Except for your El Reg membership, you mean.
502 posts • joined 6 May 2010
It wasn't that long ago that I helped my grandmother fill out her ballot (well 10 years now that I think about it) and it was interesting to see. It had a place to vote straight ticket for one party, but the other party had each individual name listed in smaller font. According to her, that was how it had always been.
The elections supervisor for her county was Democrat. I'll let you guess which party was favored.
Agree mostly, but some healthcare is already seeing cuts. Our hospital has had no more than 2 cases of COVID at any one time, but the rest of the hospital is shut down except emergency services and birth ward.
They are running out of emergency cash, and most people are working reduced hours or are completely laid off. Based on history, they will use this as a lever to cut wages when/if they do bring staff back.
I was part of a 40% reduction (large percentage but small number) in staff one fine day between Christmas and New Year. The VP of HR was tasked with handling all the notifications.
When she was done the Pres/CEO/Owner said "Er, by the way..."
The lawyers I've contracted with over the years are overwhelmingly IT (expertise) spend adverse. They would rather let you reload their pistol they're shooting themselves in the foot with than spend on knowledge - because they are absolutely sure they are the smartest and most knowledgeable person in any room on any subject. They will spend on shiny IT stuff though.
My favorite is the posts we get that are trying to pawn off some bit of tattered office furniture. Sent to all instead of just admin assistants and of course it is in National Geographic picture quality. Everyone replies to all - No thanks and includes attachments. :rolleyes:
Interesting to get a somewhat insider's view.
Hypothetically, would an organization that was created specifically to take over the .org domain that had a charter specifying its dedication to keeping to the original intent of .org, and that contained board members from various current .org entities be more palatable to the ISOC?
It seems that would be the best way forward to stop the principals of Ethos Capital from coming back in some other sheep's clothing.
I'm not a Google fanboi by any means, but if there is a webpage with (apparently) relevant information, shouldn't a web search return a link in its results?
Now if Google were archiving the offending webpage after it was legally obliged to be taken down -and- returned the link in a search, that is a problem.
It would help to know if The Age were still publishing the article after it had been legally required to take it down.
If you their business line there is usually a "driver only" download. These are far superior to their full management downloads.
I avoid consumer any brand as a matter of course. That backfired when I purchased Win10Professional and found it had games and other bloat I couldn't uninstall without serious faffing about. I was not pleased.
If the car spit out the offending oil and then seized due to lack of lubrication - sue the car manufacturer.
If the engine seized due to inflated claims of 3rd party oil manufacturer - sue the oil company.
If you put 50weight oil in an engine that specifically requests 0-20W - well that's an own goal and you should quit your whining.
Ah, reminds me of having to work on a vendor's system (because our purchaser insisted that getting the slightly cheaper out of state vendor was the better deal) and realizing that the kiosk for adding money to a user's cafeteria account was using the free home version of MS Security Essentials.
Bonus! It was hanging its dirty laundry out on an unrestricted internet connection. Win7 Home also. AND - we still use said vendor.
Documented my long list of objections, fixed the issue (can't even remember what it was now) and wiped off my fingerprints.
I had a personal email through my internet provider. I used that as a sign on for a couple of forums. When my provider was bought out they changed the email addresses of subscribers and then turned off the old accounts within a short period of time. Well that's all well and fine until I tried to sign on to said forums and could not because my email address was not valid.
Oof. Luckily I was able to contact administrators and get access again. That could have gone sideways quickly and would have been my fault for not keeping a proper list of logins and updating them right away.
It is how you deal with the mistakes that counts. If you review your processes, revamp what's necessary, and make your service better while compensating the affected parties as best you can - I can hold no grudge.
If, however, you continually spout platitudes while being too busy hauling your loot to the bank to acknowledge and rectify issues - nuke from orbit should be an option.
I think this is well-overdue in the Android spectrum and I applaud Google for at least putting their toe in the water.
It's just that it is Google - who I have an inherent trust issue with.
What's worse? Being sucked further into Google's maw or being left hanging in the wind (updates wise) by your manufacturer of choice?
Maybe my bias is blinding me more than I think...
IIRC, we had to restart those at a minimum of every thirty something days or they would lock up. Fortunately<sarcasm font>, they tended to fall over quite a bit more frequently than that so we seldom ran into that particular bug.
WTH is Boeing doing re-using that particular bit of crusty code?
The problem is not the idea of unions but the implementation (I'm speaking from experience in the States, YMMV). The bigger unions (UAW, Teamsters, etc) have all been just as bad or worse than the corporation they are working against. They generally started out ok, but as they grew they progressively got worse. The growth to "evil" seems to be about on par with corporations. Many start out small and responsive to their employees (MS, Google) and get taken over by business people.
Now you still have backlash against unions because they've been caught with their hand in the cookie jar. Unfortunately, the worst of the union misdeeds occurred in the 70s, but their reputation is still paying for it. Now the power pendulum has swung back towards the corporations and they are taking full advantage of it.
We are starting to see a new attitude coming out of most business schools. Hopefully the pendulum will start swinging back. This pandemic has thrown a whole set of monkey wrenches in the works and I'm curious what the long term effects will be.
Recently here a decent 8' fiberglass ladder cost anywhere from $120-200 depending on brand and features.
Ladders are ladders, so not much R&D costs, fiberglass resin and mat are cheap, the aluminum and casting process for the steps is relatively inexpensive at production levels. My back of the envelope cost for a ladder including transport is $40 (half of which is personnel and infrastructure costs). The rest is profit and costs for insurance. There is not much profit in ladders or there would be more manufacturers.
Insurance for ladder manufacturers is expensive because people have gotten away with dancing on the top of a ladder with tools of various sorts in their hands, falling and being maimed or killed, and said manufacturer losing a judgement in court. There is $5 worth of caution stickers on a typical ladder and it still isn't enough to inure the manufacturer from frivolous lawsuits that win.
Stupid should hurt, and there shouldn't be a payday. Or like a friend of mine suggests, remove the safety stickers and let nature take its course.
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