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I don't like how they talk about the 18/6 rule. It's a well known rule in the contracting world. It's not a Microsoft rule, it's a law I believe. You can contact for 18 months at a company like Microsoft and then you have to move on.

The article makes it seem like Microsoft is being a terrible company, which they are, but not because of the rule. The rule is a law because it's supposed to cut down on companies abusing contractors and keeping them long term, rather than just making them full time employees. That was done by many companies to avoid paying benefits instead claiming the age old "hey they're just contractors".

So Microsoft isn't bad for obeying th law. They're bad for not listening to the spirit of the law, which is that "if a contactor has been good for as long as 18 months, just hire them". Instead Microsoft does the dick move of "hey great work, amazing even, but sorry nothing we can do apply again in 6 months".

They turned it into a revolving door

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What do you mean?! Look at all the money they spent on casting! So many names!

What you wanted the cast to be relevant to the character? Bah. That's as useful as the plot matching the source material. Look at how great Halo is.

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Oh good, I hadn't seen a low quality meme about this today yet

scrubbles ,
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That's how I did it. Ask a question that would be easy for anyone wanting to join, and manually accept. For my instance I never want it so big that I have to automate it anyway.

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I remember at it's worst spam being every third post on insta and FB.

And by spam I mean ads.

And by at it's worst I mean so far.

So I'm still very happy with the switch

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If you haven't, read Asimov's works. His main theme is "there is no perfect set of rules for robots", that no matter what there will always be exceptions and loopholes.

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"so she's basically just here to be the official shit stirrer. She has no character, no dreams or hopes, she is not relatable at all, she's basically just here to cause conflict because we can't think of anything better"

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Show needed a season 4. Just not that one.

scrubbles ,
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For me the show ends when Gina leaves the station. Most shows go way downhill as soon as a main character has a child

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Marketing big brains I'm sure. They want to advertise all their great products and this is the best way to force users to learn about them

scrubbles ,
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How do you like it? I'd be interested in leaving photos but it looks like it's be a pain to set everything up. Do they have a good import system?

scrubbles ,
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oh awesome, if it can do a takeout export than that's the winner!

scrubbles ,
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thanks, that's 90% what I use assistant for

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Generative AI is different, it can generate better responses that aren't just programmed canned responses. However I fully agree with you, they're trying their hardest to do a bullshit rebrand with it. They could have just swapped it out with assistant and I would have been ecstatic. By rebranding it I get that same bad taste in my mouth whenever marketing elbows themselves into the conversation.

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I'm just annoyed at the caption "break the internet".

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Being in business where I've had to make metrics like this, yee, companies will frequently "forget" to leave things like that out. That's part of the reason daily users was replaced with daily active users.

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In standard xbox/Microsoft form "{other company} has been extremely successful in their product, we're going to take that idea, make a weird alteration, lock it into the microsoft environment, and then put it out 4 years too late, just in time for {other company} to come out with a better one"

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Better than most, but still compared to the ipad, just too little too late. Even in the business market they still love the ipad, when the surface is obviously better as a tablet in a company...

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It's not foolproof, but the most stable companies I've worked for have had some hefty amount of employee ownership. They may not be a Microsoft or Amazon, but they know how to weather downturns and plan for a long running sustainable future. It's not a guarantee, but it's pretty much the dream for me

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If you have the ability to host your own, then agreed 100% host your own. Microsoft proved that if companies are more than happy to mine your code

scrubbles ,
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Love it. People look at me like I'm crazy for trying to go greener, and I see this stuff online all the time.

"Haha EVs are so dangerous! Look at the fire hazard" like you aren't literally parking a tank of explosive gas in your house every night

"It doesn't have nearly the range of gas" They say while driving a massive truck that needs filling every week, meanwhile my charger at home is needed once a week and costs 1/6th a tank of gas

"Solar doesn't even cover the entire electric bill" Sure, it only halves it...

So much simping for big oil companies. Always reminds me of this from the Simpsons
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scrubbles ,
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I just heard this phrase, and I'm so happy because I've needed a word for it. People who do this annoy me so much. Like with EVs especially. "Well we should be using mass transit_." Yes, we should, but that will take a very long time. Let's take a good solution now, which is better than the bad solution that is currently being used, and we will continue to build and push for the perfect solution at the same time.

Strive for perfect, but accept a good solution in the meantime.

scrubbles ,
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Working on it actually. We got the EV for the wife to replace a dying ICE vehicle, and we live about 20 miles away from her job, with no transit in between, so we were stuck with a car. For me, I won't be replacing my car and I take the bus to work, but we are getting a train within the year, so I'm looking at possibly an ebike to get to the train station

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Yeah a lot of people here are just like "Don't own a car at all" and don't know how most of the US is laid out. When a commute is 20 minutes by car and 2 hours by bus, it's hard to still justify the bus. I'll for sure be pushing for better bus service and transit, but I can't force my wife to sit on a bus 4 hours a day just out of principals. EV is a good solution, but I'll push for the better solution at the same time.

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Sure, and that's one I hear, but it's blown out of proportion by them. Really whenever you store that level of potential energy in any form it's going to be dangerous.

