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Comment: Re:1 thing (Score 1) 548

I've never seen a job that doesn't have salary advertised alongside it (okay, well I've seen some say "competitive salary" but that's just code for "uncompetitive salary") though so you should know what they're offering anyway. Typically I ask for a bit above what they're offering to try it on, but often it is a genuine hard cap.

Of course it could depend where you are, if you're in the US the approach to this sort of thing may well be different to here in the UK.

I've tried going for jobs that offer less in the hope I can convince them to offer me more after recruiters have convinced them but it never works, their advertised hard cap is their hard cap and no amount of persuasion will convince them (one company made me do some up to 3 hour technical test, and I scored 99.6% on it, the highest they've ever seen by far and they still offered me their cap which was £5k lower than the minimum I made it clear I was willing to accept).

But ultimately if a job isn't advertising a headline salary that I'd be happy with then I just don't go for it any more, I don't see the point, it wastes my time and theirs, that's why I tell recruiters exactly what I'd move for as a minimum, what I'd like and so forth and the recruiters typically respect that - it's in their interest to get you your high end figure because then they get more too. If I expected more I'd have gone for a higher headline figure job in the first place.

As I say though it may well be down to societal differences between the US and UK.

Comment: Re: 1 thing (Score 1) 548

Because sometimes the cost or inconvenience of running the old one just isn't worth the hassle?

There reaches a point where a car is still running, but costing so much in maintenance, or becomes so unreliable that it's not worth the hassle.

It's not like cars typically break down on a binary one day it's all fine, the next day is dead altogether. It's usually preceded by months of hassle, wasted time, and lateness for work because it wouldn't start within a decent time that particular morning even if it worked fine the next day, and then you find you need to spend £X,000 to make sure it's not going to die altogether within the next few months because part Y is on it's way out so you go to the dealership and trade it in as a working car before it's completely fucked and hence the dealership realises how fucked it actually is and so before they can really screw you on trade in value.

Comment: Re:1 thing (Score 1) 548

Sounds like a great way to waste time. I always tell recruiters what I want, because if they can't get me what I want then why waste each other's time?

What's the point being sent for interview to positions that aren't going to offer what you want because the recruiter has no idea what you're looking for?

You don't have to tell them what you currently make, but not telling them what you want seems phenomenally stupid and unhelpful to both sides. A great way to waste your time and theirs.

If you're worried that by telling them what you want you'll get offered slightly below that, then it's trivial to put forward a slightly higher figure as for what you want and get offered slightly below that giving you what you expect, or a bit more than you expected.

Recruiters need to know what your looking for, else you'll end up going for a few jobs that pay too low, understandably turn them down, and the recruiter will get fed up of dealing with you because they can't be bothered to guess what figure you're really after. Recruiters go for the easy money - if you tell them what you're looking for, they'll put you forward for it, if you dick around making them play guessing games they wont even bother with you as there's quicker money to be made with people who are open about what they want and who then typically get put forward for that and get it.

Comment: Re:Trying 2 Hard (Score 2) 106

by Xest (#49820489) Attached to: LEGO Launches a Minecraft Competitor On Steam

Given that they're the biggest/2nd biggest toy company in the world and have one of the longest running most persistently successful video game franchises going I think they most definitely do get it.

They seem to be doing better than most companies in growing their product, and maintaining high levels of user satisfaction of their video games.

Comment: Re: 1 thing (Score 1) 548

Not necessarily. If you factor in your bonuses from your current job.
How much the company chips in your 401k, how much for Health Care.... It adds up to your actual salary, not just your paid salary.
So if you were making 50k you can safely say with bonuses etc you were getting 75k.

Comment: Re:No don't it will only create notoriety (Score 3, Insightful) 81

For many of these folks, they don't see themselves as being the bad guy. But Innovative entrepreneurs, or activist for some cause.
They don't seem to realize, how much harm they are actually causing.

This notoriety, could be similar to the notoriety a sex offender has. Not of a lone rogue, fighting the good fight while bucking the system. But as that creepy guy who has access all your personal data, and will use it to profit off of it, and causing people like your grandmother to suffer, during their golden years.

Comment: Re:Of course it bombed (Score 2) 203

by jellomizer (#49813341) Attached to: Tron 3 Is Cancelled

Tron, Star Trek, Star Wars...
These were from different times, rebooting and adding sequels wile makes money, hurts the brand over time.

The charactors and plots become less relatable to newer generations.

Let's take Star Wars, today we relate more with the empire then with the rebels. With terrorist following extremist versions religions, the idea of a small band of Rebels fighting a winning against an army is more scary from our current point of view. We are no longer worried about the Communists with big nations sucking up other ones. We have a new sets of issues where we need a new set of science fiction universes to explore.

Comment: Re:RAND PAUL REVOLUTION (Score 1) 493

I think you're confusing the term representative democracy, for a democracy that's proportionally representative.

Representative democracy is where you have a specific assigned representative you can go to, this is what we have here too in the UK, we have a local MP who we vote in to represent us in parliament.

But not every system of democracy has that local representative, some you just vote for the government and if you want to speak to them you contact them directly, rather than your elected local political representative. No one represents your area in this sort of system, they just represent the country as a whole.

This is not to be conflated with a proportionally representative system, for example, in the UK 1/3rd of local representatives were elected with less than 30% of the local vote, and more than half less than 50%. As such in the UK we have a representative system because your area has a representative in parliament, the problem is that it is not proportionally representative such that although we have a representative in theory, he doesn't actually represent us in practice because he often has only the support of a minority of local constituents.

Comment: Re: Yes, but because (Score 1) 183

Sure some artist can make it. But that is because they have additional business skills other then their art skills. A great artist who cannot operate like a business will not succeed on their art alone, they will need help from some others in order to do such.

The classical artist were commissioned from nobility, or the church. Today you will need an agent or be diverse enough to deal with the bullshit to get your stuff sold.

The issue with music. Some music just cannot tour well (not all musians are attractive, dance, or have an appealing personality), and so they should make their money from selling recordings.

Comment: Re:Clean room implementation? (Score 1) 223

The idea is that the kernel api is not meant for public usage, but only for other kernel code. Furthermore, they claim that anything that close to the kernel is interoperating so tightly with it that it's effectively a derived work.

The java api, otoh, was designed for public use.

If builders built buildings the way programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker to come along would destroy civilization.