Wednesday, April 30, 2014

I've just sucked 75 minutes of your life away. I might one day go as far as installing Windows 8, but I really don't know what that would do to you.

Just spent 1¼ hours watching the helpdesk in DC put three Microsoft programs on my desktop.  It felt like Wesley in Count Rugen's basement, except that it was a straight one to one real-time torture.  My fellow citizens and nominal employers, you are welcome.
I won't take a bullet for you, but I also won't get involved in a drugs-and-prostitutes scandal while on public time in Cartegena, or the Netherlands, or South Florida, or El Salvador, or Panama, or Romania, or China, or any other foreign country.

Get some rest. If you haven't got your health, then you haven't got anything.


The fact I spend hours of time getting trivial maintenance done on a four-year-old laptop so that I can work on a government hiring computer system is not an accident.  It is a direct reflection of what the American people want:
A friend of mine once did sysadmin-style work for a hedge fund's trading systems - as he put it, 'keeping an eye on the machine that prints money'. He said it was the best job he ever had, because since the systems were responsible for generating that much cash they were well-engineered and tended not to break too badly too often, but since they generated SO MUCH cash the firm didn't mind paying a bunch of people a salary to mostly sit around and read blogs, just in case something DID go wrong. (Metafilter)
Americans think that unemployment is a serious problem, but doubt the government can do anything about it. And from this data it is perhaps not too much of a stretch to infer that Americans, on average, don't see any connection between a) hedge funds making so much money in the current legal/economic system that they can provide cushy jobs to minions to tend to their money-stealing machines, and b) everything and everyone else coming up short.  Some economic things are positive-sum, but plenty of things really are zero-sum or worse.

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