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Comment Re:installed by a contract third-party IT speciali (Score 1) 30

I used to do the same. I don't any more. After being thrown under the bus for doing EXACTLY what the customer said, against my recommendations(documented no less), no thank you.

WHICH happens to be a great way to make your point even stronger. Telling a customer "no, I won't" gets them to think, perhaps a little. I've had a couple people ask me why I won't, and basically say, "When the shit hits the fan, I don't want to be involved, don't want to clean the mess up, and don't want to take the fall for anyone but me".

I now use a phrase that sums up everything perfectly. "Good IT is expensive, bad IT is costly".

Comment Re: Fake News (Score 1) 257

Natural Diamonds and Artificial Diamonds are indistinguishable, except for the fact that an Artificial one is technically superior in just about every way one could judge a diamond. They are also VERY easy to produce, and in VERY large sizes that are nearly impossible to find naturally. This makes the whole Natural vs Artificial argument really stupid.

A diamond is a diamond. It takes special tools to find imperfections in the natural diamonds for even "experts" to tell the difference.

Comment Re:Stop the presses! Someone in IT fucked up! (Score 1) 132

Yes, they do provide birth control. I never said they didn't. You can even get condoms there, does that mean they can claim they are a male health care provider like they claim they are a "women's healthcare provider" because they perform abortions and give out birth control?

To me, a woman's health center would be more concerned about actual health of women. Abortion is very hard on a woman's body, and there is plenty of documented studies that show this. Not that PP would ever tell you the long term risks of abortion on women.

Comment Re:Guilty, I'd say (Score 1) 62

While I agree with your conclusion, I would say that he wasn't "capable" because he was a manager, regardless of his previous status which could have been engineer. I am half convinced there is a secret to getting into management from an actual work position. Based on my own boss's progress, I am convinced that he went to an actual "Dilbert School of Management" and got his PhB degree. I turn to Dilbert every day to see what is his next plan.

Comment Re:its in public (Score 1) 124

technology gets more powerful it also gets more intrusive

Technology is invasive the moment it becomes pervasive.

You and I said the same thing. As a Libertarian, I would suggest to you a (singular) camera is invasive, but accepted. A thousand cameras owned by the state is in fact a violation of constitutional guarantees against UNREASONABLE searches. Is it really unreasonable to be free from observation in a "Free" society?

Think about it for a second, the very thing we made fun of in the USSR is happening today, and both liberals and conservatives are arguing for more of the same surveillance state.

The difference between a single picture from 1970 by my dad on a camera at Disneyland is clearly not the same thing as the government being able to watch me travel from my home to Disneyland on all the cameras lined all the way there and back. Once is inconvenience, a hundred thousand frames is observation. Somewhere along that long line, it stops being expectation of not being filmed and one of expectation of being filmed at any given moment.

Comment Re:Instrument calibration (Score 1) 313

When insturment calibration is examined, both the unadjusted and adjusted values should be available as raw and "corrected" results. When the "raw" data is discarded, there is no ability to re-examine that data, and all we are left with is the "adjusted" data that is unproven. This is scientific heresy of the greatest kind.

In other words, it isn't science if the adulterated results cannot be replicated for the original data, because it no longer exists. I mean it isn't like scientists to fudge data to get the results they were looking for ... ever. Never happens. Ever.

Comment Re: s/drug trials/climate change/g (Score 1) 313

"records" in modern human terms. But failure to mention "other" records like the hurricane lull in the Atlantic is quickly forgotten. After all, "MORE EXTREME WEATHER" should have produced more and more extreme hurricanes .... but those simply haven't appeared.

I have no doubt carbon is increasing, I have plenty of doubt that it is actually "bad" for the planet. It might be bad for humans, but I am pretty sure plants love it. More plants = more life.

Comment Re: s/drug trials/climate change/g (Score 1) 313

Unexpected extreme low temperatures = weather
Unexpected extreme high temperatures = AGW

Duh!

Oh, and Failing Dam Spillways is caused by AGW, and not by the government who was supposed to be doing maintenance but failed. Yes, Gov Brown said that the failed spillway was caused by Global Warming.

And now, you know why a lot of people do not take it seriously.

Comment Re: Fake News (Score 1) 257

DeBeers has a monopoly on fiat gemstones, and not just any fiat gemstone, but only one specific kind. Let that sink in for a minute.

Once upon a time, Aluminium was considered rare and valuable. That was until someone figured a way to get the ore processed very inexpensively. Then all those fine (expensive) Aluminum dinnerware sets became almost worthless overnight. And so it will be with DeBeers, once people realize that a diamond is a diamond and you can have a custom diamond made for you very inexpensively. Then all those expensive necklaces worn by the starlets during the Oscars can be worn by anyone.

I can't wait to see all that jewelry become worth ... less.

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