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Comment: Practicality (Score 1) 245 245

A lot of people are commenting about her deserving a fulfilling career or about children needing a parent around and all sorts of stuff like that. That's all well and good, but I am assuming a little differently.

The fact that he is bothering with this at all makes me think it is possible that the family simply NEEDS the money. Maybe he is just being the financially responsible one and she is not.

Sure it would be great if she could find a new career which she would love. But.. if they NEED the money now and she already has the job experience, knowledge and skill in a specific, decently paying job market then maybe the responsible thing is for her to just suck it up and take one for the team.

As for staying home.. Hopefully if he is considering talking her into going back to work he has already thought about who will take care of the kids. Maybe they have grandparents around. Maybe, based on when she worked previously he expects the cost of day care to be worth it.

BTW, as a working Dad I can tell you that you can have a full time job and still have a ton of influence in raising your child. It's all in what you chose to do once you get home.

Anyway, he could just be being greedy but we don't know that. Maybe they need some more income to take care of their family.

Comment: Re:Copyright Law (Score 1) 190 190

If someone decided to make a trademark today out of what had been your personal domain for years and they showed up, offered to promise not to sue you for a fee of $1 how would you feel about giving it to them?

Don't get me wrong, $1 is nowhere near worth going to court over. But come on... do you want to pay me a dollar not to market something under the name j-beda?

Comment: Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 271 271

That's BS. Only people who use cosmetics and who reside in whatever part of the world Lush sells to would expect that. Furthermore, even they shouldn't be too surprised since Lush is an actual English word AND a common surname. Anybody could have claimed it for valid reasons AND Lush the cosmetics company failed to do so.

Your argument is like going to something named Windows, finding a builder who installs windows in houses and being incredulous that it wasn't Microsoft Windows.

I wish that companies like Google and the world's various court systems would stop pandering to these crying marketing department babies. If they care so much about their precious brands they should be more creative and stop trying to own surnames and real dictionary words. Also, they should have taken the Internet more seriously and claimed their names when they were still available.

Comment: Re:Wow brilliant move (Score 1) 113 113

Really? As a developer I've only been asking that they close shop. I must admit, I haven't had to deal with any of their products in a few years. Our customers use to use them a lot though and in those days the way they handled html made IE look good. I don't really want the people who designed that making any more products that I may have to one day support.

Comment: Re:Social mobility was killed, but not this way (Score 1) 1032 1032

No, I don't dislike that device. I just think it's incomplete. It matters what you get the degree in. Some things just don't make any sense to go into debt for because they don't translate into marketable labor. The example given was philosophy. Why would I or anyone else hire someone with a degree in philosophy? They might be good for deep conversations but how does it translate into money?

Unless they take it to a PHD level so they can become professors training the next batch of non-marketable graduates. But.. don't even rely on that. There aren't that many philosophy professor positions available. You have to get the PHD, outshine a ton of other applicants, have connections AND still be really lucky to get that job. Otherwise you are STILL flipping burgers AND paying off a student loan.

That was just an example of course. I'm sure there are plenty of degrees like that. Then there are teaching degrees like 'History' for example. Every school needs a history teacher. So.. with the degree you can at least do that. But.. There is still a lot of competition. You will be an occasional substitute teacher for years before you get a full-time position. And you might (or might not) make ok money once you do but you will definitely not get rich. So.. if it's your passion it might make sense. But.. don't go to the biggest named, most expensive school you can find. You will NEVER pay off that debt. just go to a reasonably average state university.

Comment: Re:Ob (Score 1) 528 528

You should hear people speak Spanish from different parts of the world. American vs UK English is NOTHING!

Besides... what gives the English ownership of 'true' English if not history since it started there. What I have heard is that American English is closer to what the English spoke at the time of the revolution than what the English speak now is.

Comment: Re:Ob (Score 1) 528 528

If everyone isn't making an exception for her (and all the others) and she truly doesn't know any German than what is she doing? Importing her food from an English speaking country via the internet? Starving?

If people are managing to get by without knowing the local language then I guess someone has made the decision to enable them. Nobody is forcing the local shopkeepers, landlords, etc to learn English are they?

A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing.