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Comment: Re:What is the difference of these 2 positions? (Score 1) 134

by Grizzley9 (#49774703) Attached to: Apple Design Guru Jony Ive Named Chief Design Officer

If he gets annual leave separate from his paid sick leave he's already ahead of the game.

Civilized countries already do that.

True. Most US companies, if you are salaried, you have as much sick leave as you need. Though with a government position you build up the number of sick leave hours you have with each payday.

Comment: Re:What is the difference of these 2 positions? (Score 1) 134

by Grizzley9 (#49774679) Attached to: Apple Design Guru Jony Ive Named Chief Design Officer

Really? Probably the most influential person in the the biggest company in the US, and you only give him 3 weeks annual leave? What does he have to do to get 4 weeks?

This stuck out to me too. I work for a large int'l company in the US. What makes it somewhat difficult to look for another job is that I've had 5 weeks of vacation (27days) for over a decade and I'm not very old. It would be very tough to start over somewhere with only 2-3 weeks leave.

Comment: Re: Giving the customers what they want (Score 1) 216

by Grizzley9 (#49519319) Attached to: Netflix Is Betting On Exclusive Programming
I think it depends on the show. There are some notable shows such as Lost that not only benefitted greatly from the online discussion but also arguably made the show much more entertaining. It would still be a great show to binge watch but you would lose a lot of the contemplation and discussion around it.

Comment: Re:What's going to happen, if this deal goes on... (Score 1) 66

by Grizzley9 (#49479479) Attached to: Nokia To Buy Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 Billion

... There are going to be massive layoffs, but since the Nokia executives don't give a damn, and the frogs won't back down, all the layoffs are going to be from Usa, Finland and other places. Nokia promises to keep the HQ at Finland, but that's it. Few years go by and the HQ will have to be moved to froggieland. The same useless shit alcatel has been doing will continue, because the Nokia executives didn't learn anything from losing their mobile business.

There'll be layers and layers of useless bosses and strikes like the french like to do. The whole India thing will be repeated. Trying to layoff any french will suddenly cause weird backtaxes, that never existed before.

Nokia will be another piece of shit company.

Sounds about right. As a current employee, the power that the French gov has over businesses to keep employees has been a damper on our operations. We just went through a lot of layoffs to make us presentable for sale. Now we'll likely be going through more sadly.

Comment: No mobile devices (Score 4, Informative) 66

by Grizzley9 (#49477799) Attached to: Nokia To Buy Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 Billion
To stave off further misunderstandings, Nokia sold it's handset division to MS a while ago. Alcatel licenses it's brand to other handsets as well. Neither company has a handset division though and so any mobile or desktop phone devices are in name only. This new company will focus on enterprise telecom infrastructure.

Comment: Re: Great (Score 1) 106

by Grizzley9 (#49443155) Attached to: Bell Labs Fighting To Get More Bandwidth Out of Copper
They may never get fiber but there is a chance. The US gov has a program called the Connect America Fund. Rural providers such as Windstream, Frontier, and others get subsidized to provide fiber to the node service to rural customers. Billions are being spent on it. While they would need some DSL form to the home, it at least gets fiber to within reach and faster DSL tech is welcome.

Comment: Re:it IS a hoax (Score 1) 514

by Grizzley9 (#48884631) Attached to: Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

To the outside world, my manager says there is a shortage of qualified labor. In managerial meetings, he states openly that his intention is to replace all new openings with H-1B workers for budgetary reasons. Entirely coincidentally, during that time it has become less and less pleasant to work here, and also coincidentally, all of the attrition last year was amongst regular (non-H-1B) employees.

What I take away from this is that "qualified" in this context means "willing to work for third world wages and no benefits".

Or if you're like my company, an international telecom, you can't hire in a "high cost" country anymore. You open offices in low cost areas of the world. About the only place new hires come from are Poland or India. Their engineers get paid about a 1/3 to 1/2 of what American workers do for doing the same job.

Comment: Re:Obama: please stop helping us! (Score 1) 417

by Grizzley9 (#48811811) Attached to: Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

First Cash for Clunkers, now this. Stop helping! Just get out of the way. The market will work.

Oh and as Eric once said, "Fuck the FCC!"

The market only works when it isn't crippled by crony regulations preventing competition. Just this month T-mobile announced mobile data carryover and guess what appeared on my AT&T bill? That would never have happened.

Although my local cable provider has some competition and has "doubled their speeds" you can bet they wouldn't have done that without encroachment from Google Fiber or AT&T's fiber to the press release announced last year.

But there are still numerous areas such as Chanute, KS that are fighting to build their own infrastructure b/c the local telcos have a monopoly and won't build there but are being taken to court over it.

Dead? No excuse for laying off work.