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Comment Re:Driving in reverse (Score 1) 123

Frankly, the thought of sitting on an assembly line mindlessly inserting tab A into slot B all day is horrifyingly dreary.

I have done mindless tab A into slot B, and I've done careful hand-fitting of a board I just stuffed onto another board, on an assembly line. Tab A into slot B is indeed awful. But it paid better than washing dishes. Stuffing boards and mounting them to another board paid better and was more involved, and I enjoyed the precision aspect of it. Not what I would call bad or awful or boring. The stench of solder is something I miss, and reminisce about when I have to solder something these days.

I wasn't always an IT guy. Well, I was, but as a hobby. I had a day job with the gov't, and it paid shit, so I moonlighted at a local computer customization shop, where I was stuffing the aforementioned boards. This was in the early-mid 90's. Batches were typically around 2500 machines, all done to the same spec.

One morning they padlocked the gates, and bolted a sign to them: Closed with no notice. Call xxx-xxx-xxxx for your next instructions.

Yeah. Tossed out like so much garbage. One week's pay as severance. The work, we later heard, was sent to Malaysia.

Would I go back to factory work? Y'know, if I was making things I have an interest in, yeah, I'd do it. Watches. Cars. Yeah. Hand-made audio amps. Even if it *is* only bolting the hinges to the body, or only doing a few steps of a larger assembly.

But what do they make where I live? Hot air, bad music, awesome food. But manufacturing jobs? Heh... no. Perversely, a previous IT employer of mine just moved into what used to be a major Motorola factory. That IT employer has nothing do do with manufacturing of any kind.

What I'm trying to say, is that there can be pride in assembly work. I've felt it, and if you look at enough factories you'll see other people with that pride too. It's not all mindless tab A into slot B. Some people get to make something out of nothing more than sand, fire and molten metal. I would love to do that.

Comment Re:Driving in reverse (Score 1) 123

As long as that doesn't include off-sourcing jobs to China, and paying taxes to any country except the one that made Apple possible...

And if that's Apple, just imagine what others are doing.

Apple's not blameless and have plenty of business nastiness in them. No one gets as old as they are and remain idealists.

There's a lot worse out there.

Comment Re:Driving in reverse (Score 4, Insightful) 123

I thought Apple was first and foremost a technology company?

You can be a tech company and try to not be total douchebags.

Or, you can be a tech company with no conscience and burn and pillage your way to profit. Which btw, IS the norm. I'd rather deal with the less evil. Even if I had money invested in it.

Just my two cents.

Comment I can say this despite liking the iPhone (Score 1) 199

When they made the 6 and 6+, Apple broke one of the most critical tenets of engineering: Form Follows Function, not the other way 'round. Thinner isn't always better. They made the 6 and 6+ trendy, hip and skinny -- and that broke the Function part of engineering.

I'm glad I still have my 5S, and when the time comes that it goes to cellphone heaven, I'll replace it with a new small phone. I'm so glad Apple is making one again. Fatter, shorter phones don't bend as much as a thin huge phone.

Comment Re:Hackers stole a set of NSA cyberweapons (Score 1) 100

This thing of the government being inept, have you seen private bureaucracies at work?

After working for a decade and a half in the private sector, yes, I have seen private red tape and wonder just how exactly money is made, given the overall disjointedness of it all.

PFM, I suppose.

Comment Re:Hackers stole a set of NSA cyberweapons (Score 5, Insightful) 100

Does anyone here really believe this cyber bullshit?

Yes, yes I do.

Rationale being: "Government is inept at best and criminal at worst. A happy medium is they being criminally inept. NSA is a Government agency, ergo all the batshit insane ineptness that infects the Government also infects the NSA"

So yes, I believe the NSA got owned, and now begins the rearranging of deckchairs. A few people will be fired or otherwise disposed of, new techniques and tools will be developed, and life will be back to its nefarious normality again.

But for now, grab your bacon, popcorn and intoxicant of choice, sit back and watch! This may be the best damn show of our age!

(or it may be a brilliant piece of mis-direction, which would not make it any less real, just thornier and harder to decipher)

Comment Re:You can bet on one thing with certainty here. (Score 2) 198

Verizon bloatware will be just as unremoveable (unless you root the phone) as Apple's bloatware.

Funny, I don't see apps for Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Macy's, etc pre-installed on my iToys. (I suppose those would be 3 of the "Big Brands" Verizon was about?

I do see things like the a stock ticker, Watch app, and a few other things I can't remove, so I've made a folder called "useless," put those things in there, and away we go. Hell, I use the stock ticker myself to research the health of say, a prospective new employer.

