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Comment: Re:all of IT needs an union (Score 1) 107

by TarPitt (#46554779) Attached to: Startup Employees As an Organized Labor Group

There's a union movement for the 20 hour work-week too.

There was a union movement for a 40 hour workweek. It was successful for a number of decades, but the 40 hour workweek seems to have gone the way of the rotary dial phone.

Might have something to do with the demise of the evil protection rackets called unions.

Comment: Re:all of IT needs an union (Score 1, Insightful) 107

by TarPitt (#46554585) Attached to: Startup Employees As an Organized Labor Group

You object to signing a contact with an entity representing your workers, and dealing with employees according to rules set out in this contract.. I suspect you wouldn't think twice about signing a similar contract with suppliers or customers.

My only conclusion is that you prefer to deal with employees individually because you can more easily manipulate them by doing so. You enjoy the power of being the owner and being able to play favorites, taking advantage of the inherent weakness in an individual's bargaining power and the lack of any enforceable written criteria governing your rule. You accept the occasional loss of an employee able to find better conditions because you know you will always find a replacement.

Of all the inputs to your business - labor, materials, facilities - only labor is to be forced to deal from a deliberately weakened perspective.

You must be a joy to work for.

Comment: Re:but when you work with HVAC vendors who sub wor (Score 2) 236

by TarPitt (#46252955) Attached to: Target's Internal Security Team Warned Management

Wouldn't some big company like Target have someone on staff who knows how to firewall off a network just for the HVAC? Huh? Huh?

They probably have several people who can do that. It requires some expertise but not a lot.

Of course they have people who CAN do that. The better question is - do any of those people have the political clout to require Target to spend money and inconvenience managers and "essential" vendors to prevent a "theoretical" security attack.

Comment: He's trying to shut down debate (Score 3, Insightful) 683

by TarPitt (#46072941) Attached to: VC Likens Google Bus Backlash To Nazi Rampage

If you think there is something wrong with historically unprecedented income and wealth inequality, if you fear for the future of democracy when 85 individuals control more wealth than 3.5 billion people, if you are alarmed at the influence of this wealth on politics (to the point where a single individual can bankroll an entire presidential campaign, then you are a Nazi.

No further discussion necessary.

A few individuals have vandalized buses, therefore an entire subject is off limits.

Comment: Re:Might as well teach them Latin (Score 4, Interesting) 208

by TarPitt (#46067111) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Educating Kids About Older Technologies?

Understanding the 19th century telegraph system helps understand our current global internet.

I found "The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-Line Pioneers" a fascinating read, amazing what was done 150 years ago.

Here is a quote from the Wikipedia article:

The book describes to general readers how some of the uses of telegraph in commercial, military, and social communication were, in a sense, analogous to modern uses of the internet. A few rather unusual stories are related, about couples who fell in love and even married over the wires, criminals who were caught through the telegraph, and so on.

The culture which developed between telegraph operators also had some rather unexpected affinities with the modern Internet. Both cultures made or make use of complex text coding and abbreviated language slang, both required network security experts, and both attracted criminals who used the networks to commit fraud, hack private communications, and send unwanted messages.

We had e-commerce (code books for secure banking transaction via telegraph), hackers, and skilled technical workers with their own language and culture.

Telegraph operators even had their own equivalent to cell-phone text message abbreviations.

Comment: Re:Math, do it. (Score 1) 1043

by TarPitt (#45935849) Attached to: Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs

Isn't it immoral to starve people when you don't need to?

I think that you will hear the counter argument that it is immoral to tax some people to provide subsidized food to others. That not having enough money to buy adequate food is due solely to bad\personal choices that government has no business re-mediating.

The argument is that people who make the wrong choices did so freely, and deserve to go hungry or die.

Comment: Not true (Score 1) 285

by TarPitt (#45695549) Attached to: Census Bureau: Majority of Affluent Counties In Northeast US

The rate of social mobility in the US is the second lowest in the industrialized world (after the UK). Many poorer, developing countries actually have higher rates of upward mobility:
"Social immobility erodes the American dream", Washington Post
"The Myth of the American Dream", CNN

This, combined with the highest income inequality in the industrialized world, is the legacy of 40 years of anti-government policies, breaking trade unions, and reducing taxes on the wealthy.

The roll-back of the New Deal has produced this, not the imposition of whatever you call "socialism"

You can not get anything worthwhile done without raising a sweat. -- The First Law Of Thermodynamics