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Comment: Re:Kinda torn on this one (Score 1) 258

The treatment is purely supportive. As with all virii, the body needs to clear it out on its own. It will do so, if the organs don't fail before the immune system builds the necessary antibodies. The 'cures' being worked are anti-retrovirals that inhibit the viral replication, so the body can get the upper hand more quickly.

Comment: Re:So start organizing (Score 2) 108

by DontBlameCanada (#47606995) Attached to: LinkedIn Busted In Wage Theft Investigation
The problem with modern unions is that they don't self-police the rubbers who inevitably get in. If Willy is a caught watching kiddie porn on the corp's equipment, the company shouldn't have to fight the union to get him axed. Modern unions for the most part will defend their members regardless of the infraction, including a criminal offense like this... If Steve is slacking and not getting his work done, Steve's coworkers should actively work with him to get him productive and if he isn't, give him da boot. Negative contributors drag everyone down.

Comment: Don't blame them (Score 2) 306

Good salary base, but every day I fight with ding-dong execs to ensure my team doesn't get completely overloaded. The constant pressure to work 16hr days 365 days/year while not being compensated for OT is draining and makes life hell at times.

I won't suggest my kids go into high-tech, unless they can get a sweet-sweet senior mgmt position.

Comment: The sad part here... (Score 2) 272

by DontBlameCanada (#46771569) Attached to: Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago
... is that the vast majority of senior executives won't learn from these mistakes. They'll all listen to some talking head consultant (that they paid way too much for) consult some sort of magic crystal ball and claim "it won't fly!" What should've been the indication that it might catch on is the quote, "The team got devices for themselves."

If the engineers think it's cool enough that they want one for personal use, it's probably a product that has a use that could be expanded from the tech-geek segment into something profitable.

Comment: Re:I don't think so (Score 2) 153

by DontBlameCanada (#46099399) Attached to: Samsung's First Tizen Smartphone Gets Leaked

It doesn't rule it out either...

From my experience working with and for HW-centric companies, they all view SW as a zero-revenue expense. As such, they don't invest in the people, tools and processes that make for successful software products.

I'd tend to think being a top h/w vendor is actually a detriment to delivering good software.

Comment: I've turned down assignments for ethical reasons (Score 1) 406

by DontBlameCanada (#45610861) Attached to: Why Engineers Must Consider the Ethical Implications of Their Work
I won't go into specifics, but for me a few extra dollars or potential for advancement would *not* compensate for the lifetime of guilt I'd suffer knowing something I built or contributed to was primarily designed to do harm. Likewise, I will lose respect for those in a similar position to me who willingly contribute or design those systems.

On the other end of the scale, folks struggling to get by have my sympathy when assigned tasks like this. Food on the table and a roof over their family's head may trump personal ethics in some situations. When I and the other senior engineers declined the tasks I refer to, they assigned it to new-grad immigrants who for cultural and financial reasons felt they couldn't push back. The Evil Bit(tm) was definitely set in that workplace.

1 Sagan = Billions & Billions