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Comment I've worked in I.T. for 20 years. (Score 1) 280

We're all mistreated and we mistreat each other.

First - there's the serious mistreatment. I.T. is treated like a pariah at many companies. We are an expense, and we are an expense that many companies have a difficult time grasping. "We send the plumber away after he fixes the toilet, why do we have this guy on the payroll after he fixed my printing issue?" Bean counters especially hate us, because the things we support and provide to the users are expensive. I don't care who the computer is for, I.T. is blamed for it being purchased for it needing support. This is very much a "shoot the messenger" problem. I've seen companies that get rid of their support people, and I've seen it hurt them in the end. I've seen executive assistants - the guard dog types - really hate on I.T. because their master had a computer problem that wasn't immediately fixed and you're expensive.

Second - there's the peer to peer mistreatment. We're I.T., we eat our own. We are continuously cruel towards one another, especially if we like you. Holding back and treating you like a customer means we really don't want you around or we consider you a volatile liability. It's something I've found as pretty much a universal culture among competent technical people. We like practical jokes, well placed insults, and picking at each others issues. We're like a bunch of junior high kids, never mind we're in our 30's and 40's. Most of the people I've seen have a problem with mistreatment seem to only have the problem after they become accepted as part of the group. Some people just don't know how to fit into the culture. This isn't a race or gender thing, I've seen acceptance and breakdowns in about every combination of race and gender you can imagine. We're geeks, competence is currency, if someone is placed in an I.T. area due to affirmative action or nepotism they aren't going to become part of the pack. If you can't pull your own weight they're not going to feel sorry for you, they're going to eat you for lunch. Most successful technical environments I've been in have been meritocracies with the exceptions of rule by the person signing the checks, in which case even those setups are virtual meritocracies where you have the alpha-geek and the guy who can over rule the alpha geek.

Third - the serious real discrimination. Most real discrimination I've seen comes from H.R. departments and busy-bodies. Forced diversity is discrimination. I've been in really good self-governing technical departments. Usually the more offensive and wolf-packish they are, the better they are. I have on occasion had the pack destroyed due to concern from busy-bodies who don't understand that mode of operation intentionally changing seating arrangements, injecting people who aren't exactly up to par, and intentionally injecting people with polar opposite personalities into the team (who don't even technically qualify for the job) just to break up the wolf pack. I saw the intentional pack breakup happen by an injection that increased the size of the team 25%. Productivity fell by 40% as the old wolf-pack had to drag anchors through the work day. FYI, in the situation I'm talking about - the rudest, crudest, and the leader of the pack was female, she was awesome, she told the dirtiest jokes I've ever heard and had a photographic memory, able to recall data at will that I had to look up. We had both Hispanics and Blacks on the team that were part of the pack. The intentional breakup had nothing to do with race or gender - they wanted to break up what they saw as a homogenized personality type. The injected individuals consisted of a white female, a white male who was tech savy in an engineering sense but was mild mannered and couldn't handle high pressure rapid fixes of in a monitored queue environment. He was the type who would spend a day or two getting at a problem the rest of us knew how to plow through. The third was a black female that could barely operate Outlook. In the end their attempt at diversification actually percentage wise increased the white percentage, it increased the female percentage as well, but it destroyed productivity.

I think the culture of tech fields can generate these feelings even when the cause is a bit different.

Comment Yeah, I've experienced the pain. (Score 1) 114

The very first thing I noticed after booting for the first time: they forgot how to draw boxes.

Something I've run into since - I can't "run as a different user" properly anymore. My company has a rule for admins - you can't work from your admin account, so I've been right-clicking my Microsoft Management Console link and choosing "run as a different user". That quit working - now it says the super user doesn't have access to the management console, but if I actually do login with my admin account - like I'm not supposed - it works fine, just like it did before the update. I can probably figure out some rights changes and work arounds to make it work - but is that what I should be spending my time on?

I've been a Microsoft hater for close to two decades - I've recently softened up on them because Windows 8 and 10 really did introduce a bloat reduction, stability, and performance severely lacking in previous versions, but crap like this and less than ethical data collection and advertising in the system itself are keeping me from embracing it on my personal stuff.

Comment Re:How will this affect the LIttle Critter books? (Score 0) 156

You know - I have a case of Aspergers. I occasionally have issues picking up on jokes and what people are really getting at, but I've trained myself through the years and paying attention to mostly get by alright. Occasionally on Slashdot however I find that I get a reply from Drax the Destroyer and I don't feel so bad about the areas that I still have difficulties with.

Comment Re:20 years? (Score 1) 237

I found competitors early on and Marine rushed Protus taking out all of their mining units before they had a single anything else. That was fun.

Also I loved going up against tanks. Find a group of tanks together and send a sacrificial peon up as close as you could get it to one of the tanks, then attack at pont blank range. All of the surrounding tanks will attack your peon destroying one of their own in the process and maybe doing damage to others.

Comment Re: The Beauty of Open Source (Score 1) 156

I was a MythTV user at one time in the past, I loved it and even used it for content management much like I now do with Kodi. The move away from NTSC, but NOT towards QAM because cable companies are pricks just caused me to not care about live TV anymore. It's part of why my DVD/BluRay library is huge and I actually want Netflix and the like to work on Kodi.

Comment Re:DIY? No, more like DOA (Score 1) 156

I'm one of the people who uses Kodi religiously without piracy add-ons. I buy my own content, both music and movies, and use it. I even have a hacked Gen 1 Apple TV to play those things remotely. It's annoying to have to start up the PS3 in the living room or the Wii in the bedroom for Netflix, Hulu and Amazon content, especially since there used to be a working Amazon plugin.

No, some of us just want to be legal and convenient at the same time.

Comment Re:Deception - just one kind of tax. (Score 2) 903

My sister used to work for a downstream petroleum company, she told me that a the taxes on a gallon of gas - more than ten years ago when she worked there - was about 70% of the at the pump cost.

If this went 100% to roads I wouldn't be as annoyed, but we can tell by the conditions of our roadways this absolutely is not the case.

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