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Comment Re: What an idiot (Score 1) 178

I'm with you. I left my sys admin job with everything documented and in good order. Because I was actually good at my job. And I knew I wouldn't be fired or have a hard time finding a job.

Just be good at your job.

Good at your job is fine if you are leaving and looking for another job. When you get sideswiped by idiots a few rungs up on you it's a different story. When they view contracts as challenges in how hard they can screw you, that's even worse.

Comment Re:T-Mobile (Score 1) 125

3G/4G networks become extremely unreliable at events like this. However, practically nobody is on the 2G network. Yes, it is slow. But when all you need to do is push out SMS messages to meet up with friends in person, it is seriously a life saver.

Meanwhile, the remaining 2G spectrum can be re-purposed to LTE, which offers a vastly increased amount of data transferred per second per Hz, thereby increasing the amount of bandwidth available to everyone.

An idle network with dedicated spectrum is wasted spectrum. It's handy in edge cases like this, but only until everyone else figures out your secret. Then it gets instantly bogged down and the carrier is just squandering valuable spectrum.

Comment Re:Who needs 4k video? (Score 1) 114

To enjoy 4k, you need a monitor that supports it, that is large enough relative to the viewing distance, enough bandwidth and processing power.

Bear in mind that the bulk of Apple's Mac lineup uses HiDPI screens these days. The iMac is 4K/5K depending on size, the MacBook is 1440p, the MacBook Pro is 1600p/1800p depending on size, and the Mac Pro was meant to be used with 4K displays. So not only are these Macs all plenty capable of meeting the technical requirements for 4K, but 1080p is outright sub-native resolution on all of them.

Comment Re:Options (Score 1) 496

Anti-spyware and anti-malware is not necessary if you follow a few simple guidelines: don't click on anything suspicious, don't use html e-mail, don't use internet explorer, install a whitelist plugin like NoScript into your browser.

I haven't run av software in ten years and never had a problem.

Comment Re:Compre to Boston's Big Dig (Score 0) 408

I think its about time for you to declare your interest, dont you think?
As you are quite obviously an involved party..

Now, just to correct your statement:
- years of studies by many different groups who stand to profit by this, that all suggest the project will be feasible and useful and very very highly profitable...' -

Sorry, but we all know how these things run now. Defense of them makes you either a card carrying moron, or financially advantaged by them.

Comment Re:Well, duh. Mass transportation is a slush fund. (Score 4, Informative) 408

No, what is needed is a PUNISHMENT for not completing the project as they specified.
Do this a couple of times, and believe me, the problem will be solved.

Just go and have a look at how the Chinese government gets work done. Hint: NO contractors get to overcharge, or walk away folding the company 1 week after 'completion', etc. THEY ARE HELP ACCOUNTABLE.

Such construction has long been another slush-fund for politicians to line the pockets of their backroom funders.
Almost all public construction in the west is not so completely corrupt that the 'organisations' running it make vice and drug gangs look straight..

Comment Umm... Hoax Listing? (Score 5, Insightful) 49

I'm surprised that no one here has pointed out that this is likely a hoax listing.

The photo in the listing is from Razor's CES suite. There's no proof, photographic or otherwise, that the seller actually has the laptops.

This is a hoax listing; a bored nerd having a giggle. Which shouldn't surprise anyone given that even after 20 years, yahoos are still putting up listings like the Ark of the Covenant on eBay.

Comment Real Math.. (Score 1) 1

I would suggest that dumping common core mathematics and going back to teaching actual maths would be much MUCH more important.

Because with this common core bs it wont matter if they try and learn any CS (which would most likely end up being 'how to use msoft office' anyway) as they wont be able to add two 4 digit numbers.

Priorities, people.

Comment Shocked? (Score 1) 1

So, parents followed what is quite obviously stupid advice, and then are stunned?
Who would have thought that kids bodies need to be exposed to things to develop a tolerance, really.

Of course, its a great pity for the kids involved, and hard for the parents also.
But come on, critical thinking people!
It certainly wasnt a blanked opinion to avoid back then either, in fact quite the opposite - at least around here.

Pretty much the same as the 'oh no, avoid all germs and use anti-bacterial wipes everywhere!' disaster.

I am dreading (well, at least expecting..) for the explosion in celiac disease from all the parents keeping their kids off 'gluten' since that seems to be the new 'good parenting fad' du jour right now.

Comment The lawn is still growing.. (Score 1) 495

Not really. There are PhDs in biosciences who are doing similar things right now, and of course other areas.

The fact of the matter, which you forgot to mention, is that that is perfect possible for the 0.01% who happen to fall on the right path.
Of course it never happens for the average, because, quite obviously, it cannot.

And anyone who cannot understand that, wont be part of those 0.01% (or top 1%, or probably 10%..) sorry.

Comment Re:An awful lot of hating on colleges here. (Score 1) 495

Previously, there was some (sensible) funding, to allow the brightest end of kids to go further, and get degrees - this was good.

Then everyone wanted a degree for their little darlings, so they could be the next head of marketing living in a big house and driving a porsche.
So government, who want votes from the idiocracy (yes, thats you, voters) , made a nice big fat slushpool of cash to allow that to happen, at least the degree part.
Then the colleges, looking at this slushpool, did what any good red blooded american does, and worked out how to drain it.
They did this by making sure that ANY kids, no matter how stupified by their own education system, could get a degree, and therefore contribute to the profitability of the college.
They did this by making sure THEY rated as one of the highest 'party colleges', so more kids would want to go there.
They did this by getting rid of any teachers who tried to make kids actually learn, and replacing them with teachers who would rubber stamp ANY lesson plan.

So, no kids were left behind - all of them got to be financially drained in return for a piss poor 'education' that would have insulted a first year student 20 year ago..

Everyone carefully ignored the simple economics that cleary showed:
1 - only the top few percent of your kids should EVER go to college - these are the ones who should be creating the new ideas. These people often dont actually make much money - but they tend not to be money focused.
2 - the majority should be going to trade colleges, vocational training, or just getting a damn job. These people actually do the work (often for damn good pay).

But no, the system is now well and truly fucked. Most of the good teachers have either left or been pushed out. Anyone who doesnt get a degree is labeled (and self labels) as a failure before they begin, and so much money is flowing that the powers that be DARE not rock the boat, because $$$$.

What we are seeing now is just the start of the repercussions, sorry.

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