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3 posts • joined 7 Oct 2008

Employees sue for unpaid Windows Vista overtime

James
Paris Hilton

"Vista" Overtime?

My work machine is Vista Business x86, 2GB of RAM, with a Dual-core 2.4 GHz processor. I've never had to sit for more than thirty seconds from bootup to login (updates notwithstanding), and my desktop is usable within two minutes after login, and that includes auto-starting Outlook, SQL Server, and a whole plethora of other services.

As an added comparison, my machine at home (Vista Business x86, 2GB RAM, 1.5 GHz single-core) takes about two minutes to go from boot to login, and another two minutes from login to fully-usable desktop.

While I can sympathize with the long Vista startup times, I seriously doubt that is main contributor here. Like many have said, the cause is more than likely the nozzles setting up these machines that have sub-standard hardware with loads and loads of crap to run on startup which pull more crap across a poor infrastructure.

Paris, because she's always fast.

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Yahoo! engineer arrested in Indian terror swoop

James
Unhappy

@Andrew Woodvine

"Their journalists write about terrorists and technology on a daily basis, but don't seem to know what they're talking about."

If the code they produce is any indicator, they don't.

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How the fate of the US economy rests on a Dell workstation

James
Flame

Economy goes <snap>

Anybody who couldn't see the current economic crisis coming from years off has clearly had their head stuck up their hedge fund. Think about what triggered the stock market collapse of 1929 - Bankers loaned money to Investors (strike one) who in turn re-invested that money to try and gain more money (strike two), creating artificial wealth that grew and grew beyond what the economy could sustain. Then, when push came to shove and the banks wanted their money back, suddenly nobody could find it, because the money the investors made never existed in the first place (strike three - get the fuck out!) - ever hear the phrase "paper profits?"

Fast forward eighty years, and what do we have now?

Banks loaned money to investors (credit cards/ARM loans - strike one) who in turn used that credit to buy loads and loads of expensive shit to make themselves appear more wealthy (strike two), creating artificial wealth that grew and grew beyond what the economy could sustain. Then, when push came to shove and the banks wanted their money back (hey, that interest rate you had? Yeah - it just went up 20%), suddenly nobody could find it, because the money the investors (i.e. everyone who has been spending without having the slightest idea of what a budget is, not to mention self-control) made never existed in the first place (GTFO).

Does this sound familiar at all?

The way I see it, what we're experiencing is the global economy snapping back into place from being over-extended too long by people living outside their means. The unfortunate downside to this is it's going to take more than a few people, jobs, companies, and a substantial portion of the "wealth" in the world with it. Has nobody noticed how hard it is to get by as of late? Did this not occur to anyone else? Almost everyone is on the losing end of this debacle, the difference being some people have more to lose than others.

Flame because I'm sure that's what I'll get for this.

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