Friday, 19 February 2016

12:48 – Barbara and Bonnie Richardson are off seeing the sights of downtown Sparta. There’s so much to see that I don’t expect them back before mid- to late-afternoon.

I didn’t manage to get much prepping stuff done this week, other than more reading and research. I did read several more PA novels, most of which (as usual) were, to be generous, mediocre. I conclude that for every person who can actually write a decent novel, there must be at least 100 who mistakenly believe they can. I may number among that latter group myself. We’ll see.

So, what precisely did you do to prepare this week? Tell me about it in the comments.


44 thoughts on “Friday, 19 February 2016”

  1. “The Pope Versus Donald Trump”
    http://blog.dilbert.com/post/139580016696/the-pope-versus-donald-trump

    “1. The Pope criticized Donald Trump.”

    “2. The Pope’s credibility declined.”

    I like this comment, “The 2D takeaway: OMG he’s arguing with the pope, so unpresidential!”

    “The 3D takeaway: Trump standing up to one of the most powerful leaders in the world in defense of America. This guy doesn’t take s*** and he doesn’t back down. When he’s president, no one – NO ONE – is going to push America around.”

    Scott Adams blog list on Trump, “The Trump Master Persuader Index and Reading List”:
    http://blog.dilbert.com/post/139541975641/the-trump-master-persuader-index-and-reading-list

  2. Prep this week: I charged two AAA batteries off of my massive 90W solar array. The point being, after over 6 months, the cheap-ass Harbor Freight system is still working. I even connected the charger to the inverter just to make sure the inverter is still working.

  3. “Hollywood hospital pays $17,000 in bitcoin to hackers; FBI investigating”
    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-hollywood-hospital-bitcoin-20160217-story.html

    “Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center paid a $17,000 ransom in bitcoin to a hacker who seized control of the hospital’s computer systems and would give back access only when the money was paid, the hospital’s chief executive said Wednesday.”

    I am very concerned about this on a broad basis. Nonsense like this will hasten the dystopia.

  4. “I am very concerned about this on a broad basis. Nonsense like this will hasten the dystopia.”

    Anyone who cracks a hospital’s IT systems for whatever purposes should get prison time at hard labor and pay compensation tenfold. If someone dies as a result, manslaughter penalties.

    The Pope vs. Trump b.s. is just a media sideshow, a tale of sound and fury signifying nothing. Both are pretty silly in this episode.

  5. “I am very concerned about this on a broad basis. Nonsense like this will hasten the dystopia.”

    Anyone who cracks a hospital’s IT systems for whatever purposes should get prison time at hard labor and pay compensation tenfold. If someone dies as a result, manslaughter penalties.

    I think that you will find that most of the ransomware conspirators are in difficult to reach places such as Russia, China, or Barbados. They will have a local patsy to collect the funds unless they are using something like Bitcoin. There was a “The Good Wife” episode on this last year or so.

    If ransomware becomes common, will this reverse the trend to automate everything in businesses of today and lay the workers off? In that case, ransomware could actually increase employment. Nah.

  6. What have I done to prep this week? I finally got a real Get-Home-Bag (GHB) for my commute vehicle. Filled it with the minimum supplies and now it’s too bulky to fit under the front seats in my HHR. My full-function GHB wont fit in my any recess of my 2009 Durango. It seems that I need a sedan with a trunk to have enough out-of-sight room for a decent GHB. But I don’t have a sedan and don’t want one. At least I have all the gear I n̶e̶e̶d̶ can carry ….
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  7. I didn’t do much to prep this week; researched ballistic film on windows, reinforced door frames and deadbolt locks, small-space stealth antennas, and discussed CCW and related topics with the other vets in my combat vets group at the VA. (meatspace!)

    Worked on bringing in more revenue here, i.e., a phone interview for another RHEL sys admin drone job 65 miles away but all highway. Wife finally got paid again today so we have the usual pile of late bills and taxes to mess with tomorrow, if the check clears with our account by then.

    I’ve got one pistol go-bag and the radio go-bag all set but continuing work on the get-home 72-hour bag, which, like Mr. H. Combs, has to fit in the vehicle and yet be inconspicuous. This will become a bigger priority if I get that job, of course. Othewise, no huge rush.

  8. I am driving to Oklahoma tomorrow to attend the 2016 Laurance Reid Gas Conditioning Conference (460 miles north of here). I am wondering what I will take with me as far as prepping. I always carry a case of water bottles in the back of the truck nowadays. And a small amount of tools. I am thinking about throwing in a case of MREs and my backpack. And of course, since I will be staying at a Federal facility, I will not have any guns on my person nor in my vehicle since that is a violation of federal law.

