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Comment Re:Dedicated candidates (Score 1) 278

I like this answer, for it's cheerful optimism, but I've worked in too many corporate settings to believe that anyone in the typical HR department is clever enough to be that devious.

Probably they are that bad because the systems only have to be good enough that people can occasionally successfully submit an application. HR is a cost center in most companies, and spending money to get a less sucky website will not immediately pay off. After all, the people wasting all their time fighting with that website by definition are not being paid for their time.

Comment Downgrading is a horrible idea. (Score 1) 199

Sure, occasionally it would be nice to go back. However there are even more reasons why this is just a bad idea. The upgrade might be required to work with changes to the back-end server for example. If the phone's OS had a "go back" button, it would just go back to one that does not work at all. Another is if the data in local storage got upgraded by the new version, to something that just makes the old version crash instantly. I've never done that deliberately, but I have done that.

Ultimately, the best solution is for the users to quit being such whiney bitches.

Comment Re:It only took a century (Score 1) 348

The LED bulbs I'm using sure seem to be an improvement.

All of the LED bulbs that I've used blink at what appears to be 120Hz. Now, it may well be that some people cannot see this blinking, but I can and it drives me batty. It's even worse than good quality CFLs. I bought a couple of cases of what I've chosen to think of as "real" lights just to postpone when I'll have to tolerate my whole house blinking at me. Ick.

Comment Re:Focus group... (Score 1) 412

My cranium nearly exploded while attempting to parse

"3yo lesbian, father of seven"

Mine too. If instead he had followed the usual English grammer conventions for the use of a comma between adjectives and written "3yo, lesbian father of seven" then I could have understood it easily.


Want to Eat Chocolate Every Day For a Year? 158

Scientists from the University of East Anglia are studying the potential health benefits of dark chocolate, and need 40 female volunteers who would like to eat chocolate every day for a year. The chocolate loving 40 must be post-menopausal and have type 2 diabetes so it can be determined if the flavonoid compounds in chocolate can reduce the risk of heart disease. Dr Peter Curtis, of the UEA's School of Medicine, said, "Our first volunteers are about to return for their final visit to see if the markers of heart health - such as blood pressure and cholesterol levels — have changed. A successful outcome could be the first step in developing new ways to improve the lives of people at increased risk of heart disease."

Comment Try a more effective form of exercise (Score 1) 865

There are several different training regiments that follow the high impact, low duration approach, but this is the one that I've been using for a while now: It takes only a few minutes a week and in conjunction with a reasonable diet you'll at least stay in shape.

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