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Comment Tell your TL to man up (Score 1) 101

It's his job to be in 6 hours a day to be in meetings. Not you which is what seems to happen in an office. Alot of companies love to eliminate that title and have the uses, PMs, IT leadership, and have them interact directly with the programmers instead to cut costs. So you spend 5 to 6 hours talking about what you are going to do with little results. Working from home forces a Sr programmer to be a lead anD go to guy.

Using this title and making him a supervisor will give you the freedom back to do your job. Hey Mike can you do X before Wednesday sorry I promised the client etc? Your answer is to ask Bob the lead?

Comment Really bad odds (Score 1) 323

The attempt to harm government equipment is stupid on many levels, but right out of the gate it's stupid because the odds are extremely low of your phone even being looked at. I've never had the border agents even ask to see my computer, much less my phone. The odds are very slim they ever will so you'd be going to a lot of trouble just for nothing to happen.

Comment Re:Oh for Pete's Sake! (Score 3) 149

You need to stop pissing other people off.

How do I square that with expecting people to do at least the minimum? Should I just lower my standards so far that I suck their fucking cocks just for showing up at work and giving me bitch face? These people are grade "A" fuckups. And here's the thing, I'm more than willing to help. When the weird-ass prior mail carrier chick's classic Willys broke down, I was the only guy to stop and see if she needed help. I am polite, I smile, I say please and thank you. I do all the same shit that most of these fuckups don't bother to do. I get along great with the one postal employee who actually does her job with grace if not a smile (personally I think smiling is part of a customer service job, but I realize that people have shit days and so I don't care much) but if I rub some of them the wrong way by having some basic standards then that's just going to fucking happen.

I piss people off just by virtue of existing. I'm a gigantic part-Mexican with liberal attitudes who drives a German car in a redneck backwater full of hicks in sticks. And I do not go around telling people how backwards their ideas are, no matter how dumb I think they are. That's not my job and they don't give a shit. I treat people with more respect than they show me, and if they're not satisfied with the level of treatment they're receiving, then they can give a little more or they can fuck right off.

I stop and pick up hitchers, I stop and ask people if they're doing OK and I'll go back and get my tools and come back for them if they need me to. But I also expect people to know how to drive and keep to their side of the road and in general do their fucking job. If that's too high an expectation for you, you know where the door is.

Comment Re:Oh for Pete's Sake! (Score 2) 149

Working for the USPS is a shit job, it doesn't pay much, you have to piss in a cup and take an exam and wait around for ages to find out if you've got a job so the most desirable people get offered some other job and subsequently take it while the USPS is still trying to figure out where the application is. So they apparently just hire whoever actually takes the time to go through the process and you end up with a bunch of dingleberries. They still don't have anything clever like automatic detection of routing loops built into the system, like every other shipper does. Sadly, they are the cheapest option by far.

It's not just USPS that's gone downhill, either. California Overnight used to be super fantabulous. Now Amazon is using them and it's nothing but complaints. Who knows where they delivered our stuff. We got it refunded and/or replaced (it was several items) so the only problem was a delay, but still. This shit isn't rocket surgery. The number is on the mailbox and there's no other mailbox at this driveway. It's not hard.

I've had no end of problems with the USPS, I think someone there has got it in for me on a minor, low level so they just dick with me. It all started when I requested a hold via the web. I checked the box saying I would come to pick up any accumulated mail, and in the special instructions box I said "OK to deliver letters but please hold all packages". They held everything, which was OK, and then when the hold ended instead of holding the mail for me to come pick it up as requested, they delivered all of it and it got soggy in the rain. After that they decided to hold all of my packages forever and ever amen, whether they were supposed to be held or not. I had to go in and argue with them about it twice to get them to stop.

Now the problem I'm having is that apparently all small packages from China (or which look like they might have come from China) are apparently for me. I order a lot of $1-5 crap from China on eBay, apparently more than anyone else in my post code, because they routinely mix other people's packages in with mine. I just write MISDELIVERED on the back in big fat black magic marker and drop them back in the mailbox. They told me to stop writing on them, but that's bullshit. I'm doing precisely what you're meant to be doing, and they're just trying to hide the fact that they are not giving any fucks.

Comment Re:Chicken breeds preserved for posterity (Score 2) 33

The chickens we buy in supermarkets have been bred to attain maximum weight in the minimum amount of time possible; they have also been bred to have a higher survival rate during transport, and to be more disease resistant. With these genetic alterations, they just taste bland - rather like most tomatoes today, and for much the same reasons.

Are you sure that the difference you're detecting isn't down to what they're eating? Gallena de patio commonly consumes a far more varied diet than a factory-farmed, never-sees-the-sun-but-we-can-still-call-it-cage-free bird.

Comment Re:The Cxx that took my job should pay taxes (Score 2) 346

If you make it expensive to fire people or lay them off (like they do in parts of Europe), then people are very reluctant to hire in the first place...
Companies will then do anything they can to avoid hiring anyone extra to start with...

It's just another reason for UBI. Then you can do away with the minimum wage. It's also a great reason for national health. Then employers don't need to deal with employee contributions, either. And with a graduated tax scheme for corporations as well as individuals, small business can get a break even with a simplified tax code.

Simplify, reduce, streamline. UBI.

Comment Re:Opposite Day (Score 1) 201

Kind of odd considering all Trump is doing is reviving an Obama travel ban - all of the countries Trump had on the ban list were defined under Obama.

I poop on that argument.

What he has said, what the house has said, all we know for sure is the corporate tax rates are coming down. That affects small and medium sized businesses the MOST because we cannot afford a giant team of lawyers to find us tax breaks.

I shit on that argument as well.

FTFY since your wording had no basis in reality for most Americans.

You failed, me laddo.

I'll let you have the last word since I can't spend all day teaching you the simplest basis of American taxes for business.

You'd have to know what you're talking about, first.

Comment Re:Modern money theory (Score 1) 346

Bill gates doesn't have a clue. Not a clue.

All evidence points to the contrary.

If you tax robots, then there is LESS incentive to getting robots, and more work for humans to do.

Bill Gates is heavily invested in industries which will involve human employees for the foreseeable future. His relative wealth is based in part upon the notion that workers will be taxed. If robots aren't taxed, then less taxes will be collected from workers, and then the rich will have to pay more taxes. This obviously isn't an option if you're Bill Gates; he must lie awake at night thinking about what a big portion of UBI he's going to have to pay for in those circumstances. So he wants the robots to pay taxes, so that he doesn't have to.

Of course, the notion that robots should pay taxes is a stupid one, unfounded in any reality. Tax corporate profits. If the corporations save money then they'll produce more profit. And, of course, end loopholes that the wealthy use to hide money, and tax them so that they can pay their fair share. But Bill Gates certainly wouldn't want that.

Comment Piracy Reasons (Score 2, Insightful) 153

When I was a kid I also pirated a lot (in my case all software though, not movies or music), up through college. Then I stopped...

It wasn't because I saw more value in work though. It was because I HAD more money. To me when I had no money pirating was obviously not stealing to me because there was no possibility to give them money anyway, so there was no loss.

When I had enough money to pay for things, I did because then it would have been stealing had I not. I have not pirated anything in a decade or more now...

Comment Results seem suspect (Score 4, Insightful) 153

If you asked most non-technical people if they were using a "streaming site" to watch video, it seems like it would be hard to phrase a question in a way that would properly separate legal from non-legal use... how many would include something like Netflix? Of you said you hand't paid for it, how would they really know if website they used was legal or not? If you ask about specific pirate sites then you might get more accurate results.

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