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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

war4peace Re:Don't buy cheap android (271 comments)

Let me tell you about my February 2014 Samsung S4 Mini.

1. The Wireless Radio fails unexpectedly for no reason. All of a sudden I see that it's no longer connected to the wireless network and can't find any wireless network, although the icon is lit in settings. When trying to disable and re-enable it, it takes 2 minutes to disable it, then it works fine after I re-enable it... until it fails again.

2. The GSM radio fails unexpectedly, and what makes it worse is that you don't know until you try to call someone, when it tells you "The phone is not registered to the network". In the meanwhile, people try to contact you and they can't. There is no visual clue of what's happening: the phone still shows as having signal, etc. The only workaround is to reboot the device.

3. Screen activation can be made both from the lateral button and the bottom "home" button, which doubles the chances of the screen unexpectedly being activated while the phone is in my pocket. This happens quite a few times every day, while my former phone (HTC Desire S) never ever did that, because the activation button was on top of the device.

4. At least once every two days, the screen starts registering "taps" by itself. It looks as if a ghost is rattling its fingers on my screen. Effects include but are not limited to people being called out of the blue from my phone (I have quick call icons on a screen), icons being dragged around, features being activated and deactivated a random, And a particularly hilarious SMS message sent to someone from my list of contacts: "Pe la p Pl pe Pl o plop plop plop Pl o pop lol". Less funny is an SMS sent to a friend whose relative died: "Thanks u mean by". After a while it stops as suddenly as it started. Of course, while that happens I can't use my phone because my taps get overridden or mixed by the ghost taps. There is no workaround apart from popping the cover and pulling the battery out, because in their wisdom the software makers decided that if you tap outside the "Restart Phone?" pop-up, it should get canceled.

5. If you have more than 100 pictures in your gallery, zooming on a picture or panning across a zoomed picture is nearly impossible, the phone is being brought to its knees.

6. When using "read aloud" on a book, the phone prompts you to download high quality voice file, you click OK, then see "Samsung Apps - a new version is available". You tap "Update", then get "Error: Installation failed. Try Later (-2)". Tap OK, you're prompted for the high quality voice file again. There's a checkmark "Do not show again" which does nothing. Clicking Cancel pops the same window again. And again. And again, ad nauseam.

7. Every now and then, if someone calls me while I listen to music on the phone, the music pauses for the ring, then once I accept the conversation the music resumes, so the caller speaks on musical background. Not really entertaining. Maybe I should have my friends growl to match my metal musical tastes.

I utterly hate Samsung phones right now.

yesterday
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

war4peace Re:Wow. Terrble Turn. (750 comments)

My country shares its largest border with Ukraine.
Not sure what information you're getting but here we get a lot of first hand information both from the media and from people who travel there personally.
Furthermore, I was referring to what happened AFTER Ukraine leadership changed, because it is a different conflict. It's located in a different area and has slightly different parties involved.

4 days ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

war4peace Re:Wow. Terrble Turn. (750 comments)

but keep in mind, more people than that are dieing daily under where that plane was flying.

Yeah. Of old age, disease, accidents, pretty much like everywhere else on the planet. The amount of dead due to the conflict probably doesn't rise up to 300 since it started.

4 days ago
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Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

war4peace Re:Black hole? (275 comments)

Nothing. It wouldn't be kosher though for a manager to gain access to one of his directs' e-mail address.

4 days ago
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Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

war4peace Re:Black hole? (275 comments)

Shit, man, I really don't want to live in the States, and that comes from a guy located in Eastern Europe.

4 days ago
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Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

war4peace Re:Black hole? (275 comments)

I live in one of those other countries, that's exactly why I asked.
It's amazing how people rush to say "nah it's normal" while at the same time they fume about NSA meddling. Heh. Go figure.

4 days ago
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Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

war4peace Re:Black hole? (275 comments)

Wait, wait.

Having appropriate people access employee's X e-mail account is one thing. Security group, Legal group, etc.
Having someone's e-mails forwarded to their manager is outside of those bounds.

One example would be me sending an e-mail to a colleague who works under the same manager telling them that I'm dissatisfied with how the manager performs, or an e-mail exchange between me and HR about my manager's misconduct in this or that area. These are things that are company-owned, but my manager should not be able to access.

Where I work, nobody can access my e-mail address (legally) unless they have legal approval. Ironically, it's a company which is rather hated here on /. - not that I care, it's just a job.

4 days ago
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Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

war4peace Re:Black hole? (275 comments)

When I fire someone, I redirect their email to their supervisor.

Isn't that illegal?

5 days ago
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Giant Crater Appears In Northern Siberia

war4peace Re:Fracking Orifice? (122 comments)

They just found the asshole of the Earth.

