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What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

jafiwam Re:Automate it (228 comments)

Learn how best to automate that task so you can start on other projects to automating other tasks.

Yup. But do it in secret and don't share the automation with the employer. Use your spare time to look for a new job.

IF you come to the point where know your job is going to evaporate, it's better not to make a lot of waves (and that includes positive ones) until you are ready to go anyway. Your employer is already NOT paying attention and may not have a full understanding of what you do already. You'll be facing "the Bob's" in no time.

There is a reason they call it "work." Boring and repetitive comes with that. Brush up on your Zen skills and deal with it. And FIND ANOTHER JOB.

about two weeks ago

Attackers Install DDoS Bots On Amazon Cloud

jafiwam Re:EC2 servers already fire walled (25 comments)

I have had so so many hack attempts from Amazons servers that it was just easier to fire wall ALL of them.

Yup. Amazon Cloud and a couple others are completely null routed from my work network. Big sections of others overseas are blocked as well.

So far, complaints have been zero. And, we get less log and web site form harassment from misbehaving bots.

We have determined that the signal to noise ratio coming from cloud hosting services is ZERO.

about three weeks ago

Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

jafiwam Re:Great... (582 comments)

The side that apparently blew a 300-civilian passenger jet out of the sky because they're too dumb to know what a Boeing looks like is getting direct military support from a major regional power which just happens to have nuclear weapons.

And I thought my hometown of Detroit was fucked.

This is not direct military support.

These are Russians that moved into Ukrainian territory either as soldiers in Russian forces, or as "civilians" over the last few years.

The attackers are RUSSIANS. The guys operating the BUK that shot down the airliner were RUSSIAN SOLDIERS. You don't hand a BUK over to "separatists" and a few months later have them wipe out 5 aircraft in a week. Take a look at the BUK system sometime. There is NO WAY the equipment was "handed over". It was OPERATED by RUSSIANS just like every other proxy war, Vietnam, Korea, and a whole bunch of smaller ones.

Russia is going to do what they are going to do, and for the most part, the West is going to stay out of it. Ukraine needs to start an absolutely brutal guerrilla war, or they are done for. That's all there is to it. (They are probably STILL done for no matter what they do.) The Soviets are re-building their empire.

about three weeks ago

Nasty Business: How To Drain Competitors' Google AdWords Budgets

jafiwam Re:That's why I dropped AdWords (97 comments)

You can control what time of day the ads are displayed.

Try avoiding the times when they are being used up, or try focusing on when your potential customers are on and using computers.

about three weeks ago

Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

jafiwam Re:No. (502 comments)

I have several X-Fi cards at home. It would be nice to know what they sound like. Unfortunately I use Linux.



One major difference between cards and onboard is cards get a lot more effort into the tools and drivers. That alone could make the difference in what people are perceiving without requiring any kind of hardware or circuit quality difference.

I just moved an SB X-FI card from my old gaming machine to my work and listen to music machine and it DID make a difference over onboard sound. I did it to take advantage of some tracks that use surround sound and noted a difference in even Youtube (which is strict stereo) music. The card was already paid for and there so I figured why not...

Had I not played the same track on Youtube only a short gap to install the card and basic drivers I probably would not have noticed the difference. Back in "the day" that sound card with "surround sound" headphones gave me tremendous advantage in some games as I could actually hear distinct sets of footfalls in relative spacial position in game. You can't do that with two low-quality channels coming out of the game.

about a month ago

Over 300,000 Servers Remain Vulnerable To Heartbleed

jafiwam Re:Maybe (74 comments)

So why are they using SSL in the first place?

Looking for the "lock symbol" is the one thing the masses have managed to learn about Internet security.

People (the inexperienced ones) cause customer service headaches when they can't / won't learn that this system doesn't need it. "Where is the lock?" "How come you don't have a lock?" "My grandson says the lock means you are secure." etc.

For $40 a year, a company can head off 40 tech support calls with the worst type of users (the ones that don't even understand enough to put the answers in context and need 15 minutes of explaining to understand the answer) by slapping an SSL cert on every server. Sometimes it's even people in the "IT department" that have this gap in knowledge.

The company I work for does exactly this. I even got kudos for suggesting a wildcard cert would be cheaper and easier than individual certs for all the hostnames. Now it's standard procedure to slap the the cert on everything public facing. And, there's only one renewal date to deal with as opposed to a trickle of them every other week all year.

about 2 months ago

Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

jafiwam Re:Here's an idea... (394 comments)

Alternately, you can just turn stuff off.

If you device doesn't have a real power switch, then connect it to something that does like a power strip.

A cable receiver is totally something that you can completely disconnect from the mains. So idle power is such a total non-problem. You just have to be interested enough to bother.

You must be one of the "I dropped cable years ago and my live is now tremendous!" guys.

Those DVR and cable boxes take 30 minutes to 90 minutes to download the show feeds and menus again. They are nigh-useless until that download has been competed.

Sure, you can flip channels, but you can't start a recording, can't see what's on until after the commercials end, can't flip ahead an hour and plan your watching, etc.

Turning the thing off is the equivalent of setting up your operating system of choice with a new profile every time you reboot.

about 2 months ago

Wikipedia Forcing Editors To Disclose If They're Paid

jafiwam Re:Oh, good (135 comments)

this is most probably so if editors who are caught doing stuff when being paid for it and not disclosing it can have all that they have done removed without the need to do a investigation if what they wrote is truth or not

They should also black-list the payers of this type of activity. A week or two for each infraction. There's one important aspect about Wikipedia and that is it isn't about marketing and selling shit. They have the rest of the entire Internet for that, so it shouldn't be tolerated.

about 2 months ago

Congressman Asks NSA To Provide Metadata For "Lost" IRS Emails

jafiwam Re:Just imagine "if" (347 comments)

Amazing how you have made this into the GOP being slimy when the whole issue is due to the Democrat controlled IRS (during that time-period) losing all relevant emails from a large period of time. That is what is slimy here.

You forgot about the part where the IRS willingly cooperated with the democratic politicians to commit a crime, violate the constitution, and to use the tools of the state to wield what is essentially, personal political power.

Nothing is going to happen of course. It never does.

about 2 months ago

$57,000 Payout For Woman Charged With Wiretapping After Filming Cops

jafiwam Re:An interesting caveat (216 comments)

The proper way to do it is use a camera that is hidden, so the order to cease recording never occurs. They are getting very good and very inexpensive now. A person could carry three or four and not really be noticed.

Though, it would be hard to argue that someone as a passenger in a vehicle pulled over had a choice about where and when they were when they filmed. The police after all, bring a car mounted camera, and sometimes a body mounted camera. THOSE recordings do not interfere with the traffic stop, how could a passenger interfere with a traffic stop?

Anyway, score one for the good guys. Too bad the department won't wise up and the idiot cop won't lose his job. This is just the VISIBLE abuse that pig has subjected onto the people. He's done it once and gotten caught that we know of, but one can be nigh certain this is a persistent pattern of behavior.

about 2 months ago

US Marshals Seize Police Stingray Records To Keep Them From the ACLU

jafiwam Re:Obama's police state? (272 comments)

Just another "just following orders" excuse. As usual, it's utterly invalid.

There is not a more arrogant, self serving megalomaniac equal to that of a cop.

They do it, because they have the "authorahtah!" to do it.

It's the same thing that makes actors and sports stars think they have a more valid opinion on world events because... well they are who they are.

For a cop, it's "I can make you do X or I can destroy your life (or both!)" that gets to their heads

about 2 months ago

Local Police Increasingly Rely On Secret Surveillance

jafiwam Re:If the feds can... (146 comments)

And on that note, why should civilians need a warrant? We should just start following their lead and perform our own mass spying... Well, not really, because I know what kinds of things they do to mere peons with the CFAA.

Because individual citizens have no power. If the police decide what you did is illegal, then they'll persecute/prosecute you. Especially if you're spying on them (even videoing them in a public place) or a person or organization with power.

If you're a large corporation though, you have an army of lawyers and you can do whatever you want. Remember the case when Microsoft stole email form a journalist's hotmail account without a warrant? Their excuse was they could do it because they wouldn't have been able to get a warrant, both because that's law enforcement's role and because law enforcement wouldn't have been able to get a warrant anyway. That translates to, "we know what we're doing is totally illegal because the courts would never let us, but we're doing it anyway because nobody gives a shit about the judicial branch."

Despite being modded funny, the part about the judicial branch being obsolete was entirely serious.

Individuals do have power. They can practice jury nullification (look it up if you don't know what it is) in the jury box. They can try to get into office themselves. They can formulate logical and consistent opinions and then share them with others. They can obtain and practice with firearms so they are much harder targets for a government out of control. They can use the same to protect themselves from the free shit army the government has created to prey on the productive people, that conveniently makes the stupids want politicians to be "tough on crime." They can force the government to overcome encryption to spy on them, they can show up at town meetings and vent their anger (this works) and they can show up in the desert as an unorganized mob and dare the feds to do something (this also works).

