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Comment Re:Sanders, soon all Democrats, disagrees (Score 1) 201

That Fake News was form when they were trying to get Obama and Hillary elected. What has been dropping is the number of unemployed looking for jobs, once they gave up and stopped looking they no longer add to the unemployment rate...

You are talking about two different things. The definition of "unemployment rate" hasn't changed. It's not Fake News, it's called statistics, and they clearly define what they are measuring. Nothing fake about it. What is fake is people who make up things to push their position on something, and pretend they know what they are talking about. Like saying unemployment is something different than what it is. Saying people stopped looking for work is fine and may be true (no real stats to back that up though) - but saying the government is making up unemployment stats is patently false - or alternative facts, whichever term you prefer.

Comment As long as we have centralized, we'll have local.. (Score 2) 45

I too run a local email client.
In fact, I run pine (well, alpine). Yep, text based email.
Everyone I work with thinks I'm crazy. For me, it's what I need and I have used it for a long time.
For a few years back in the mid 2000s I ran Thunderbird, but it was still too heavy. And I couldn't get to my mail if I was elsewhere very easily.

I do have a few emails, and pull them into my local account with fetchmail. I can ssh in from work or elsewhere (even mobile) and check it. This means that I don't have to pull my mail into my work computer, or use webmail, which I really don't like. Attachments or URLs in an email are simple if I am at home, and can be a little problematic if I am remote. But it's a good tradeoff for blazing speed and simplicity. Archive off by month, I can grep my history quickly.

I know I am probably in a very remote few people who still use this, especially as my primary email. But I love it. Sorry Thunderbird.

Comment Re:Had to be said (Score 1) 201

Didn't see a post on it yet, but yet another Trump job creation victory! Seems like we'll be hearing a lot more like this in the coming four years.

I wonder what Trumps re-election prospects will be given a dramatic rise in jobs and economic growth is pretty much assured at this point, due to the administration before holding the economy down for so long... the geologic concept of elastic rebound applies here I think.

Say what?
The unemployment rate has been on a steady decline for the last 6 years. That was after we entered a recession (which, by the way, was caused by previous administrations) It is right about at pre-recession levels.

But don't let actual data stand in the way of your argument.

  And this announcement is just that - an announcement. A promise of jobs. By a company that markets people who sell an image, who do jobs that do nothing, for a premium price. If you don't mind, I'll just sit back and wait to see what happens.

Comment Re:Zuck off - perhaps... but... (Score 3, Insightful) 102

I know very little to anything about him. However, I think this entire story is such shit.

yes, he's a multi-billionaire and the CEO of a huge company.
All he did was post some information that was rattling around in his head - which EVERYONE seems to think is absolutely a necessary thing to do these days.
Then, he thought better of one sentence, and removed it.

And people lose their fucking minds and consider that to be NEWS worthy of reporting on. It's all asinine.

It's not important. It really isn't.

Comment Gopher and FTP... (Score 1) 605

Along with BBSes and usenet, you had to use gopher and FTP sites to get/share any information. It was more of a discovery process. It's staggering to think how far we have come since then. Everyone also had copies of the Jargon File and the Anarchist Cookbook in txt format.

I used to be able to read hex quickly, from using line analyzers at my first job (cell phone communications).
I also had to use 9-track tapes. Builds took several hours, installs took even longer. For the systems we were working on it was a 24hr cycle from build to running test system, and we only did them every two weeks. You had to be much more careful, and failing fast wasn't an option. I don't miss those days.

Comment Re:Not what he said. (Score 1) 594

Paying your employees so poorly, and taking such poor care of them, is also sleazy. So we see here sleaze being used to fight sleaze. I am having a hard time getting upset.

Except for this: The claim is that he was specifically paid by the UAW to join the company and encourage people to join a union. If true, then that was his goal going in, which means he is just doing what he was paid to do - come up with a story about why they should unionize. If it were a former employee, or a current one, then it would have more credibility. But knowing that he joined for that purpose immediately weakens his credibility.

If that is not true, he could be just a regular working trying to organize in order to get better working conditions. We don't really know though.

Comment posting as anon to preserve my moderation, but... (Score 1) 319

CEOs don't get paid for what they do. They get paid for what they promise to do. They get paid more if they actually do it.
That is just the reality of it.

They set the direction of a company, and make sure that they follow it. There are lots of factors there, and everyone seems to think it's an easy job. I don't, I think it would be extremely difficult. I think FF set out to grow, and become a bigger and more well-known brand. It was ambitious, but they were going up against a juggernaut in Google. They took some risks, it hasn't worked out that great, and they are regrouping. I hope they learn and come back better for it.

Everyone thinks that CEOs get paid too much, but what if they are successful? They can turn a company around or make them even more valuable. Just as they can break a company, they can make one as well. If they do that, then they are usually rewarded for it, and everyone wins.

Just trying to inject a little reality into this.

Comment Re:Multicore for spreadsheets..? (Score 2) 224

I have done some pretty complex spreadsheets, and some things that I consider cool in Excel. Like being able to do a data extract from our system, plop it into a tab, change the name in a cell to that of the tab, and have all of my 10 tabs of graphs / charts / tables update by reading that cell. It uses an INDIRECT call, makes for big and ugly formulas, but cut down a manual process from 2 days worth of work to about 5 minutes.
[yes, I know you can set up a data source and just read the data into the spreadsheet, but I was able to hand this off to some business people to do and they loved it]

Now, having said that... :)
Excel is over-used for things it is not well suited for. People on my test team use Excel to create test data load files in csv format for an application. It has about 100 columns, and usually no more than 50 rows or so. One of the fields needs to be unique, so it's easy in Excel to make it a number, then just drag the cell to increment it. The problem arose where we were doing a load test, and needed 1MM rows. They were trying, but failing, in Excel. It struggled with 30k rows, let alone that the process to create them was painful.

With a quick shell script I was able to create a 1mm row csv in about 5 minutes. They were amazed. Then we needed to create another file. This time, I used the 1mm csv and vi, and made the new file in about 2 minutes. They were astounded! I have since made many more files for them, even a 5mm row file. Even in csv, it was 2.1GB in size although it compressed quite nicely. :)

I have also started teaching them how to fish by having them download gvim for Windows and giving them pointers on how to use it. We are a Windows shop, so to many people csv=Excel, and I am trying hard to break them of that.

Comment Re:I feel that lone sysadmin's pain (Score 1) 356

I am not a sysadmin, except on my own linux machine at home. I have been since 1998.
I have learned that when I write scripts to do things, which is quite often, I always echo the key commands before actually running them.

for i in 1 2 3 4 5
echo "rm -f $i"

I run it, look at what the command is going to do, then remove the echo. When messing around with files that might have spaces in them, or using multiple functions/calculations/variables, there is always something that can go wrong.

I still remember back in 1999, I was working at a startup and a new developer, as root, did "rm -rf /" on a test server. He didn't live that down.

Comment Re:I think it depends... (Score 1) 435

I know what you're saying... but its tricky! Now, I took that new job at lower pay, but there was a chance that my salary wasn't too high. If I go in and say I want X and they say "you're hired!" I may have just screwed myself.

If I say "I am making X but I would be willing to take less" it tells them that I would be willing to take a pay cut (which shows I want the job, I am not just looking for $), and it also gives them the chance to match my current salary. What you don't want to do is lowball thinking that once you get in you will prove yourself and get good raises/bonuses. I have learned the painful way that when you are in a company, it is hard to make good advances. I have been there myself, as an employee and as a manager. I have had employees that I inherited that were paid well below the minimum for their job. And they were good. I know.... it's unfair, it sucks. HR doesn't care. You can't dig them out of that hole. The only thing they can do is switch jobs. If you are in a big company and try to move internally, they always try to do the 'lateral move' maneuver. i.e. no pay increase. Guess what? Then you get to wait a whole year until you sync up with the review cycle until you are even up for a raise.

Funny thing is, HR does NOT want you to know the pay grades for your job, or other jobs. Where I have worked, that is highly guarded information.

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