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Brazil Orders Google To Hand Over Street View Data

dabbaking Re:Yet another government... (130 comments)

I remember my first job as a intern at a company was to rewrite the documentation manual so I could "learn the system" While some things hadn't changed, the manual was 6 years old and there had been about 3 major releases that completely changed a lot of the UI. Also, all process documentation was out of date as new systems had come online and people had left. Now, this wasn't a commercial system that regular consumers would use, but I feel that sometimes I'm reading the manual and it seems like the people writing them have no experience with whatever it is and/or they're not technical enough to figure it out. The problem is that on one hand, you have engineers who would probably right a very detailed manual that people would get lost in or you have maybe the marketing people write it and it's missing important steps, etc. Hiring people JUST to do technical writing is an expense I don't think many companies want anymore so they hope to god it works otherwise you're stuck figuring it out or just buying another one.

about 9 months ago
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Brazil Orders Google To Hand Over Street View Data

dabbaking Re:Yet another government... (130 comments)

The problem is that people are lazy. Most people I know don't even read manuals anymore, and you think you're going to get them to look at flow charts? People are able, just not willing to do the more advanced setup when they can just plug it in and be done. Also, if you look at the admin panels on routers it's a maze and I know most people would just give up on the first screen. For example, I have a Buffalo router and the first thing I see Router Name/Model then MAC addresses, Radio, Mode, Channel, TX Power, etc. Most people don't know WTF this stuff is and as long as the thing works they're not going to care.

about 9 months ago
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HTTP 2.0 Will Be a Binary Protocol

dabbaking Re:Worth the tradeoff.. (566 comments)

Isn't this what things like asm.js, dart, and nativeclient in chrome supposed to solve? Granted they aren't in general use yet, but the idea is to eventually have pre-compiled scripts in dart and/or NativeClient to be run really fast. Asm.js allows you to use a small subset of JS to allow for really fast execution.

1 year,21 days
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Has Texting Replaced Talking For Teens?

dabbaking OMGWTFBBQ (373 comments)

IDK, my BFF Jill?

more than 4 years ago
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Arizona Judge Tells Sheriff "Reveal Password Or Face Contempt"

dabbaking the password is... (624 comments)

What if the password was "nofreakingwayimgivingyoumypassword1"

more than 4 years ago
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Mac OS X Users Vulnerable To Major Java Flaw

dabbaking School (306 comments)

I would love to disable this, but my school uses something called Blackboard: http://blackboard.com/ which a lot of it is based off Java (uploaders, etc) and I use it quite often. I'm out of school in a day, so I guess I'll turn it off them, but I hope Apple fixes this before I have to go back to school then.

more than 5 years ago
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How Office Depot Pushes Service Plans On Customers

dabbaking Re:Its the employees (417 comments)

Oh God. You really are sour aren't you? On this particular issue, it isn't corporate, but it's not to say that corporate is great. We continually make fun of the ridiculous programs that corporate pulls out of their ass. Office Depot Corporate is horribly disconnected from the actual people in the retail stores, but no one person is going to help that. We carry out the programs since we're underlings and don't run the company. IMO, the whole executive board should be fired and put some of the good regional managers in charge (because some of them are actually cool people and don't just try and rip people off).

more than 5 years ago
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How Office Depot Pushes Service Plans On Customers

dabbaking Re:Wow (417 comments)

Like I said in my earlier comment, it's one bad apple most likely. Getting PIP'd is an inside joke and it doesn't really mean much. I honestly care that people get the right stuff when they walk out. Like when someone gets a printer (not networked), I ask if they need a cable. It's not that I want to raise out Market Basket, it's that I don't want them coming back pissed wondering why it wasn't working (they didn't know to get the cable). Any replacement plan or repair plan for any store preys on people's distrust of the technology. It's also pretty much pure profit for the company. If they didn't make enough doing it, they wouldn't do it, but it's too lucrative.

more than 5 years ago
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How Office Depot Pushes Service Plans On Customers

dabbaking Re:Its the employees (417 comments)

Also, I don't know what type of TurboTax Harry McCracken was trying to buy, but most of the consumer versions are out on the shelf, not locked up.

more than 5 years ago
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How Office Depot Pushes Service Plans On Customers

dabbaking Its the employees (417 comments)

I work at an Office Depot store and we haven't had this said to us. It's not company policy and I don't personally do it, but we do get pissed when other stores send us customers who they know won't be getting a warranty. I've never had a manager tell me to lie to a customer about our stock unless we believed they were involved in some type of scam (rebate scams, etc). It's a moral decision made by the employee, not the company. Personally I never buy a plan on any of my electronics because I'm a geek and get bored of electronics after the first year anyways! Also, I never really cared much about the commission. We are always trained over and over on how to sell warranties, but never to the point that we stretched the truth. Like I said before, it's the employees fault for lying or trying to get a commission. Most electronics come with a one year manufacture which is enough for most people and it's not like the plans are worthless. I've seen quite a few people that purchased cameras 2 years ago, come in with an Office Depot gift card for the price they paid and walk out with a better camera all for the price of the original plan (like 29.99, which is pretty damn good for a new camera worth $300).

more than 5 years ago
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How Do I Start a University Transition To Open Source?

dabbaking Bad Move (497 comments)

I don't think it's the greatest idea to move to open source for software like MS Office. The reason being that most large corporations still use MS Office and that probably isn't going to change for a while. Writing on your resume that you have experience with Open Office at a company, like, say, Travelers, they aren't going to care since the company runs on Microsoft. While the university wants to save money and get more profit, most people are used to Microsoft products. I have a massively customized version of Blackboard that is used at my university and since they spend a lot of money on it, they won't switch to something else anytime soon. Plus it's already integrated with all the other systems.

more than 5 years ago

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God Does Not Want 16 Kids

dabbaking dabbaking writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dabbaking (843108) writes "Who are you to judge? Who are you to say that the more than slightly creepy 39-year-old woman from Arkansas who just gave birth to her 16th child yes that's right 16 kids and try not to cringe in phantom vaginal pain when you say it, who are you to say Michelle Duggar is not more than a little unhinged and sad and lost?"
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