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Comment Self Awareness... (Score 1) 75

I agree, and I have always hated that aspect of social media. No FB for me. I was on Instagram for a couple of years, but I started to feel like I couldn't keep up. One day I noticed I was like a chicken, always having to peck peck peck at my phone. So I just stopped. Haven't been on IG for a few months now, and quite honestly I know I am not missing anything important.

If you don't read the news, you are uninformed.
If you read the news, you are misinformed.

Comment Re:Looks like RetroArch (Score 1) 91

There is definitely a market for this though.
I almost bought a Pi3 for this purpose, but then saw that you can compile retropie on Linux, so I did so on my machine.
Now I have it up and running, and it's mostly straight-forward... lots of config files if you need to tweak something. But when something doesn't go right, it's not so easy to troubleshoot. e.g. Vector MAME games weren't playing. Got that figured by using a different emulator, but now on Star Wars I can't get it to insert coins. Looks like others had the problem but none of those solutions worked for me. The whole mix of Pie/Retroarch/Emulationstation took a little while to understand... and it's still not crystal clear when and where to change what if needed.

It would be kind of nice to just be able to buy something for a reasonable price off the shelf, especially if you have no clue about Linux.

Comment 100x this... (Score 1) 283

I have a BLU Life One X, and it is pretty thin. When I first got it, someone at work said "can you shave with that thing?" I have long wondered why makers don't add a few more mm and make all that extra space battery. More battery life is probably the ONE feature that everyone can agree on. I mean, they had to invent cases that acted as supplemental batteries for crying out loud.

Comment hey coward... take your own advice? (Score 2) 1055

So.... if YOU are offended by something, the response to whatever offends you is "love it or leave it"? But if someone else is offended by something, you think they are being overly sensitive and they should "love it or leave it"? You are aware of what hypocritical means, yes?

There is no law that states that you must stand up for the anthem. Don't like freedom of expression? It's a founding belief of our country, love it or leave it.
That's the thing about that stupid statement, it applies to you too. What is so funny about those people who talk about crybaby, snowflakes who got participation trophies (and other asinine phrases) - they are the people who bitch and moan the most. What do you mean I can't have a fully automatic rifle, that tramples on my 2nd amendment rights!!! Wahhhh Wahhhh. It's illegal. Love it or leave it. The government raised my taxes again!!! Vote next time. Love it or leave it. Marriage is between a man and a woman, the bible says so!!! It's the law.. love it or leave it.

Just say "love it or leave it" to yourself every single time you disagree with anything, and you'll start to realize how stupid it sounds.

Comment Re:I don't have such a jaded view of the visa prog (Score 1) 184

Yes, you pretty much summed it up.... the way money moved around internally based on projects/business need/unknown forces was staggering. It was a machine, and I don't really know who was driving it.

I am at a different company now, and my team is all non-visa employees. I am hiring and using the company recruiter, who basically posts the jobs, fields resumes, and seeks out local people on linkedin. We actually don't want to have to deal with hiring people on visas, but that seems to be the majority of people who apply.

Comment Re:You want your employees to be like migrant labo (Score 1) 184

Not exactly.
1. it wasn't my decision, I was working within the system of the machine
2. we had some of these flexible contract workers there for many many years. That is the thing.. their jobs were actually more secure than some employees, because they worked for the consulting agencies. And the agreements were that we couldn't hire them as employees. (that's how those agencies survive)

Comment It really isn't that hard... (Score 1) 256

For the last 4 years I have been eating primal/paleo. I lost 15 pounds in the first month, and it has stayed off. I went from 175 to 160. It was not hard. It was not grueling. I did not kill myself with workouts. It is basic body chemistry - to massively simplify it, by regulating your hormones - mainly insulin - you stabilize your body's need to store fat. I can and often do go 24 hours without eating with no ill effects at all. If your body knows how to burn fat (instead of blood sugar) when you need it, this is a trivial and simple thing. It doesn't take will power - it takes knowing what to eat so that your body learns how to regulate these hormones. The cravings for those things disappear because you break the chemical addiction that your body has to them. That is not a metaphor, that addiction is real.