5 days ago
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Australian Electoral Commission Refuses To Release Vote Counting Source Code

war4peace Re:Hmmm, (112 comments)

They don't understand how it works, therefore they're afraid of it.
Don't assume malice when you're simply facing incompetence.

about a week ago
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New Microsoft CEO Vows To Shake Up Corporate Culture

war4peace Re:Manager (204 comments)

Dunno man, everything you just said kind of applies to Apple too...

about two weeks ago
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CentOS Linux Version 7 Released On x86_64

war4peace Re:Kentos or Sentos? (125 comments)

One difference between USA and Romania: Romanians can't be offended :)
On topic: they also find time to steal your jobs, tee hee.

about two weeks ago
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CentOS Linux Version 7 Released On x86_64

war4peace Re:Kentos or Sentos? (125 comments)

In Romanian, it's pronounced "TchentOS" :)

about two weeks ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

war4peace Re:Not somuch (401 comments)

Fortune 100 IT company. But we don't have sticks stuck up our asses, at least not in our LoB.

about two weeks ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

war4peace Re:Not somuch (401 comments)

Well structured comment, but there's one tiny thing that you (and most companies, for that matter) didn't consider.
Most companies (actually ALL companies I have information about) make the same big mistake: they mix cultures together in teams. It's a bad decision. of course, they're trying to be "politically correct" and shooting themselves in the foot in the process.

Something happened by mistake in our company during a reorg. Two large development teams were reorganized with developers being moved from one team to another. Incidentally, most Indian employees were clumped together in a team while US- and Romania-based were clumped together in another. Everybody expected a dip in performance while the dust settled, but, surprisingly for most, there was a sizeable boost in performance seen almost immediately. Luckily, the group director was an Indian born and raised in the USA, so he was able to efficiently deal with both cultures and everything was moving to and fro through him.

Some might yell "boo racism" but it has nothing to do with that. It's all about work culture as well as communication issues between different cultures due to idiosyncrasies and language barriers et caetera. There are many culturally-specific differences that can make or break a work relationship, starting with how you shake hands, which hand you use to eat french fries, how you point out someone else's mistake and ending with how you greet a female co-worker.

Random example: You could greet an American female colleague with "hello, gorgeous" with very little chance she'd be offended. You never ever should greet an Indian female co-worker the same way.

So yeah, it's a "pick your poison" kind of thing: either clump similar cultures together and risk being accused of racism, or mix them up and end up with a clusterfuck of low productivity due to cultural clashes.

about two weeks ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

war4peace Re:Two sides to every issue (401 comments)

You shouldn't have gone this path :)
OK, I risk sounding like the guy I responded to, but here goes, and please bear with me while I move forward.
I live in a third world country... maybe 2nd world but I'd say it's somewhere in between. The minimum wage here is around 1.5 USD/h. The average salary is around 2.9 USD/h. I make close to 5.
Not sure how much a Senior Business Intelligence Analyst working with Big Data makes in the US, but AFAIK the average is north of 40 USD/h. I understand it wildly depends on which state you work in and other lesser impacting factors, so please correct me if I'm wrong. Anyway, I work for an US-based company (big one, relatively hated here on /.) and according to what I heard from my USA peers I'm paid around 1/8th of what I would make there.
Now my salary here is decent for the country I live in. But it's not just the money. It's the environment, everything else that constitutes living. it's the pollution, how people behave, the ugly characters, the stray dog infestation that lasted for decades and never was taken care of, etc. I'm currently trying to find a job and move abroad (not to the USA, you're safe :)) because I want my children to live decent lives and I want them to learn what respect is. Here, illiterate gypsies (for example) make more money through stealing and scamming in a month that my whole extended family makes in a lifetime, and that's just one random example out of many which drive me to find a better place somewhere else where I could live in peace.

Yes, I'd be willing to work for less than someone based in that country would ask, because frankly it's the only thing that's taken into consideration when I'm applying for a job abroad. The employer won't only look at skills. They will look at financial gains coming off recruiting me, and yes, I'm willing to let go of that big plasma TV or that shiny new car and settle for no TV, no car and renting a 3-room flat instead of owning a bigger house.

I'm aware I'm ruining the market and lowering the salaries by accepting less than someone local would accept, and I'm sorry about that, but if you think about it and go past the knee-jerk reaction ("he's stealing our workplaces!"), I'm merely taking what I see as an opportunity to offer my family what I think they deserve. We're nice people, with similar cultural views (the main reason I want to move abroad) so much that the only thing that would point us out as foreigners would be some faint accent while speaking (more so when very tired or tipsy - or both). My best friend is from Colorado (we never met IRL, by the way).

And when you think about it, it would be mutually beneficial for me to move, because right now the simple fact that I'm working here for 1/8th the US salary is worse (for both you and me) than me working there for 60% of it.

about two weeks ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

war4peace Re:Two sides to every issue (401 comments)

Total BS. I'd take a American IT worker with an inflated ego over a corporate bean counter any day. I've been in the IT field since 1979, and trust me, I'm an expert in my speciality. They might be able to replace me with someone and pay then 1/2 of what I make, but they're not going to get my skillset.

Do you realize you just confirmed what GP's saying?

"Trust me, I'm THAT good".
"No foreigner has my skillset".
"I'm an expert".

Seen quite a few people with exactly those statements who were smashed from a skillset perspective by some guy whose name one needs half a day to spell properly (e.g. Kumar Bheemasandralakshminarayana).
Never say never.

On a more general note, more often than not people substitute a thick accent with lack of intelligence. "He can't speak English very well therefore he's dumb". They couldn't be further from the truth.

about two weeks ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

war4peace Re:What if? (725 comments)

Depends on country, my friend.
Not everybody lives where you live :)

about two weeks ago

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