

1) Is he otherwise getting his job done?
2) Is there a conflict of interest?
3) Is company policy clear on the issue?
4) Can his side work benefit his employer?

There are many other factors, too. My company's policy is clearly spelled out: we are allowed to have side jobs and businesses, as long as there is no conflict of interest, no misuse of company property, and as long as they don't interfere with getting our work done.

We have found that side jobs and businesses tend to produce useful things that are then imported into company work. It's a win-win for everyone, under the right circumstances. The company benefits, and the employees benefit.

Comment Re:Tone down the trolls? (Score 1) 296

Now might not be the best time to alienate them/us further with "Moscow Donald" remarks and more demonization.

Do you actually think for a second that you and your party affiliation matters one bit for this discussion (don't panic, mine don't matter either). Pai and Trump have exactly one objective here: self-enrichment. Their constituents are rich businesses, and they make that abundantly clear every day.

All those who voted for either Hillary or Trump deserve to be demonized for their crass stupidity. The least qualified third party candidate was far and away better qualified as President than either Trump or Hillary.

Comment Re:DeadHat !! (Score 2) 85

I don't understand all this systemd bashing.

A lot of people don't like change.

There is one gripe, though, that I can sympathize with, and that's how systemd is expanding to encompass much more than is readily understandable. There may be perfectly good reasons for the expansion, but they're not readily apparent.

That said, I've been using systemd ever since Kubuntu switched to it, and I haven't had any problems with it. But then, I haven't tried a recursive rm recently.

Comment Still Not Worth It (Score 1) 146

I find his backpedaling to be funny.

"What you will get with hand-squeezed hacks is a mediocre (and maybe very messy) experience that you won't want to repeat once, let alone every day"

Here's the funny part: you squeeze or press the (mostly liquid) contents through an opening that is small enough to fit in your mouth. If it's too messy to squeeze, you could very easily just suck it out through the package neck, or by inserting a 1 cent straw.

But I still wouldn't buy even the pouches, as they are 10 times the cost of buying and preparing fresh, Organic fruits and vegetables myself. And they don't even have much of a time saving factor, either, as preparing multiple servings of frozen slushy with a blender only takes a few minutes.

This whole product concept was badly conceived.

Comment Which is Worse? (Score 2) 359

I don't know which is worse: that a company exists that thinks there are people stupid enough to pay ten times what this thing is worth, or that that there are enough stupid people in the country that will pay that outrageous price to support such a company.

With my $40 blender, I can make a frosty, 40-ounce Organic slushy by adding ice and about $3.00 worth of Organic fruits and vegetables. That's about sixty cents for an 8-ounce glass of a tasty, healthy snack in drink form.

Comment Diagnoses (Score 1) 48

I find doctors to be quite bad at routing diagnostics, so I think a roll of a d100 has at least as good a chance of predicting heart attack as most doctors.

Doctors are generally good at minor surgery, prescribing drugs, and addressing simple injuries. Beyond that, diving meaning from chicken bones seems to be just as accurate as doctors in predicting and/or diagnosing general issues.

Comment It's A Start (Score 5, Insightful) 619

At least it's moving in the right direction. However, there is no shortage of skilled American workers. Just the opposite is true. We have a glut of skilled American workers, but there is a dramatic shortage of decent, livable-wage jobs in America.

While tightening the rules around H1B is a good start, the system needs to be entirely gutted.

Comment Re:Oregon is at %70 already (Score 3, Insightful) 88

Not much of a challenge when over 70 percent of electricity generated in Oregon is currently from renewables.

They should be given more kudos for having the foresight to hit the 70% mark already. You don't go from zero to seventy overnight, so they had to have planned for this and started their implementations much earlier. This is far ahead of most places, so they should be congratulated for their forward thinking.

Still, the remaining 30% isn't a walk in the park, either. There is still a lot of planning and implementation remaining.

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