The reason we are in this situation is precisely because of individuals like you didn't exercise the power they do have. Maybe it's not the same degree or type of power as "dem ebbil corporations derp derp!" but you still have power.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: In What Other Occupations Are IT Skills and Background Useful?

jafiwam Cooking (158 comments)

Holding the entire process in one's head, visualizing a change and then back inferring what that change implies you should do right now in the middle of that process. Both being a chef and being in IT require this skill.

about 3 months ago

UK Ballistics Scientists: 3D-Printed Guns Are 'of No Use To Anyone'

jafiwam Re:Not a very thorough evaluation (490 comments)

First off, because most of us don't have milling machines. Second, because we can. Third, because most of the world doesn't have such things as legally unregulated uppers or trigger assemblies.

AR-15 lowers have been made out of wood. Oak works fine as the lower doesn't take most of the force, the upper does.

Sure they look goofy and are big in a bunch of places where metal would be small. A drill press and a block of good wood is all that is needed.

The 3D guys are after something that takes zero artisan skill rather than what all the other "low-tech" methods require.

PS, for you eurotrash in the audience, making an AR out of a block of wood is perfectly legal in most states in the US as long as the intent is to use / have it rather than sell it at the time it was made.

about 3 months ago

TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

jafiwam Re: Truecrypt not in (566 comments)

Does mention anything about the presence of a robots.txt file if a site is blocked that way? The messages appearing do not look like something about robots.txt. Does anyone know? If so, and it is not mentioning robots.txt, where are earlier snapshots?

Several years ago, robots.txt usage where the webmaster asked not to be archived, did not say anything about robots.txt on It just didn't have it.

Why not go look at what the robots.txt says and cross reference it with what says you have to do?

about 3 months ago

TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

jafiwam Re: Fishy (566 comments)

If there's a backdoor I guess we'll discover this when it turns up in a court case.

It won't turn up in a court case.

They'll do "parallel construction" and rely on anonymous tipsters (that don't actually exist) to create a case based on what they can infer or dig up after digging through all the information. That stuff will be in the case, the fact that TC is compromised won't be mentioned or implied.

This seems to be like an ordinary web site defacement at this point. No information indicating it's not just that has been discovered. Yes, speculation abounds but so far it's just someone stirring up trouble with a web site.

about 3 months ago

Should We Eat Invasive Species?

jafiwam Re:Feral pig is excellent, but takes getting used (290 comments)

Problem with feral pig is tape worm and other type of infections and contagions.

No. The problem is access to hunting lands. "Oh, you want to hunt on my private ranch? That'll be 2k!" There is very little public land in Texas to hunt on. Also, who in their right mind would would let a bunch of people hunt? (Not sure, we do it all the time up here in dah Nort, but not with pig hunting.)

So the issue becomes rancher pays a few professionals to get rid of pest pigs. Then turns around and lets one or two parties hunt. But overall, the pigs are left alone.

COULD we eat more of them? Sure, but it's cheaper and easier by far to plop down yet another pig farm.

about 3 months ago

Average American Cable Subscriber Gets 189 Channels and Views 17

jafiwam Re:This makes sense (340 comments)

The problem is the large chunk.

I'd have no problem paying say $25 for 5 channels I want above basic HD at 5 each. Right now, I gotta pay about $75 per month for about 8 premiums I watch plus a lot of shit. It also seems like over time, the premium channels have gotten less and less valuable. It used to be that turning on the TV, and surfing the premium channels would result in a choice between two or three things I wanted to watch. Now it's 60 channels of "why the hell did they even film that?" stuff.

The RATE at which the good channels are charged will go up. But. BIG DEAL the overall cost still goes down.

about 3 months ago

Researchers See a Post-Snowden Chilling Effect In Our Search Data

jafiwam Re:for all of this... (138 comments)

Agreed. I remember an article on slashdot before outlining the process of parallel construction and how it was used against U.S. residents/civilians. They may be mining the data for an investigation and then not using it in court which is illegal, and if it isn't it should be.

Where do you think "anonymous tips" come from?

On another site, there was a thread about a guy ranting on his Facebook wall about militias and general right wing stuff. He included something along the lines "you should watch out, people are getting angry" (paraphrased). The FBI called and wanted to talk to him.. Stupidly, he went to them. They had a folder FULL of his online activity, some of it going way back previous to the rant. They had no warrant, and he went willingly (stupid, but whatever).

