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Comment Re:Exploited? (Score 1) 226

I understand that you probably are a programmer and you probably live in a happy, insular world where all you have to do is push some buttons on a keyboard a few times a week and and maybe get out of bed before 1PM once a month to wander into the office and roll your eyes at your manager for being a square, and out pops a paycheck for $200,000/year, so let me explain to you how overtime works.

People who work on salary don't get overtime. They get paid a specific amount per year no matter how much work they do. And the company you work for won't tell you that you have to stay in the office working on that project until 3AM, sleep under your desk for 2 hours, then get back to work but they will heavily imply that if you don't, there are plenty of people desperate to have your job, and if you don't work until you're incapacitated and your life is a blur of being judged by your work output, they might find that the metrics they create that are slanted specifically so they can't be met need to be called in.

Example: If you work as an escalation engineer in a call center, every customer you close a ticket with gets a survey to fill out when you are done working with them. Often as an escalation engineer it's your job to tell the customer they can't have what they want, so the negative outcome that is outside your control comes from you. The questions on the survey are phrased so that the customer is asked to judge their experience with the company rather than your work. However, you are evaluated based on the customer's response. Of course the customer is going to mark every answer on the survey 0 out of 10. You had to tell them they couldn't have the thing they wanted, and if they can't have the thing, that's a bad experience for them. They wouldn't have been escalated to you if they were happy with their experience with the company. These surveys are then saved so that when there's not enough escalation volume to justify continuing to pay you, you can easily be dismissed and the company has a valid claim against you.

Or all of a sudden you'll be called in to train someone to do a job strikingly similar to yours and oh by the way, now that you've finished training them, you've become redundant.

Comment Re:Spectrum... (Score -1, Troll) 226

Autism is what happens when mom says "stop that" and the kid says "no" and mom says "okay honey..."

"Stop picking your nose."
"No."
"Okay honey."

"Stop playing minecraft and go outside."
"No."
"Okay honey."

"Stop playing minecraft and go to school."
"No."
"Okay honey."

"Stop playing minecraft and get a job so I can retire."
"No."
"Okay honey."

If you can play Minecraft you can operate a cash register.

Stop pretending bad parenting is a disease.

Comment Re:Typical (Score 5, Insightful) 341

I am certain that none of those people fired were the managers who established the unrealistic quotas and instructed their staff to create the phoney accounts.

Hiring managers is expensive. Hiring tellers is as easy as calling up Express Personnel and ordering another six-pack of desperate unemployed middle class peons.

Comment Still not very functional (Score 1, Informative) 145

This is a cute project but it still doesn't do anything.

It can't even run applications installed through its own application manager.

When I installed Firefox using the built in application manager, the OS froze, then after a reset it wouldn't boot.

Submission + - Microsoft's Secure Boot Key Leaked (arstechnica.com)

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: Microsoft has inadvertently demonstrated the intrinsic security problem of including a universal backdoor in its software after it accidentally leaked its so-called "golden key"—which allows users to unlock any device that's supposedly protected by Secure Boot, such as phones and tablets.

The key basically allows anyone to bypass the provisions Microsoft has put in place ostensibly to prevent malicious versions of Windows from being installed, on any device running Windows 8.1 and upwards with Secure Boot enabled.

Submission + - Google: D-Wave 2X Really Actually Does Stuff This Time We Promise (albanydailystar.com)

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: Google bought one of D-Wave’s quantum computers back in 2013. Claimed to be the “world’s first commercial quantum computer,” the device sits at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, where it’s coded to tackle optimization problems that quantum computers are supposed to be good for. In theory, D-Wave’s hardware is supposed to be lightning fast—potentially 3,600 times faster than a supercomputer.

Comment Re:Huh... (Score 1) 157

Lets not mince words here.

A large part of Apple's customer demographic doesn't talk to people who own other devices because those other devices belong to poor people. To them Android users are poor people.

The reason Apple's not bringing iMessage to Android is that the other portion of Apple's user demographic would then have no reason to own an iPhone and they'd lose a third of their sales.

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