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6 October 2019
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I think quotas are really dumb but that's a topic for another thread... a-hard-days-night-john-6

On a lighter note (I clicked into this thread and went 'Whoops how did we get to white supremacists so fast?! a-hard-days-night-paul-4') my pet peeve is when you get to that stage where you're done being sick but you still have to clear all that.... STUFF.... out of your sinuses and lungses and things. a-hard-days-night-paul-3 COFF COFF.

  

I eagerly await the arrival of that stage...

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I watch 'How I Met Your Mother ' and for some reason, the broadcasting channel switches randomly between episodes with and without the laughter track - and it's better without.

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Tipping in countries like the US. In smart countries like Australia where they pay their tipped and non-tipped workers equally*, tipping is rare and seen as an act of extreme generosity like it should. However, here in the US, tipping is expected for SOME employees. These employees include waitstaff, taxi drivers, pizza delivery people, hotel maids, and valet drivers (the latter 2 being especially stupid since they can easily rob you on the job), but NOT cashiers or salespeople.

*Technically, American employees are still required to get at least minimum wage, it's just that their tips are deducted from their paycheck. However, so many people fail to recognize this and falsely assume they don't make as much and therefore, use this misconception to justify the notion that not tipping certain people is bad.

Here's how people typically tip the former:

Poor service: Still tip 10%-15% (or tipping only the mandatory tip)

Good service: 15%-25% (or tipping only the mandatory tip)

Exceptional service: 25%-50% (or tipping on top of the mandatory tip)

And the latter:

Anything but exceptional service: 0%

Exceptional service: 0-5%

It's funny because some of the best service i've ever involved cashiers and salespeople. One time, the cashier gave me a free self-serve drink because the machine i was going to use to pay it was broken. Later that day, i buy something and try to give her a tip but she insisted i keep the money. On the contrary, people like waitstaff expect you to give them a tip and if you regularly go to a place where you don't tip, they'll do the bare minimum.

And then there's mandatory tipping, where you're legally required to leave a tip. All i have to say is this:

Why not just charge more?

Personally, i tip like an Australian would.

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Mandatory tipping does seem kind of silly. It defeats the purpose of the tip.

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The reason there is such a culture of tipping in the USA than the EU (I don't know about anywhere else) is because employees in businesses such as taxi driving aren't protected by labour laws and in some states are allowed to be paid as little as $3.75 an hour on the basis that the tips *should* make up for it, though of course that isn't guaranteed. 

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I watch 'How I Met Your Mother ' and for some reason, the broadcasting channel switches randomly between episodes with and without the laughter track - and it's better without.

I've always disliked laugh tracks too; they seem lazy and make the flow of the conversations seem so unnatural. This video does a pretty interesting comparison of Friends (which has a laugh track) and The Office (which doesn't) and how it effects the show. 

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If they’ve done the show right, you shouldn’t need a laugh track, you’ll make your own.

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Not even finished university yet and men are already getting credit for my ideas!

 

Long story short, it's happened twice in two weeks. 

Was doing a business plan from a product that was planning to launch in the US. I said "we should create ads", DREW sketches of the ads, said everything that should be in the ad, told the lad who is decent at PhotoShop what to do with it. We get special commendation for our innovation, the lad is the one who is told "great job, John!". Zilch for ASJ.

This week, I do a 5 year forecast for another product. That product is going to fail, can't reach its target annual sales, 5000 units in 5 years, let alone 5000 units in one year. I say "we should tell them to back out of the market, it'll save them money in the long run". Get back "ooohhh no ASJ, we have to do something". Jim in the group says "we should back out though", we get overruled, group picks to increase marketing expenditure instead. Lecturer says "one group did a 5 year forecast, did an analysis of the market AND STILL decided they should go with the product". Queue the "ohhh sorry Jim" from the other group members WHEN IT WAS ME WHO CAME UP WITH THE BLOODY FINANCIAL FORECAST THAT SHOWED IT WOULD FAIL, ANYONE CAN SAY A PRODUCT WILL FAIL BUT IF YOU DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO BACK IT UP IT'S USELESS.

 

*breathes in, breathes out*

Can't wait for this to continue for the next 50 years of my life, yay for working in a male-dominated world!

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Maybe next time that happens, speak up about it. That's what I'd do, I can't stand not being credited for something I did. Unless you don't wanna be as obnoxious a human being as I routinely am. In the first case I can definitely see how someone who does all the background work would less likely be noticed than the person who creates the final product, unless that person speaks up and says something like, 'Full credit to ASJ who conceptualised it...' which, let's be real, most people aren't gonna do. I'm sure it's all because of sexism, though.

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I have to work with these people for another 8 weeks- I don't want to become 'the bitch'- because you know women can't be outspoken. The work that I see myself going into in the future is like 90% men (special mention goes to an IS module I'm in where I'm one of 4 girls in a class of 70). So....that'll be fun.

 

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I have to work with these people for another 8 weeks- I don't want to become 'the bitch'- because you know women can't be outspoken.

Well, if you think that, then that's your problem. mccartney-shrug_01_gif

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Beatlebug said

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I have to work with these people for another 8 weeks- I don't want to become 'the bitch'- because you know women can't be outspoken.

Well, if you think that, then that's your problem. mccartney-shrug_01_gif

  

Well I don't know about you but I don't feel like pissing off people that I have to continue working with- if it was a once off thing I'd say something but to go "lads, stop praising other people for the work I do", it's creating tension that shouldn't be there if we want a harmonious relationship. 

 

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Of course I understand that, that's perfectly reasonable. My point was more directed toward the statement that 'you know women can't be outspoken', because I strongly disagree with that.

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I mentioned my HUGE contribution to a project that was going to get credited to one male I work with if I didn't speak up. He was in the room, along with our boss and co-workers. Meh. People learn to live with it. The guys in your class should too, ASJ.

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That very much sucks, ASJ. Sexism and assholes are both terrible things, particularly when combined.

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I'd intentionally give out bad advice so when it backfires, they'll either:

A. Blame the man who went on with the plan instead of you who gave them the plan, giving you sweet revenge.

B. Blame you to which you give them a speech on how it's unfair that they only credit you if you do something bad.

But remember, it may seem bad (because it is) but just be thankful it isn't flipped.

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That’s no good. That’ll get you a terrible grade and make your groupmates’ opinions of you go way down. 

Pet peeve I’ve stated so many times but am really suffering from right now: FOOD NOISES I FECKING HATE THEM I’M SURROUNDED AND ON THE BRINK OF TEARS

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Of course I understand that, that's perfectly reasonable. My point was more directed toward the statement that 'you know women can't be outspoken', because, as a very outspoken person who happens to be female, I strongly disagree with that.

  

It's a cultural thing- the whole "women can't be outspoken" was a generalisation on my part that I expressed poorly and I apologise for that. 

Outspoken women are "bossy", "harsh", "emotional", men are "ambitious", "leaders". 

Even though women have been increasingly entering the workplace in droves since the '60's, we can't seem to get past the fact that women can be expressive, hold positions of power and actually (ohmygodyouguyscanyoubelieveit?) come up with good ideas and she doesn't need a man to help her with them!

 

If it were any other one-one off group project, I would definitely pull a "no, I actually did that not him" but 10 weeks with the same people....yeah, no. I have been known to argue with people in classes when I disagree with them or just people in general, old Irish people + homosexuality, is not a good mix and dammit I can't hold my tongue.  With my group project, I don't want to get alienated by people I have to stand next to for a few more months so....yeah.

 

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I understood that you were making a cultural generalisation, and it is that (I don't believe it's so, for the most part) -- and, more specifically, resigning yourself to that mindset (I've always been a defiant soul) -- that I was disagreeing with. But that's perhaps a topic for another time. Again, I completely understand wanting to go along to get along; there will be unfortunate consequences to that that you'll just have to deal with, I guess. And you're free to blow off steam here, of course.

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My laptop has decided to stop charging any battery put inside it. I could probably get it fixed but it's almost 5 years old and I would be getting a new one next year anyways. 

 

I go looking for laptops, click on one of those 'definitely not paid for advertisements' and the No. 1 laptop for students they recommend is one that costs between €1400-€2000. 

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First off: why would you spend that money on a laptop? Aren't you better off getting a kickass desktop that will last you forever with that money rather than a laptop you're going replacing in 4 years' time.

Second of all: what kind of student has €1400 to spend on a laptop?!? Apart from the ones paid for by the bank of mam and dad.

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1. Technology changes rapidly:

20 years ago, we were using Windows 98 with Internet Explorer and a slow dial up connection that you can't use if anyone is using the phone.

35 years ago, if you were lucky enough to own a computer with a modem, the only thing you could do was either talk to people on a BBS (text only, must have the same computer model), check your email, or download games and software. Offline, you can do word processing, spreadsheets, and play basic games like Pac Man and Frogger but that's about it.

50 years ago, a computer the size of your bedroom can only do basic math.

Who knows what computers look like 20 years from now, maybe we'll have 1TB laptops the size of an SD card and smartphones more powerful than the computers the US army currently uses.

2. Here in the US, you can get a decent laptop for about $250, with the price you suggested (~$1500) only applying to the top of the line models. However, websites like to promote those expensive laptops that very few would benefit buying over a more fairly priced one, giving people the illusion that laptops are more expensive then they actually are.

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