The point being, they record everything you do with an electronic communication device, and back fill until they find something or think they "know" you.

There is likely to be an entire hidden justice system going on. The problem is, because it's hidden, we don't know what makes it work and how it is motivated. (Hint: IRS investigations used as a political weapon.) This "justice system" acts by tipping off the facade justice system out front.

There has been a HUGE increase in the number of "we got these guys" without a reason HOW they got those guys. I think the hidden system is trying to appear useful. They used to just ignore smaller stuff like drug lords, gang activity, etc. Now they don't. They need people to think it's useful now, where it was just used for political purposes before.

This stuff is way bigger than just "parallel construction." Whatever it is, it is not us anymore. The grand children of the Millennials (those idiots) will not have a "United States" as we knew it to live in.

Not posting anonymously, because they'll figure it out anyway.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Back Up Physical Data?

jafiwam Subby is talking about general personal DR (245 comments)

DR in this case, is "Disaster Recovery".

Look up the various tomes and processes for businesses and do the same things for yourself (minus the stupid certifications and $200K transferred to some consultant's hands) or find something specifically tailored for that

This blog web site was written by a guy that had to move his family during hurricane Katrina, and it has all sorts of processes and things to do to recover in that situation. It's old now, but you can add a modern twist. (I'd recommend an encrypted hard drive at a friend or relative's place as a backup.)

Here is the link: http://www.theplacewithnoname....

Warning: Disaster Recovery is a lot of dumb, boring, bullshit work that you have to keep coming back to re-do, that's why people don't do it. Not because it's not useful.

about 4 months ago


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Million Monkeys

jafiwam jafiwam writes  |  about 10 years ago My boss has a program called "Million Monkeys" that uses the Windows UI to pound through an arbitrarily long brute-force sequence in some program installation routines... basically a generalized brute force key generator that can be pointed at a "key" field and run for several days to get a valid key.

So there's often discussions about the classic Shakespeare question; if a million monkeys sat in front of a million typewriters would they eventually produce the complete works of Shakespeare?

It's a fun question.

Here's some point's of view;

Yes. Well, if you assume the example of the keygen program fits for larger field sizes, then absolutely yes. True random, or sequential tries would eventually produce the desired results, as long as you have an arbitrarily long length of time to get there.

Also, interestingly enough there's a mathematical proof out there that says any specific string of arbitrarily long length exists in the numbers after the decimal points in Pi. These words, they are in there. deCSS code, it's in there. Britney's next song lyrics (before she has written it... if she writes her own songs...) is in there. So is Shakespeare. All of it. [I'll try to find a link.]

No. Shakespeare's words on typewriters are not random, monkeys (in real life) are likely to produce non-random keystrokes as well. These two non-random data sets do not intersect. Monkeys simply won't type "King Lear" (the phrase, not the play) because the word "Lear" requires a shift-L stroke, then the e, a, and r strokes in a certain order. Monkey keystrokes will be grouped in monkey-sized feet or fist groups. (Though the monkey's I've met probably would try to pry the keys up and chew on them.) So even though the randomness can be arbitrarily long, the data-set produced is always not the same data set as english words.

Push the "no" idea a little further, and the Internet can be used as a test bed to prove the point.

To begin, I start with a quote; "We used to think that a million monkeys in front of a million keyboards would eventually produce the complete works of Shakespeare, now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true." - P. Lutus.

Internet users are going to produce by far strings of characters that are FAR less random than that of monkeys. Yet, without deliberately attempting to, they haven't produced the complete works of Shakespeare.

Ok. On to the point. This quote from tbannist This quote concerning the question of AOLers producing the works of Shakespeare is incredibly funny (even though it doesn't subscribe to my same point of view).

"No, the key here is monkeys are a random string generator. You can't replace a random string generator with a stupid string generator and expect to get the same result."


Manifesto de Vivando Merde

jafiwam jafiwam writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Recently there were some 'Parting Words.' That got me thinking. Here are some "Staying Words"

Manifesto de Vivando-Merde (or, shit to live by)

(1a) Want my respect? Earn it. You will get it no other way. You will not get it because you have kids, because you are black/white/male/female/christian/fag/short/fat or anything else. You will never get any respect if you use of those things as a crutch or as a tool to get attention. You have no right to my respect, it is a gift from me to you, a reward for not being a dumbass.

