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Comment Re:Depressing... (Score 3, Interesting) 280

It's always been this way ... and when I first got into the "work world" after college, the whole thing depressed me too. I spent a lot of time asking, "Why? What's the point of all of this, and how did my parents stand it?!"

But the elephant in the corner of the room that everyone likes to ignore is this: People with these "side jobs" are often working smarter, not harder. For example, say you want to start a side business selling something online? You may have to burn a few of those precious weekends working on the setup -- but once the e-commerce site is running, it sells to visitors 24 hours/7 days without you having to do much with it. Your role is probably only going to be in the packing/shipping of products ordered, and handling returns as needed. Granted, that can take some time, but you get to choose when you do it and for how long. You could box up a few items right before bed, perhaps? Or knock some of it out while you're watching some show on TV at night, relaxing. If it does well enough? Now you can afford to pay some teenager to do the hands-on stuff for you, making the operation completely hands-off.

And same kind of thing with people who really do find a way to make their second job a sub-set of their hobby. I know a guy in town, for example, who is really into history. Since he was interested in digging up everything he could find about local history in our city anyway, he decided to start compiling it into books. He's got 3 of them out now that he sells via Facebook and occasionally at a local flea market table, or in other people's shops. He was going to hang onto all of those notes and photos and copies of historical documents anyway ... so putting them into book format didn't take a whole lot of extra effort, really.

Comment re: Original article mixing up terms? (Score 1) 280

Dunno... I think I have to cut the author of the original article a little more slack than the parent poster is doing.

I'm not here to argue for the term "side hustle" as the best choice of words. But traditionally, you had a lot of people who worked one full-time or "career job". And then when situations arose where that wasn't cutting it for them to maintain whatever lifestyle they were used to, they'd take on a second job. Sometimes we called this "moonlighting".

The thing is, this "side hustle" seems to me like it's a little bit different. The traditional taking on a second job tended to involve selecting something relatively non-demanding. You might work the night shift at a local gas station, for example, or deliver pizzas. It wasn't usually anything you actually enjoyed doing, but rather, something you could *stand* to do after already putting in an 8 hour day at your primary job. I think what the Millennials are talking about is figuring out something you already kind of like doing, and turning it into a small side business opportunity. It's not about applying for entry level jobs in retail businesses. It's about making the effort to print up business cards or flyers and building a promotional web site, and convincing people they should buy some product or service from you that you can provide in your spare time. BUT, it's a "hustle" because you're probably trying to "fake it until you make it". You want your customers to THINK they're dealing with an entrepreneur who is working on getting that big business loan or venture capital money before long, to really grow the business into something big. But in reality, you're going to make up excuses why you're out of something or can't be there at 3PM next Thursday when your customer would really like the service. Because this is about some extra money on the side; not a hyper-focused effort on going full-time with what's offered.

If there's anything that's a sad commentary on today's society, I think it's not so much that you've got a generation willing to do some of this for the sake of regular trips to Starbucks. But rather, it's sad that the traditional "moonlighting" job positions are often not even available for that purpose today -- because you've got so many applicants who need those as their MAIN job to survive.

Comment re: new hardware not working with older OS (Score 1) 126

I find that annoying or irritating, sure ... but not to the point of outrage. In particular, the Surface Pro 4 is actually made by Microsoft, so why wouldn't they design it to help push their latest OS instead of encouraging people to stick with the older stuff they'd like to move away from? That's just good business logic from their perspective.

(And really, it's no different than Apple's business model all along, as a provider of both the hardware and the OS.)

Comment So,do we know the physical limits on the Q mile? (Score 3, Interesting) 183

As someone who is a bit of a car enthusiast (always join the forums or car clubs for whatever vehicle I own, etc.) -- the fastest quarter mile results I ever see posted for vehicles taken to the drag strip is 9.x seconds. In most cases, you have people modding various sports or sporty cars to get down into the 12-13 second quarter mile range from wherever they start out at from the factory. Anyone running 11 seconds or under is considered "up there" in performance/speed.

So I'm starting to wonder .... is there pretty much a "hard limit" on how fast a quarter mile you can turn out based on the limitations of physics (tires can only provide so much grip, etc.)? Can you say at some point, "By getting my car to run a 9 second quarter mile, I've optimized it as much as is physically possible for a vehicle that's moving with rolling wheels on the ground?"

Comment May be reaching a turning point .... (Score 1) 325

At least speaking to healthcare in the USA, I think the furor over "Obamacare" along with rising medical costs across the board, and doctors' frustrating with increased paperwork, is leading to a tipping point.