    I just love the fact that federal law concerning guns trumps state laws. I wonder how many people know that if you walk into a Post Office with a gun in your pocket that you are committing a felony? Does not matter if you have a CHL or not. I guess that the 10th amendment means nothing here.

    Wild, Google Maps is telling me to fly to OK City instead of driving to Norman. No freaking way with 100+ lbs of brochures. And, Google Maps is telling me to drive through Houston to I-45 to head north. Also no freaking way with all of that traffic every day of the week. It seems like all eight million people in the Houston area are out driving around when I venture across the river into Houston.

    Walking home from Norman, OK to Sugar Land, TX would be a freaking disaster though. I would need to find a bicycle somewhere at minimum.

  9. Filled it with the minimum supplies and now it’s too bulky to fit under the front seats in my HHR.

    Will it fit under the seat if you take half the stuff out and put it in another bag? Put one bag under the driver’s side and the other under the passenger side.

    My full-function GHB wont fit in my any recess of my 2009 Durango.

    Can you find a recess that will hold an empty bag, and recesses to hold smaller bags that go into the empty bag. What about a cargo area cover? I’ve been thinking about one for our Escape…

  10. RE: Distributing my GHB into multiple units.
    I could do that, don’t want to because it complicates what I want to be a simple grab & go. Breaking into two bags for the HHR is probably doable. Distributing supplies all over a vehicle and hoping you have time to pack a bag seems like a bad idea to me. But I guess it’s better than not having them at all. When I lived in the UK I bought a Renault Megane Senic. Wonderful car. Had a back seat that folded into a car-seat for the kiddie, dual sun roofs (why sun roofs in the UK) a central console that could be refrigerated by the air conditioning to keep drinks cool. But best of all it had 14 special compartments all over the vehicle for stashing stuff. Too bad they never imported them to the US.

  11. “I guess that the 10th amendment means nothing here.”

    Nor do any of the others, or the entire Constitution, for that matter. Birdcage liner, and has been for a very long time now. They pretty much just do whatever they want and get away with it.

    For trips like that, Mr. Lynn; I’d mos def take water, water purifier/tablets, Cliff bars or whatever, a means of commo besides the cell phone, multiple firestarter gizmos, a good solid heavy knife and/or hatchet, blankets, poncho w/liner, hat, first aid kit, Leatherman or similar multi-tool, a tactical pen or similar, and as for more lethal self-defense, I’d find a spot somewhere not far outside the Fed facility and secret/store a handgun and ammo (drop it off before entering and pick it up on leaving); that distance is just too far to go back and forth without it.

  12. “And I would not put it past the GOP hierarchy to take him out.”

    +100

    Nor the Dem hierarchy taking out Sanders. That’s ’cause we’re ruled by a criminal junta, just short of becoming the proverbial banana republic, a corporate fascist oligarchy. They will murder to get their way and have done so repeatedly and in recent memory of us here.

    But a head shot would do it, of course. At least two and more likely three snipers got JFK in Dallas.

  13. Drudge headline: Salon says Cankles can’t win. lol!

    If Cankles gets the nomination, and Bernie runs independent, the Redumblicans win. Maybe Bipolar Joe *will* run. Wouldn’t that be hilarious.

  14. “I guess that the 10th amendment means nothing here.”

    I’ve had to stash my sidearm at times and I usually look for a place with a locker. A gym, bus station, etc. I don’t feel good hiding it under a bush.

  15. For trips like that, Mr. Lynn; I’d mos def take water, water purifier/tablets, Cliff bars or whatever, a means of commo besides the cell phone, multiple firestarter gizmos, a good solid heavy knife and/or hatchet, blankets, poncho w/liner, hat, first aid kit, Leatherman or similar multi-tool, a tactical pen or similar, and as for more lethal self-defense, I’d find a spot somewhere not far outside the Fed facility and secret/store a handgun and ammo (drop it off before entering and pick it up on leaving); that distance is just too far to go back and forth without it.

    I’ve got half of that stuff in the truck at all times. Hmm, I thought I could carry in a Post Office parking lot nowadays but this seems to say otherwise:
    https://www.firearmspolicy.org/legal/breaking-another-federal-circuit-court-unravels-second-amendment-gun-rights/
    and
    http://www.reuters.com/article/usa-postoffice-guns-decision-idUSL1N0ZC2QF20150626

    BTW, the conference is in a Post Office conference facility with an integrated 964 room hotel run by Marriott. It is a very nice facility. There will be 400+ people attending the conference.
    http://cc.nced.com/

  16. “I’ve had to stash my sidearm at times and I usually look for a place with a locker. A gym, bus station, etc. I don’t feel good hiding it under a bush.”

    Mr. H. Combs makes perfect sense here; that would be the preferable caper, if such a facility is available nearby the place where you can’t CCW. Otherwise I’d find a remote spot, and there must be plenty of those in OK, and put it in a hole (inside a prepared container of some sort) and THEN under a bush. Any of the Bush clan should be available down there for that. And they’re Redumblicans.

    “Salon says Cankles can’t win. lol!”

    The commies at Salon are mos def in the bag for Bernie, their fellow old commie bugger. Jazzes them with fond memories of the mummified Saul Alinsky, Joe Slovo, and V.I. Lenin.

    “Maybe Bipolar Joe *will* run. Wouldn’t that be hilarious.”

    Too much on his plate at home with family, and the strain would be way too much. It’s gonna be Cankles, ’cause they’re damn sure not gonna indict her, I guess. For stuff MrAtoz and me would be wearing fluorescent orange jumpsuits for LIFE in a real bad facility. And the Repubs are showing signs that they’re kinda resigned to having to nominate Trump, in the belief, no doubt, that they can somehow control him. Can Trump beat Cankles? My prediction: if it comes to that, watch for Cankles to win by a you-know-what hair with all kinds of chicanery and hanging chads and bollixed ballot boxes and buzzing electronic voting machines, etc., etc.

    She’ll get in and double- and triple-down on Obola, esp. with regard to lighting off World War IV (take our minds off the repression at home and how we gotta have hugely enhanced “national security” stuff now), and shit-canning the Amendments for good. This will be a giant wake-up call for the existing dissident population but the majority of Murkan derps are likely to go on as they are now, until enough of the Big Hurt kicks in good and hard.

  17. Cliff bars or whatever

    I’ve got three cases of MREs in the stash. My son says that they ate MREs for three months the first time they got to Iraq. Made the Marines meaner since there is no fiber in the MREs.

  18. Hey, Mickeysoft just called me and said we still like you. I am back in their good graces until Dec 30, 2016.

  19. For stuff MrAtoz and me would be wearing fluorescent orange jumpsuits for LIFE in a real bad facility.

    A couple weeks ago I heard an interview with a guy who’d done two years for saying something he shouldn’t have to a journalist. The guy was in the CIA or similar and was talking about something else and slipped up when the journo asked him something unrelated. It was comparatively minor, but he screwed up, he admits he screwed up, and he doesn’t blame the govt for the two years in prison.

    He did have harsh words re Gen Patreus, who deliberately mishandled and then released classified info. He was incandescent about Hillary Bitch Clinton’s private email server and the fact that she hasn’t been jailed without bail while the govt builds their case. But, you know, one rule for thee and another for me.

  20. JAIL for thee but not for ME! As they laugh in contempt and loathing for us mere serfs and groveling subjects. Feudalism Redux. My grad skool studies in medieval stuff may finally pay off!

    “My son says that they ate MREs for three months the first time they got to Iraq.”

    My haht bleeds. I weep copious tears. We got lousy C-rats and the chow halls on the bases also sucked. OFD learned during the first deployment to eat the local grub and it tasted better and was cheap, and the locals loved me for it, esp. since I also made an effort to learn their lingo, unlike most loud-ass obnoxious asshole G.I. drones. In Thailand, Laos and Cambodia I was treated pretty well, better, in fact, than my own brass treated me.

    Wind is howling pretty good here now; no snow, but temps in the 20s.

  21. @Lynn,

    Yup, glad you caught that, re: the Post Office. You bought the felony when you drove into the parking lot, might as well carry inside. What’s the phrase? Edge cases make for bad laws? Just one or 2 instances of ‘going postal’ not even by citizens visiting the PO but by employees and we get sweeping legislation, never to be repealed.

    Like the mobsters and the NFA or the West Side story kids and the ridiculous knife laws and vending machine laws.

    That’s why I started dropping packages off at UPS or my local maildrop store. That way, I don’t commit the felony. Nice too that they don’t notify you in any way at the property line, just at the door.

    nick

  22. OFD wrote:

    “But a head shot would do it, of course. At least two and more likely three snipers got JFK in Dallas.”

