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Comment: Re:That is okay (Score 1) 282

I don't know what 1000 shares in your employer is worth, but it doesn't sound like it's worth much if your financial investment isn't matched by your emotional investment.

And it certainly won't give you any extra job security unless management is hoping to persuade to to make further investments later.

Comment: Re:That is okay (Score 1) 282

being in a union doesnt make you care about the company you work for, it makes you care about the union you belong to.

Never said it did. However, a person who doesn't care about the company and doesn't have a union to protect his job is a loser both ways.

When it comes time to shed personnel, If you're in a union, I have to consider the union limitations on firing union members. If you're invested in my company, I would prefer to keep you over someone who's just pulling a paycheck. If you're neither - don't let the door slam.

Comment: Re:From his twitter account (Score 3, Interesting) 392

by RabidReindeer (#49149477) Attached to: Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83

The downside of of the high-quality video work that has been done on the Star Trek tapes is that you can see the black stains on his teeth from smoking in the closeups.

83 is a respectable age, but I recently lost someone who lived to about that age and had a similar smoking history. Whether not smoking at all would have made a significant difference in lifespan is uncertain. But it might have made those last few years a bit less difficult.

Comment: Re:About time... (Score 1) 148

by RabidReindeer (#49148355) Attached to: Invented-Here Syndrome

And then it gets fixed right away ?

Depends on the product and vendor (using the term to mean any software source, not just commercial ones). Some vendors will ignore you, some will abuse/riducule you, some will put it on the list for next quarter's release and some rare precious few will personally deliver an overnight repair.

At least in open-source, if they don't you can try and fix it yourself.

Comment: Re:Oh God No... (Score 1) 213

by RabidReindeer (#49148229) Attached to: Harrison Ford To Return In Blade Runner Sequel

And, unless they somehow account for how Deckard the replicant has grown old ... I just don't see how they get there at all. He's not just a hunter of them, he is one.

But that's the great thing about it. Since Deckard is a replicant and replicants have early expiration dates, you could use a 70-year old Harrison Ford and set it a year in the future from the original and it would be perfectly realistic!

The predictable script would in fact, have Ford on the run in a role reversal with a younger person as replicant hunter. Hopefully, though we'd be allowed something more original.

While they're at it, though, I wouldn't object if someone made a movie of the REAL "Blade Runner". The one by Alan E. Nourse.

Comment: Re:Sick (Score 1) 282

The money to pay for benefits will come out of the employee's paycheck one way or another. If the employer has to pay employees when they're not working, it means the employee's per-working-hour salary will be lower than it would be otherwise.

We can afford to pay CEOs 400 times what most of those employees make and reward them with millions when they tank the company.

I suspect if we really wanted to, we could find the money somewhere.

We already pay employees not to work in companies that have "no moonlighting" restrictions. If they cannot work during nights and weekends, then their compensation needs to be sufficient to earn a living at their primary job. At least if there's any sort of free market for labor where they can hold out for a living wage.

Comment: Re:That is okay (Score 2) 282

I'm an employee of a company. I provide a service, in exchange for compensation. That's it, and that's that.

You won't be an employee of MY company. I expect anyone who works to me to be invested in the company so that they will have motivation to help the company, not merely be a salaried drone. I'll bet that one of your standard auto-quacks about Why Unions Are Bad is that union workers are drones who have no motivation do do anything much because they cannot easily be fired.

You, on the other hand, don't belong to a union, and you're not invested in your employer. Drones like that are the first out the door. And since this is the Century of the Disposable Employee you will be. You may think you're a Special Snowflake now, but your attitude WILL negate that.

If I want to run a company, I'm free to start my own.

Then do so. You may discover it's not as easy as your think.

Comment: Re:Predicting the future is hard (Score 2) 337

by RabidReindeer (#49142853) Attached to: The Programmers Who Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates

Very often the original system was hacked out in a couple of days/nights by one or 2 heavily-medicated (caffeine, alcohol, whatever) people.

It more or less did the job even though it has one or 2 really awful (but infrequent) bugs and is difficult to maintain or expand.

Then one day someone decides it's time for the Second System (see Fred Brooks).

They put together a team and a schedule and - like as not - spend a lot of money on fashionable faddish tools and consultants and a lot of time coming up with bells and whistles (a/k/a the Second System Effect - see above).

65 days into the 90-day schedule, they realize that they don't have any actual working code, just an immense collection of stick-figure UML diagrams, panic and put all the programmers to work coding on 100-hour weeks.

Guess what the end result is? Hint: read the papers. Somewhere between 66 and 75 percent of all major software projects fail.

One person's error is another person's data.