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Comment Re:You need to have IT person (Score 1) 197

As an older person, who is no longer fully employed, my sense is that BeauHD is also an older person who resents the notion that old people don't keep up with technology and so he posts this as a way of say that just the opposite is true. I neither agree nor disagree. Propensity to code is a trait that you get at birth. You need to find those people when you hire if that's what you want. If you're lucky, they may also be good engineers.

Oh yeah, the other thing is if you find such people when they're young, don't fire them when they reach 50.

Comment Heather, from Account Services (Score 4, Funny) 178

No! No! No! The only time I get a friendly call from a woman is when Heather, from Account Services, calls to offer me help on my credit card debt. I look forward to those calls every day. When I'm in a bad place, Heather calls and I say "Excuse me, I have to take this". And Heather is amazing. She really gets around. She calls from Maine one day and from Arizona the next. Once while talking to Heather on the office phone, she also called my cell. And a different number every time. Amazing woman, that Heather. Please don't take her away. Could it be I'm falling in love?

Comment Re:Fighting it is evil (Score -1, Flamebait) 310

All you nerds seem kind of confused about this repairability stuff. Engineering in the ability for your run of the mill nerd to fix something as complex and crammed together as a modern smartphone is would make the cost skyrocket, the reliability plummet and the size explode. If you want a phone you can fix, go take an electronics course and build one from scratch. Shit, think of the fun you'll have fixin' that sucker every night after supper.

Comment Re:the real reason theyre arguing it. (Score 0) 310

You're full of it. It has nothing to do with brand consumption. The truth is that the tradeoff for cheap, reliable, waterproof and sort of shock resistant is to make things with glue and not with screws. Anybody could make a nice repairable phone with lots of little tiny screws for you to play with and loose as you spent 28 hours replacing a 27 cent component. It's just you'd complain that it was too heavy and expensive and unreliable. The lack of repairability is not some kind of conspiracy. It's just the result of an optimization process to get the most bang for the buck. Sorry, but when one runs that experiment it comes out glue and not screws.

Comment Good Idea! (Score 5, Insightful) 37

Sony was once a technological wonderhaus and then they started buying content. Then the content guys started dictating the technology direction, mostly surrounding protecting their content. The result was that Sony, who invented the walkman, couldn't make a usable iPod competitor.

They should sell Sir Paul his stuff back and go back to being tech wizards.

And maybe Apple should look at Sony before they go down the same path.

Full disclosure: I own stock in both.

Comment No way in Hell! (Score 1) 44

There's no way in Hell that any telecommunications company does anything to bring simplicity to the customer. Confusion and obfuscation are the hallmarks of the telecommunications industry. The lingua franca, if you will. They don't know how to do it any other way. This is just a way to screw up guys who got Uverse to get away from the hell of Time-Warner Cable. Don't believe it for a second.

Comment Good chemists needed (Score 4, Informative) 180

Over the last 15 years, good chemists all over the world have been losing their jobs. Wages have been stagnant for 20 years. Those MBA types keep thinking any jackass can be hired to do the job. Well, this is what happens when you hire a jackass to do chemistry. You get green pools to put out for the whole freaking world to see. And you end up looking cheap and stupid. Well, us chemists are laughing our asses off while we stand in the unemployment line.

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