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Comment CPU cycles area cheap. Bandwidth is not. (Score 1) 58

I don't care in the least if my computer sits idle for a few seconds waiting for me, the user, to tell it what to do. I care very much if it arbitrarily decides to waste some of my all-too-limited monthly bandwidth incorrectly trying to second-guess my intent.

Dear Silicon Valley (or in this case, Oslo): Kindly fuck off and quit acting like the whole world has the same nice gigabit FTTP connections you've come to enjoy. Over half of the US (and more than half of the planet) doesn't have effectively unlimited high-speed broadband available. Please behave accordingly.

Comment Re:I hope so. (Score 1, Informative) 88

I know, right? Expecting people to pay back the loans they agreed to... And even threatening to *gasp* take back big-ticket items like houses and cars used as collateral for the mortgages? Might as well just give out bank-branded kneecapping sticks, amirite?

Banks certainly have their flaws, and make no mistake, we have some outright bad-actors like Wells Fargo. But as a whole, I have zero sympathy for people whining that their creditors actually dare to expect repayment. If you can't afford something, don't buy it.

Comment Re:The Streisand Effect has been triggered (Score 2, Insightful) 232

Well, I still haven't seen any smoking guns just yet


So if CowboyNeil came out and admitted to editing your posts because he disagrees with your politics, would you have a problem with that?

This isn't speculation, Spez admitted to depriving Reddit of its default protections under 47 U.S.C. 230. Spez didn't just commit a minor faux pas, he opened Reddit-the-company to serious legal liability as a result of his thin skin.

He then got caught in a leaked chat transcript conspiring with a handful of top default mods to find a way to ban T_D (y'know, the only sub openly supporting the goddamned president-elect of the United States of Fucking America without pissing off the userbase too much.

And you want a smoking gun? Hey, does this video footage of the gun firing repeatedly count?

/ Jesus, when will Slashdot allow HTML entities, never mind actual *gasp* Unicode!

Comment "Willing to"??? (Score 4, Insightful) 131

I don't even keep location services turned on except when I need to use my phone as a GPS, never mind allow any apps to access it.

Why the hell would I want to share my location with Uber? Oh, right - "Location data could also be used to provide new channels of revenue for the digital platform. This could include serving ads of local businesses". Yeah, kindly fuck right off, Uber.

Comment Re:No, it just needs the Boomers to die off (Score 1) 260

VMs are a great thing - You can actually test your backups from 30 years ago without committing more than token resources to the task. Windows 2020? No, it runs just fine in CP/M 3.1, thanks!

And although you make a technically-valid point about "licensed", let's not kid ourselves - Does your company not insist on a "reasonable access to our own data in perpetuity" clause? If not, fire your lawyers ASAP; and even then, you have a 0% chance of getting caught for mounting an old server without network access for an hour to pull off some ancient data (yes, that would be "wrong", add it to the 27 other "wrong" things we all do on a daily basis).

Comment Re:No, it just needs the Boomers to die off (Score 1) 260

in the 80's and 90's, many businesses required their workers to save all paper invoices going back 10 years for audit

Okay... That might still have made sense in the 80s. By the 90s I'd have called it already an archaic throwback in the name of "because we've always done it that way". And the 90s ended seventeen years ago.

it is also much easier for a careless worker to catastrophically delete ALL electronic invoices with a single keystroke

If the average worker even has the power to do that, you already have a much, much bigger problem than whether or not you use paper. Heck, even with physical access to the server room and all the passwords I could ever want, the worst I could intentionally do would only involve the loss of one day's work and require my replacement to request a copy of yesterday's backup set (and maybe some new hardware if I went crazy with a fire-axe).

and not being able to work more than 40 hours a week without massive complaints!

Not a millennial, but I think you've intentionally ignored the reasons for that, in both directions. First, they can work far more than 40 hours (and will, in pursuit of their own interests). They just have no interest in wasting their time trying to prove their loyalty to a company they know will send them packing at the first sign of an economic downturn. And second, they ridicule the idea of religiously working nine-to-five, five days a week, fifty weeks a year, for forty years, because they never unplug. If they spend three hours of "their own" time every day answering emails or researching work problems, why should they still sit in a chair for eight hours just to humor a PHB that can't move beyond the mindset of "if I can't see you, you must not be working"?

Comment No, it just needs the Boomers to die off (Score 2) 260

I work with quite a few people who "need" to print things every day.

First of all, the vast majority of things they print don't require printing in the first place. As an almost stereotypical example, we have one lady who:
* Prints out every PO (that she creates in our ERP system) and puts it in filing cabinet #1.
* When she gets a packing slip, she manually matches them up, staples them together, moves them to cabinet #2, then records the PO as received in the ERP.
* Then when the invoice comes... Ditto, cabinet 3 (if she receives it by email, she actually prints that so she can physically staple them together).
* When she sends payment to the vendor... cabinet 4.
* Finally, when the payment clears, she stamps it as processed and files it away forever in the dungeon, "just in case" she needs to reference it sometime in 2046.
I've tried explaining that she can run a recon right in the ERP for every single phase of that, including attaching emails/PDFs/whatever directly to the workflow, but she doesn't "trust" the computer (aka "once upon a time I screwed up and deleted something, so I'll just do the whole damned thing by hand until the end of time").

Second, also related to trusting computers - I've shown people how to print to PDF. Nope, computer might crash (mind you, we have reliable offsite backups going back to the frickin' 1980s).

Finally, people seem to have a disconnect between the idea of computer files vs paper files. How could they ever find that one invoice among thousands of PDFs? Because y'know, you can't just organize them exactly the same way you do paper files, never mind the fact that you can just search for any bit of text in the document and almost instantly find every reference to WidgetCo going back to the beginning of time.

The paperless office will eventually exist. It just won't arrive until the Boomers and their hatred of trees finally gets the hell out of the workforce.

Comment Re:That's fine (Score 3, Informative) 143

That well known socialist Winston Churchill understand the problem well enough:

"It was formerly supposed that the working of the laws of supply and demand would naturally regulate or eliminate that evil. ... . But where you have what we call sweated trades, you have no organisation, no parity of bargaining, the good employer is undercut by the bad, and the bad employer is undercut by the worst; the worker, whose whole livelihood depends upon the industry, is undersold by the worker who only takes the trade up as a second string, his feebleness and ignorance generally renders the worker an easy prey to the tyranny"

We have employment laws for a reason, and the reason is countries with strong employment laws are far more prosperous and pleasant to live in.

Comment Re:Sorry - whose car is this? (Score 2) 305

All the major auto manufacturers have abused the DMCA when it comes to their computers, and I vehemently oppose that (but good luck finding a car that doesn't apply to)...

But this? This moves us into a whole different ballpark of abuse.

Fourth'ing the GGGP - I had fully planned to buy a Tesla as my next car (probably five-ish years from now). If this policy stands, despite having no intention of ever actually renting my car out, fuck Tesla.

Comment Why? (Score 1) 39

blindingly fast peak download speeds of around 5Gbps.

And why, exactly, would I want that? So I can hit my monthly data cap in a mere 16 seconds?

Oh, but the carriers will increase caps accordingly? Bullshit. My cap went from "nonexistent" before 3G, to "10GB EVDO throttled down to unlimited 1xRTT" with 3G, to "10GB +$10/GB" with 4G. I don't see the carriers as likely to give up easy money just because new tech means we can rack up overage charges even faster.

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