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Signed On Apr 9, 2004, 17:38
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 13, 2016, 12:42 Mr. Tact
 
It is just stupid to subject ourselves to it every year. If we want DST, set it and forget it. When I was working with UK based people it was worse. The schedules don't match, so four changes a year.

Make it whatever you want. Stop changing it.
 
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18. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 9, 2016, 19:55 Mr. Tact
 
"A prime number is a natural number greater than 1 that has no positive divisors other than 1 and itself."  
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19. Re: GeForce Driver Warning Mar 8, 2016, 14:44 Mr. Tact
 
I can't remember the last time I installed a video driver update other than immediately after installing the video card... am I missing out on something?  
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11. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 8, 2016, 14:29 Mr. Tact
 
Molten Salt + Water: The slow motion shot is pretty cool.

Peyton: Generally gets less credit than he deserves. Yeah, his playoff record isn't great, but Indianapolis was a nothing franchise before Peyton got there.

Additional topic: Lovie Smith hired as football coach of University of Illinois.

Wow. Didn't see that coming. I live in Urbana-Champaign and hence am a default fan. But there hasn't been much to cheer in Illinois football for a LONG time. Here's to hoping Lovie can turn it around. It won't be an easy task.
 
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3. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 7, 2016, 13:15 Mr. Tact
 
Hmm, guess I missed all the 20th Anniversary parties for Win 95 last year...  
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21. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 7, 2016, 09:40 Mr. Tact
 
nin wrote on Mar 7, 2016, 01:55:
Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 6, 2016, 22:37:
I turn 54 this year. Neither of my parents lived to 80. I have 15 years worth of savings, plus or minus 5 years.

I totally sympathize. I turn 41 this year, with both of my parents being gone 2-4 years now. I'm in this weird state of "what do I want to do with my life?" crossed with "I have a finite amount of time left (20-30 years, if I'm lucky), and it terrifies me".

I hope things get better for you!

Hey nin, I'd like to respond to you personally but you have the option to send you an email toggled off. Drop me a note on mine?
 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
13. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Mar 6, 2016, 23:05 Mr. Tact
 
dubfanatic wrote on Mar 6, 2016, 23:01:
If I leave my car door open with the keys in it,
In Chicago, you'd be breaking the law doing that. Just sayin'
 
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10. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 6, 2016, 22:37 Mr. Tact
 
Sepharo wrote on Mar 6, 2016, 21:57:
jdreyer wrote on Mar 6, 2016, 21:00:
Mr. Tact wrote on Mar 6, 2016, 17:39:
Since age 40 or so, the only times I've slept past 7 am is either when I went to bed after 2 am or when drunk. Torture for me, is having to be working past 2-3 pm. Until I was laid off last week, I had been working 6:30 am to 3:30 pm for the last 4 years.

Sorry to hear you got laid off. Hope you got a nice long severance package and are collecting unemployment. Hope you can get something soon. Companies expect workers to work 7 to 7, or they'll replace you with an H1-B. Sucks donkey balls.

I disagree. And I don't think Tact was saying he was laid off over his preferred flexible hours. I think in general jobs are trending towards more flexible hours, at least in job markets / industries that apply to this conversation. If there's an early meeting I work 9-6, if not I work noon to 8, or even later. That's a more recent benefit in my workplace... and our H1-B employees are welcome to work those hours as well.

My work hours were not an issue in any way. And if they had been, I would have gladly switched to 8-5 or 9-6 to keep my job.

The issue was for what they pay me, they can hire two people in Sri Lanka, or three people in India. And for the work I did, I really didn't get paid that much (network engineer with a CCNA). And no, I am not exaggerating, the company is opening a large data center in India and already has a fairly significant one in Sri Lanka.

I was fortunate and did get a good severance package, 2 weeks per year of service. Which for me, means 40 weeks of severance. Plus, since I was over 20 years, I get paid out for my vacation this year -- so, another 4 weeks of pay. During the severance I can continue my existing health care, with the company paying the same portions they did before.

However some of my co-workers were less fortunate. They were "re-badged", something similar to HP's handiwork: HP screws their employees

I haven't checked on the specifics, but from what I understand the amount I would get from unemployment is hardly worth the effort. I'll make sure to double check on it, before totally dismissing it.

As for getting another job... I'm definitely taking a couple of months off first. If I start going insane without a job to fill my days, I may go back. But I'm probably done. I turn 54 this year. Neither of my parents lived to 80. I have 15 years worth of savings, plus or minus 5 years. So I'm thinking I'll at least try retirement for awhile.
 
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4. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 6, 2016, 17:39 Mr. Tact
 
Since age 40 or so, the only times I've slept past 7 am is either when I went to bed after 2 am or when drunk. Torture for me, is having to be working past 2-3 pm. Until I was laid off last week, I had been working 6:30 am to 3:30 pm for the last 4 years.  
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7. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 5, 2016, 21:27 Mr. Tact
 
Whether he is trolling or just an idiot the amazing thing is there are people who believe that. But then that's far from the craziest thing some people believe...  
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22. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 4, 2016, 22:06 Mr. Tact
 
Glad you see it my way now.  
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20. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 4, 2016, 12:31 Mr. Tact
 
I don't know, TFA still has over $700m to go and isn't doing as well as Avatar at the same point. Don't think it's going to catch it...

Date Daily $ Day #

TFA:

2/22/2016 $296,878 67
2/23/2016 $365,327 68
2/24/2016 $316,654 69
2/25/2016 $309,435 70
2/26/2016 $671,519 71
2/27/2016 $1,445,740 72
2/28/2016 $869,180 73
2/29/2016 $237,419 74
3/01/2016 $282,460 75
3/02/2016 $237,754 76

Avatar:

2/22/2010 $1,275,037 67
2/23/2010 $1,262,678 68
2/24/2010 $1,202,184 69
2/25/2010 $1,202,884 70
2/26/2010 $3,076,750 71
2/27/2010 $6,639,830 72
2/28/2010 $3,938,694 73
3/01/2010 $1,258,677 74
3/02/2010 $1,485,577 75
3/03/2010 $1,538,442 76
 
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2. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 3, 2016, 10:58 Mr. Tact
 
Tree rats! Kill them all!  
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38. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 1, 2016, 23:47 Mr. Tact
 
Ahh, thank you John Oliver.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Donald Trump (HBO)
 
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17. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 1, 2016, 19:09 Mr. Tact
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 1, 2016, 18:48:
I'll never understand why any of you Yanks choose to live in the north when you have the option live in hot sunny weather year round. It's physically painful for me that you have that option and choose not to exercise it.
No thanks. I like having seasons. And personally, I never like it when it is "hot", warm I can deal with but I dislike hot.
 
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15. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 29, 2016, 19:20 Mr. Tact
 
lol -- cue BobBob...  
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9. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 29, 2016, 16:31 Mr. Tact
 
Good point, the lower pressure probably is a contributing factor, although I don't recall them ever saying that.  
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35. Re: @midnight trump insults Feb 29, 2016, 15:59 Mr. Tact
 
descender wrote on Feb 29, 2016, 14:58:
One thing is for sure, they will probably never win another major election until their messaging changes completely. They've done absolutely nothing to address the main reasons why their brand is falling out of favor with the majority of voters today.
I'd like to think you are right. But based on the 2014 mid terms, and historical Presidential elections I am far from being certain you are. The GOP has some momentum simply because the Ds have held the Presidency for the last two terms. I certainly don't see them losing control of the House anytime soon.
 
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5. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 29, 2016, 13:32 Mr. Tact
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 29, 2016, 12:25:
I hate Leap Years. Why would you put an extra day in the worst month of the year? Why not in a good month like July or October? It's all arbitrary anyway.
Really? Hate seem overly strong for an extra day in February. And technically it would make no difference if the extra day was added in July instead. It's not like it would make spring start any sooner...


 
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4. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 29, 2016, 13:24 Mr. Tact
 
nin wrote on Feb 29, 2016, 09:57:
McGovern's death was believed to be caused by a blood clot resulting from a transatlantic flight.

OK, that's plenty scary. Always get up and move around on those long flights!

You hear about these things every now and then, and each time I wonder if I was ever close to killing myself with long gaming sessions. There have been several times I've been so enthralled with a game I sat still playing it easily as long as an international flight...
 
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