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Comment: Re:Getting undercut by those... (Score 1) 292

by Ravaldy (#49489015) Attached to: IT Worker's Lawsuit Accuses Tata of Discrimination

What do you expect them to think? "Oh, sorry, I don't want to affect your much higher standard of living. I'll just stick to my subsistence living with my postgrad education then."

That's not the point. These people are asking for less than market value by a large margin. If the worker is worth less, then so be it but it's not the case here. I had an intermediate programmer tell me he would accept minimum wage. I could tell he was worth at least 40k / year which means he could have easily raised his expectations by double and still been under the minimum I would have paid him. So why was he willing to work for less than the guy sweeping the floor at McDonald?

I could add more about how our current lifestyle wasn't raised by government intervention but rather employee intervention through the implementation of unions. How do we tackle this new problem? Maybe through government as you suggest.

Comment: Re:Decent (Score 1) 471

by Ravaldy (#49486831) Attached to: Seattle CEO Cuts $1 Million Salary To $70K, Raises Employee Salaries

Without bashing what he did most business people see right through that. Do you think most business owners get their life style from the salary they draw? The answer is no. At startup, the salary is all the owner draws out of the company but as it grows things change (usually within 5 years). Most business owners draw far more from the dividends. They also have huge business expense accounts which covers a large sum of their day to day expenses.

So as far as I'm concerned him giving up his salary was a great business decision which results in him having the ability to say he doesn't make that much money...

Comment: Getting undercut by those... (Score 2, Insightful) 292

by Ravaldy (#49486617) Attached to: IT Worker's Lawsuit Accuses Tata of Discrimination

We are getting undercut by those wanting to live the same life as us. What these people don't understand is that they are lowering said life style. As an entry to mid level technology person I would be concerned because you are being undercut by people possibly as competent as you minus communication skills. Experienced technology people usually have an edge due to their emersion into the North American corporate culture as well as their generally better communication skills. Keep in mind that I'm generalizing but doing so based on personal experience.

Comment: Re:COBOL has slumped to 12% as of 2011 (Score 1) 125

The fact is that COBOL is in decline. It isn't used for new projects and most projects are probably in maintenance mode (that's me speculating based on people I know who work for financial institutions). Maybe nothing to sneeze at BUT I wouldn't pick COBOL for a new project..

Comment: Re: I think that the people at OpenCOBOL... (Score 1) 125

I would believe these numbers if they pertained to the financial sector but there's no way they account for 80% of the business code running today (in 1997-99, probably). If it's true then I wrote 1 / 2,000,000 of the business code in use.

There was a huge shift towards web technologies in the early 2000. The % of market share for COBOL would have started to drop significantly within the last 10-15 years. One sign is the removal of COBOL courses in universities and colleges.

Comment: Re:Not my type of show either.... (Score 1) 148

by Ravaldy (#49464747) Attached to: Nearly Half of <em>Game of Thrones</em> Season 5 Leaks Online

It's just a matter of taste. The fact that the masses like the show is just an indicator that a majority love the show and it may be worth trying on for 3 episodes (it takes that many for this show to hook you). You may not like it and that's just fine but if you don't really try it you can never really know.

I'm one of the stubborn people that refused to watch it. I was tired of series as they always felt cheap so for many years I just didn't watch television other than the odd sporting event. A year ago a friend with very similar taste to mine strongly suggested I watch the first 3 episodes. The first didn't get me. It took 2 more episodes to take a liking.

Again, don't feel bad. You either like or don't like. Nobody can tell you what you like. Give them a polite F U if they aren't happy with your choices.

Comment: Re:Good guy HBO (Score 1) 148

by Ravaldy (#49464527) Attached to: Nearly Half of <em>Game of Thrones</em> Season 5 Leaks Online

Soon watching shows online will be like taking a book out of the library (except there will be unlimited copies). You'll get a subscription to the service and will have access to everything they ever offered. I can mobile devices eventually acting like PVRs allowing you to login, store content for your travels. As far as I'm concerned the Netflix model is the future of visual entertainment.

Comment: Re:Alternative to batteries (Score 1) 279

by Ravaldy (#49450403) Attached to: The Myth of Going Off the Power Grid

having a peak and off-peak pricing alone would encourage the consumers to schedule their washing machines and dishwashers during the off-peak hours.

This has been implemented in many places in Canada and EU. I'm not sure about the US but I'm sure smart meters are making their way into residential neighborhoods by now.

It's also why many appliances have timers such as dish washer.

Comment: Re:Going off the grid completeletly is stupid (Score 1) 279

by Ravaldy (#49450393) Attached to: The Myth of Going Off the Power Grid

The idea of having the ability to be an island is actually very beneficial IF it's sustainable. If we could design a battery that can store 100 KW of energy, is durable, is safe, uses resources that are green and reusable that would make it even more viable. 100 KW = 3 days worth of electricity for the average American.

Why is it so beneficial being off the grid?
1. Much lower cost of infrastructure and limited to non existent maintenance for residential applications (this is not applicable to industrial applications)
2. Distribution makes grids somewhat inefficient due to significant loses in transfer
3. No such thing as mass power outages/blackouts
4. Much lower cost of electricity (that's a bold statement considering how many variables play out)

Many people who advocate being off the grid are extreme isolationists..who value isolation over practicality

I don't see how that is relevant. Those who heat via oil are off the grid, does that make them isolationists? How about those who heat using wood stoves?

Sometimes, being a bit dependent, and interconnected, is good

Even being off the grid won't make you independent. It will just remove a huge overhead that has existed since the 1800s. Instead of spending your money on energy that isn't renewable you will spend it on maintaining renewable energy equipment you either own or rent.

I know I'd love to control the cost of my energy. Currently even if I use no electricity the bill is still high due to BS charges for maintaining the grid. I know every state and province is different so you may be seeing a different picture (if you are even paying for electricity).

You will have a head crash on your private pack.