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Seattle CEO Cuts $1 Million Salary To $70K, Raises Employee Salaries 471

Posted by timothy
from the motivations-vary dept.
First time accepted submitter fluffernutter writes Dan Price started his company, Gravity Payments, out of university when he was 19. Now he is cutting his $1 million salary to $70,000 and promising to raise all his employees' salaries. Dan is quoted as saying he made the move because "I think this is just what everyone deserves."Good business practice? Silly boosterism? Enlightened self-interest?

Comment: Apparently I'm a troll (Score 1) 498

Expressing any opinion in support of "affirmative action" is trolling, apparently. Now I don't mind if you disagree with me, it's a thorny subject and is definitely wide open for debate, but modding me as a troll is just not cricket. I'm all discussed-out on the actual issue elsewhere, I'm just talking about abuse of moderation here. Hopefuly it gets fixed in meta, but I've not seen the option to metamod for years, is it still even a thing?

Comment: Re:Affirmative Action is not the same as sexism (Score 1) 498

So far it's been about fifty-fifty. The people that work for the same company as me, they're usually ok, that's why I've been here so long, and we have a lot of excellent women including in senior positions. It's the clients and their contractors that I've mostly noticed the problem most with. I work on short to medium term projects, usually a year or two, sometimes as little as 6 months, so I see a lot of different environments and I don't have the luxury of judging them beforehand and choosing based on that judgement. And in previous companies, when it's been people in the company I've worked for, well, yes I put up with it because I needed the paycheque.

Comment: Re:That's great news! (Score 1) 498

... shifting your hiring processes in such a way that it will quickly be dominated by the opposite sex is not a "fix;"...

Who said that that is happening? They said there is a bias towards women of equal qualifications. If there are only a small number of women applying, then you could hire 100% of them and not make a dent in the gender balance. If a woman has to be better than a man to get the equivalent qualifications (and yes, this can be contended, but I think it's likely to be true), why not view women's CVs more favouraby than men's?

Comment: Re:Affirmative Action is not the same as sexism (Score 0) 498

Yes. It's sexist because women are discouraged from pursuing it. It's sexist because women are ostracised if they do. If I see a woman with a particularly impressive qualification, I would hire her over a man with the same qualification, because I know that the woman had to be better than the man to get it.


SpaceX's New Combustion Technologies 132

Posted by samzenpus
from the try-this-one dept.
An anonymous reader shares this story that takes a look at some of the advances SpaceX is working on. "Getting a small group of human beings to Mars and back is no easy task, we learned at the recent GPU Technology Conference in San Jose hosted graphics chip and accelerator maker Nvidia. One of the problems with such a mission is that you need a very large and efficient rocket engine to get the amount of material into orbit for the mission, explained Adam Lichtl, who is director of research at SpaceX and who with a team of a few dozen programmers is try to crack the particularly difficult task of better simulating the combustion inside of a rocket engine. You need a large engine to shorten the trip to Mars, too....Not only do you need a lot of stuff to get to Mars and sustain a colony there, but you also need a way to generate fuel on Mars to come back to Earth. All of these factors affect the design of the rocket engine....As if these were not problems enough, there is another really big issue. The computational fluid dynamics, or CFD, software that is used to simulate the movement of fluids and gases and their ignition inside of all kinds of engines is particularly bad at assisting in rocket engine design. 'Methane is a fairly simple hydrocarbon that is perfectly good as a fuel,' Lichtl said. 'The challenge here is to design an engine that works efficiently with such a compound. But rocket engine CFD is hard. Really hard.'"

Comment: Re:Sturgeon's law (Score 2) 269

by PhilHibbs (#49336017) Attached to: Developers and the Fear of Apple

Apple created the f-ing platform, both hardware and software as well as the distribution system. It is WILDLY successful and popular. If you don't like how they do it, go somewhere else.

Seriously? If I disagree with something, if I consider it harmful to society, I will say why I disagree with it and why I think it is harmful, which is exactly what the article and the OP are doing. I think it can be assumed that people with concerns like this will, as you say, go somewhere else. There's a subtle implication in your post, however, that people with such concerns should shut up about them.

Comment: Re:"Free" with restrictions is not Free! (Score 2) 198

by PhilHibbs (#49326151) Attached to: Pixar Releases Free Version of RenderMan

Why would getting a bootleg copy help with the licence agreement? The free version produces non-watermarked files so no-one can prove that any given video was produced with a free version or a bootleg version. If you're going to commit theft or copyright violation or whatever your legal system calls it, it doesn't really matter which route you take.

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