(1b) If you get respect, you will know because I listen to you, I will help you, and I might watch your back. You might even get invited to lunch. But remember, you can lose my respect in a heartbeat. Just like all things in life, earning it is harder than losing it.

(2) Want to get treated like you are worth something? Do something worthwhile. Finish something before it is due, do it better, do it well, or figure out how to do something more effectively. Above all, do not inconvenience me, that makes you worth less than nothing to me, more of an obstacle, to be dealt with accordingly.

(3) Want me to be friendly to you? Shut the fuck up. I will come to you when I want to talk to someone. If I am not talking, it is because I have nothing to say to you. If I am not listening, it is not because I didn't hear, it is because you are blathering about nothing important to me. I already know what is going on with you, because you told everybody else three times already. I can hear, I can hear a lot better than you think. I can hear you breathe in the dark. What makes you think I do not already have the information I want?

(4a) If I want you to take something personally, you'll know. Trust me, you will.

(4b) If you take something personally that I did not intend for you to take that way, you are not only stupid, but also arrogant. If I meant you, you would be painfully aware I meant you. There is no need for you to assume I mean you. If I do, you will know.

(5) If you act like, or say you know something... You'd better. If not, you will be made miserable and encouraged to go elsewhere. How far you are forced to go, depends on how big your mouth is.

(6) You will get my attention when I choose to give it to you. No sooner. You have no right to my attention, you will be punished if you try to force me to give you attention. If you force me to pay attention to you, you will not want the kind of attention you get.

(7a) Never start a sentence with 'Why didn't you...' if you do not want a sarcastic answer. I do what is on my list, I do what is important to get done. I do what I consider valuable or worthwhile. None of the former includes what you want. If it should get done, it should be explained to me, quickly, accurately, and without preconceptions how it should be done. Then I will do it when things of that priority get done in the way I see fit. I have no other system.

(7b) Things will get done in the order that I see them necessary to get done. Yes, I may do them to get you to shut the fuck up, however, be aware that you just forced me to pay attention to you, and that you will suffer as a result.

(8a) Yes I make mistakes. Sometimes they are big ones that cost time or money. I learn from them. Sometimes, I learn a lot from my mistakes. Sometimes I learn nothing from them. When I learn nothing, it is because I made the mistake of trying to work while you were yammering at me. So shut your mouth and go back to work and we will ALL learn more.

(8b) I do not expect you to not make mistakes or to be perfect. However I DO expect you to learn from your mistakes. Perfection is not attainable, however it should be your goal.

(8c) If you make the same mistake twice, you were not paying attention the first time. Make it three times, and you are plain stupid.

(9) Shit breaks. Get used to it. If you are lucky I may help you fix it. However, I cannot change the fact that shit breaks. So shit will break. Get used to it. If you don't like it, you were born in the wrong universe, to fix that, kill yourself.

(10) If you do not know who is doing it, nobody is. I come to meetings to listen to what you are doing, and to share what I am doing and so we can get some things done together. Pay attention, I assume you are. There are only a few people in the building, most of them talk too much. You have no excuse for not knowing what I am doing, and no grounds for complaining that you did not know. I know what you are doing already, and I do not have to leave my office to find out. You do not know because you do not listen.

(11) Weakness is not a virtue. Stop acting like it is. Weakness makes you worth less to me, and beyond getting any respect, ever.

(12) Do not let me detect a sense of entitlement. You will get what is coming to you anyway in one way or another, you do not need to tell me what you should get. What you think you will get and what you eventually get will never be the same.

(13) Do not ask me stuff that is on our web site, on our support site, or on any web site, or newsgroup indexed by Google. At best, you are wasting my time and making yourself look stupid and lazy. I learned much of what I do and know by figuring it out myself. You should too. But I do not expect you to duplicate my effort, so will share with you what you need to know. Once.

(14) I do not care if you think you do not have time to learn by yourself. I play dumb games on the internet, I watch 8 episodes of Friends and Sponge-Bob Square-Pants every week, I mess around with my computer, I have downloaded more porn than you thought existed, I read Slashdot several times a day, and I stare off into space a lot. I STILL have enough time to learn what I need on my own. You have no excuse not to learn what you need, aside from weakness, stupidity or being lazy. This is not my problem, it is yours. Do not expect me to act like it is anything other than your problem. If you do not solve your own problems, they will follow you to your grave.

