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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

David_W Re:Salaried positions only make sense in a few cas (545 comments)

Another option for those few rare cases would be to allow yearly averaging and only require paying overtime if the average for the year is over 40. That would make for a nice christmas bonus.

Interesting concept, however I'd tweak it in two ways: 1. You would probably want to do it on a rolling year basis (i.e., annually on your hire date) to smooth out the cash outflow a bit, and 2. Make it mandatory to do when someone leaves as a YTD calcluation. I've seen enough places that want to cheat you out of a bonus because you left/were laid off a couple weeks before the payout day, even though the work you did to earn that bonus was already done over the last weeks/months/year.

about two weeks ago
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Website Peeps Into 73,000 Unsecured Security Cameras Via Default Passwords

David_W Re:Why isn't it mandatory? (321 comments)

This is true, but perhaps TFS is suggesting manufacturers should make it a standard practice to walk you through securing the camera by default, rather than try to make it "plug and play", which results in, well, websites with 73,000 unsecured cameras.

about a month and a half ago
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Software Glitch Caused 911 Outage For 11 Million People

David_W Re:backup for 911 (115 comments)

Or failing that, do what we used to do before 911 was implemented in our town: Call the operator, tell them who you want (police, fire, ambulance) and that it is an emergency. Not quite as effective since it lacks the central control 911 has, but it generally works. (And in some areas the operator may have the back-end number for 911 and can transfer you to that, which could also work.)

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Introduces Build Cadence Selection With Windows 10

David_W Re:It's great to see so much community feedback (112 comments)

Is there any other OS that uses a "cadence" release plan? Called unstable, testing and stable, maybe?

No, FreeBSD calls them -CURRENT, -STABLE, and -RELEASE, but you were close.

about 2 months ago
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Oracle Database Certifications Are No Longer Permanent

David_W Re:Give me $5.000 (108 comments)

Their primary marketing slogan is: "Shut the fuck up and give us your money"

I thought it was "keep giving us your money until we say it is enough".

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

David_W Re:Training Budget (182 comments)

either pay part of the cost or take PTO to attend if it isn't after-hours

Ugh. You know, I understand the desire of an employer to try to "protect their investment" as it were, even though I generally hate it, as it seems like they try way, way too hard. The employment relationship is already lopsided enough as it is. It is almost to the point that it feels like they don't really want to pay for it, they just want to pretend they do to look good.

That said, one thing I cannot stand is the idea of trying to force someone to do training on their own time (or take PTO). For classes (conferences are a bit different, but can be similar), they are typically scheduled right smack dab in standard working hours. Its obvious they were set up with the expectation that employers are footing the bill (for both the class and the time).

Companies give precious little PTO as it is already (I think it should be around twice as much as what is typical these days, or at least go back to separate sick and vacation time and raise those banks a bit higher), and many aren't willing to negotiate on it if you want more in lieu of higher salary. Plus they tend to act like taking unpaid time is a cardinal sin or something they really should consider firing you for, not just a situation of you'd like/need a little more time off than their standard policy allows for. So yeah, some sort of cost sharing/prorated reimbursement? Not a fan, but at least I get it... charging PTO? Oh hell no...

about 3 months ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

David_W Re: cram lots of people in a confined space (819 comments)

Please, like any one of those persons would lower themselves to use anything less than first class.

about 3 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Crippling PCs With BSOD, Microsoft Suggests You Roll Back

David_W Re:Forget TFA (304 comments)

"If you do not have media, you should use the power button to restart your computer during the startup process three times. This should start the Windows Recovery Environment. "

Oh yeah, THAT's gotta be good for the hardware. Definite improvement over F8. Thanks Microsoft...

about 4 months ago
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DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

David_W Re:Ultimately... (383 comments)

Penis size is pretty useless as a biometric. It changes depending on the site being accessed.

Doubly so on this one, where everyone claims theirs is a foot long.

about 4 months ago
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Should We Eat Invasive Species?

David_W Re:On that note (290 comments)

Indeed. And squirrel gravy is awesome. Haven't had it in like 25 years though... :(

about 7 months ago
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Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS

David_W Re:The Good Old Days! (522 comments)

Worst idea ever.

Blasphemy!

about 7 months ago
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Google Testing Gmail Redesign

David_W Re:How about "no thanks" .... (218 comments)

At least I know mozilla with any luck won't piss all over a simple UI.

I'm sorry, have you seen Chromefox 29?

about 7 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

David_W Re:I don't like the control it takes away from you (865 comments)

There have been cases when I want to move from 2 to 1 without turning everything off

Kinda repeating something I said earlier... In my Acura, the magic sequence for that is to put the shifter in Neutral instead of Park before pushing the button. That causes it to go to accessory mode instead of full off. (Not defending that... I think it is kinda silly, but at least in some cars a way exists.)

about 7 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

David_W Re:It ain't broke (865 comments)

I would be very happy with a two position switch to turn the car off and on and a push button starter. All the single button systems have design issues.

Ah, someone else who has experienced the issue I have. The core problem with single button systems is they try to represent 3-4 states (depends on if you count cranking as a state), but a single button can generally only transition from one state to another, so is best suited for 2 states. So you get weird hacks like leave the shifter in neutral if you want to go from running->accessory, and then press the button twice to go from accessory->off, or having to hold the brake while pushing the button to start. I like being able to leave the key in my pocket, but a knob or multiple buttons seem like a better system than the single button most have now. I suspect Nissan is figuring this out; they had a single button several years ago; last year my parents looked at one and they've went to a knob in the place where the key used to go.

about 7 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

David_W Re:The actual technical fault. (865 comments)

Other than keyless systems, all cars I've seen with start/stop buttons need the electronic key to be inserted in some kind of reader, and I would very surprised if those with keyless systems didn't have some simple way to stop the engine in case of emergency.

I've driven two cars with push-button start, my Acura and a Chrysler. Both have no slot; the fob stays in your pocket. I haven't tested it, but for the Acuras either holding the button for 3-ish seconds or pressing the button twice is supposed to act as the emergency stop.

about 7 months ago
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Target Moves To Chip and Pin Cards To Boost Security

David_W Re: Chip and PIN (210 comments)

retailers- in the US, at least- are suposedly *prohibited* from checking ID

I don't have a link handy, so I'm going from memory here, but I think they are prohibited from requiring ID. They can ask, and that might be enough to ward off some folks trying to pull something, plus most legitimate people will show it. However, supposedly you could refuse (or lie saying you don't have it with you) and they are still supposed to run the transaction. It reduces down to largely the same thing in the end for anyone who knows what they are doing.

about 8 months ago
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David Auerbach Explains the Inside Baseball of MSN Messenger vs. AIM

David_W Re:What's good for the goose.... (86 comments)

Maybe they should re-evaluate their position on the Microsoft Office formats.

But, but... the Microsoft Office formats are open and documented!

about 8 months ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

David_W Re:uphill and snowy (355 comments)

With a very angry cat, I assume?

about 8 months ago

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