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Comment Killer? Maybe not. Useful? yep.. (Score 1) 66

I am a long time GIMP user, but sometimes I just want to do quick things with photos - tweak the colors, crop, add an arrow or note, or make a quick collage. There are lots of android apps that make things like this quick and easy. I have G'MIC but that gives you all the settings, which I do use. But sometimes it's nice to just have presets. And sometimes you just gotta make a meme out of a pic to send to friends. :)

Comment I like Office365... (Score 1) 216

OK, ok, hang on. Only when I have to use it.
I work at a software company and we are a MS shop. I run Linux at home, and have since around '99. If I need to log into my work machine, I can launch my container that connects to the work vpn and does an RDP into my machine in about 10 seconds. Linux just works for me, even with MS (most of the time).

But I refuse to sync my phone with Outlook, for two reasons.
1. I don't want to check work email all the time, and have that expectation that I am always available. My time is my time.
2. I don't like like corporate policy, and I don't want their hooks into my phone.

That's how I use Office365 - if I need to check an email, my calendar, or look at a document on onedrive and I am not on the vpn. But that's it. It's a backup way of doing my job. It's slow but somewhat usable, but it is nowhere near ready to use all-day every-day especially in the corporate world. The fact that Excel/Outlook/Onedrive has to sync in the background has caused issues as well when "something goes wrong". And it does, often. Onedrive works most of the time, but when it doesn't sync it's a real PITA.

Comment Actually... Trump piled on this... (Score 1) 369

Prior to the election, there was information and allegations about potential tampering of the election. That was nothing new, that always comes up before an election.

Then during his campaign, Trump repeatedly said the election was rigged.

Then after the election, there were allegations that Russia was involved, and Trump back-pedaled and said there was no tampering with the election, Hilary lost fair and square.

All of these things cannot be true at the same time.

Comment This concerns me... because I run Mint XFCE (Score 1) 227

Many moons ago I switched from Mandrake to Kubuntu, then to Xubuntu, then to MintXFCE where I have been for the last several years. XFCE fits my needs, and I don't object to change unless it really causes me pain. I really don't care for systemd, and since I have run it I have noticed some insane shudown times and other weirdness since it installed. But for the mostly transparent to me.

I haven't had to hand-edit any X config files for a very long time, so I am happy with how it works. As long as Wayland is mostly e transparent, I am fine. But from what I understand, XFCE will not work with Wayland as it is. Not sure if the other Mint DEs will either (like Mate or Cinnamon). If they don't then they may not support Wayland, and the direction that Mint takes could be interesting.

Comment Re:YES (Score 1) 150

as long as we allow bullshit laws that won't let anyone other than Chinese own most things ( including companies) in china and not consider that racist, we'll be screwed.

There is nothing racist about that. It's nationalist and protectionist but it is not racist. This is not to say that they are not racist. I would assume they are since most people seem to be, but that's not the same as confirmation. Trade policies that require partnering with a national business make a lot of sense if your goal is to protect jobs, and/or prevent foreign interests from dominating your economy.

Right. It is nationalist, which is what I was getting at. There may be good reasons to say "made in China is junk" because many things they make (at the behest of US corps) is junk. But they are also capable of making high-quality things. But made-in-china is approaching or has surpassed the acceptance level of "communism". It loses its context when 'communist' or 'commie bastard' becomes just a general insult. Same way 'Nazi' or 'Hitler' is used.

I think the real danger we are all facing is that China HAS become a superpower when it comes to manufacturing. We rely on them exclusively for a lot of things, important and not, in our daily lives. Any time that happens, there is risk. People who think we don't rely on them have their heads in the sand. I am all for lessening our reliance on China for things, not so much because of quality but because it carries such a high price.

Comment YES (Score 2) 150

I recently wore out an angle grinder in my garage, and decided to buy a good one. There are some well known high-quality brands. Some used to be made in the USA, but others were made in Germany, and Japan. Brands like Fein, Milwaukee, Festool, Metabo, and Makita. I started researching, and every single one of them are made in China now. Even if some of their higher-end models are made in the country of origin, their lower end models (still rather expensive) are made in China. Now it could be that those companies still make them 'at home' and only make them in China for export, but I have no evidence of that.

As the parent pointed out, all made-in-China parts are not equal. A Makita angle grinder (the one I got) is absolutely not the same quality as one from Harbor Freight. "Made in China" doesn't mean junk, just like "Made in USA" doesn't mean quality.

