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Comment: Re:Fuck Canadian content welfare system (Score 1) 315

by edawstwin (#47949221) Attached to: Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

Being overwhelmed with cheap American content doesn't assist in educating Canadians about Canadian values and awarenesses.

Why should this even remotely matter? It is not a government's job to educate its citizens about values that it wants to promote. In fact, that's an extraordinarily bad idea.

Comment: Re:'Pass it on to the consumer' (Score 2) 323

by edawstwin (#47920593) Attached to: New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance
I don't think that you understand capitalism. The companies that will be affected (and indeed, every for-profit company, everywhere) already charge the most money that they can. I know some customers would theoretically pay more for any given item, but each company charges as much as possible for its products, regardless of its costs. If I own a company that makes a widget for $80 and can sell it for $100, I'll do that. I won't sell it for less because it would still be profitable. On the other hand, if my costs increase to $90 per widget, I can't suddenly charge $110 for the same item and keep the same level of income. Some customers, maybe even most, will stop buying the widget. If these companies now have to pay more taxes, many will move out of the higher-taxing countries completely, and some may just fold. Sure, some could probably afford to pay more taxes and still be profitable, but it certainly won't make their shareholders happy.

+ - Tesla plans to power its Gigafactory with renewables alone

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AmiMoJo (196126) writes "In his press conference, Elon Musk stated that the factory will produce all of its own energy using a combination of solar, wind, and geothermal. looks at the feasibility of the plans. Spoiler alert: it looks possible, though some storage will be required. Fortunately, if there is one thing the Gigafactory won't be short of it's batteries."

Comment: The benefits of specialization (Score 4, Insightful) 548

I learned C++ first and just kind of learned various languages and technologies as the need arose, and now I know several languages and my projects have been widely varied. But I noticed that most of my peers who specialized were much more in demand, and therefore pretty much had their pick of jobs, made more money, and had better working conditions. The kind of specialization I'm referring to is learning something that less than ~5% of programmers know, but is still in some demand, and likely to be in demand in ten or twenty years. Or if you pick something that many programmers already know, learn the shit out of that one thing so that there aren't many others that have your level of knowledge in that one thing. In an interview, impressive knowledge of something specific is always better than just adequate knowledge of many things.

Also, learn how to be interviewed. It is a very valuable skill.

Comment: Re:Football Manager (Score 1) 39

by edawstwin (#47670581) Attached to: Soccer Talent Scouting Application Teams Up With Video Game Publisher

You kind of suspect that there's some huge archive of historical data about football in the back of a project like that, to parameterise the players and teams, but it never occurred to me that they had 1300 of their own scouts performing observations.

From what I've read on their own forums, they do have an enormous number of "scouts" that give them information, but most are volunteers, so the information is sometimes suspect. I'm sure that most of the players in the top leagues around the world have fairly accurate attributes, but when you're relying on one guy in Uruguay, for example, to give you info on every third-tier team, some of it naturally going to be way off. So teams that will be using this data hopefully understand that those 1300 "scouts" are usually just fans of the game that happen to live in an area where they can contribute.

Comment: Re:All that money... (Score 1) 39

by edawstwin (#47670503) Attached to: Soccer Talent Scouting Application Teams Up With Video Game Publisher

And I still have to turn it off after a couple minutes because it's putting me to sleep.

Not every game has to have a high score to be exciting (I'm assuming that's why you find it boring). Look at USA-Belgium in the World Cup: 0-0 after 90 minutes and one of the most exciting games of the tournament even before extra time. American sports fans have been unintentionally brainwashed by the major sports here to want score-score-score, but as more people watch the one true sport, more people are "converting", especially when they find out no ads for 45 minutes at a time.

Comment: Re:Public servants don't give an arm and a leg (Score 1) 327

I think it was the "can't imagine" part of the picture he was asking about, actually. I find it odd too. You would expect that someone with such a poor imagination could very easily be replaced by a machine these days.

What's so hard to believe about someone getting used to a certain paycheck? My income has varied greatly over the years, and each time I was making significant money, I "couldn't imagine" going back to less than significant money. It's human nature.

Comment: Re:Public servants don't give an arm and a leg (Score 1) 327

I love on $39,000 a year, and you can't imagine making less than $150,000?

What's wrong with this picture?

Why do people assume that something is wrong with a situation like this? Some people make more money than you do. Be happy for them and aspire to do the same (maybe, you know... find out how they did it), or just ignore them.

Comment: Re:Public servants don't give an arm and a leg (Score 3, Insightful) 327

Only $148k at the top of the scale? They probably get some benefits like health care, but they must be the dregs of Masters and Doctorates. I can't imagine taking such a pay cut, and I get 7 weeks paid vacation as well as a pension and health plan.

It sounds like they get a helluva lot more than 7 weeks paid vacation every year. That's the whole point of the article.

Comment: Re:Public servants don't give an arm and a leg (Score 1) 327

I've worked mostly at smaller companies and one very large one (50,000+ employees). I'll grant you that the oversight wasn't the greatest at the large company, but every department still had to produce something. I'm not saying all government workers are bad/lazy/whatever, just that there is less incentive to be productive, so "goofing off" is certainly more common in the public sector.

Comment: Re:Public servants don't give an arm and a leg (Score 3, Informative) 327

Oh random government-worker hater modded up. Must be a Monday on slashdot.

It's insightful because no private sector workers ever goofed off, or spent the "work from home" days, grazing from the fridge, playing halo. And no public sector worker ever ever rushed through a piece of late work and did a half assed job.


As phorm pointed out, when a worker in the private sector goofs off, that can have detrimental effects on a company's bottom line, and the company can take appropriate action. If a public sector worker goofs off, time is lost, but there is no bottom line for a government agency to be affected. Sure, they all have budgets, but there are not many negative consequences for having bad employees. They'll usually get a few more bucks in next year's budget regardless of performance. And the travesty here is that we're paying them to do a bad job. Public sector employees should take their jobs even more seriously than private sector employees because every tax-payer is ultimately affected by their performance.

I have no personal experience working for any government agency, but I did have a friend who got a job with the federal government after having worked in the private sector for many years. After about a month, his direct superior told him to take it easier because he was too efficient. If he stayed at the current level, many other workers would look bad in comparison, and the manager didn't want to have to explain that to his bosses. The manager absolutely could not get away with something like that at a competent profitable private company.

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