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Comment: Re:Sexy job (Score 1) 205

by micheas (#48184553) Attached to: The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

While that works to have some developers like that, you at some point need developers that can look at the program as a whole and figure out that with a minor refactoring you can delete 40% of your code, because it is essentially redundant.

High end developers are not needed for a lot of things, but having a couple on staff can make the other developers a lot more productive.

Comment: Re:Actually... (Score 1) 372

by micheas (#44586491) Attached to: New Tech Money, Same Old Problems

In an interesting twist, coop owners of profitable coops in California frequently make $16.50 plus "share". Share meaning the owners share of the profits, minus retained profit. This is because "share" currently seems to be allowed by the IRS to be declared as long term capital gains and not earned income.

There are dev shops in California where the junior employees make $39.90/hr and the senior employees make $16.50/hr. (of course the Senior employees generally have a higher total compensation.)

Comment: Re:Actually... (Score 2) 372

by micheas (#44571005) Attached to: New Tech Money, Same Old Problems

California has some, shall we say interesting, minimum wage laws.

  • Minimum Wage $8.25/hr.
  • Minimum Wage for Management (people that spend > 50% of there time supervising people), if you don't want to pay overtime, but instead offer paid time off. $16.50.
  • Minimum Wage for Computer Professionals if they are not management and you want to treat them like management $39.90/hr and $83,132.93/year
  • Minimum Wage for Physicians that you want to treat like management even though they spend less than 50% of their time managing other employees: $72.70/hr.

The back story of these laws was that there were some companies that were hiring HB-1 visa holders at far sub market rate and using their immigration status to keep them in essentially indentured servitude. One of the results of this has been that desirable locations in California have become heavily populated by computer professionals.

Comment: Re:Next thing you know... (Score 4, Insightful) 372

by micheas (#44570881) Attached to: New Tech Money, Same Old Problems

Except that it is more profitable to produce housing that is 25% occupied that is priced at > two million a unit than lower priced units that are actually occupied by residents of the city.

The 25% occupancy rate was a fairly recent number from One Rincon Hill With units going for between $700,000 and $30,000,000. That is some of the densest housing in San Francisco.

One of the effects of Prop 13 is that in California when your property goes up in value, your taxes go up no more than 2% annually, and when your property goes down in value you get a new lower cost basis for which to limit your annual increase from. This means that housing shortages that predominantly effect the young and entrepreneurs minimally effect the large voting block of older voters allowing rather unique real estate economic systems to form. Many of them encouraging a concentration of wealth.

Comment: Re:1st post. (Score 2, Interesting) 303

It was mostly due to microsoft cutting a check to godaddy to not show apache traffic server in the headers.

Godaddy runs IIS on linux. Well, they run IIS behind apache traffic server so which webserver to count as the webserver is a bit of an academic question. The moral here is that godaddy hosts a lot (hundreds of thousands, if not millions) of inactive sites that they collect 9.95 or so a year for hosting.

Comment: Re:So sue 'em. (Score 1) 569

by micheas (#44274909) Attached to: Whistleblowing IT Director Fired By FL State Attorney

Um, Zimmerman was found not guilty. So, what harm was done to Zimmerman by withholding the evidence?

He might have been found not guilty after a shorter deliberation? The Judge is probably going to rule that any misbehavior by the prosecutors office is moot because they lost. Sort of like one of my chemistry professors in college couldn't be bothered to do more than inform the class that he knew that some people cheated on a test when the high score of the cheaters was a failing grade.

Comment: Re:no formal training (Score 2) 208 and your favorite dev environment (whether that is vim and various shell tools, emacs, eclipse, netbeans, visual studio, or whatever) Is the definitive source of android documentation. But, not what you want.

If you want to see the basics of writing an android app look at the source for phonegap and titanium. Those two frameworks combined with The New Boston will allow a programmer to come up to speed quickly

But, you seem to want to through together an app that you built yourself, without having to actually learn java and such. For that Buzztouch is a pretty good solution, and you might not need more than that, depending on what your app does.

Comment: Re:wtf (Score 1) 662

by micheas (#44083331) Attached to: Supreme Court Decides Your Silence May Be Used Against You

Not quite

If you voluntarily go to the police station without being asked. and refuse to answer a question, but don't say that you are invoking the fifth the lack of answer can be used against you.

The theory is that you instigated the conversation, so you had the chance to talk to an attorney before the conversation. (unrealistic for the general population, but the people that made this ruling have never dealt with low level civil law where over 25% of the litigants are self represented, and thus have a warped view of the world)

The big can of worms that this opens is that does it mean that you should not call 911?

Comment: Re:Publishing a warning about a vulnerability ... (Score 1) 73

by micheas (#43887169) Attached to: Questioning Google's Disclosure Timeline Motivations

You miss read.

What Google is saying is "You have seven days before I tall people how you customers are being screwed."

Once you have an active malware attack exploiting a vulnerability, what is the harm of full disclosure? They only thing I can see this buying is time for the PR flacks to get the story together.

Comment: Re:More than 150? Seriously? (Score 1) 217

by micheas (#43749217) Attached to: I typically receive X pieces of misdelivered (postal) mail ...

Or a letter carrier that consistently delivers the mail in the wrong order in the housing complex.

I can count on my neighbors getting seven out of ten of my packages, and vice versa.

Fortunately we get along and have no major squabbles so we more or less resort the mail four days a week.


N. Carolina May Ban Tesla Sales To Prevent "Unfair Competition" 555

Posted by timothy
from the rento-polo-rento-polo dept.
nametaken writes with this excerpt from Slate: "From the state that brought you the nation's first ban on climate science comes another legislative gem: a bill that would prohibit automakers from selling their cars in the state. The proposal, which the Raleigh News & Observer reports was unanimously approved by the state's Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday, would apply to all car manufacturers, but the intended target is clear. It's aimed at Tesla, the only U.S. automaker whose business model relies on selling cars directly to consumers, rather than through a network of third-party dealerships. ... [The article adds] it's easy to understand why some car dealers might feel a little threatened: Tesla's Model S outsold the Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7 Series, and Audi A8 last quarter without any help from them. If its business model were to catch on, consumers might find that they don't need the middle-men as much as they thought." State laws imposing restrictions on manufacturers in favor of dealers aren't new, though; For more on ways that franchise operations have "used state regulations to protect their profits" long before Tesla was in the picture, check out this 2009 interview with Duke University's Michael Munger.

Comment: Re:Good! (Score 1) 116

You're right of course.

It sort of comes down to what should we give the greatest incentives to people to pursue.

Right now, Things are very stacked towards research into drugs that suppress a problem without actually curing it.

People will always do things that they are not being maximally rewarded for economically. However, most people will pursue that path that provides the greatest chance of economic success.

Personally, I think that we should have more people than David Blech Deciding on what our national priorities are for medical research. However, I am sure others are in favor of letting the market sort it all out.

Time to take stock. Go home with some office supplies.