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Comment Re:Privacy (Score 1) 199

That happens in the country too. I know my neighbors names and have established a basic relationship with them in case I need to get a hold of one of them in an emergency, but other than that I don't really have much contact with them. Maybe it's different in a tiny little town or something, but I'm not in a town.

Comment Privacy (Score 1) 199

Some of us just want to be left alone. We don't want to be cheek to jowl with our neighbors. We want a nice little quiet place to escape to, a place to do our thing without being bothered. I'm out in the country and I love it. I'm still in a subdivision, but they're large lots so you have some privacy. I can work out in my back yard and tend to my little garden. The hand full of problems I've had with neighbors (such as one who kept letting her dog poop in my yard and not clean it up) were quickly handled by the HOA. I don't know what HOA's others belong to, but my fees are only $500 a year and most of that is for road maintenance.

There are some advantages to city life for sure. I'd love to be closer to those nice farmers markets and little coffee and book shops, but it's not worth the expense and hassle to me. I couldn't afford a place a quarter of the size of my house in the big city. I'm quite happy being out in the country and being left alone.

Comment Not Quite So Horrible As The Some Here... (Score 1) 299

I really haven't had a boss that was as bad as most of the posts here, but what I have encountered is 'overseas boss'. My current boss is over in India so getting in touch with him is nearly impossible most of the time. Normally this would mean that I'd go to his boss for emergency approvals and other things that can't wait, but his boss is also in India. This makes getting anything approved in a timely fashion nearly impossible. Thankfully the US office has learned to manage themselves to the point that one of my co-workers just pretends to be our boss when it comes to approving things. Our real boss doesn't seem to care and we can actually get stuff done.

Morale is definitely suffering though as the US team seems to be getting left out of more and more decisions. I'm guessing I'll be training my replacement how to kindly do the needful in a few years.

Comment They Did This at my Office (Score 4, Interesting) 183

Upper management at my office read whatever trendy report that started this whole open office debacle and decided that it would be the greatest thing ever. They went whole hog and got the long single desks with itty bitty dividers between them and 'chairs' that look like overgrown foot stools. Everyone in the office absolutely HATES the new floor plan. They went from moderate sized half-wall cubicals that provided a bit of privacy to a four foot desk with a foot high dividers. Not only is there almost no place to put anything (the computer and phone take up 75% of the desk) there's absolutely zero privacy. When they first proposed the idea they pretended to ask for employee input (which was overwhelmingly negative) but we all knew it was a farce since they already had all the new desks ordered and stored away.

Thankfully I'm in a locked and secure lab, so when they came around to see if they could put the new desks in the lab we sent them packing (the same morons wanted to rip out our network closet and turn it into a managers office). Now everyone suddenly wants to be on our team just to be back in a cubical. I seriously think that I would have looked for a new job if I was forced into one of those open desks.

Comment Re:Why is Holocaust Denial Such a Huge Deal? (Score 1) 429

That's a good point. It's not like there isn't ample evidence (video evidence even) that the holocaust happened. It's kind of hard to refute that kind of evidence. But when you start making laws saying that denying it is illegal, people begin to wonder why. "If it really happened, why are you punishing people who say otherwise?" "What are you trying to hide?" "Is there something you don't want us to find out?" Etc.

Comment Why is Holocaust Denial Such a Huge Deal? (Score 4, Interesting) 429

I've always been curious about this. It's a dumb thing to do, and makes the person look foolish, but beyond that why is this actually a crime in some places? I mean I can pretend that Obama was never president, but that doesn't make it so and it makes me look really stupid, but they would never make that a crime (Note to Self: Check back in 10 years and see if they did indeed make this a crime). Just ignore the morons and let them play in their little pretend world.

Comment Re:Slashdot in a nutshell. (Score 3, Insightful) 398

But that's how it's been with the Democrats for the last 8+ years. Anything bad that happened under Obama was Bush's fault, even after he had been out of power for almost 8 years and of course everything that was good was all his doing. Now it appears that anything good that happens under Trump is Obama's doing and of course anything bad is all his doing as well. It's a no win situation, and people will do some serious mental gymnastics to try and prove it no matter what the evidence says.

Comment When All Else Fails, Honesty Works (Score 2) 1001

When I was interviewing for my current job I got asked one of these types of questions. I was honest with the interviewer, I told them I had a vague understanding of the concept, but I'd have to look up or ask someone how to actually implement it since it's not something that I'd ever done before. I figured I had nothing to lose by being honest since I wasn't going to be able to BS my way to a solution anyway. The interviewer appreciated my honesty and said that collaboration and being able to find solutions to problems you don't have the immediate knowledge to do were important and I eventually ended up getting the job. I'm not sure if that's what they were actually looking for or if they liked my other skills so much that they were willing to overlook it. To this day I've never come close to having to program what they were asking me to do in that interview.

Comment Below Average (Score 1) 164

I guess I'm below average as we only have two: one in the family room and one in the bedroom. Technically we have a third one in the game room, but it's not hooked up to cable so you can't watch TV on it and it's just for playing games. We used to have one in each room, but we realized that we rarely watch TV anymore so we just got rid of them to make more room and we haven't bought a new TV in almost ten years. Heck, the one in the family room is a 36" HD CRT and it works great. We just don't see the need to drop money on a 50"+ 1080p TV since there's nothing worth watching anyway.

Comment Dropping Out of Social Media (Score 4, Insightful) 190

I think the big problem is that everyone seems to want to use social media to shout their political and social beliefs constantly and non-stop. Before the rise of social media I had a pretty good idea of where my friends were in the political/social spectrum, but we never really discussed it. Now it seems that everyone must not only tell you where they stand on issues, but they have to tell you why you're wrong for not taking the same stance. Day after day with the smug condescending memes, fake news pieces from whacked out websites, pointless hoaxes that Snopes debunked years ago ad nausem. After a while it just gets on your nerves and you either join them, drop out, or go insane. I've pretty much filtered or unfollowed just about everyone on Facebook because I'm tired of it (whether I agreed with them or not). If it wasn't for some of the computer groups I follow I'd probably never log into FB anymore.

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