    It was a FBI or Secret Service goon in a following car who took out JFK. Not sure if he was just incompetently waving his gun around or took the shot deliberately. I’ll bet he got a medal for it.

  23. For all that stuff, Mr. Ray, the higher end of the proposed pay scale would be appropriate, assuming someone with five years of coding and web dev on TOP of the usual alphabet soup of Microslop rubbish was available. They don’t want much for sys admins these days, do they. Saw another VT Winblows sys admin job posted today and they had a list of 35+ areas they wanted in a candidate; there would have to be 48-hour days to do it all, and probably for shitty pay and bennies, if any.

    A sys admin these days is expected to do everything from the old-timey operator level through upper-scale o.s. tasks and programming and everything in between. Above that, they want senior-this and senior-that, with masters- and PhD-level CS backgrounds plus all of the above-mentioned.

    I say, to hell with it, bring on the damn robots. And also make sure that robots can repair and maintain the other robots. Eliminate humans entirely.

  24. Organization finally posted the opening for my job.

    http://www.tbp.org/other/TBPSysAdmin.pdf

    Even I don’t qualify. Should be an interesting selection process.

    Did I miss the walking on water during a hurricane requirement?

    68 F here on the bayou. Just went walking two miles with the wife and the dog. My dog turned 13 a couple of months back, she sure is getting slow. She used to take point the entire way, now she waits until we cross the last bayou bridge.

  25. And vice-versa!

    Just saw a piece of an article somewhere today where someone opined, oh yeah, now I remember, it was one of the comments on an article at takimag.com; to the effect that ‘20% of our idiot population would jump at the chance to vote for the entire human race being boiled alive if it would allegedly save starving African children.’

    And someone else said yeah, but more likely they’d vote for everyone ELSE to be boiled alive, just not them. And someone further said that no, they’d happily go along with the whole race being exterminated as they themselves have a suicidal death wish anyway and don’t much care if they die.

    I’ve often found the comments at Taki’s site way more astringent and hilarious than the articles.

  26. Yup, glad you caught that, re: the Post Office. You bought the felony when you drove into the parking lot, might as well carry inside. What’s the phrase? Edge cases make for bad laws? Just one or 2 instances of ‘going postal’ not even by citizens visiting the PO but by employees and we get sweeping legislation, never to be repealed.

    The sad thing is that the federal judge said no way on limiting people in the parking lot. Especially if the parking lot is attached to other retail. But, he got overruled by 2 out of 3 on the appeals court. This would be a nice one to send to SCOTUS with a Scalia on it. Now it would probably be 4 – 4 which confirms the appeal court decision.

  27. “Did I miss the walking on water during a hurricane requirement?”

    While also replenishing and purifying all the water and of course being a devout acolyte to the goddesses Diversity and Democracy, because, you know, those are actually more important than being able to do the job, and thus one major reason we see so many affirmative action hires now across most fields and industries. Managers will even admit it, and this was going on back in the late 90s at EDS; we needed another OpenVMS drone on the team and we interviewed a half-dozen; the boss said, take the woman. She lasted a few months and then went back to her old job at a college, naturally.

    State gummint up here has tons of AA hires; idiot gray-haired bats running entire IT departments and bragging they don’t have to know IT but YOU do. Better show up for all their enforced socialization events they gin up constantly, too, and with a big smile on your viz.

  28. “Now it would probably be 4 – 4 which confirms the appeal court decision.”

    We’ll start seeing cases now designed to overturn Heller and continue to chip away at the 2A; they never stop and they never give up. And they’ve been very successful for decades at this game. First thing various varieties of socialist totalitarians wanna do is disarm the population.

    Let’s see how well they do it here.

  29. WDIDTPTW?

    Well, I got another tent thrown in free with an estate sale purchase. I spent a while cleaning it with bleach/soap/cleaner and washing it down. It had been put away wet. After some clorox cleanup soak and thorough rinse, it was good as new.

    I’m getting carrots out of the raised bed! They are heirloom and are short and fat, but super tasty. Even the kids like them, although one likes them cooked and the other fresh.

    I’ve got a set of onions (TX sweets) to put in, and the cabbage/collards/ etc are already in and are finally showing some growth. The kale, turnips, radishes, and beats in the “window boxes” on the fence are finally starting to grow. And I’ve got asparagus coming up in the back set of “window boxes.”