Almost all of it boils down to problems stemming from healthcare as a profit-generating enterprise.

I absolutely think doctors and staff need to be paid a fair wage for their work, just like anyone else does. But there's got to be some kind of understanding we come to that medical care is treated differently than regular businesses. (If your car needs repair, for example? You have all sorts of options, including doing the repairs yourself or just trading it in and getting a different one. If your body needs repair, you can't just do a DYI heart bypass surgery or "trade it in". You can live with what's broken if it isn't TOO debilitating OR pay the asking price to get treatment.)

Under those circumstances, I think we need to view medicine as more of a charitable work. Whether you're a researcher or a doctor, your goal should be the motivation to help others and make the world a better place. Medicine isn't an appropriate field to get into if you're chasing maximum profits.

One of the best doctor-patient experiences I ever had was also one of the most basic. I had a red spot that kept appearing on my nose, that would get sore to the touch. After a month or so, it would disappear on its own, only to randomly come back again -- seemingly aggravated by sunlight exposure. People started telling me they thought it might be the onset of a skin cancer. I got worried, fearing the worst, and scheduled an appointment with a dermatologist who my parents had gone for for years. The guy was your typical "grouchy old man" who was "all business, no pleasantries". (I think he was about to retire, actually.) But they kept telling me he was good, so I gritted my teeth and went to see him. The doctor said few words... just pulled out his magnifying glass and studied my nose for 15 seconds or so and said, "Hmm.... yes...." Then he prescribed me medication for it and said it wasn't a cancer or anything like that. It was a type of cold sore. Oddly, the medication to keep it away is typically used for STDs (so it's a bit uncomfortable of a prescription to ask for refills on!), but he was absolutely right. Every time it starts to appear, I take one half of one of the pills (all that he said was really required) and it vanishes overnight. And recurrences have diminished over the last year or so.

My point is ... THAT was the kind of doctor's visit that was really worth my money. Pay once and let the guy use his expertise to discover the problem ... prescribe what's needed to help out, and done. I imagine at most doctor's offices today, the same visit would have involved tons of paperwork, tests being ordered, and follow-up visits. Ridiculous ....

Comment Re:I want to like Donald. (Score 1) 268

I hate Hillary with a passion, but any sentence out of Trump's mouth makes her look like Gandhi in comparison.

Such as, "At this point, what difference does it make?" Oh, wait...

How about, "Who's going to find out? They're trash...nobody's going to believe them!" (That was Hillary, talking about the women her lecherous husband has assaulted over the years.)

"Yeah, I got him off. So what? Who cares? We got the evidence thrown out, so he walked. I mean, sure, we knew he did it, but it didn't matter." (That was Hillary, talking about a child rapist she helped avoid charges.)

"I believe the primary role of the state is to teach, train, and raise children. Parents have a secondary role." (That was Hillary in It Takes a Village.)

Do I need to continue?

Comment Moo (Score 1) 326

At home: Core i5 4690K, 16 GB RAM, two 256GB SSDs (one boots Gentoo, the other currently boots Windows 10), 750GB spinning rust, a Blu-ray burner, and 28" 4K monitor for the main desktop. Server's an A4-3300 with 10 GB RAM, a 256GB SSD that boots Gentoo, and 7.5 TB spinning rust. A couple of Raspberry Pis with LibreELEC drive the TVs from files on the server.

At work: Core 2 Quad Q6600 (it's old, but it's still reasonably quick for most things), 8 GB RAM, 256GB SSD that boots Windows 7, 750GB spinning rust, and a Radeon 6870 driving two 20ish" monitors (one at 1680x1050, the other at 1440x900). We're a charitable organization, so most of what's in my work computer is stuff that I didn't need at home any longer and donated (get to claim a tax writeoff on it). More recently, I brought in an Acer Aspire Revo 1600 that I no longer needed running a TV at home...it's now a Gentoo box with a built-in SD-card reader that mostly gets used to back up and restore the Raspberry Pis we have scattered around the building as digital signage, web kiosks, etc.

Model Ms are on all the machines I work with directly. joe is my preferred editor for Gentoo and Cygwin, though Windows installs also get Notepad++. Linux IDEs all appear to be varying degrees of hot mess, but they've not really been necessary for the things I've knocked together under it. At work, Visual Studio is what pays the bills. Whether on computers, phones, or tablets, Chrome is preferred over SJWfox.

