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Comment That NYT article in full (Score 5, Informative) 480

Having run a company, I can get this...it's a refreshing and seemingly decent approach to sharing the wealth.
Great contrast to all the money-grabbing, "screw the employee" bosses that are in the news all the time.
Maybe where he went wrong is not allowing an "upside".
Sure, not everybody who *thinks* they deserve extra really do.
But in my experience some sure as hell do...the trick is to identify them and give them fair value.
(My top staff regularly got 20% over market rates - they earned me far more, so I was happy to pay.)

Snip: "You can ignore economics, but economics won’t ignore you.
That’s the tough lesson Dan Price, CEO of Gravity Payments, a Seattle credit-card processing company, is learning.
Four months ago, Price announced he’d slash his own multimillion-dollar pay and set a company-wide $70,000 minimum wage.
He got the idea after a friend explained her difficulty paying back student loans and surviving on $40,000 a year — a salary many Gravity employees were making.
Price’s stand against income inequality made him an immediate darling of the left.
But key employees saw it differently.
Financial manager Maisey McMaster liked the idea at first — until she thought about it.
“He gave raises to people who have the least skills and are least equipped to do the job,” she told The New York Times. Meanwhile, “The ones who were taking on the most didn’t get much of a bump.”
She thought it would be fairer to give smaller raises, with the clear chance to earn more with experience. Price brushed off her doubts; she quit.
Also out the door: Web developer Grant Moran. He says, “Now the people who were just clocking in and out were making the same as me.” Plus, having your pay level a very public matter is a problem, with “friends now calling you for a loan.”
Moral of the story: Some people work harder than others; some have stronger skills — and they don’t think it’s fair that they’re paid the same as others.
Price will soon be left only with workers worth his chosen minimum wage — or less.
The company is already in chaos thanks to the policy — but the big problem is ahead, as it tries to keep growing and innovating with only mediocre talent"

Comment Re:Really Bearhouse? (Score 1) 108

Yeah, really.
It was an open question, not a statement.
In most places "maturity" is defined as somewhere between 18 and 21.
In some parts of the USA - you can drive a car, fly a plane, buy and own a gun...at 16.

Sure, Swartz was well aware of what he was doing - and probably the consequences - while pursuing his agenda.
TPB boys were also pretty arrogant, even abusive to their critics, while confident of what they thought were their "rights" under Swedish law.

Does that mean that they deserved to be driven to suicide, or sentenced to hard time?
Personally, I think no, and that the Judge in this case made the right call.

Submission + - Finish teen convicted of 50 000 "hacks", receives suspended sentence->

Bearhouse writes: The BBC reports that Julius Kivimaki was found guilty of 50,700 "instances of aggravated computer break-ins". Court documents state that his attacks affected Harvard University and MIT among others, and involved hijacking emails, blocking traffic to websites and the theft of credit card details.
The District Court Judge, Wilhelm Norrmann noted that Kivimaki had only been 15 and 16 when he carried out the crimes in 2012 and 2013.
Contrast this to the treatment meted out to Aaron Swartz, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/..., and the Pirate Bay team. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

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Comment What kind of "deal" - he has nothing to offer? (Score 1, Insightful) 194

People get into the "hero" vs. "traitor" camps, but actually he looks like a bit of both.
Hero for revealing the illegal activities of the NSA and its stooges both inside and outside the USA.
Traitor for (allegedly) revealing information about agents, assets etc. active in "hostile" countries.

If he'd kept back the latter, he *might* have had a chance of bargaining his way back into the US, (if he wants to come; discuss).
Unfortunately, it was probably a requirement of Putin giving him shelter in Russia, despite denials from everybody to the contrary.
So, can't see this happening anytime soon.

Comment Good luck with that - it's Italy (Score 1) 201

The Western European champion for having the largest part of GDP as undeclared "underground" economy.

https://www.atkearney.com/fina...

Only the Greeks and former soviet countries do "better".

This, plus the fact that the Italian economy is not improving, and that the country is bust, will only push this trend.

Comment Bring out the love dolls! (Score 1) 140

Reminds me of a story about how a guy got pulled over by the cops because he was in the HOV lane...with a blow-up doll in the passenger seat!
Wonder how good this new "solution" would be in detecting that?
Also, for privacy concerns, is it illegal to drive wearing, say, a Nixon rubber face mask? That would probably get you pulled by the cops pretty fast.

Comment Re:People with artificial lenses can already see U (Score 3, Interesting) 137

Saw something about this in a BBC documentary about the "Atlantic War" in WW2. Funny, I seem to remember them saying that it was the US navy that came up with the idea, (replacement retina operations being more common in the USA at that time)

Comment Great until the power plant gets hit (Score 1) 517

Yes, there are plenty of examples of ships being suck or disabled by a hit to a magazine.
There are also others of ships being disabled, and then sunk or abandoned, when they lost power.
Finally, there are many, many examples of ships disabled and on fire which continued fighting, sometimes with just one gun left firing.

Comment You have been Zuned (Score 2) 158

Should have been fairly obvious, I would have thought, that the bastard child would be soon abandoned. The coffin lid was pretty-well nailed down from the start due to lack of application support, so it was more like WindowsCE (aka "wince").

Mind you, Google is hardly better - plenty of Android phones & tablets out there with no upgrade path, (yes, often because of the constructors or carriers crapware, I know). Also, don't bother trying to get iOS to run on an iPhone 4s or iPad 2 (I did - devices were virtually unusable).

Pascal is a language for children wanting to be naughty. -- Dr. Kasi Ananthanarayanan

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