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Ask Slashdot: Software Issue Tracking Transparency - Good Or Bad?

BVis It's pretty simple, actually (158 comments)

If Marketing/Sales wants to do it, 99 times out of 100 it's a bad idea. Don't let the C students run the world.

2 days ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

BVis Re:So-to-speak legal (418 comments)

CO2 may not be "clean" but its not as bad as the boogie men are making it out be. the fact is CO2 is a vital part of the circle of life.

Not if there's too much of it. We're pumping it into the atmosphere faster than nature can reclaim it. Global warming is a measurable fact. CO2 acting as a greenhouse gas is a measurable fact.

Ok, good for you, and when poor people cant buy food because it has to pass 100 regulations before it hits the shelf what about them? How about we continue the "choice" thing, as long as items are properly marked whats the issue? Or as for your last point on there, at what point is it "safe enough" people have made it thousands of years without the government telling people what they can and cant eat.

You're exaggerating to make your position sound more reasonable. Regulation on food safety is necessary because if they weren't forced to follow sanitary procedures, the factory farms would cut every corner they could and we'd all get sick. For-profit companies don't do anything that costs them money unless it would cost them MORE money to not do it. The regulations provide a level playing field; they all have to follow the same rules.

Next you are going to tell us that every building with a drive up ATM should have braile on it as well for all those blind drivers out there because.. the law! A little common sense goes along way, regulations leave little room for common sense. If the ramp is 1 degree off, is it stopping people from using it? If no WHO THE FUCK CARES???

Drive-up ATMs have braille on them because it's cheaper to mass produce just one model of ATM with braille on it than to produce two models, one with braille and the other without. And if we tolerate a ramp being 1 degree off, how far do they push it in the name of saving money? 15 degrees? 45? The angle is specified to avoid that kind of nonsense. And if you were in a wheelchair, I'd bet you'd be grateful for the legislation that allows you to live an independent life. Without that legislation, mobility impaired people would be unable to live without constant assistance. If I were designing that ramp, I'd be grateful for a spec there, since I have no clue what angle most wheelchair users can use.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

BVis Re:So-to-speak legal (418 comments)

Clean Air becomes "Carbon Tax" (CO2 is clean), and regulations regarding all sorts of things not related to "clean air", and is just a means to totalitarian controls set by people like Al Gore.

CO2 is clean? Please tell me you're joking. CO2 in the atmosphere makes the planet warmer. That's not an opinion, it's a well-established scientific fact. Don't believe me? Put two bottles of water in the sun, with thermometers in both. Drop an Alka-Seltzer into one of them. That one will get hotter than the other.

Safe Food becomes So many regulations and costs that while food is safe, it is so expensive that most people cannot eat it.

I'll pay more for food that has stricter controls on quality. You're taking the argument to an irrational extreme; "Safe Food" is unattainable. What we can do is make it safer through reasonable regulation and testing. Which is where we are now.

Safe Working Conditions becomes OSHA regulations so deep and thick that on any given day your company probably violates a number of "safe working condition" regulations. Not to mention big fines for violations like your 3 foot barrier being only 2'11" tall, or your wheelchair ramp being 1 degree off.

Then they should fix them. The specs are freely available and attainable by any competent company. What you're bitching about is companies cutting corners and getting called on it. Anyone with a working tape measure can determine if something is 3 feet tall; someone who builds that stuff for a living has no excuse for that.

But then again, your comment is so ridiculous that it's probably sarcasm....

about two weeks ago
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Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

BVis Re:Absolutely correct; but what's the reason? (203 comments)

Hmm, maybe that's because the taxpayers' money was used to fund bizarre, esoteric research that nobody would use in a million years

Are you qualified to make that determination? Have you read any of these papers beyond the sensationalized headline on some hideously inaccurate post on some web site? Is it possible that these "bizarre, esoteric" topics have more relevance to scientific inquiry than you think? Can you really look at one of these studies and say "well, no useful research here whatsoever"?

When you take money, you owe something in return.

Congratulations, you're part of the problem. It seems that you expect all research funded in this way to have immediate, practical applications. Science does not work that way. All scientific research builds on the work that has gone before it; it's possible that studying the mating habits of gibbons will aid in finding a cure for cancer in some way. I think the point here is that the (relatively) uneducated people are making the decisions about what to fund and what not to fund, and it should be scientists who are in a position to know what the fuck they're talking about that should be making that call. Yes, sometimes these studies fail, and nothing is accomplished. Welcome to science, where failure is not only a fact of life, it's necessary for the process to succeed. Without the freedom to fail, we may as well just let the evangelists take over and abandon science altogether.

about a month ago
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The Frustrations of Supporting Users In Remote Offices

BVis Re: Au contraire - INDEED (129 comments)

I counted 5 terminable offenses at most sane companies in this comment. IT policies are not there to impede you or just annoy you; they are there because assholes like you think you know IT's job better than they do. If you are not getting the answers or support you need from IT, or you don't like a decision they make, the answer is not to break policy and work around it. The answer is to escalate the problem up the chain and lay out very clearly and patiently what you are asking for and why it's important to the company. If a million-dollar deal is being impeded by IT, they will either require an exception or explain why making that exception would either be unlawful or potentially cost the company more than that due to increased liability.

You wouldn't tell accounting how to file their paperwork or what information to require to do their jobs. You wouldn't go over to Sales and tell them how to sell things. You wouldn't go over to Payroll and demand to be paid earlier than everyone else. Why is IT different? Why is it OK to ignore THEIR rules if you don't like them? They know their jobs MUCH better than you do. And the reason those requests make it to the bottom of the pile is because being an asshole to the people whose help you need is pretty much the best way to ensure you don't get it.

about a month ago
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The Frustrations of Supporting Users In Remote Offices

BVis Re:Au contraire - INDEED (129 comments)

If you are in "support", your job is to "support" these people. If you can't handle that, it's time for a new job.

