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Comment Re:Straw man alert (Score 1) 607

This has nothing to do with competitiveness. It has to do with cheapness. If labor can be exploited at 1/10 the cost, who cares if it takes 4x as many overseas employees to do the job of 1 US employee?

Worker efficiency and competitiveness never enter the equation. Exploitation of cheap wages does.

Comment Re:Very cool, dangerous, but necessary to learn mo (Score 3, Interesting) 58

What I find amazing is how much we still DON'T know about the brain.

I had non-invasive brain surgery about a decade ago. About a third of my thalamus had to be destroyed (with a proton beam!) to stop a serious hemorrhage in my brain. I asked the various neurologists and neurosurgeons beforehand if this would cause any issues. They all answered "We don't think so, but we really don't know."

So now I get to pretend to forget about anything I don't want to remember before that time. And did I lose any functions or memories? Who knows?

Comment Re:Raises work in lower-paid jobs as well (Score 5, Interesting) 500

Almost anything that increases worker retention and job satisfaction will be good for business.

So many companies have forgotten this. Including the one I now work for.
I am retiring in a few years. So to be a good employee, I hired a new college grad and spent the last 3 years training them as my replacement in a very complex semiconductor manufacturing data system.

Well, profits were good, but slightly lower than wall street expected this they laid off my replacement (among others).

I am not going to spend my last three years here training another replacement. It takes years for a really intelligent person to learn this stuff. When I leave here there will be no one to do my job. Fuck 'em. I did what a good employee was supposed to do, in fact, had they laid me off I would have been fine. Happy even. But no, they had to screw over a bunch of young folks that should be the next wave of employees. I'm paid well, but I don't give a shit about this company any more. They don't seem to care about their future, so neither do I.

Comment Re:Are we supposed to be more concerned? (Score 2) 83

IRS investigators also watch the "tax protesters" who regularly file returns claiming they owe no taxes due to the sixteenth amendment not being properly ratified and other random conspiracy theories. When I worked at the IRS I got these returns all the time. We forwarded them to the criminal investigation unit.

I did get to see a few tax returns AFTER they went to CI; they were fairly interesting. Everything you would ever want to know about these people was attached in a report, sometimes hundreds of pages long. Where they hung out, who they were seen with, their entire family history, how much they drank, how their co-workers viewed them, etc. It was weird. And this was in pre-internet days (1980's) so there was actual investigation taking place, not just googling.

So yeah, this surprises me about 0%.

Comment Re:theodp (Score 2) 152

Having been a male teacher I cannot recommend any males to go into this field. I'm not saying it's not rewarding, it is very emotionally rewarding. Nothing beats the feeling that you inspired some young person in their life that day, and the feeling that you may have turned someone's thoughts from suicide to a brighter future keeps you feeling great for weeks.

But the parents looking for ANY excuse to blame the teacher for their child's problems are a major minefield. And being a male teacher you are ripe for any accusations of improper conduct. After all, you are a man in what is perceived as a woman's job by many, so there MUST be something wrong with you. Why aren't you out making good money doing something else? Why do YOU want to work with CHILDREN? What are you, a pervert? And the administration will gladly throw you overboard at the slightest suggestion that you might have had the possible opportunity to do something improper. You were alone with that child for five whole minutes! Can you prove you didn't touch them?

Yes, I know female teachers who got the same crap, but it seemed the males got it five times as much.

I couldn't take it after a couple years. I loved helping the kids. I loved setting them on the path of knowledge. I hated the administration and the parents who wanted to blame you for their shortcomings in any way they could.

And don't get me started on navigating the minefield of kids getting crushes on the teacher. I taught some Jr. High and High school for a while and it was very easy compared to elementary (you can reason with older kids better), but also the most dangerous with respect to girls getting crushes on you. You REALLY have to watch what you say to them. You have to be kind of a jerk. It's rough.

Comment Or we're sick of it (Score 1) 362

I am going to retire early in a few years at age 55. I don't plan on continuing in the tech world where you are expected to work 70 hour weeks every week. I don't mind doing it occasionally, but every week? I get dirty looks every time I leave the office before 6pm, which is most days.

Worse, I'm the only coder in my department that maintains a particular huge code base I've developed over the past 15 years or so. I've told the PHBs that they need to hire someone new so I can train them for the next couple years because I'm quitting then, but those calls fall on deaf ears. Oh well. My retirement won't be tied to this company's stock.

Comment Re:Do you want me to code, or deal with the suits? (Score 4, Interesting) 327

Yes and no. GOOD managers obviate the need for a "holocracy", but good people managers are rare as hen's teeth. I have a "decent" manager, but he's too much of a pussy so I have to deal with the higher-ups myself on any important issue. And for any minor issue I don't need a manager anyway.

Any group will still have leaders. I am a de facto leader of my group, they all ask me for advice on projects and situations, because the real management will just roll over and do whatever the upper echelons say, even though they no nothing about the situation. I don't "manage" but I offer suggestions.

So the traditional people manager is not necessarily the best option. I don't know if holocracy is the best option, but at least SOMEONE is trying something new. If it works, that's awesome. But to flat out say it won't work is stupid.

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.