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Comment: Re:Taking a risk (Score 4, Insightful) 525

To which the company will likely say "thank you for your time and we'll show you to the door".

To be clear, I agree with you but being right carries a non-trivial risk of not getting the job. That may or may not be a good thing.

Well, to be a good negotiator, you have to be willing to LOSE.

But to make that want to be looking for a NEW job while you STILL have a job.

Things are a bit more dicey if you are out of work and NEED a, try always to negotiate from a vantage point of power. If you don't need the job, you can negotiate much better. Saying no doesn't bother you in that game of chicken.

And in this day in age, you should be interviewing for new jobs at least 1-2 times a year, if for nothing else, to keep in practice.

The only way you move forward in salary and responsibility if you're in the W2 race, is to change jobs every few years.

Comment: Re: 1 thing (Score 1) 525

Then perhaps you short-circuit this from happening altogether, and instead pose the question of relevance when current salary is queried.

It is an odd question. It's like going to buy a new car and the dealer asking you what you paid for your last one.


One of the golden rules of negotiation is..the first party to give a solid number is the loser.


I'm negotiating contract bill rates these days, thank goodness I've not had to negotiate a W2 salary in awhile, with having to factor what benefits they offer, etc. I'd much rather know what I'm paying for health, retirement,e tc...and know what my bill rate is, profit vs necessity.

That being said, I stick with broad numbers and narrow it down to have them give me a number first and then we negotiate. I start higher than their number and they come up, I go down, them up...etc.

Its all part of the dance.

Comment: Re:Lemme ask you this ... (Score 3) 487

It's bipartisan. The thing is, they will let it expire, use that to get into office, stage or provoke another major incident, then reinstate the patriot act, only tougher. Using the excuse that getting rid of it made the country vulnerable to terrorist attack. Later the skeptics, and anti war protesters will group together and fight to stop whatever insane killing is going on. The Democrats will take credit for this and use it to get back into office. It's a tag team match between big oil and the motion picture and movie industry.

Don't get too comfy with this.

The Senate will likely pass the Houses "freedom act" bill that basically puts most of the Patriot act back in function, with the single difference being that the metadata will be housed at the phone companies, and a warrant will be needed for each query into it.

Better than before, but certainly not doing away with it totally as I'd like, and start over. The other provisions for lone wolf and traveling wiretaps will be back in full force though.

Likely this will be law again by Wednesday.

Comment: Re:Exodus (Score 1) 684

by cayenne8 (#49801385) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Happens If We Perfect Age Reversing?
Actually, easier than all this.

First let's take the government OUT of the business of preventing people from doing stupid things or hurting themselves.

I think we've long been thwarting natural saving people from their own stupidity.

1. Make suicide legal. If someone wants to off themselves, why not let them? The ultimate in freedom of choice.

2. Legalize ALL drugs. If someone wants to smoke crystal meth all day long and shoot heroin by night to sleep...let them. They won't be on the longevity list long.

3. Longevity is not a right. If you work hard, save and can afford it...then you get it, but the govt doesn't subsidize the lazy and stupid to live overly long lives. You may get foodstamps, but that doesn't entitle you to longevity treatments. That comes out of YOUR pocket.

4. People that want to gang bang and shoot each other for territory, etc....give them territories to do so, and let them go with impunity. We almost pretty much do this now, it just isn't officially sanctioned. Let idiots kill themselves for stupid shit. Just contain it away from nomal citizenry.

Comment: Re:What a guy (Score 2) 388

by cayenne8 (#49784185) Attached to: Obama Asks Congress To Renew 'Patriot Act' Snooping
Just let the WHOLE thing fail and go away.

I remember being sort of for it when it came about...thnking what could go wrong with organizing so many agencies under one umbrella.

I've now seen the damage that can be done...and I'd love to see the DHS split back up again into separate agencies/factions.

Comment: Re:Will Technology Disrupt the Song? (Score 2) 158

by cayenne8 (#49782549) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Will Technology Disrupt the Song?

I get what you're saying, but this IS the problem with defining an artist these days. Money is THE priority. When that happens, the ability to express yourself beyond a mathematically calculated attention span becomes impossible.

I agree. A true artist makes their art for themselves FIRST and enjoys the fact that others like it too second.

Of course with rock music, it also plays to helping ugly guys get laid too, but that's another thread.

But in most cases, trying to pander to the money or follow it over art is in the not very long term a failure.

Take Led Zeppelin. Sure they made a LOT of money, but that didn't seem the reason for their musical choices. It was what THEY wanted to explore and convey. It happened to be of such quality that they sold a lot of it, and continue to do so after all these years.

They also went out and gave the people what they wanted in the form of live performances. In those days, your ticket got you usually nearly a 3 hour concert, and it wasn't lip auto tune, and often it was improvised on the spot. Sure you would get some flub notes....especially with Jimmy trying to squeeze 50M notes into two bars at times, but hey...they gave you all they could. You don't see that much anymore.

But if you are good, you will get the money....but your art should be for YOU first, and if it is worthy the crowd will follow and pay you for it.

Comment: Re:Well there's the problem... (Score 1) 201

by cayenne8 (#49782449) Attached to: Court Orders UberPop Use To Be Banned In All of Italy

"Otherwise public transportation doesn't fit into my lifestyle". See, the problem is that you are doing it backwards. If you want to be "eco-friendly" and "green" and all that other crap, you have to fit your lifestyle into "the good things."

While I have nothing against being green I'm not really willing to go out of my way to be green. If it is convenient, sure. But I've lived my life to this point enjoying certain things and a certain lifestyle and with life being so short, I'm not willing to put myself out for some benefit I'll never see.

Comment: Re:Well there's the problem... (Score 1) 201

by cayenne8 (#49777025) Attached to: Court Orders UberPop Use To Be Banned In All of Italy

We have a real problem in the USA that due to low ridership, many bus systems INCREASE the pollution on the roads, rather than decreasing it. Unless you have somewhere around 12-20 riders on a bus, it's not actually more efficient/less polluting than private autos.

When you can get a bus system that will take me door-to-door for all destinations I need to go in a day, on MY time schedule (or at least within 15 or so minutes of it), then I'll be interested.

Otherwise public transportation doesn't fit into my lifestyle. The only time I really needs cabs or maybe uber when I can try it if I don't feel like risking driving after drinking.

Comment: Re:it's not "slow and calculated torture" (Score 0) 742

Do you even know the people who were elected? WTF? Communist, Marxist, etc. Did you know that up until a few years ago, Greece had an active left-wing group that was trying to overthrow the government by force?

And I love how the far left are somehow heroes, while on the other side of the coin, the far right are somehow crazies. From the middle, you both look the same. Something to think about.

The biggest difference between time and space is that you can't reuse time. -- Merrick Furst