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Comment Re: Listen yoos (Score 2) 123

Correct they grew out of the small level organized crime that the mobs provided and ushered in a whole new level of organized crime

You are spectacularly ignorant of history.

Unions grew out of a desire for fairness and justice for workers. There have been sad periods where mobs influenced some unions (not to mention governments and police forces) but unions were never founded on the objectives of mobsters.

Comment Re:Yep, Unions do nothing (Score 4, Insightful) 123

Here's a list of some of the things we can thank unions for:

        All Breaks at Work, including your Lunch Breaks
        Paid Vacation
        Sick Leave
        Social Security
        Minimum Wage
        Civil Rights Act/Title VII (Prohibits Employer Discrimination)
        8-Hour Work Day
        Overtime Pay
        Child Labor Laws
        Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
        40 Hour Work Week
        Worker's Compensation (Worker's Comp)
        Unemployment Insurance
        Workplace Safety Standards and Regulations
        Employer Health Care Insurance
        Collective Bargaining Rights for Employees
        Wrongful Termination Laws
        Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
        Whistleblower Protection Laws
        Employee Polygraph Protect Act (Prohibits Employer from using a lie detector test on an employee)
        Veteran's Employment and Training Services (VETS)
        Compensation increases and Evaluations (Raises)
        Sexual Harassment Laws
        Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
        Holiday Pay
        Employer Dental, Life, and Vision Insurance
        Privacy Rights
        Pregnancy and Parental Leave
        Military Leave
        The Right to Strike
        Public Education for Children
        Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 (Requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work)
        Laws Ending Sweatshops in the United States

Comment Re: Don't pirate software (Score 1) 95

And you also have to be careful that the output is not GPL'd - compiler compilers like bison and yacc have special exceptions in their license because they emit code that was from GPL code - the exception being that the emitted code is NOT GPL.

I have never heard of any GPL program that places GPL-like restrictions on its output.

And yes, you can also "pirate" GPL open-source - we call those people "GPL Violators" instead of "pirates" though. (Piracy is copyright violation. Copyright violation happens because if you don't agree to the GPL, it falls under standard "all rights reserved" copyright. Since you didn't want to obey the GPL, the code is no longer GPL but standard copyright and distribution restricted.)

Potayto, potahto.The code remains GPL and copyright, whether someone abides by the license or not. The copyright-holder grants, via the GPL, certain rights to users of the software, provided they fulfill the conditions of the license. If you don't fulfill the conditions of the license, then you lose the rights under it. The license doesn't just "disappear" to be replaced with standard copyright restrictions.

Comment Re:Institutional Knowledge is irrelevant (Score 1) 169

Institutional Knowledge is irrelevant. The folks driving these changes figured that about 10 years ago.

Oh boy. I can safely say that you will never be part of any company that aspires to greatness. Oh, wait:

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You go on:

So what you do it take complex tasks and break them down into simple processes. I'm sure you've seen this. Situations in a company where the right hand doesn't know what the left is doing.

Seen this? You bet I have. The result is that nobody understands how they're contributing to the whole. The players create a pastiche of interpretations that resemble a tangled ball of string. In a culture like that, the adherence to a grand design is a desperately futile dream.

[other specious arguments about achieving greater efficiency by breaking up work units into even tinier pieces]

This is all possible if you need only one person who understands the vision, who are supported by a multitude of worker-ants who do his/her bidding. In short, an agricultural or manufacturing setting, not one that develops innovative technical products.

1000 pains = 1 Megahertz