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Comment: The money doesn't care about you (Score 1) 735

by 71thumper (#37641148) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Does Being 'Loyal' Pay As a Developer?

You want to be only as loyal as makes sense to you. For every story of how workers being loyal has been good I can relate stories of how businesses made decisions that amounted to "sorry, things are bad, had to cut you, and can't afford a dime of severance, wish we could, but bummer" at 4:48pm on a Tuesday.

Depending upon how close you are to finishing a project, you could ask for a touch more time from your new job and then tell your current employer "I can stay 6 weeks if you'd like to finish all this up, if you are willing to pay me at my new pay rate" Don't give them an extra money and give up 800 pounds!

But in the end, companies that wish to staff so thin that they get single points of failure are no different that hosting companies that don't do backups to save money and then expect expect everyone to work crazy hours when their primary storage fails after several years -- they all want everything but don't want to pay for it.

Comment: Re:Contributing or stealing? (Score 1) 545

by 71thumper (#36951100) Attached to: What Do I Do About My Ex-Employer Stealing My Free Code?

There's an acid test here: was this framework developed for use by the company, or did the company just decide to grab a copy of the code from Sourceforge/etc and go down this path after you left?

If the former, where you said "hey, I wasn't asked to develop this code, but in my own time I thought it would solve an issue at the company" then you most likely don't have a case. You wrote code for the company. They can do what they want with it.

If the latter, then you can argue the case of whether or not they have the rights to everything you developed. If you were working in an "exempt" position then in the same way that they can't count your hours you can't automatically have "your own time."

But the first case is going to be virtually impossible to defend unless you have one heck of a paper trail, and even then, they can argue you represented the issue in bad faith knowing it was something critical to the company yet you portrayed it as "not a big deal."

Comment: Re:Fly Southwest (Score 2, Insightful) 567

by 71thumper (#29622703) Attached to: California Requests Stimulus Funding For Bullet Train

Actually, airlines pay substantial fuel taxes which not only pay for ATC but get siphoned off into the general fund. Then they pay landing fees at many airports as well.

No major airport in the US is run at a loss. Some of the smaller airports may be, where the city feels that the benefit of the airport outweighs the cost, but all major airports pay their own way.

Education

US Colleges Say Hiring US Students a Bad Deal 490

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the talking-to-you-cliff dept.
theodp writes "Many US colleges and universities have notices posted on their websites informing US companies that they're tax chumps if they hire students who are US citizens. 'In fact, a company may save money by hiring international students because the majority of them are exempt from Social Security (FICA) and Medicare tax requirements,' advises the taxpayer-supported University of Pittsburgh (pdf) as it makes the case against hiring its own US students. You'll find identical pitches made by the University of Delaware, the University of Cincinnati, Kansas State University, the University of Southern California, the University of Wisconsin, Iowa State University, and other public colleges and universities. The same message is also echoed by private schools, such as John Hopkins University, Brown University, Rollins College and Loyola University Chicago."

Comment: Re:focus on the actual issue (Score 1) 283

by 71thumper (#28364581) Attached to: Thomas' Testimony and the RIAA's Near-Fatal Error

But isn't just as valid to say...charge her $1 for each time her "source" was shared?

And it's trivial with p2p networks for you to share it 20 times to people that shared it 20 times to people that shared it 20 times? That (or however you divvy up the expansion) is only a net total of 8,000 times per song...and that's not wildly unreasonable.

Then you'd be at $576,000.00

Comment: Re:Convert? (Score 1) 621

by 71thumper (#27695301) Attached to: Time Warner Cable Won't Compete, Seeks Legislation

As much as the question of 'at cost' matters, you also have to look at the way it was funded -- via bonds.

If we decide to offer "Slashlight Highspeed Internet for Towns" we have to raise money for the business venture. We will be faced with a much higher bar if we want to try and raise venture capital -- questions about profit, business plans, value, etc.

If we go to a bank to borrow the money...yeah right. Banks might lend you some money against equipment (that is, the things they could take back) but not against operational expenses like payroll and power bills.

And in the end, with bonds, the city IS on the hook for the money. If the venture doesn't work, then those bonds have to be paid somehow.

Now, if the cities want to use bond money to loan money to private companies, then that's cool. I can think of a lot of businesses I would like to get into but can't because I just can't raise the money...and I know I'm not alone.

But in reality, when public entities get into business, because they simply have a different risk model (in other words...well, if the business fails, then they'll just have to raise taxes to pay the bonds) they can fundamentally take on more risk and lower profit margins than private businesses, who have to answer for their use of money.

Comment: Some people (Score 1) 94

by 71thumper (#27671763) Attached to: Consortium To Share Ad Revenue From Stolen Stories

Strenuously argue that the RIAA is evil and that copying music is not an issue...through a myriad of excuses.

Why is this any different? Music, news...one can make all the same arguments.

And honestly...talking about "how to tinker with your feeds to make it tougher..." is just another form of DRM, isn't it?

Something to think about.

Comment: Re:Dumb (Score 1) 382

by 71thumper (#27552819) Attached to: Time Warner Transfer Caps May Inspire Fair-Price Legislation

This is exactly on point. Getting Cogent style (which means, not directly peered to everyone) bandwidth costs $10/mbit, assuming you are buying at least 100mbit. That's raw bandwdth, assuming zero infrastructure; in other words, you as the customer own the cost of connecting to Cogent's network.

Connecting to a carrier like Level(3), even when buying in 1000mbit quantities, is nowhere near $10/mbit; it's more like $20/mbit. In gigabit quantities. Where you the customer have to provide the connection to them; that price just gets you a router port on their gateway router.

So clearly, delivering things like 20mbit downstream to consumers means overselling, and managing overselling.

With video coming along, etc., it's simply time to start establishing policies that reflect that overselling ratios are going to drop considerably.

It's called, welcome to the real world. Providing bandwidth costs money.

Comment: Re:No it wouldn't (Score 1) 1127

by 71thumper (#26889339) Attached to: Draconian DRM Revealed In Windows 7

If everyone was honest and paid for it (with the 'criminal' being the exception) we wouldn't have DRM in the first place.

You would have to come up with some heavy statistics before most people (myself included) would believe that the majority of people running modified DLL's actually owned legitimate copies of CS4.

...this is an awesome sight. The entire rebel resistance buried under six million hardbound copies of "The Naked Lunch." - The Firesign Theater

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