You sound like a real treat to work with. Issues like yours mysteriously found their way to the absolute bottom of my list, because when you treat people whose assistance you need to do your job like shit, they react accordingly. Tech support is not your personal abuse sponge. And you don't need to be a fucking "computer professional" to remember an 8-character password, or to know that you should try rebooting your system before you call.

about a month ago
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The Frustrations of Supporting Users In Remote Offices

BVis Re:Show Users some love! (129 comments)

They could do that, but their whiny lazy asses would want the company to pay for the training. Paying for training literally makes you Hitler.

about a month ago
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UK Prisons Ministry Fined For Lack of Encryption At Prisons

BVis Re:So... outsource ALL OF IT (74 comments)

I like how he/she automatically assumes private business doesn't have incompetent can't-be-fired-because-they're-the-boss'-son-in-law idiots working for them that make the average civil servant look like Albert Einstein..

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Datacenter HDD Wipe Policy?

BVis Re:IRS (116 comments)

Take some personal responsibility. Pay your taxes like everyone else and that won't happen.

about 2 months ago
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MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated

BVis Flaw in the model (205 comments)

Even if you were to adopt this more modular structure (which just seems to me like you'd be picking 12 'things' a semester instead of 4-5), the business model breaks down if you use it universally. After all, the student might not have to waste two years taking all these classes they don't want to (that are irrelevant to their major). Mechanical Engineering major? Go take Accounting 101 with all the morons from the football team. Business major? You certainly need two semesters of chemistry. Unemployab^H^H^H^H^H^H^H Art history major? Go take Rocks for Jocks.

about 2 months ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

BVis Re: Code the way you want... (372 comments)

What's your point? The main theory behind being an employee or a consultant (doing work for others in exchange for compensation) is to get paid as much as possible while doing as little work as possible. (The opposite is true for your employer/client; they pay you as little as possible while getting as much work as they can out of you.) Consultants extract money from the "job creators" and return it to the economy. Even if they did no work at all, that extraction justifies their existence.

about 2 months ago
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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

BVis Re:H-1b should not be used for lower-level workers (225 comments)

Now maybe if there was say very high H-1b min wage say 100K + COL and forced OT pay (so they can't get the work 2-3 people out of 1 h-1b) that would get rid of a lot of the abuse of the system.

Why do you hate America? Go back to your wage slave job and serve your "job creator" masters before we fire you for something like taking vacation time that you've earned.

about 2 months ago
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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

BVis Re:Biden is talking coding?? (225 comments)

While your post is relevant and contains useful and accurate information, you have to remember who you're talking to here. Some people are impervious to facts that don't align with their ideology, so you can cite facts as much as you want, you're wasting your time. You might as well try to convince a brick wall to not just stand there.

about 2 months ago
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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

BVis Re:Appre (225 comments)

16? We don't pay for people to go to college in this country (no matter how good an idea it is). You get your 12, your useless diploma, and then you pay up if you don't want a job where you either 1) wear a paper hat and a nametag or 2) wade through other people's shit all day.

about 2 months ago
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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

BVis Re:Appre (225 comments)

I don't think you understand what "community college" is. DeVry, UofP, etc. are not community colleges, they are for-profit diploma mills that employ far more salespeople than instructors. A two-year degree or certificate from your local CC carries far more weight than a for-profit degree, and is far far FAR cheaper.

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

BVis Re:We're sorry he so faithfully followed instructi (401 comments)

As a former call center worker (multiple centers), I can tell you unequivocally that that is bullshit. Your average CSR does not give a single fuck about the company they're working for (or the company that their company has a contract with). They're paid to absorb anger and read scripts. There is no intellectual input other than saying what they're told accurately. The first time your manager at the call center chews you out for doing a fantastic job and resolving the problem to everyone's satisfaction, but going over your handle time by 3 seconds, you run out of fucks to give.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

BVis Re:Simple (509 comments)

They go to a state university to get a nursing degree when hospitals are so desperate for nurses they're actually paying dental assistants to go to school in my local area!

Yes, they're so desperate for nurses that they're driving nurses with 40+ years experience right out of the profession (because 1) they make too much money, and 2) nurses actually give a shit about patient care, which tends to eat into the profits). They're so desperate for nurses that they almost never hire two uncertified techs at 1/3 a nurses salary each instead of hiring a floor nurse. They're so desperate for nurses that when the nurses join a union, they create scenarios in which they can fire the union president on a pretense (True story, the president was on call for the OR, and they deliberately chose the case so she would be unqualified to recover the patient, then fired her for abandoning the patient). They're so desperate for nurses that they would never consider giving nurses COL raises without being arm-twisted into doing it, despite making tens of millions in profit each year (Partners Healthcare, who own Massachusetts General Hospital and dozens of other hospitals in New England).

My mom just retired from nursing after nearly 45 years in the profession. There wasn't a single nurse at her retirement party that was under 40. Hospitals SHOULD be desperate for young or experienced nurses, but they don't give a shit about anything other than how much nurses cost them. They'll do shit like opening new dedicated outpatient surgical centers (think knee scopes, cataract surgery, laparoscopic abdominal surgery, tonsils, wisdom teeth.. anything you don't need an overnight stay for) where the nurses don't have a union, so that they can take the profit-making cases away from the hospital WITH unionized nurses, and then claim that the union is what's making the hospital lose money.

Nursing is a profession under siege. They're set up to fail at every turn by greedy administrators. I have no idea why they're training hygienist to be nurses, but I'll bet you they're LPNs that they can pay a pittance (certainly less than a hygienist makes).

about 2 months ago

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