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Comment Re:Doesn't matter w.r.t. the CEO resignation (Score 1) 618

I know this is a popular sentiment, but I really disagree. It's not possible for a CEO to have such precise and detailed vision into a company that he or she can preclude the possibility of nefarious action by everyone in the company.

Everyone who's been working for more than a couple years will likely find themselves having to decide whether to tell someone up the chain there's a problem. Now imagine the CEO, who is at the top of lots of chains. You're expecting that bad news always finds its way to the top, and that one person has the time to supervise those chains enough that unreported problems are ferreted out.

The blame the CEO for everything mentality is just another way of saying "We don't know if it's your fault, but we're blaming you." I don't think an innocent CEO should fall on his sword in cases like this. A genuinely innocent CEO should be leading the charge and cleaning house.

Comment Re:not so simple to do... (Score 1) 618

It'd be much safer to make it a patch that's not stored in the VCS at all. Legit code lives over here in $REPO. Unethical, illegal patch lives elsewhere and is maintained separately. The number of people who knew about this isn't necessarily that large.

It's *possible* they were both unethical and dumb enough to leave this in plain sight, it's just not necessary.

Comment Re:Don't we (the US) already have that... (Score 1) 1291

You're missing the whole point. It's not about being efficient. It's very deliberate inefficiency, in fact.

If you're arguing that government shouldn't do this, back up a couple to where I said: "There's a whole other question of whether government SHOULD do this...."

I'm not convinced they should. I'm convinced they can.

Comment Re:The solution for this already exists. (Score 1) 1291

The premise, which was stated in TFA, is that technology is making some jobs disappear. That's been true for centuries, the canonical example being buggy whip manufacturers and the subsequent absence of society's collapse. It's NOT a given that the economy changing is a bad thing.

What if we do automate enough that "get a job" is simply unworkable? Some segments of society will be fine, including most of us (educated, probably reasonably well off). Some won't. I argued the other side of this here once, pointing out that there's TONS to do in areas like medical research. Someone wisely pointed out to me that not everybody is cut out to do medical research. It's true. What do you do with all the people who are good taxi drivers, but we no longer need taxis? Or the ones who flip burgers now, til we automate that? Or the delivery guys who are replaced by autonomous vehicles or drones? I'll be the first to admit this is speculative future, but what if? We can't all mow each other's lawns.

What DO you do if the pool of required labor is smaller than the pool of people?

Comment Re:Don't we (the US) already have that... (Score 1) 1291

"I suppose you must believe that every use of a dollar results in equivalent employment."


Great. Well, that's how a government can stimulate employment. It's nothing more than forcing you to spend your money on things that generate more domestic jobs than you would have on your own.

Comment Re:Free money isn't free (Score 1) 1291

My biggest problem with proposals like this is the wild swings, just like you're mad about. You've been living under SS for 51 years and want to keep it? Well...ok. I completely understand and would choose to let you if it were up to me.

Things like BIA are divisive. I don't want to compel anyone to do it, but if there are 10s or 100s of millions who want to, why not let them? You'd just have to make people stick to their decision. If you opt out of paying in, you can't decide to join if you fall on hard times later. If you opt in to hedge against hard times later, you can't opt out if you become wealthy.

It might not work for the same reason health care insurance is having problems. The people who want it are sick (or smart enough to know they might get sick later). The people who don't are healthy and shortsighted.

Comment Re:Don't we (the US) already have that... (Score 1) 1291

Of course it can, does, and has. If you're sitting on cash, I tax it away from you and hire someone to dig ditches with a spoon, I created a job.

If you don't believe that, I suppose you must believe that every use of a dollar results in equivalent employment. I don't think that's true. If I fly to Macau and blow $100,000 at a casino that money probably creates very close to zero domestic jobs. If I hire a couple guys to build a highway, it creates 2 and they'll spend most of that $100,000 creating more jobs.

There's a whole other question of whether government SHOULD do this, but it's unambiguously possible.

Comment Re:The solution for this already exists. (Score 1) 1291

Most of those jobs are sh**ty jobs, because going to high school doesn't really prepare you for any jobs where you can make anything like a living wage. For that you need to go to a technical school or college.

I'm not even touching the "living wage" argument. It's the standard and natural preference for experience. If I have a slot to fill and I get two more or less equal candidates, one with experience and one who never had a job, people hire the one with experience.

I've also known very intelligent and capable people who are long term unemployed. Typically they are either horrible in human relations or they have an elitist chip on their shoulder, which amounts to "I'm way to good to be doing that job."

I'm thinking of two specific people, one of whom I happily worked with for about 5 years, and one of whom we hired when he'd been unemployed for about a year and a half. That person has been excellent.

It's naive to ignore things like opportunity cost and the hard fact that life tends to get expensive. The notion that experienced professionals should just go flip burgers is wasteful and ridiculous. If I lost my job, my time would much better be spent finding a new one than flipping burgers and making very little. It's not about arrogance. I cheerfully pick up trash in parks just to make the place look nicer, and I volunteer.

My granddaughter had problems getting an internship when she was in college

Internships are a scam. No one should be expected to work for free. If you are, you're being taken advantage of.

Comment Re:Where did this idea come from? (Score 1) 1291

s/other people's money/fruits of other people's labor/g

The point isn't the money, the point is that people labor to create something. Is it reasonable to take it from them, and if so when? Society can't do with it what it wishes with impunity. People stop working when they don't benefit from doing the work.

Comment Re:The solution for this already exists. (Score 2, Insightful) 1291

Get a job. Earn all this "free" money yourself.

I lean fiscally conservative, but anyone who believes it's this simple is...well, I'll be a little tactful...very wrong.

Ask new high school grads how easy it is to "get a job". It's possible, but it can take months, and the job you get won't be great and won't pay much. I've also known very intelligent and capable people who were long term unemployed. They aren't anymore, but a year or two out of work completely discounts any "get a job" nonsense. There aren't always jobs for everyone who wants one to get.

Comment Re:I wonder if they're going to use this as "proof (Score 5, Insightful) 657

t's time for everybody here to grow up and see this for what it was and is, a simple misunderstanding because a kid was doing dangerous looking things.. He needs to take his toy home and grow up a bit...

Absolutely not.

He wasn't doing anything dangerous looking. People overreacted. Fine, I can forgive that. Go ahead and determine that the kid didn't have a bomb, apologize for the misunderstanding, and make an end of it. That didn't happen. The kid was interrogated, arrested, fingerprinted, suspended for 3 days, and might be charged with an actual crime, and he did nothing wrong.

It's time to grow up and accept that punishing people who didn't do anything wrong is never acceptable.

Comment Re:Like a grownup (Score 5, Insightful) 657

This will obviously be a trigger story for people in the tech community that feel sensitive to this issue

Sure. I'm "sensitive to this issue" because I saw the same sort of stupid abuse of authority, albeit in a minor way. Abuse of authority should get pushback. People make mistakes, and that's fine, but the people who screwed this up should have been told to knock it off before the kid was disciplined.

I just wish they handled this privately with the parents without dragging the liason officer into the mix, the local police, etc.

It should have ended almost immediately. Teacher suspects a bomb, someone competent determines it's a clock, everyone goes about their business, parents get a courtesy call to let them know what happened.