What Verizon wants to do is put "Big brand" apps in your phone. Which Apple hasn't done, and I hope they don't.

But hey -- starting with iOS 10 you will be able to remove the useless built-in apps you don't want!

Comment Lockpick toolkit lost? Boo hoo! (Score 2) 272

I'm not concerned at all about these tools being used to penetrate Joe Sixpack's computer.

I am, however, tickled pink that these tools will be used against the tools of the Government and Commerce.

Yes, you tools! Let's see what happens when your sordid affairs, your innermost secrets and every repulsive, nauseating detail of your rape of America for the past half century are revealed!

In other words, Commerce and Government, fuck you with a splintered phonepole. I hope it hurts every bit as bad as what you've done to this country.

(Provided this toolkit is as powerful as claimed, and its leak isn't some False Flag operation.)

Submission + - Anti-Minimum Wage App launched by Employment Policies Institute

TigerPlish writes: In an example of why it is imperative to question the funding of every single Think Tank and "Resarch Organization," CNN reports the "Employment Policies Institute" — a conservative think tank funded in DC by one Richard Berman — which lobbies against minimum wage hikes for the Restaurant, Hotel, Alcohol and Tobacco industries — has launched an iOS app called Wage Engage. According to another source:

Wage Engage allows business owners to track minimum wage legislation in states relevant to them, and to offer their opinion about the impact of such increases. "You have an asymmetric battle. You have organized labor groups who can devote their entire days to advocating for a higher minimum wage. Then you have small business owners who didn't have the time, or didn't know about [the legislation]. The app lets restaurant owners tell their story in a personal way," says Michael Saltsman, the group's research director.

Please be aware that this "Employment Policies Institute" has nothing to do with the "Economic Policies Institute," which is a liberal think tank, which I'm sure also has its own agenda not aligned with helping The People. PS: Hey eds, are you going to outright delete this one, like you did Sunday instead of having the Firehose vote it up or down? Yeah I saw what you did.

Submission + - Anti-Minimum Wage App launched by Employment Policies Institute

TigerPlish writes: In an example of why it is imperative to question the funding of every single Think Tank and "Resarch Organization," CNN reports the "Employment Policies Institute" — a conservative think tank funded in DC by one Richard Berman — which lobbies against minimum wage hikes for the Restaurant, Hotel, Alcohol and Tobacco industries — has launched an iOS app called Wage Engage. According to another source:

Wage Engage allows business owners to track minimum wage legislation in states relevant to them, and to offer their opinion about the impact of such increases. "You have an asymmetric battle. You have organized labor groups who can devote their entire days to advocating for a higher minimum wage. Then you have small business owners who didn't have the time, or didn't know about [the legislation]. The app lets restaurant owners tell their story in a personal way," says Michael Saltsman, the group's research director.

Please be aware that this "Employment Policies Institute" has nothing to do with the "Economic Policies Institute," which is a liberal think tank, which I'm sure also has its own agenda not aligned with helping The People.

Comment Re:This white paper is worthless without details (Score 1) 85

If I wanted to promote a security consulting business, I could identify a niche of that market and make up a bunch of stats for that market that show a need and enough people might buy into what I wrote that I could get some consultancy business.

This is why every single scrap of "white papers," "studies" and "recommendations" from every single research group or "Think Tank" should automatically be suspect and raise the questions of "Who paid for this?" and "Who benefits from this?"

Follow the money, and you'll find the benefactor.

Comment Re:TL;DR Yes, with a non secret warrant. (Score 1) 136

There was a terrorist thwarted earlier this week near where I live. The police tracked him on the internet, knew of his sympathy for ISIS, and were able to act just before he was going to set off his bombs. That ability saved lives.

Can you tell us if the police just saw his incoherent allahu ackbar noise on Facetwat, or did the police actually got a warrant, and broke into his.. what.. email? SMS?

You see, AC, I doubt most crims have their plans squirreled away on a secur-ish machine encrypted on hardware and locked in a safe. I think most crims brag their intentions openly, be it Facetwat, or the local pub or burger joint.

Comment I'm sure the adblockers will adapt and overcome. (Score 1) 534

I'm sure the ad-blockers will adapt to this. And BTW it isn't just facebook, it seems lately some ads are starting to come through on other sites. I don't know if that's ABP being more of a whore than usual... even though I have it set to *not* allow "unintrusive" ads through.

Besides, WTF do I care.. there's only one page on facebook that I actually *do* care about.

Bloom County.

I'm sure that if FB implodes Berkeley Breathed will just find some other means to distribute Bloom County.

I literally don't visit any other part of facebook.

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