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Submission + - Socialism apparently doesn't pay off with employee salaries

jmcbain writes: In April 2015, Dan Price, the CEO of online payments company Gravity Payments based in Seattle, announced that all employees would have their salary bumped up to a minimum $70,000. Slashdot covered this news. Since that time, however, things have not gone well. Some employees quit because they felt it was unfair to double the pay of some new hires while the longest-serving staff members got small or no raises. Furthermore, after reducing his own salary from $1M to $70K, Mr. Price is now renting a house ‘to make ends meet’. On an unrelated note, Mr. Price's brother, who is a co-founder of the company, is suing him.

Comment Re:I hope they realize... (Score 1) 264

Since this report is about US students, then these students already have far more opportunity than those in foreign countries. In practical terms, here are the "opportunities" and decisions that US students have:

1. Do I spend another hour watching TV after school, or do I study?
2. Do I go out on Friday to party, or do I work on my homework?
3. Do I choose to focus on getting into college, or not?
4. Do I choose to major in a STEM field, or do I major in a humanities field?

Those are the opportunities and the decisions. Those who can obtain a high-paying software job apparently made the most with what opportunities they had and made the right choices.

Comment Re:I hope they realize... (Score 1) 264

I kinda hate the way "privilege" gets thrown around a lot of the time, but this is pretty much the clearest sense of privilege here.

This is not an intelligent comment. The folks who succeed in getting high-paying software jobs are not privileged. They are the ones who are (1) able to identify where the good jobs are, and (2) take the steps needed to obtain that goal. I don't consider taking the time to learn software skills as some sort of "privilege". If you get a 100K job, it means you are good at it, not because someone handed you that job on a silver platter.

Comment Re:Advert for Razer? (Score 1) 199

I bought a wireless Mamba a few years ago. I had an extraordinarily hard time getting it out of the box. It comes mounted on some plastic pedestal, and I was trying for 15 minutes to remove it for fear of breaking off some piece of the plastic mouse. Maybe you guys should try to make the unboxing experience better.

Submission + - Apple posts $18B quarterly profit, highest ever by any company

jmcbain writes: Today, Apple reported its financial results for the quarter ending December 31, 2014. It posted $18 billion in profit (on $74 billion in revenue), the largest quarterly profit by any company ever. The previous record was $16 billion by Russia’s Gazprom (the largest natural gas extractor in the world) in 2011. Imagine how much better Apple could be if they open-sourced their software.

Submission + - LinkedIn releases top-25 skills for getting hired in 2014

jmcbain writes: In very apropos news for nerds, LinkedIn released a list of the top-25 skills that it found got people new jobs in 2014. Not surprisingly, many of the skills are technology-related. According to a LinkedIn blog, "we analyzed the skills and experience data in over 330 million LinkedIn member profiles. If your skills fit one of the categories below, there’s a good chance you either started a new job or garnered the interest of a recruiter in the past year." The skills were also broken down by country. Overall, the top-10 skills were:
  1. Statistical analysis and data mining
  2. Middleware and integration software
  3. Storage systems and management
  4. Network and information security
  5. SEO/SEM Marketing
  6. Business intelligence
  7. Mobile development
  8. Web architecture and development framework
  9. Algorithm design
  10. Perl/Python/Ruby

LinkedIn also noted rising skills trends in STEM, data, having a second language, and technical marketing.

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