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I respect that, but counter with it's still easy go go green. EV for commuting with charging at home, if there is a bus system learning it and taking it when possible is great, and biking if you're in a town makes a huge impact. At home, moving off of gas and going electric can reduce your footprint by a huge amount, and of course as the comic says adding solar panels can go a long way.

scrubbles ,
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Looks like Lisa's never heard of the food chain

scrubbles ,
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This is one of the exceptions I still give, however, look into hybrid options. Newer hybrid can really reduce your emissions (and petrol bill). Even used ones are still pretty decent

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Sure, liquid doesn't, just it's vapour. Which of course is constantly evaporating around gasoline. :|

And yes, the range thing was a comparison to "Who cares about range when you're guzzling 40 gallons of gas to get the same range". But even then, I always argue that the range argument is ridiculous anyway. 95% of trips people make are within their town or county, plenty close enough within the range of most EVs. Mine is 260 miles. Tell me who drives 260 miles daily. Even when I lived in a rural small town my commute was an hour and a half, 60 miles each way. That's less than half of my current range.

And for those who are like "But muh roadtrips!" I reply immediately with 1) Most families have 2 cars, the obvious solution is to have one EV for 95% of your driving and keep the old ICE for longer trips or 2) shockingly enough, you can rent a car to go on a roadtrip. Hell I did that already when I went camping. People say "I need a truck for when I go outdoors or move" - but here I've been renting trucks for that for years.

People are so terrified of change that they'll just throw up whatever they can think of (or whatever the oil lobby tells them) rather than think critically. Both of those arguments I've made with gearhead friends, and every time they don't have a response to them. Same as what other people have said below, changing just 10% can have an impact. So for people with big trucks I tell them "no one says get rid of your truck completely, but be smarter about what you drive and when". Commuting? Take an EV. Camping/towing? Sure take the truck. That can have an impact too.

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Oh my god, that's literally the point of the whole comment. You are offering a perfect solution, while the only alternative you offer is a bad solution. EVs are not perfect. They are an okay solution that is better than remaining on ICE.

That was literally the point. Small towns with populations of <10,000 are not going to build rail in the next decade. I would love for them to, but they're not going to! So you're solution for them to get to town where groceries are is to... continue using ICE while sitting on their hands waiting for rail/bus service that is not coming? If that's your best solution then it's not a solution.

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Fully agree bud, kills me every time I hear "tracks to trails" or something else stupid. We had one going from our 10,000 person town through a few other towns to downtown of our nearby city. They proudly paved over it and made a 50 mile bike trail. Which sure, is nice but no one is going to go commute on a 50 mile bike trail. They already owned the land, that's 80% of the battle and cost when it comes to building rail, why couldn't they redo the rail, throw up a couple of concrete platforms, and build an easy commuter rail?

Because no one even thought of it as a possibility, that's why. A simple little DMU (really electric would be great but let's not push it in my imaginary scenario) could have moved hundreds (probably thousands) of people of day. But no, bike trail

scrubbles ,
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I really like this, thanks for sharing. It really does highlight "If we each do just a small change, it will make a noticeable difference"

scrubbles ,
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How do we (either here or on mastodon) subscribe to magazines there? All I see is a link and a thousand requests for me to sign up

scrubbles ,
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How, I just looked through the settings in the app and couldn't see where?

scrubbles ,
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I'm honestly looking at your idea, and really I am.

I think you're trying to solve spam by making it a paid service, but paid and walled gardens go directly against the fediverse, whose protocol can be read and submitted to by anyone. So it's either a paid walled garden, in which case it's LinkedIn, or it's open.

Instead, I'd say that you're going for a verification system, to say I am this person and I am willing to prove it is. I think this could be done, and your platform would only care about others who are verified. Spammers aren't willing to prove who they are, and for most of the fediverse I could see them going against something like a verification system. However on a platform like linked in that's different, you could have a verification system and it'd be to its benefit.

My 2 cents at least

scrubbles ,
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Oh, then no. As someone who heavily uses LinkedIn for my professional life and the fediverse for my personal, I would not use it. Fediverse is great for my personal life, LinkedIn is free and already used abundently. It's how I've gotten my last several jobs. I would see no benefit in paying for a smaller less used service.

I think most people would agree with me, why pay for something that would have less recruiters and less benefit than using LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a sell out's game, sure, but I'm not exactly going there because I want to give out crunchy granola vibes either.

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It'd have to be pretty damn compelling to not just play black flag again instead

Is anyone else worried about the apple vision pro?

i wouldn't normally be concerned since any company releasing a VR product with this price tag is obviously going to fail... but it's apple and somehow through exquisite branding and sleek design they have managed to create something that resonated with "tech reviewers" and rich folk who can afford it....

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Bingo. At the end of the day it's still something massive that sits on their head. It's going to sell well as a gimmick. But people will get tired, their necks will hurt, some will get motion sickness, and over time they'll collect dust like all of the others.

The fact is that vr technology is stunted until hardware can catch up, and by that I mean literally as easy as putting on sunglasses.

scrubbles OP ,
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Is there a way to automatically import account data?

scrubbles OP ,
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This so far looks closest to what I'm looking for!

scrubbles ,
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Remember folks, don't show your significant other The Simpsons/Futurama/South Park/ or anything else until after you're married. Then they can know you aren't actually funny

scrubbles ,
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Now you're thinking with capitalism!

Also similar concept, check out John Scalzi's Old man's war, follows that idea

scrubbles ,
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I honestly can't tell if they're being satirical or not...

scrubbles ,
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Yeah but have you considered that this ice is icier than other ice?

scrubbles ,
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For me it's that notifications should be opt in, not opt out.

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Yeah yeah yeah long standing design guides and rules like margins. Those aren't hip and cool right now so let's force thousands of wasted dev hours to enforce a change only we like that will probably stay way past it's time!

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