    I ordered some enclosures that will work with my auction score cameras, and will be installing a couple of new ones this week. I’m looking at a really cheap chinese network video recorder to build up to record them. Unless something comes up on ebay, I’ve got DVRs for the analog stuff, but nothing on the IP side of the house.

    I finally cracked open on of the thermal imaging cams, and it does have an ethernet port inside, and the power connections to the single board pc look straight forward. I hope to have it powered this week.

    Scrap prices continue to fall, which is a good indicator of the real economy. The guy up the street won’t even take steel anymore. It’s less than 1c/pound. I did get rid of a bunch of aluminum and a pile of sealed batteries that had failed in my various UPSs. Prices are low but money is money, and it gets the junk out of my way.

    Short week, and a couple of days of ‘relationship maintenance’ stuff around the house put a crimp in my preps. I’ve got a pile of stuff to do, and time is passing by….

    Still have a couple of sales to check out Saturday.

    For now, off to bed.

    nick

  30. “Excellent communication and social skills”

    That would rule out most people here.

    “$50,000 – $75,000 depending on experience.”

    Are they serious? That’s less than I was making when I escaped.

  31. Speaking only for Switzerland, that pay is laughable. $50k is a total joke, $75k would be acceptable for a fresh grad in comp. sci. from a second tier school. With good grades, or from a good school, even fresh grads earn more than that.

    Are universities are just lousy payers, because it’s so wonderful to work in a campus environment? Of course, they pay their top administrators well enough.

  32. Ray, the higher end of the proposed pay scale would be appropriate

    Well, it is not all that bad. I do very little server work, last time I accessed the production server was about 18 months ago. I access the development server to test some things on SQL Server.

    Database work is mostly writing ad-hoc SQL Server scripts. Most of the heavy lifting for the database is done in the application, which I wrote from scratch, and is quite stable.

    Desktop support consists mostly of helping people with cut/copy and paste, the label printer jamming, or problems with printing.

    Most of the work is involved in application coding, all in ColdFusion, which is a really good language for working with HTML and Web pages. Tens of thousands of lines of hand crafted code in hundreds of scripts. Everyone once in awhile a situation will occur that was not anticipated that needs solving. Overall the code is well done, reliable, and resilient (excuse me while I pat myself on the my back). After being in coding for 47 years I have learned that cute, overly optimized, clever, and bizarre just doesn’t cut it. Maintainability is more important and performance is just not an issue. No buffer overruns in my code as all input to every module is checked, lot of code overhead but makes for very reliable code.

    The job is not an advancement job, it is a dead end job, an end of career job, one you use to play out the rest of your working years. Benefits are pretty good, work environment is very laid back, mostly a self directed initiative, with just a few critical deadlines. In exchange for a lower salary you get a job with little pressure, no night or weekends required, a very stable infrastructure with few changes, and a job that is essentially layoff proof. We were affected very little by economy downturn in 2008. And expense reports are paid within 4 hours.

    I have been there almost 15 years, longer than any other job I have had. A small organization with only 10 full time people, 3 part time. All running Windows 7 or Windows 10. Servers are 1 2003, 3 2008 with almost no maintenance requirements.

    One backup appliance that can stand in for all four servers if necessary and that makes copies of each server every night. So if a server goes down it is not a big deal and you can take your time getting the real server operational. I once had a server down for six weeks which gave me time to upgrade the hardware and the operating system.

    Network is all 1G with internal cabling and a couple of HP unmanaged switches. Connection to the outside world is through a firewall and a connection to the outside world through UT’s pipes (which are huge, redundant, and reliable).

    All in all, not a bad job for someone tired of the rat race and needs to lower their stress level. More than once I have taken a three week vacation with no adverse effects on the infrastructure. I designed it to be resilient and reliable.

  33. Did I miss the walking on water during a hurricane requirement?

    They left out the part about also having to maintain the phone system and changing the batteries in the clock and couple of wireless rodents.

    Are they serious?

    Yes. But consider this is TN where the cost of living is not on the top end of the scale. What is being offered is not out of line with the area. We compete with UT and government contract jobs in the area which don’t pay much more. Also see my prior comments on the job.

    Put a wish list in the posting, accept some exceptions. What we primarily need is someone that can code, the rest of the crap they can learn.

    Are universities are just lousy payers

    We are not part of the university even though we have offices on the campus. Yes, universities are lousy payers as they are state employees. Benefits are generally better than private sector.

