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Comment Re:Negotiating salaries is for the birds. (Score 1) 428 428

OK, which company do you manage? ..if their department engineers are sitting in on an interview, who's cost is that?

IANAM, but in the world of government contracts, managers just fail to give you a charge number for the interview and allow you to mischarge to whatever contract you're currently working on.

Comment Re:Negotiating salaries is for the birds. (Score 1) 428 428

It doesn't surprise me that the company is willing to waste MY time, after all they aren't paying me yet. But it never ceases to amaze me that they will bring me in to talk to four or 5 of their guys, collectively costing the company probably $3,000, and refuse to reveal a salary range which could have saved them the $3,000.

This is where the "different buckets of money" comes in. A manager is worried that your high salary will come out of his department's budget. But that $3K they wasted came out of HR or BizDev or even mischarged to an existing contract.

Comment Re:Infinity (Score 1) 1067 1067

Asking what is X divided by zero is no different than asking what is Y plus red, or what is Z times pineapple.

I say focus on a proper mathematical answer for multiplying by blue first, and then apply it to the equally nonsensical divide by zero question.

Everybody knows that Z times pineapple is the square root of unicorn - by definition.

Comment Re:The downside is taxpayers... (Score 1) 283 283

Internet access is nearly as important as electricity in our modern age.

Perhaps. But why not just give the poor a basic income supplement, and let them decide for themselves what to spend it on? Some of them may use it for Internet, but others may use it to buy food or medicine. Why should the government presume to know their priorities better than they do.

Golly, I wonder if any politicians supporting this program received campaign contributions from Comcast and TWC.

Because then conservatives would complain that the poor spend their government subsidy on non-essentials. Just look at Republican efforts to prevent food stamps from being used for food they consider "luxury" items, like sushi.

Comment Re:Location services? (Score 1) 130 130

Well, the app could require it or not function. It would be nice if the OS had an option to always feed false location information to an app. It could always report that you were in Antarctica, or a maximum security prison, or the white house, or any of your favorite places.

Comment Re:Wrote POS System Software (Score 1) 90 90

Also, don't use a loyalty program.

Just use someone else's. They all take a phone number as "alternate ID." You can even try a few before one works. "Um, I can't remember which phone number I signed up under." Or just use Jenny's 867-5309. Apparently, it's taken in most area codes.

Comment Re:That poor man (Score 1) 272 272

Cal residential rates average about 15cents/kwh, a 2.5KWH panel would need about 17.8 cents per kwh to save them $818 in the first year.

I don't know where you get your data, but I'm assuming that's the state average. In urban areas it is higher, much higher, especially if you go over "baseline." When I lived in Orange County we were never within baseline, because we actually turned on lights, cooked food, watched TV, and dared to run the AC when it was 100 degrees.

If graphics hackers are so smart, why can't they get the bugs out of fresh paint?