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Comment: Re:Just in tech? (Score 5, Informative) 344

by Shados (#49351267) Attached to: Win Or Lose, Discrimination Suit Is Having an Effect On Silicon Valley

My wife and I have this discussion all the time (she's pretty rational).

The thing is that in a lot of industries, and in tech in particular, salaries are negotiated. Sharks and more aggressive personalities always come up ahead with that.

We saw it pretty straight when at one point, she applied for a job in the same department as me, for the same company (we wouldn't work together, but we shared the same department director).

I have more experience than she does, but she has better credentials...roughly a wash. She interviewed a bit better than me. We got a similar initial offer (she got a HIGHER initial offer, and rightly so).

Here's the catch: I refused mine initially. They came back with counter offers, we negotiated for a few days, and I came up way ahead (20%~ higher or so). Even KNOWING this, when my wife got her offer, she just took it as is, no negotiation whatsoever.

Net result: she made about 10-15% less money than me even though she was more qualified.

At the end of the day, hiring managers have budgets and they will try to pay as low as possible without hurting employee moral/retention, and they do expect some level of negotiation. If you take the first offer, you'll be paid less. And less "pushy" individuals are more likely to not negotiate.

That's not the only reason for gender salary gaps, for sure. But its a FUCKING BIG ONE.

Comment: Re:RIP Internet (Score 1) 315

by Shados (#49326539) Attached to: First Lawsuits Challenging FCC's New Net Neutrality Rules Arrive

Yup. Net neutrality is a net loss, because the customer could benefit from having not-so-neutral features (ie: let say ISPs favored streaming instead of throttling it?)

It was just better than the alternative in light of having so little competition. With proper competition, this would have solved itself.

Comment: Re:From a simpler era (Score 1) 95

by Shados (#49308649) Attached to: South Korea Begins To Deprecate ActiveX

The primary issue with java applets at the same (if you assumed a world where it was preinstalled and where version management didn't matter, bringing it in line with JavaScript), was complexity and startup time.

Doing something simple took too much code, and it took forever for a page with it to start. It would have to go in a very different direction than where it was going to have been different.

Comment: Re:More important to me (Score 1) 193

by Shados (#49296827) Attached to: Microsoft Says Free Windows 10 Upgrades For Pirates Will Be Unsupported

If you bought a PC with a legitimate version of Windows and you don't have a product key with it, you more or less got screwed.

Even then, assuming again that its legitimate, you can recover the product key and reinstall with it from a vanilla disk. The OEM product keys have been legit for installing with any other ISO/disk for a long time now.

Comment: Re:Oligopoly (Score 1) 366

by Shados (#49290813) Attached to: Uber Shut Down In Multiple Countries Following Raids

Except those are generally requirements if you want to run a taxi service that can be hailed on the street. Services where you have to call have existed since FOREVER, legally, without any issues (ie: In NYC they have been very common). Those laws didn't apply to them because you couldn't just hail one.

Second, taxi services have historically been one of the most corrupt thing ever, both on the companies side and the drivers. So basically all of those rules are broken on a daily basis, and getting them enforced is hard.

So in many cases, Uber was totally legal (as the former), but taxi lobbies just interpreted the rules very creatively to try and get the taxi rules (which should not apply) to Uber, while they themselves do not follow them.

Thats a big problem.

Comment: Re:IE Slowness of Development and Why People Hate (Score 1) 317

by Shados (#49280877) Attached to: Microsoft Is Killing Off the Internet Explorer Brand

Some problems in IE were from implementing things before the standard was complete. Other browsers did this as well, but the other browsers would usually change their browser to match the standard when it was complete. Microsoft would not change to the standard to keep backwards compatibility with pages made specifically for their non-standard implementation.

More recently it got to the point where whatever Firefox, and then later Chrome did WAS the standard, like IE once did.

That being, if Firefox broke the standard, the standard changed to match Firefox. Or if IE matched the standard but other browsers didn't, IE took flack for "implementing a stupid part of the standard".

Its just silly now. All hails the W3...Webkit/Blink.

Comment: Re:12 day fine? (Score 1) 760

You're reading it wrong. Its not 50% of their daily income. Its 50% of their calculated disposable income.

So you take their yearly salary, minus some estimate of their cost of living, then divide the result by 2.

Using the same math as the rich people example above, the fine here would be $100

Comment: Re:wow, this is just great (Score 1) 305

by Shados (#49264197) Attached to: Prison Program Aims To Turn Criminals Into Coders

There hasn't been much value in writing code in a LONG time. You still need someone to do it, and it is somewhat time consuming (enough that people that do it aren't competing with bugger flippers...), but really, 95% of the value is between the time someone thinks up of a problem with a solution and its implementation design, until they open the text editor and start typing. After that point, a monkey could do it with a bit of support.

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. -- Albert Einstein