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Comment: Re:Going bust not unique to drop-outs (Score 1) 281

by gutnor (#46502287) Attached to: Eric Schmidt On Why College Is Still Worth It

Welcome to real life. HR is run on a budget like everything else in a company. Even if they were technically able to, they simply do not have the resource to properly assess everybody. So like everybody else in this life, they look for external sign of competence. A degree is such a sign, recommendation of a friend is another one, resume that fits the requirement perfectly, ...

On the flip side, it works in your way too. Why do you think that most development job is not done in cheapo place like India, China, ... ? That's not because there is nobody as good as you are over there, it is just that they don't know how to find them. So enjoy working from home as a developer, providing exactly the same service a Mexican would provide for a third of the price, if only he could prove his skills.

Comment: Re:Dumb (Score 2) 358

by gutnor (#46487677) Attached to: EU Votes For Universal Phone Charger

Wasn't that the other way around ? They standardised first the wall part to USB 5V which more or less all constructor (including Apple) followed. Now they want to standardize the other end of the cable, the actual plug in the phone.

BTW, isn't micro-USB limited to some ridiculously small Amp compared to the 2A / 5A / 15A that new devices draw from the cable now ?

Comment: Re:Interesting... (Score 1) 263

by gutnor (#46476651) Attached to: Mt. Gox Knew It Was Selling Phantom Bitcoin 2 Weeks Before Collapse

There are 2 categories (within the people that really care about giving you real advices, i.e. friends and family) - the true believers that really think in 20 year bitcoin will be the only / most popular currency used on Earth. Considering the limited supply of bitcoin, that means its current value is still several order of magnitude cheaper than when it reaches that goal. So buy 10K in bitcoin today, and in 10 year you will have the equivallent of 1M buying power.

The other category, are the guys that made money out of it. It worked for them, it will work for you, right ? (the same guys that were telling you to buy in the middle of the housing bubble because they sold the house they bought in the 80's for a fortune in 2005)

Comment: Re:Yeaaaaahhhhh... (Score 1) 146

by gutnor (#46392781) Attached to: IEEE Predicts 85% of Daily Tasks Will Be Games By 2020

You don't. Gamification reward result, not long term investment. So imagine you spend time creating a script instead of doing a repetitive task, you lose in the beginning and make up for it at end. If you do not make up for it, then maybe it was not such a good idea and your wisdom sucks.

Well that's the theory. First, except for the most rudimentary task (i.e. the one robots will do around the same time), your result depend on many external factor on which you have no control whatsoever. Say maybe your script was a good idea, but too bad that the company decided to cut the bottom 50% of the staff before you have had a chance to use the script. Well there would be no game without luck being involved, right ?

Secondly, the best way to win at a game is either to cheat or to make other lose. Best gaming system in the world: the financial world, I am sure you are looking forward to have your healthcare following the same model.

Comment: Re:Uhmmm... what? (Score 1) 198

by gutnor (#46379059) Attached to: Apple To Unveil Its 'iOS In the Car' Project Next Week
That has been a common feature on BMW: the navigation screen - so in the middle of the console, meant mainly for the driver - had a DVD player. Never really understood that. The marketing about it is awkward, similarly targeted at the driver. I can imagine/hope it is ultimately for the passenger.

Comment: Re:They are all paid too much (Score 1) 712

by gutnor (#46297125) Attached to: Are Bankers Paid Too Much? Are Technology CEOs?

That would not work, the intrinsic problem is that they control huge amount of money, and since they sit at the top of the pack they take the largest share, no matter their relative contribution. That's pure animal instinct and that will not change unless you use fear of god or something similar to have them behave.

What would they do ? Hollywood accounting: all the non management worker in a fully-owned subsidiary making shiton of losses because of the cost of contracting the boss from the parent company. Or they would force everybody to be an independent contractor. Unless we get back into full-employement economy, they can basically do whatever they want to work around that problem.

To really solve it you need to work on the actual problem: make the market tougher. Free market is a legal construct where companies fights, you can make it as tough as you want. As long as the rule are fair, competition will still play. For example increase the administrative overload for large group to tremendous level and smaller, leaner companies will take over.

Secondly, you want to change subtly people mentality. People would find it weird for to give the medals and money to the team coach rather than the actual player. Well, with a few exception, everywhere else that is considered normal.

Comment: Re:So a fake pub with drinks and a place to sit (Score 1) 118

by gutnor (#46284331) Attached to: Fake Pub Studies Drinking Habits

Well that means basically one beer per person and that's it. Not quite sure what they will get out of it but that's would be quite different experience than regular pub going in London ( a lot of people drink one or two beers, but there are generally a few that either were already there, or leave later. A synchronized, everybody enter, drink his beer and leave is weird )

Also, that is central London, nobody drives to the pub. You take public transport like everybody, especially in the center. As long as they don't let you get drunk, they should not care about the driving limit.

Comment: Re:Bah, fake posturing. (Score 1, Insightful) 401

by gutnor (#46265993) Attached to: US Secretary of State Calls Climate Change 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'

The US has no interest in saving the environment. Neither is (really) any of the other first world nations. Like Europe, the US will not get the worst of climate change, and in any case, there is no place better prepared to deal with the consequences.

It is however a real problem for almost all other countries. I guess Kerry's message is really "Friendly warning guys: you better care about the environment, because we don't give a fuck and you will get the sharp end of the stick."

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