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Comment This right here is the truth (Score 5, Interesting) 133

As a developer, you're typically not in a position of power. In large companies as long as you're obviously not going to leave, you're pretty much universally perceived as a cog. Sometimes as an expensive cog, but a cog nevertheless. The most power you can have is when you vote with your feet and go work elsewhere.

To a company this means they'll have to replace you with an unknown dude, who is difficult as heck to hire, and they'll likely have to pay quite a bit more money as well. So some tactical effort will likely be made to keep you (assuming you're valuable). This never leads to any kind of long term improvement though, so whatever irked you before this tactical last-ditch thing will continue to irk you in the future, and you should leave anyway.

Comment Basically, a way to get people to leave (Score 4, Interesting) 480

Basically, a way to get people to leave, without going through the trouble of laying them off or providing severance. The often overlooked part of this is of course that good people leave first, and mouth breathers and managers of all sorts hang on for dear life since they are unemployable elsewhere.

Comment Re:Summary is wrong, management didn't "freak" (Score 2) 430

"One bonus per" policy was introduced after it became fashionable to do peer bombs for great work. Peer bomb is when a number of people get together and each of them awards a peer bonus to someone. If a lot of people get together, the resulting sum could be quite substantial, though usually it wasn't more than 5 people.

Comment See, this is bullshit (Score 1) 507

Do you even measure "quality and velocity", let alone "increased productivity"? Do you control for confounding variables? I bet the answer to all of that is "no". For all you know it might be hurting all those metrics, but you feel good about yourselves because you do "stand up meetings" every day and talk about how you couldn't get anything done the day before, but today you will definitely be able to do it.

Comment Reminds me of the post on The Verge the other day (Score 1) 299

Reminds me of the post on The Verge the other day about $45K 3.3KW solar charging stations that San Francisco bought with taxpayer money. Man, I'm glad I'm not a CA taxpayer, because I'd be pissed. Let's very optimistically assume 365 days sunny days a year and 10 hours of sunlight. That's 12775 KWh of energy, which at $0.15/KWh works out to $1916 per year. That's 23 years before those chargers pay for themselves, and that does not include repairs and maintenance (such as, you know, washing those panels once a year, and replacing broken stuff), AND the assumption is that the batteries generate their peak output through the entire day. So realistically, 50-60 years before you have any chance of breaking even.

This is basically the same thing. It makes no economic sense for 99.9% of its potential users, even those who already have solar.

Comment "They can't be a customer of ours" (Score 1) 303

>> they can't be a customer of ours

They very much can be. They just can't be customers of _Windows_. Mark is confusing Windows with Microsoft again. They can be customers of Azure, they can be customers of Office, they can be customers of SQL Server. I mean, just about any Microsoft product can run (and therefore can be sold) on Linux just fine. Except for Windows itself.

Particularly for server products, I just don't get why Microsoft insists on offering them only on Windows. Seems like at some point they too will wake up to the reality on this.

The disks are getting full; purge a file today.