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Comment: Don't give anyone funny ideas (Score 1) 64 64

It's a polite way of saying "stop putting crap in your resumes". Don't encourage people to do more of it ;-)

In all seriousness though, have you ever tried to analyse unstructured text? It's hard. How would you realistically improve it? Do you start with a preconceived list of technology key words and count them in the resumes? People misspell words. Words have multiple meanings depending on context. Technologies change and you might miss key words. Or you could count recent Stack Exchange topic tags, but that only shows the latest fads people are struggling with, not what they are being hired for. Survey a bunch of people about what they do at work? Too expensive. I think this is a really good start in spite of the limitations.

Comment: Re:Depression subtypes (Score 1) 178 178

Being poor sucks, but being poor != depression. Depression doesn't discriminate based on wealth. Rich people have have problems too, just like the rest of us (family feuds, marriage problems, bills, poor health...). Having no job could lead to depression, but depression could just as likely make it hard to find or maintain a job. And you might find that having bucket loads of money doesn't solve all your problems the way you hope it will. It just pays off your old problems and buys you a new set of problems.

Comment: Re:Why not nursing (Score 1) 490 490

I am aware of societal pressure, but I wonder if it's credited with more influence than it deserves. When I was a boy I wanted to be a steward working on aeroplanes. Everyone told me it was a women's job and I should become a pilot or something. I didn't care. Somehow I became a programmer when I grew up. I don't know why. Maybe it was subconsciously societal pressure that subverted my choice, or maybe it was the bad wages, long hours, frequent redundancies, and lack of career progress that did it. I have since seen many men working as stewards, so other men had the same idea I had, and have forged careers in a classically female dominated field. I admire them for it. In spite of that I won't become a steward, for now. I don't want to become a pilot either for similar reasons, and that is a stereotypical male job in the same industry. If I ever change my mind though, I doubt I would let stereotypes stop me.

Comment: Why not nursing (Score 4, Interesting) 490 490

You could equally ask why men aren't flocking to careers in nursing, early childhood care, or beauty therapy. I suspect it has less to do with discrimination, and more to do with men just don't give a shit about those careers. Be it money, status, working conditions, whatever. Men don't want it. Same probably goes for women in technology, construction, and trades. I don't even care if there is a gender imbalance in nursing, early childhood care, or beauty therapy. I don't know any women who care either. But if I did care, I might find that balancing the male side of the equation in female dominated careers already half solves the female side if things in male dominated careers. Men are welcome to join female dominated careers, if they want. Women are welcome to join male dominated careers, if they want. If people don't want, then they don't want.

Comment: Re:Incivility is common in tough work places. (Score 1) 108 108

You are lucky. I work in research. We compete with each other for grant money, co-authership, and basically everything else. When someone gets funded, and others need money, then the person with money can hire and exploit the ones who need money. When that money runs out and someone else gets funded, tables turn and it's payback time. Publishing more than your supervisor? Expect to get jerked around with useless tasks so you don't have time to write, then get a bad performance review because you didn't complete all the useless tasks. Supervisor publishing more than you? You are their bitch. And don't expect to be acknowledged for it either. Have a good idea? Don't tell anyone, or before you know it someone else will write a grant application and get funding for your idea. And the politics! Every single thing people do is related to manoeuvring, butt covering, back stabbing, buck passing, ass kissing, or anything else just to survive. Enough of my colleagues have had cancer to make me wonder...

Comment: Re:Most common reason not listed? (Score 1) 108 108

I think you might be the snowflake here. I get this all the time. Someone thinks their project is more important than everyone else, and they are the only person to ask me to prioritise their work. Stand in line buddy. I have six other customers who think their project is the most important thing going, and a bunch of other customers who really do have important projects with deadlines but patiently wait their turn while impatient little snowflakes like you keep jumping the queue.

When I need something done and someone doesn't do it, I have several choices. I either do it myself, or I find some other source who can do it, or I use some suboptimal solution until such time as a better solution can be found and live with the consequences, or I find more money to entice someone to do what I need, or I just wait my turn. I don't like it when people hassle me, so I don't hassle other people.

Comment: Re:The next inventions in North Korea (Score 1) 162 162

No need. Great leader Kim will invent water roads to replace all dirt roads, so everyone can enjoy a smooth ride in their canoe cars. Water roads on hills will have the great advantage of running downstream both ways, not like what the American imperialists invented, so nobody needs to paddle over a hill ever again. Also, canoe cars run on water, so you never need to pay for fuel ever again.

Comment: Re:Infinity (Score 1) 1067 1067

But if algebra is compatible with quantum mechanics (and Schrödinger's cat), shouldn't divide by zero be able to maintain both positive and negative infinity states simultaneously? Until you observe it, at which time the superposition collapses into a definite state.

Comment: Re:Decrypted -- false flag? (Score 1) 546 546

Exactly. The cheapest way for Russia/China to put western intelligence agencies on the defensive is to fake it. Use some other intel to take a stab at the contents, spread a rumour that you cracked it, and watch western intelligence personnel leave as a precaution. Then just check names off your list of suspected agents as they leave, AND send them home at their own expense.

The timing of this is rather suspicious though. Snowden has been in Russia since June 2013, and I doubt Russia would have pissed around for two years trying to decrypt those files if they really wanted them. Just install a keylogger and wait. Western intelligence agencies would have removed their personnel long ago. As others have mentioned, this announcement comes hot on the heels of the hacked government personnel records, including people with clearances. This could be butt covering, as in "Those suspicious people are not agents, pay no attention to them, we already removed all our personnel because of Snowden".

Comment: Re:Print some bucks (Score 1) 335 335

I think investors are fully invested. I am. What else can we do? It's just the companies aren't translating that into increasing productivity. There is less R&D, fewer new production facilities opening (even in China), barely any wage growth (stagnant consumer spending, catch 22 right there), keeping old machinery rather than replacing with more efficient machinery, little product innovation, I haven't seen anyone expanding into foreign markets (quite the opposite), etc. It's as if everyone looked around at everyone else, collectively shrugged their shoulders, and said "I dunno".

What companies ARE doing is borrowing at really low interest rates and buying back shares. There are multiple reasons for that. It's a cheap shot at raising share prices. By buying on the open market there is one more bidder nudging the share price ever so slightly higher, and reducing the number of shares that can be sold. It also reduces the number of shares, thereby artificially raising earnings per share. Remember, many CEOs are partially paid in stock options, so they benefit directly from higher share prices. They were supposed to do that by improving market share, revenue, margins, etc, but they just found the path of least resistance instead. I don't know how to fix everything else, but CEO stock options and share buy backs should be mutually exclusive at the very least. Heck, pay it back as a special dividend and let me decide if I want to buy more shares or spend that money.

Inflation might work. Japan is trying that after decades of mediocre growth. Doing so by raising interest rates risks stalling what little progress there has been though. If the fed does do that then they should have started a year ago, because the higher markets go, the further they fall.

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