atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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atomic_fungus

#7372: Work from home?

So, a blog post in parts, done between tasks while working from home--

Waiting for a user's computer to reboot right now. Shut down, wait thirty seconds, restart....

Horseteeth threatens to quit if the Democrats don't go hard left. See ya! Wouldn't want to be ya! Good luck getting elected to anything when you identify as "Independent" or "Green" rather than "Democrat", but don't let the door hit you where the good Lord split you.

File this under "empty threats" and move on.

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These people think programming is like wiping butts in a nursing home.
There's going to be people, like at J.C. Penney and other retail [outlets]. Those jobs are not coming back. Give them the tools, six months, you're going to become a computer coder. We'll pay for it, and you'll get millions of people to sign up for that.
These people are on crack. You don't learn to program at a professional level in six months. Programming is complicated (if you are writing something more complex and useful than "hello world") and it requires a decent IQ and a certain ability to pay attention to some pretty fine-grained details.

Just as an example, let's say you want to establish a variable in your program. Is your variable numeric or character? If it's a number, is it an integer, a single-precision floating-point value, or a double-precision one? Which one you pick will depend on, and determine, a number of factors, and if you don't know which you need for what application, you shouldn't be writing programs in a professional capacity.

When I was in tech school, I had several programming classes: PASCAL, C+, and Assembly, plus a couple of advanced digital electronics courses that included microcontrollers. (Which were programmed in assembly.) One project was to build a calculator using a 68HC11 microcontroller. In short I had roughly a year's worth of programming instruction--and I graduated not being anywhere near ready for a programming career.

"If you can dig coal, you can write code." No. Those two jobs require entirely different skill sets; there's no overlap, either. And it shows just how amazingly out of touch these people are that they think so.

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So, big surprise: apparently Mitt Romney has been floated to be Biden's secretary of Health and Human Services. What this does is allow Biden to claim that he has both Democrats and Republicans on his cabinet, without running the risk of selecting someone who's anywhere to the right of Leon Trotsky. Romney is an excellent choice, considering that he essentially wrote ObamaCare and is in fact "Obama Lite".

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Fox News has thrown away the very thing that garnered it the market share that it had. Because Fox News has joined the mainstream media, because it is no longer "fair and balanced", and because they made it bleeding obvious that they were pro-Biden and anti-Trump, a hell of a lot of people have said, "Eh, no."

Like me.

Fox News wasn't even all that right-wing to begin with. At most, they were merely less left-of-center than their counterparts on other cable channels, CNN, MSNBC, and so on. With their leftward movement (just in time for the election!) they've sealed their fate. If they're going to act just like all the other news channels then there is nothing to distinguish them, and no reason for people to watch.

CNN beat them on Saturday night. CNN.

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It's legal and constitutional. Why not?

"You were complaining about the Democrats invoking that amendment! Why is it okay for Trump but not the Democrats?"

Because the Democrats CHEATED, that's why. Because the Democrats stuffed ballot boxes in five states to win rather than accept a loss with anything resembling grace and dignity. Because their cronies in the media are doing their best to propagandize Biden into the White House.

It would not be acceptable for Trump (or anyone) to go right to such a strategy; but as a response to offset the effects of massively felonious vote fraud I think it's the right way to go.

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You see, the Democrats are actually planning to punish Trump supporters.

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Had a couple of doozies today. Got on a call with some folks downstate to fix a problem with a computer that monitored certain things, and spent 2.5 hours on that call. Lunchtime; then remoted into another computer to install a couple of software packages. One of them is 1.5 GB in compressed form and takes a very long time to install even on a fast computer...and we weren't putting it on a fast computer.

*sigh*

But, I was able to pretty quickly re-assemble a setup similar to the one I had when I was entirely work-from-home. To be honest it's not much different from the setup at work, which also helps.

Downside, I've got 8 machines that need imaging and shipping, and I cannot do that from home.

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Well, tomorrow's another day, anyway.
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