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Comment: Re:Corporations are not people (Score 1) 139

I agree that corporations need to be held accountable for their actions, but imagine what could happen if we do what you suggest.

Let's say it's your bank. Your ATM card, credit card, check book are now all useless. You can't pay your bills. You can't buy groceries.

Or maybe it's your power company. If they're not allowed to produce, your lights go out. All of the food in your refrigerator goes bad. You don't have heating/air conditioning. You may not have hot water to bathe in.

Or what if it was your employer? Some ass hole managers or salespeople that you may not have ever even met bribed someone, which you had nothing to do with. Now you don't get a pay check. Depending on how long it is, you may not have a job any more.

If you shut down a whole corporation, you punish everyone that does business with them (who may not have a real option of doing business with anyone else), and you punish all of their employees (whether they had anything to do with the crime or not).

I think it's better to punish the people who actually committed the crimes. And the people who knew about it but didn't do anything. And the people above them who reasonably should have known but were negligent in trying to stop or detect such things.

Comment: Re:Personal Connections (Score 1) 613

by HugeFatty (#25202685) Attached to: The Stigma of a Tech Support Background

Talk to your friends, family, people you've worked with, professors, etc.

I'd say either stick to people that have technical backgrounds or be very specific about what you are looking for. Otherwise, you may get too many useless recommendations.

One problem is that you'll get told about jobs that you are not even close to being qualified for. A lot of people don't understand how broad of a field IT is--they will think of you as a "computer person" and the whole field as "computer jobs". So they'll tell you about network administrator positions when you're looking for a developer position. Or if it is a developer position, it'll be for a language you don't know (or maybe haven't even heard of).

Another problem is that they may not be in a position where their recommendation will do you any good. I'm just speculating here, but I just don't see how a recommendation from someone not in an IT field will do any good (especially at a larger company). For example, someone who works retail at a Target store putting in a recommendation for me for an IT position in the corporate office is probably not going to accomplish anything. Though I guess it probably doesn't hurt for them to try.

So while the parent is correct that personal connections are very important, make sure you are going to the right people and giving them the right information.

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