Watch the talk by Dr. Peter Attia on Vimeo about our "dietary guidelines". It's a good start.
Then read the books "The Primal Blueprint" and "Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It"... throw in "Grain Brain" while you're at it.

I will not go into a diatribe, but I was never really 'overweight'. By essentially cutting out grains, many other carbs, and inflammatory foods my life has changed for the better. I will be turning 47 soon, and feel fantastic.

Comment Blame lawyers... (Score 1) 392

From my experience, you have to put someone on a performance improvement plan before they can be fired.
You have to have a paper trail showing what steps were taken to try to improve performance.
If they can't improve after X amount of time, then you have the green light to fire them.

All of this is because of legal reasons, so that you have ammunition if they decide to sue the company.
As with most things that seems stupid, lawyers (or the fear of them) are usually to blame.

Comment I don't have such a jaded view of the visa program (Score 1) 184

I worked for about 9 years in one of the big banks, managing software testing teams.
We uses infosys and TCS quite a lot, about 75% of my teams were from there - either offshore (India), nearshore (Mexico), or onshore (US).

One of the reasons we used them was because they were flexible.
Our teams were dependent on what projects got funded and got put on our roadmap. So we could have a project that needed to be staffed up in a month, test for 3 or 4 months, then either dissipate or roll onto another project. They usually had good testers 'on the bench' to work on projects like that.

Over the course of my time there, I had anywhere from 18 to 50 people on my team. The flexibility was very necessary. It was much harder to make the case to hire full-time people because of the nature of how we handled projects. If we needed someone to be onshore, they got us someone onshore even if they had to move them here. Even though they took care of all of that overhead, a lot of my time was spent doing resource management.

Fast forward to today, and I have gotten out of the large corporate world. I have a small team of five and am hiring two more employees. Of the 17 resumes I have reviewed over the last few months, only a couple were not on some kind of work visa. Only 2 were men. I can't really explain it, I just know what resumes I have seen and information from the recruiter. Would I hire anyone not on a visa program? Absolutely! If they would apply and be qualified, I would love to hire them. But my perception is based on the reality of what I am seeing, and that is that the visa program is fine or actually needs more support. (but I also understand this is my situation and not everyone's)

Comment Mint XFCE (Score 1) 191

I'm an old KDE user, but switched over to XFCE years ago. I've tried Cinnamon and Mate, but none of them work for me like XFCE, particularly on Mint. Usability, configurability, and no-nonsense are what I like and what I find to be the most productive. I really don't mind that there are these experiments with DEs, maybe some of them will stick and some won't. As long as I can make it simple and effective, there's enough room for more than one.

Comment As a WhatsApp user... (Score 1) 56

I can tell you it is great. Here is my list of whys (I know some may be covered by other apps):

- I have several friends 2000 miles away. We have had a group chat open for almost 2 years now. We share pics, videos, and life updates. I am not on FB, and this is just more personal. We meet up once or twice a year, and it makes it easy to coordinate things
- my wife and I have a group chat with our daughter... no need to remember to send multiple messages
- WA can handle bigger photos / videos / documents. I once shared a 30MB pdf with a friend on it. My SMS app chokes out on anything over 3MB or so.
- You can leave voice messages, which is kind of fun
- It works! I don't know how many times I have missed texts, either incoming or outgoing. No idea if it is my phone, my carrier, being on wifi, planet alignment, or what. But WA is rock solid reliable
- nice and quick search feature from within a chat
- customized alerts per chat
- it does have a pretty cool set of emojis

It has had its share of bugs, and i don't know WHY it can't show in the icon that there are new messages, and it is owned by FB (which really bugs me), but overall I don't see anything that compares to it out there.

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