I think as long as we continue to have this mindset we will be at a disadvantage because we aren't living in reality. Just like we thought American-made cars were the best and Japanese cars were junk - and we got our asses handed to us. The same thing can and probably will happen with technology and other areas unless we wake up to reality and get off our high horse.

Comment I worked from home for 8.5 years in QA Management (Score 1) 207

I worked for a big bank, and after a few internal shuffles, most of my team wasn't located where I lived, even though I lived where there was an office. I traveled once a month or so to the E. Coast where my teams were, and it was pretty good. In fact, I was able to move across the country to another state without much interruption at all to my job. In fact it helped because I was closer to the E. Coast so travel time was reduced as well as being a timezone closer for morning meetings!

I was usually working from 7 AM to 4:30 PM, with no real time for lunch because of overlapping meetings. Lots of meetings.

I have since left there, thankfully, and am at a much smaller company. I like the people I work with, and I do feel less isolated than before. I like coming into the office. But I wouldn't mind working from home again some day. You just need to have the right tools in place, a good work ethic, and it helps if everyone "gets" working with remote people.

Funny story - I joined one quarterly all-hands call via phone. It was apparently being held in a very large auditorium, several hundred in attendance. Typical big-company meeting of this type, some high-level talk from the exec, then he handed it off to others to give their spiels. One guy got speaking in person got on the mic, fumbled a bit with his introduction... then FROZE. Complete stage fright in front of 1000+ people in-person and on the phone. This was a pretty high-ranking guy in the company too who was no stranger to giving presentations. Then he collected himself, apologized, and said "I usually work from home, so I normally don't get to actually SEE this many people". Everyone laughed, then he laughed. That broke the tension, and he was fine after that and gave a pretty good presentation.

I know I have personally led calls of 100+ people, and behind a phone I am sure it is easier than in person.

Comment This is completely false... (Score 1) 341

A politician's constituents are the people who donated the most to their campaign.

I think that their constituents are those who are waving money in front of their face at any given point in time.
They don't limit themselves to whoever contributed to their campaign.

Comment Welllll yes and no.... (Score 1) 312

The WAY that information was leaked about Hilary was somewhat timely, and metered out. There wasn't a dump of it.

So, here's what i don't understand. Trump kept saying the election was rigged - right up until the point where he won, then he suddenly claims it wasn't. Why wouldn't the Trump administration WANT to expose some kind of hack on the election? That would prove him right, and if Russia hacked her email server, then it would also prove his point about how much her email was a security threat for the nation. Then he could "put her in jail" as he promised.

And if Russia did influence our election, it was likely because Putin didn't want Hilary in office - not necessarily because Trump was involved in it. I never understood why Trump never took this stance. Instead, he did an about-face on it and pretends like they weren't involved to the point of defending them.

These things are all perplexing to me.

Comment Re:The Panic was real (Score 1) 230

I'm amazed that a modern country bothers to spend money maintaining (or rather, pretending to maintain) a system that achieves... well, nothing.

"Large hail"? Really? Though I'm sure it can be quite damaging and painful, it's not a large-scale emergency, especially if you have no way of knowing what the fuck is going on.

OK, so from the rest of your comment it's obvious you don't understand. I am not in Texas, but where I live we do have these warning sirens. They are absolutely real, and for good reason. They are mainly used for tornadoes, which are absolutely fucking deadly. If the tornado siren goes off in the middle of the night, I would immediately get my family into our basement. That would absolutely save lives in a real emergency. I don't know where the hell you live, but you seem to be unaware of things in the US like dangerous weather, so a basement is an underground portion of a house that is poured concrete. It's the safest place to be if a tornado comes through.

And to your comment about hail, it can be pretty dangerous. When I was 18 we had a hailstorm where they were the size of softballs... that's bigger than a baseball/tennis ball... again, don't know where you're from. It broke out windshields of cars. I had to drive in it to get my brother from school, and it was scary. My dad sold insurance, and he had pictures of one guy's house where a FOOTBALL (American) sized chunk of hail went through his room and landed in his living room!

They test those sirens once a month where I live, and if you hear one outside of that scheduled test, you'd better pay attention. Severe weather can be deadly, and I hope whoever pulled this 'prank' pays a price for it. There was probably a safer way to make a point.

Comment Did YOU see the bug in the summary? (Score 1) 329

As a result, tech continues to stumble when it comes to diversity. The technology industry is now trying to figure out a way to attack its cultural and demographic homogeneity issues. One simple initiative is to begin to recruit talent from people outside of its preferred networks. One way is to extend their recruiting efforts to people who don't have four-year degrees. The technology industry is now trying to figure out a way to attack its cultural and demographic homogeneity issues. One simple initiative is to begin to recruit talent from people outside of its preferred networks. One way is to extend their recruiting efforts to people who don't have four-year degrees. IBM's head of talent organization, Sam Ladah, calls this sort of initiative a focus on 'new-collar jobs.'

The bold text is a duplicate information, I would guess maybe a copy/paste/paste? So...diversity in the editing world I suppose.

Aside from that, I have been doing QA since the early 90s, and I did get a CS degree. I have been a manager for over 10 of those years, and have looked at a lot of resumes. I am always interested in seeing if people have degrees or not, or what it may be in. It's just a point of reference, and not a deciding factor usually. I see people applying for QA jobs that have Marketing and Communications degrees. But some rules always apply - don't overstate your competency, you will be found out, and if you DO have a degree in communication, don't make a bunch of grammatical/spelling/formatting mistakes on your resume.

I also think it's funny that some people immediately see "tech jobs" and think "IT", or "networking" or "programmer". There is so much more that goes into technology than just those things. I have seen pretty much everything over the years, from genius self-taught programmers who sucked because they couldn't work on a team, to customer service people who were some of the best testers I had. I don't think you can force this diversity, because to be honest I have seen customer service people who were awful at testing too. I think what is more important is that hiring managers are willing to get the right people and not just warm bodies who can fill seats. I don't want to hire someone who is a QA robot, nor do I want to hire someone who is a "people person" and has no ability to be diligent and think critically.

Comment EXACLTY.. but let me expand on one.... (Score 5, Insightful) 370

6. Previews.

Spoilers.

Ads. Ads. ADS. ADS. The only time I went to the theater to see a movie in the last 5 years was recently to see Logan. Mainly because I had the day off, the kids were in school, and my wife and I went together. It was the opening show, by total chance because we went on a whim. Luckily it was at 11AM and the local theater had $5 movies before noon, so it was a great start.

We got there right at 11, it wasn't crowded so we found good seats, and the lights came down.

After watching advertisement after advertisement, from car dealerships to restaurants, and two from the movie theater chain itself, they started in on the previews. I don't usually mind them, and they weren't that annoying. Then MORE ads, including YET ANOTHER one for the movie theater chain. Not just a simple logo or slogan, but a minute or two advertisement for their great movie experience. It had been about 25 minutes and I was almost ready to walk out I was so pissed.

 

Comment It's all the telephone game.... (Score 1) 283

One of the parts I really dislike about hiring is that we have to go through Recruiters/HR when dealing with candidates.
I don't even know if they communicate with candidates at all. I always ask that they let candidates know when I decide not to hire them and give them feedback. But I found out once, when I ran into a candidate later, that they didn't. They just got no response at all after the interview. Which sucks for everyone involved, and makes the company look bad. But HR/Recruiters don't care. They really don't.

So when you talk about "the company" you mean the face of the company to the candidates.

But to your point, and interviewer may give feedback to the hiring manager to gives it to the recruiter who gives it to the candidate. By the time it gets to the candidate, if at all, it most likely isn't the original information. I have been that candidate too... and it does really suck to think you nailed it and you never hear anything back. On the flip side, I have gotten resumes that were ok, but 2 minutes into the phone screen knew the person was a NO. My feedback to the recruiter was specific and definite...and while we were talking, he got an email from the candidate saying the phone screen went well. Sometimes, your perspectives are just completely different.

Comment Re:Doesn't anyone pay as they go anymore? (Score 3, Interesting) 364

Good for you. Yours is one story, and while you were able to do what you did, I am sure that you can't expect everyone to be able to do that.

In the late 80s I went to Jr College for 2 years, worked to pay my way, then went to University to get my bachelors. I have worked in some form or another since I was 17, all through college, and including summers. I still had to take out loans to make it through college, and I didn't go to an expensive school. After I graduated I wasn't deep in debt, but I was in debt with loans (and no credit card debt). I didn't have any scholarships, and I didn't get a 4.0.

I would love to be able to help my kids with college, but that will start in 7 years and the accounts we have set up and contributed money to will not cover much of anything. And we have planned and saved and are trying to stay out of debt. I can't imagine how other people can just pay for their kids college, and I don't know how college kids can come out without racking up debt these days.

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