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Comment Re:Unions (Score 1) 568

Actually we pay top dollar. Person in question makes ~$90k for a skill set worth $60-70k and a billing rate of $110/(billable)hour. When you factor in overhead rates his cost is $90/billable hour. Problem is there is safely 20% re-work.

A more reasonable question is why we are paying him more than he is worth; that is one I don't have a good answer for. Our only solution has been the prospect of firing him rather than cutting his pay...

Comment Re:Unions (Score 1) 568

The problem is half the people in the workforce are below average.

As an employer, the issue isn't greed: the next person I am going to have to fire doesn't perform at a level that I can break even on his time. If I could command higher billing rates for him, I might be able to just barely break even, but ultimately he isn't able to do anything that a new graduate would, at 35% lower salary. He will be able to get another job, but he will have a real pay cut.

When margins get compressed a business cannot carry dead weight.

Comment Re:Why would premiums drop? (Score 1) 231

It will just transition to general liability insurance being mandatory, so your homeowner's policy goes up a bit and Renter's insurance becoming mandatory. It is just liability insurance that is mandatory, damage to your own car would still need to be covered if you haven't paid off the car, and frankly that is where companies provide value-- making it easier to get damage fixed.

Comment Does this surprise anyone!? (Score 1) 85

I still don't get why people do not assume this is the case by default. While being far from a networking guru, this is what pushed me into learning about how to configure VLANs and OpenVPN so I could put these things into appropriate jails. While I don't doubt I have made errors in configuring the firewall for outbound traffic, it is at least better than nothing, and what testing I can think to do seems to work.

Ubiquity might be able to make some money with a security appliance that automates and simplifies the process for home users...

Comment Re:Translation (Score 1) 213

Most developers haven't figured out how to make a watch app *work*. I like Zillow, Redfin, and ZonePlayer (a Sonos remote). The rest of my third party apps are a disappointment. The apps all require the developer to re-think what the app needs to do on the watch, and how to use the space effectively. If they aren't making money off of it, why bother. Advertising would be hard, and getting the word out is very tricky with the much smaller installed base.

Comment Different Issues (Score 1) 654

As someone who does not own a car, I doubt cost of public transportation is not a factor in its adoption. People don't ride public transportation for fairly specific reasons: wanting personal/dedicated space, wanting control of schedule, wanting to get from point A to point B faster, etc. The reasons why people *do* choose to ride public transportation are generally more dependent on financial limitations: parking is too expensive, don't own a car, tolls, etc.

To increase adoption of public transportation you need to make it faster and more convenient: no transfers, high frequency, easily understood route system, stops close to origins and destinations, etc. Where I live there is one commuter bus line and one "neighborhood" bus line that I use periodically. The limitations on increased use really come down to increasing frequency and making sure there are viable alternatives in off-peak times.

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