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  • Swansong
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    Originally posted by FadeToBlack&Gold View Post
    Wish I could still find the gear grinder thread, but taking professional certification exams remotely grinds my gears. Can't have anything on the desk, including second monitors, speakers, writing materials, etc. Door has to be closed for duration of exam, so you have to kick any pets out and tell everyone else in the house not to disturb you until you open the door again. Must install software in advance for testing purposes and to validate your system specs, camera, microphone, and internet connection are all acceptable. Remote proctor has to see your ID (and everything on said ID has to match your profile exactly) and then you have to pan the room with your webcam, including under the desk, and they will tell you to remove anything they don't like. Camera has to remain in view of your head & shoulders, your computer, and the room door at all times. Obviously, the software locks you out of any other applications on your computer during the exam.

    Honestly, I think I'm going to just start driving to a testing center again next time I have to take a test for a cert.
    It's outrageous, especially when (for me) those exams are open book/system.

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  • FadeToBlack&Gold
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    Wish I could still find the gear grinder thread, but taking professional certification exams remotely grinds my gears. Can't have anything on the desk, including second monitors, speakers, writing materials, etc. Door has to be closed for duration of exam, so you have to kick any pets out and tell everyone else in the house not to disturb you until you open the door again. Must install software in advance for testing purposes and to validate your system specs, camera, microphone, and internet connection are all acceptable. Remote proctor has to see your ID (and everything on said ID has to match your profile exactly) and then you have to pan the room with your webcam, including under the desk, and they will tell you to remove anything they don't like. Camera has to remain in view of your head & shoulders, your computer, and the room door at all times. Obviously, the software locks you out of any other applications on your computer during the exam.

    Honestly, I think I'm going to just start driving to a testing center again next time I have to take a test for a cert.

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  • Kepler
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    Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    Huh?
    Gone with the wind, oh well. Nothing important.

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  • dxmnkd316
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    Huh?

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  • Kepler
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    This is the Way.

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  • FadeToBlack&Gold
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    We should forcibly relocate all the remaining Dump and Putin supporters to Florida, build a wall/levee at the border, and wait for the hurricanes and climate change-induced flooding to finish them off.

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  • Kepler
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    Originally posted by Swansong View Post
    Well that's... just lovely.

    These are Trump's favorites.
    Putin is Dump, only much shorter and somewhat less stupid. Otherwise they are the same, and their followers are the same.

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  • Swansong
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    Well that's... just lovely.

    These are Trump's favorites.

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  • Kepler
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    Originally posted by Swansong View Post
    Didn't he develop a reputation for brutality and cruelty in Syria?
    His nickname is The Butcher of Syria.

    He is believed to be behind the Kramatorsk railway station attack, that left at least 52 mostly women, children and elderly dead.[15][16][17] According to retired admiral James G. Stavridis,[1] "The appointment of this new general indicates Vladimir Putin’s intent to continue this conflict for months, if not years...He is the goon called in by Vladimir Putin to flatten cities like Aleppo in Syria... He has used tools of terrorism throughout that period, including working with the Syrian forces, torture centers, systematic rape, nerve agents. He is the worst for the worst."
    Last edited by Kepler; 04-11-2022, 10:37 AM.

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  • Swansong
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    Didn't he develop a reputation for brutality and cruelty in Syria?

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  • FadeToBlack&Gold
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    Originally posted by Kepler View Post
    Think your job sucks?

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  • Kepler
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    Think your job sucks?

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  • MichVandal
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    Originally posted by Scarlet View Post

    That really sucks. I'm sorry that happened. I know I vent here about similar slights so I totally get it. I'm not sure it's so hard for people, not necessarily companies, to just be good, and recognize the work. You are owed so much. Don't look back when you leave and enjoy your retirement. Or maybe do something different working for a new company that knows how to appreciate employees.
    Thanks. Not planning on working- we've saved enough to last. If I get super bored, I may do some consulting, but that's not going to happen anytime soon. The weird part about my situation is that it *seems* to just be the organizations I'm in. I did get those technical awards- from a different organization. And the corporate reaction to the pandemic has been very employee centric, as I've pointed out before. But the new corporate goal of "caring" is going to be tough in my organization. Especially when you look at real DEI metrics- there's one woman and one Asian as supervision in my organization. A handful of Tech Specialist- which is what you get when you get a PhD. But DEI are just words without any real backing. (this coming from a white dude)

    One key thing is that I've known more than a handful of people who died in the middle of their career, and a few people who died pretty quickly after retiring after a pretty long career. So retiring when I'm not quite 55- the plan is to just enjoy life.

    If this FF was next year, I would tell you that I'll meet you at TD Garden in between periods at the games. It would be great to see posters again.

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  • Scarlet
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    Originally posted by MichVandal View Post
    This is a rant about work. Not about the work, but how I've never really been part of my organization.

    So I'm retiring at the end of the month after 30 years. My boss asked me for some information to include into this month's department newsletter for my 3 decades of work. None of that showed up in the newsletter. Not even a note that I'm retiring.

    And this is not even close to the first time I've not been recognized for something significant-

    for my 25th anniversary, my supervisor did nothing for it- not even hand me my certificate that I'm sure he has on his desk somewhere. I was supposed to have a group lunch at a reasonably nice restaurant. Nothing.

    A while ago, I twice won some pretty significant awards in my company- some of the highest technical awards that are given. No mention either time in a department meeting of these awards. Nothing.

    This whole crap started early, too- back when I started, everyone's birthday in the department was celebrated. Except mine.

    I honestly can't wait to leave. And there is not one single person I will really miss.

    For so much effort to make people think they are part of the group, I never really saw that it was applied to everyone.
    That really sucks. I'm sorry that happened. I know I vent here about similar slights so I totally get it. I'm not sure it's so hard for people, not necessarily companies, to just be good, and recognize the work. You are owed so much. Don't look back when you leave and enjoy your retirement. Or maybe do something different working for a new company that knows how to appreciate employees.

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  • MichVandal
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    This is a rant about work. Not about the work, but how I've never really been part of my organization.

    So I'm retiring at the end of the month after 30 years. My boss asked me for some information to include into this month's department newsletter for my 3 decades of work. None of that showed up in the newsletter. Not even a note that I'm retiring.

    And this is not even close to the first time I've not been recognized for something significant-

    for my 25th anniversary, my supervisor did nothing for it- not even hand me my certificate that I'm sure he has on his desk somewhere. I was supposed to have a group lunch at a reasonably nice restaurant. Nothing.

    A while ago, I twice won some pretty significant awards in my company- some of the highest technical awards that are given. No mention either time in a department meeting of these awards. Nothing.

    This whole crap started early, too- back when I started, everyone's birthday in the department was celebrated. Except mine.

    I honestly can't wait to leave. And there is not one single person I will really miss.

    For so much effort to make people think they are part of the group, I never really saw that it was applied to everyone.

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