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Comment: Re:Well that's depressing. (Score 1) 205 205

Or the more stuck folks get in the same old ideas. Faster than light travel is not impossible, it is just impossible to measure if you constrain yourself to a single reference point.

And then there is brain dead simple stuff, like "dark matter", which happens to be so red- or blueshifted that we can't directly observe its existence. How hard is that grasp? Yet no one does.

Comment: Re:You know what would REALLY motivate kids? (Score 4, Insightful) 208 208

These folks are informed by complaints from location-specific shortages from large corps like Microsoft and Facebook. Does any sane person really want to move to Silicon Valley, where your "generous salary" is effectively peanuts thanks to insane housing and services costs, and thanks to hokey startups job security is a joke? And there are zero decent women to date? Or how about Redmond, another overpriced sausage fest? Really, who wants to live in these places?

I'll tell you who...folks from overseas who don't know the area and can get suckered into moving there!

If you've ever lived in any tech heavy area, you get to know it sucks, you get out and you never go back again. Overpriced everything, the girls who like nerds are picked over or non-existent. If you bring your wife be prepared to face an increasingly demanding attitude and possibly divorce as she eyeballs the legions of available nerds who got lucky on an IPO and have fatter wallets, who are throwing themselves at her incessantly.

People who come from overseas learn these things too and GTFO. So when your entire workforce is really motivated to leave because no one likes suffering the buying power of a feudal serf, yes a perceived shortage is understandable. But completely manufactured by the culture of the companies themselves, and BS when you consider the entire market. The idea of the "tech hub" town needs to die in a fire. Their existence lowers the standard of living for practically everyone.

Comment: Re:Usual answer to a headline question (Score 1) 461 461

Ditto, AOL was the first to offer unlimited hours for $20/month so it was the best deal out there from like '96-'98. Except for the fact that once they made it unlimited it was a crap shoot to get logged on during peak hours.

I remember having to dial the 2400 baud 800 number (that you use to find your local AOL exchange) a few times just to get on the internet for something because the lines were jammed. For the longest time you didn't even need an AOL subscription to get on the internet, just have the AOL program dial the free number, set your IE proxy to and boom you're on a (slow) internet connection, no account needed.

Comment: Re: nature will breed it out (Score 1) 950 950

Still doesn't help those of us men who are between the generations. Most of the millenial girls in their 20s will not date older men because they don't seem to care about income or stability, and their peers have full view of situation on social media, and the few who think it is weird for a 27 year old to date a 30-something have a disproportionate voice in the matter. Meanwhile the oldest millenial girls and older purposefully date way older men and avoid younger ones, and social media doesn't really factor in.

I'd get out more if I had a partner but I really don't enjoy going stag to anything. And why bother looking, when all what is out there is garbage...single moms, pill addicts, morbidly obese...basically women who are social outcasts due to poor decision making.

You'd think an athletic guy with an engineer's income would be a hot commodity! Nope. Millenial women only seem to get interested in that when they've shit out a few love children and are desperate to move out of their parents' house. Or need money for Oxys. Or someone who has let themselves go so far I'd only think about them to stave off an unexpected boner at the office...sigh.

Maybe my standards are too high but I've dated all of the above and gave it my best, but all in all I'd rather play video games in my spare time than pretend I'm attracted to someone just to have an event partner and to avoid the guilt of masturbation.

Comment: Re:News? (Score 1) 425 425

I always thought it was a slope - a lot of bad ones, a fair amount of decent ones, and some really good ones

EXACTLY this. Those "10x more productive than anyone else" programmers people rave about are simply abusing methamphetamine. Not altogether uncommon in startups. Without the drug you'd probably observe an average to below average productivity level in the same individual.

Comment: Re:Rock solid so far - really like it (Score 1) 300 300

Nothing new, Kubuntu has always been a broken mess. Which is due in part to KDE being a perpetually broken mess. The last time I used a properly-integrated KDE-based distro with no annoying bugs was Mandrake Linux 10.1.

Its a bummer. KDE was my favorite desktop since I've always had a reasonably powerful machine.

Comment: Re: Google Streams (Score 1) 359 359

Google loves their bloated JS libraries for sure. I remember when G+ first came out loaded fast because there was literally nothing on the page but some stock clipart. Added some friends, who posted nothing. Joined some groups with no activity. Zero entertainment value in general.

Now there is plenty to look at but much of it is broken. I just went back on my Google+ page just to check it out because of this article, and I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of content. But I tried to view a group from the "Follow the things you love" side box and nothing happened. Click click click...nada. Mind you, this is in Google's own Chrome browser.

I dunno, who wants to waste time working with something that is perpetually broken? Google could recover by making the thing actually work, then run an advertising campaign. People still pass around memes about Google+ being a social media holocaust. :D

Comment: Re:Google: Select jurors who understand stats. (Score 1) 349 349

The main problem of receiving compensation commensurate to the "value" your profession is that you're at the mercy of the other people who share your profession.

People who become lawyers tend to be good negotiators. People who become accountants tend to be risk-averse. You could argue that the baseline value of these two should be similar, but it isn't because there are far more unemployed and underemployed lawyers in the market than accountants. Yet the average salary of lawyers is far higher than accountants. Why? Because accountants as a whole aren't as opportunistic, don't tolerate as much risk, and nobody is sticking their neck out to raise the bar.

If fast food work could attract the same kind of people that lawyering does, fast food workers would be some of the highest paid workers in the country. But it doesn't, that work attracts disengaged or otherwise engaged people who just need some job for the moment. People like that tend to negotiate towards a minimum of commitment and responsibility so they can focus on other things rather than towards a higher paycheck.

Comment: Re:Behavior that is rewarded is repeated .... (Score 1) 334 334

There you go, we'll probably see more "oops the drones messed up" because it looks like this worked out morality involved, oops shot the hostages, no meaningful PR backlash, hostage takers lose their leverage, win-win!

Comment: Re:Progressive Fix 101 (Score 1) 622 622

Well, think if the distribution. The majority of F-150s are the el cheapo regular cab work and farm trucks with minimal added options and are going to clock in weight below the Tesla.

Not that that matters, since his point stands...everyone will be driving EVs eventually, if it is 10 or 50 years from now. Since EV drivers don't contribute to transportation via gas tax something will have to change.

Comment: Re:bah (Score 1) 261 261

Yeah, gotta love lunch meetings...basically work that doesn't count which you're paying for!

Which is a great example of what not to do. As a manager your job is to keep things stable, and acquire, retain, and get work out of your talent.

Which for most software folks simply means minimize the bullshit. Absorb the heat from customers, protect them from support people and owners, be nice and express concern/use guilt rather then use unjustified absolutes or anger, mediate personality conflicts immediately so they don't fester, keep meetings short and only have them if email doesn't make sense, allow flexible hours to minimize commute time, etc. And always take time to recognize and thank them accomplishments.

Basically, create an environment where it is hard for your people to leave because they like being there and getting work done.

Comment: Re:It's OK, every civilization collapses (Score 1) 110 110

No, unfortunately it's a fitness and evolution thing. The minute you bring grain bags to a starving remote village, the hunger goes away and then they immediately start having sex and cranking out more needy humans. You can see this in dependent villages, you'll notice frequency banding in the ages of the children, all conceived at roughly the same time coinciding with aid drops.

Feeding the hungry sounds great, the hungry will multiply until you can't feed them all.

"Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so." -- Ford Prefect, _Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy_