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Comment Contractors can have institutional knowledge (Score 1) 162

If you hire a contractor for a long enough term, you can have pretty good amounts of institutional knowledge - You find a few contractors over time that really know the subject well and are effective workers, then do what you need to to keep them around at least a few years.

These days you have just as much risk of key personnel leaving if they are any good. In some ways a contractor is less risky as they will be more prone to be clear if they need more money to stay on longer, whereas an employee might find it easier to get a raise by finding a different company (I know that was true back when I worked for large companies, getting a raise was far harder and offered less reward than moving to a different company)

Comment The confusion is that balance varies (Score 4, Insightful) 242

I've always cared about work life balance - the thing is, that was as true when I used to work 80-100 hour weeks, than it is now when I work 40-50 hours a week. It's just that early on I was happy to have the work side be much heavier.

People see technical workers working hellish hours and think they have no work-life balance because non-techs cannot understand how that might bring its own kind of pleasure.

Comment I found it fun (Score 1) 126

Expensive? Yes, but Star Wars.

As for it being light on content I don't know what people are expecting, since they have to hold back a bunch of stuff until the new movie comes out. What's there has a pretty good variety, looks great and has worked well for me with no bugs to date... more than I can say for some other games.

I can see where more hardcore gamers might fight it a bit light but for those of us not playing ten hours a day I can see playing this for quite a while.

Comment In what way "overqualified" (Score 2) 393

I think by "overqualified" they mean that more people have a piece of paper that says they majored in some subject but are instead working in some "lesser" area.

But what about REAL qualifications - i.e. writing. t doesn't matter what field you are talking about either, except perhaps McDonalds burger flipper and I'll bet even THEY benefit from a higher standard of literacy.

I've met a lot of people over the years in companies who cannot express ideas in writing very well and it sure does not seem like that number is going north even as more people are "qualified" than ever before.

Comment Correction(s) (Score 1) 488

The U.S. chose to withdraw from both Iraq and Afghanistan (though in reality they only withdrew to Iraq, and stopped withdrawing from Afghanistan once they realized how badly they had screwed up Iraq by withdrawing way too soon).

Obama claims he had no choice but to withdraw, but he very much wanted to and you'd have to be an idiot to think we couldn't have stayed had we just asked. We should have at least asked.

Comment Re:The Bigger Problem *is* European law (Score 0) 728

Your idea that armed civilians have any chance against trained millitary, with military weapons

That's not who they were, and shooting from a crowd you would actually have a very good chance of at least wounding them both were you careful about when you shot.

But you don't even have to kill them. All you have to do is make them take cover, so they can't calmly go row to row, shooting people in the head at leisure (which is what happened). One shooter from a protected position (like a pillar) could have easily denied movement through the theater - and every minute they are shooting at you, is a minute closer to the police arriving or them simply not shooting someone else. Does that have no value?

You, and so many other people, think so simply in black and white, utterly ignoring the 4000 ways in which a single armed opponent can vastly change the course of an encounter...

Comment Re:The Bigger Problem *is* European law (Score 2) 728

There were two of the attackers in the theater, shooting slowly. Are you really so stupid as to think a single armed woman or man could not have changed that course quickly?

The only reason so many were killed is because many laid on the floor and the terrorists had all the time in the world to shoot each one in the head. A hail of bullets going into a crowd would have had a vastly lower cost in human life (a person can easily be shot a few times and live through it just fine), and the terrorists could have been stopped.

Comment The Bigger Problem *is* European law (Score 0) 728

If Europe had American style gun control laws then it'd probably have an American style problem with mass shootings happening every day due to ordinary white citizens going crazy

The U.S. does not have shootings happening every day - and France just surpassed years of U.S. mass shootings of innocents.

The U.S. has more gun deaths per year but almost all of that is gang violence, who aren't buying guns legally anyway so I'm not sure how you plan to stop them...

Over the next few years Europe will have a vastly higher death toll at the hands of guns, precisely because the populace has been disarmed and pacified.

I've got a bad feeling about this.