    Speaking only for Switzerland, that pay is laughable. $50k is a total joke

    TN ain’t Switzerland. $100K would be a joke in San Francisco and New York. But who wants to live there?

    The salary is not my problem.

    If they hire someone that cannot do the job I have informed the organization that I will still be available on a 1099. My fee is $100 an hour portal to portal, no fractional hours. Takes an hour each way to get to work thus a trip in to solve a problem would be a minimum of $300.

    All that is important to me is June 30, 2016. At 3:45 I am out the door.

  34. Mr. Ray, that job is the Ray Thompson Job; you made it yours. And you’re right, it’s a low-stress gig for someone not going beyond it elsewhere or a kid who’s got some coding fresh outta high skool or college. If I lived there, I’d give it a whirl myself; might not even try to talk them into moving to Linux on the premise that we don’t fix what ain’t broke.

    I’ll be 63 in July and gotta get some other revenue cooking here ASAP; the SS has been a help, mainly during the times when wife’s employers were late with her pay checks, a regular thing now. VA disability paperwork is now in the system so we’ll see what develops with that. Meanwhile I’m working on a handful of potential revenue sources otherwise.

  35. I’m surprised Mr. Ray’s employer’s don’t require an “AFrickin’ Murkan, obese, female” to fill the position. Preferably with a degree in female AFrickin’ Murkan studies. The less qualified the better to show diversity. Then hire Mr. Ray at $1,000/hr to do the real work behind the scenes as a contractor. Off the books.

  36. a kid who’s got some coding fresh outta high skool or college

    Nope. That kid would leave with two weeks notice after a couple of years. There is a lot of information that will need to be passed to the new hire. That is why I will have 3.5 months overlap with hoping the last month is complete and total boredom.

    that job is the Ray Thompson Job; you made it yours

    If you would have seen the IT environment before I got there you would have been shocked. Creating mailing labels for the magazine (about 85K of them) took the prior person three days. I added some code and now it is done in 3 minutes.

    Donations were tracked by an external company (at great cost) and were late and not accurate. Now everything is real time.

    Information that used to be stored on green bar paper is now online and easily changed. Name changes are now tracked and people can be found by multiple combinations of names, email addresses or physical addresses (ain’t SQL wonderful?).

    I did not so much as make the job mine, but conceived, coded, and implemented the entire system. Hard to give up my code to some snot nosed college grad with no real world experience who would rather code an Apple watch app for the system even though I am the only one with an Apple watch.

    Mr. Ray’s employer’s don’t require an “AFrickin’ Murkan, obese, female” to fill the position

    When I worked on contracts at the DOE plants there were a couple of people that did nothing. Were hired under that premise, do nothing and get paid. They were black, female, and handicapped. They were worth more to the contractor doing nothing as simply numbers on the diversity chart, which paid the contractor a bonus for good numbers. They knew it, the contractor knew it, everyone knew it. Much resentment as they sat there and did nothing and were paid quite well.

    Then hire Mr. Ray at $1,000/hr to do the real work behind the scenes as a contractor.

    I ain’t worth that much.

    Off the books.

    I wish but the organization is totally above board following all legal requirements. Integrity is part of their premise and they stick to it.

    Are they serious? That’s less than I was making when I escaped.

    Shoot for the moon and settle for low earth orbit. Sort of where I was only my orbit is decaying.

  37. “Nope. That kid would leave with two weeks notice after a couple of years.”

    Good point; the way employers do us now, I’d skip the two-weeks notice.

    “Much resentment as they sat there and did nothing and were paid quite well.”

    And another great blow struck for race relations, which HAD been improving, until the lefty cocksuckers got hold of it and made things MUCH worse.

    “If you would have seen the IT environment before I got there you would have been shocked.”

    I did some of that same sort of stuff at that last IT gig I had for six weeks up here, so they dumped me and the kid they’d hired to help me out. Now they’ve been posting the job for a full-time programmer; I hope he doesn’t find out the hard way that he will also be doing 95% Winblows help desk bullshit and to do both in the same eight or nine hours every day is physically impossible but they expect it anyway, or that you just stay there sixteen hours for the two manufacturing shifts.

    Warned two other previous employers of major security holes, including the State of Vermont, and they made my life hell on earth every day and forced me out both times. After which, they were cracked/hacked, but not by me, including the Governor’s office. Same rigid, dull, time-serving matriarchy there, too. Put in thirty years and retire to Floriduh; I hope I’m still alive to hear about the swarms of barbaric savages sweeping through the state and slaughtering all these snowbird cretins.

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