This isn't about emergencies. Shit happens and hard deadlines have to be met. Most people will not argue that there are times when overtime is necessary.
The problem is when this mentality becomes standard operating procedure. Bosses start treating salaried workers as a way to exploit overtime laws. There are plenty of examples of companies that consider 60 hours to be the new 40.
Where I work, the corporate policy for salaried workers is 45 hours. We recently got some new hires and they told us that they got a pep-talk from the boss when they were hired that they are "expected a minimum of 60 hours and that 80 is normal". Of course, this is the same boss who drones on and on about how much he loves the Chinese work ethic. That they will work from 5 in the morning until 11 at night, they eat while working and take all their business calls after hours to ensure productivity. All this for a fraction of the pay of an American worker.
Needless to say the office has become hell since this guy took a more direct role in our affairs. Lots of good people were fired, even more have left for greener pasture$. Apparently engineers with family lives are make for worthless engineers.
Wow, I'm an engineering contractor and I specifically want wages. Around here salary means, "If you don't put in at least 60 hours a week and are on call 24/7, you should consider yourself fired!" 9-5 doesn't exist, more like 8-8 and weekends. If you have a conference call with China, forget about sleep that night!
Salary has become a way for companies to abuse unpaid overtime.
Now who will throw the chairs out windows? Who will Fucking Kill (TM) Google? Who will do the developer rain dance by chanting "developers" while running around a stage in a pool of sweat?
We need you Ballmer. America needs you.
It will be hailed as the greatest invention since the Blackberry. All those useless drones who aren't working every second of their 40 hours and take more than their "fair" share of the free coffee will finally pay! I can even be used to make sure people get truly "fair" pay, "You were here for 50 hours this week but you only really 'worked' for 39 of them...no overtime for you!"
I can see this not only becoming standard in most workplaces and probably even made mandatory in a few states (with appropriate exceptions for executive level management).
I love WindowMaker but I just wish it would get with the times. It seriously need to add some (optional) eye candy. Would it be too hard to either add a compositor or at the very least add support for one of the many XWindow compositors out there (e.g. xcompmgr and compton). Real transparency, that is really all I want.
Seriously, I love WindowMaker but 1997 was 17 years ago. It would be nice if it didn't look like it was still stuck in 1997.
The Gamecube failed because it was big, ugly and underpowered compared to its competitors and never really had any games other than the first party titles.
Um, the Gamecube was the smallest console on the market, cheaper, and was more powerful then the PS2. It also had a great controller (A matter of opinion, I guess) It's problem was the lack of a DVD drive (both for space and DVD playing was a killer feature for the time).
That depends, will it drive the price of programmers to about the price per hour of say a Janitor? If it will allow them to pay programmers minimum wage (or less) than yes. If not, then H1Bs are here to stay.
Please, you could take that post and put pretty much put the name of any major engineering firm in the US and it would be true.
This is a widespread phenomenon that won't go away until all business is finally gone from the US or every CXX in America happens to disappear overnight.
I was kind of thinking the same thing. Unless this database is accessible via a webpage, it isn't WWW. It is an internet protocol that has nothing to do with the web.
Unless you are transcoding DVDs or pirating videos from the internet, h.264 / MP4 is more or less the current standard for internet videos. If you are ripping DVD / Blu-Rays, unless you are planning on watching them very soon, you're going to need to transcode them anyway if only to bring them down to a manageable size (besides, Handbrake uses h.264)
Started out doing what you do, and moved away once the library grew and became frustrating to reincode, upate the type, fix the metadata (name, series, episode, etc). On a flip side, look at Meta-X to help with the metadata for your MP4's.
What the hell are you doing? Once the video is ripped, it's done. Copy it to an external drive or burn it to a DVD. Just give it a name like "001 - Episode Name" and be done with it. Most media players will read the filename as the video name. No fucking around with metadata required. If you really need to get specific try naming it like "Show Name 001 - Episode Name"
Miro is a free Cross Platform media manager and has built-in library streaming and video converter. Just put in RSS feeds or have it monitor folders.
I'd wake up my neighbors pounding out a rhythm all about you.
Like a post-post-modern man!
For gaming, yes. If you spend your life in a text editor or a web browser, I doubt you'd notice.