Comment Zero reason to use Windows 10 in business? (Score 1) 126

The mentality that there's NO reason to upgrade to 10 in a business setting reminds me of the nay-sayers who never wanted to move off of Windows '98, back in the day. Sure, MS put out a lousy OS (Windows ME) as the next part of the upgrade path, just as Windows 8 was a pretty bad attempt at improving 7. But by the time XP came out, it made LOTS of sense to move to it.

I think that's where we're at with Windows 10 now. What do we gain as a company from moving from 7 to 10?

Off-hand:

- Options for full disk encryption without resorting to 3rd. party add-ons
- Support for the latest hardware that can't even run older Windows OS versions (like the Surface Pro 4 tablets)
- Cortana, giving users a new option to instantly find and launch the applications needed without even touching anything on the PC
- Native support for high DPI (4K and 5K) resolution displays with proper font scaling

Secondarily, it just puts your company in a better place, moving forward. Potential new hires can see your organization keeps up with current technology. And it buys you a window of another 4-5 years or more where you know you can buy a new peripheral and it will have driver support, instead of always having to verify if it really "still works with Windows 7".

Comment Re:I hate it when companies decide what's good for (Score 5, Insightful) 284

Except this really doesn't constitute McDonalds or Starbucks "deciding what's good for you" at all. They're simply exercising some control over what they let you do with THEIR Internet connection. Taken to the extreme, you could cry foul that your local Mexican restaurant keeps deciding what kind of music you want to hear by piping in only Hispanic music, when you actually prefer punk rock. But no ... it's their place and their right to craft the type of dining experience they want it to have.

To my knowledge, none of these chain restaurants have ever put out pamphlets, posters or other advertising advising you to stop watching porn. They just don't want you to do it on their connection while eating there. That's perfectly reasonable.

Comment As the upgrade push continues .... (Score 1) 126

I'm interested to see just how motivated Microsoft is to get everyone upgraded to Win 10. The pressure they've been putting on everyone to upgrade before August, when the free upgrades from 7 or 8 expire has been tough for a LOT of people to refuse. But it hasn't been all that realistic for corporate users.

For example, where I work, we had all of our Windows users on Windows 7 Professional. We took a pass on Windows 8. Now, we're ok with making the move to Win 10, except the Microsoft upgrade process isn't always very practical. We usually use a pre-built drive image with all of our software set up on it. But a machine that has never run Win 10 before, even if it "qualifies for a free Windows 10 upgrade" only qualifies if you install 10 via the upgrade process where it can check in with the MS activation server and register the PC as qualifying. If you just blast our pre-made Windows 10 image onto the drive and boot it back up, it boots as inactivated Win 10 and wants you to pay full price for a working product key code.

In a few cases, upgrading the way MS wants you to do it resulted in PCs that had problems. Sometimes it's just because a newer BIOS version needed to be flashed onto it before starting (as happened with one of our older Dell laptops). But it means just telling users they can "go ahead and click the box to do the upgrade" can be trouble-prone. So to ensure a smooth process for people, I.T. has to go through all of this manually. One of our remote offices has resigned itself to just paying full price for Windows 10 licenses for all of its PCs in a couple months, when we get time to do an in-person office visit for a few days. They'd rather pay thousands more to MS than hassle with the process required to get the "qualifying free Win 10 upgrades" for its machines.

How many other places will just skip the upgrade instead of rushing to meet this "free" deadline? If there are enough of them, I bet MS does something else to get people on Win 10 at no cost or at reduced cost.

Comment This doesn't sound like that big a deal, either... (Score 1) 202

I mean, seriously -- we're saying a guy can be moderately overweight and only lose an average of 12 months off his lifespan? How many hours of a person's life are robbed from trying to do workouts they don't even enjoy doing, or turning down the foods they really want to eat and enjoy, all in an attempt to maintain a weight that's lower than their body's natural "set point" wants it to be if they do nothing special to change it?

IMO, the *real* questions are about QUALITY of life vs. how many months we can extend one. If you're in a situation where some weight loss prevents you from becoming a diabetic, for example? Now we're talking about a really valid reason to make life/diet changes that you may not necessarily care for or enjoy.

Comment Re:That's nice (Score 1) 237

Those TV shows from the '90s and earlier were most likely shot on film, not videotape. Telecine it at 1080p (or 4K, if you want...do that now and downsample it to 1080p so you don't have to do it again when 4K video catches on) and you'll get more details out of the original content than ever aired on TV. That (and a bunch of other enhancements) was what happened for the Blu-ray release of Star Trek, for instance.

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