(15) If you are shown, taught or given documentation on something but don't know it tomorrow; do not be surprised if I act like you are stupid. My cat has a brain the size of a walnut, yet she knows what "NO" means and changes her behavior based on the word. If you cannot translate words on paper or in a classroom into real life actions, die now please, you are a waste of biomass that could be used for roaches or something else more useful than you are.

(16) If you do not take care of your own data, nobody will. Don't stick files in stupid places then act all surprised when they are lost. Do not take risks with your data, I don't. Do not ignore what I say when I tell you how to deal with your data. Do not complain when shit breaks and your data is gone, I told you how to keep it safe and you fucked yourself anyway. How is that my problem?

(17) I do not send you pointless emails. Read all that I send you, I promise I will make them worth your while. Respond to them or delete them, or keep them, print them, pound them up your own ass, do whatever suits you. However, you will be responsible for the information contained in them.

(18) Feel free to make judgments about me, as I will make judgments about you regardless of your wishes. Deal with it. You will be judged to my standards as I judge myself. Deal with it. I will act on my judgments. Deal with it.

(19a) Your problems are yours. Do not agonize over them in front of me. The answers are obvious to me. You are not solving them because you are weak, pathetic, or stupid. Talk too much about them, I will give you the answer, in a way you will find unpleasant or rude.

(19b) I didn't come to work today to hear about your goddamn garden, your wallpaper, your bathroom, your new car, what you did last weekend, or what that stupid fuck you married did, or how big your boyfriend's cock is. I don't give a shit about your kids, and I don't want them here, especially if they are spoiled or unsupervised. I came here to do some tasks, sometimes I do them well. Ultimately, I do this work because I can get some things done and get paid for it. Do not think for one moment I would stop and give you the time of day if I did not work with you. If you are an exception to this rule, you will know. If you are unsure... then you are not an exception to this rule.

(20) If you need to spend time/do something with your kid or family. Fine. But do not expect me to do more work due to your choice to have children or finger-fuck Christmas presents with your family. I make my own choices, I deal with them. You make your own choices, deal with them. I will not deal with your choices for you.

(21) Do not, ever, ask me to do something you would not do yourself. I will do the same for you.

(22) Do not have contradictory opinions. I will notice them. I will exploit them to make you feel as worthless or stupid as you really are. Do not think that I do not have contradictory opinions. I have them. Exploit them if you can.

(23) Do not expect me to do more than you do, even though I often do more than you do the entire week in one day. Your expectations are your own, my interaction with them will only to be to cram them back down your throat.

(24a) Do not complain about being busy. I know what you are doing, what you did, and what you ate because you are NOT busy. If you were busy, I would not know these things. If you were truly busy, you would stay later. If you were truly busy, you would be at your desk all day, not out here talking about your child, your club, you church, your car troubles, or the play you went to last week.

(24b) The only response to a high workload from you I will respect is more work, more efficient work, faster work, and more accurate work. When you are out going to that play, going to your club, or flicking your own clit, I was at home doing stupid grunt work and making up for shit you didn't do during the day. Do not expect me to be happy about that. Ever.

(25) I know when you show up, I know when you leave, I know what is on your hard drive and what you download on the internet. I know this, because you do not clean up after yourself. Generally, I do not care about these things. However, I will use them against you should I so desire. Remember, every mistake you make is another tool for me to bludgeon you with when the time comes. For your own protection, do not attack my faults if you have any of your own. I retaliate.

(26) The computer in front of you is the most complicated device you will ever encounter in your entire life. Treat it that way. I can make it work, but you might not like how I get it working. So do not break it in the first place.

(27) Do not complain about scarcity and then waste yourself. Do not whine about how much you get paid then waste company money. Do not bitch about what you think you deserve, how much memory you need, or how your computer works. If you cared about these things, you wouldn't download stupid screen savers, you would take care of your computer, you would turn out the lights and your monitor at night, you would close your window when air conditioning is on, and above all, you would be working and making some money - not complaining. The company cannot give it to you if you don't make it for them in the first place. Learn that. It may keep you from getting laid off some day. It might have kept you from getting laid off last week. (ha ha!)

(28) Do not send me jokes. There is nothing on the internet that you can find that I have not already seen. The only good an email joke does for me is give me more ammo to get you booted from the company when the time comes. Remember, I can complain just as well as you can. If management acts on your irrational whining, they will act on mine as well. Do you really want me to have that kind of power?

These are "Staying Words". They may seem harsh. The world is harsh place. Earn my respect and I will watch your back. Lose it and you are cast to the random wasteland created by your own weakness and ineptitude. Deal with it.

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