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Comment: Re:Is negotiation a skill required for the job? (Score 1) 892

When is the last time you negotiated prices at the grocery store? Yes, there are places where you can do so, but the prices then get determined almost entirely by the relative skill of the hagglers, rather than the actual value of the merchandise. "Market pricing" is an almost completely unrelated phenomena determined by the intersection of supply and demand curves for commodity-scale trading.

Of course there are other options as well to try to get the best of both worlds - transparent salaries for one: put everybodies salary on their name plaque and you'll get a lot of disgruntled workers if you let Frank' superior haggling skills earn him a substantial pay raise, despite him being the office slacker.

Does that include shopping at another competing store where Item X costs less?

Comment: Re:Managers need an algorithm for that? (Score 1) 210

- Have they turned up in a suit one day when they normally where jeans and t-shirt and disappear off for an extra long lunchbreak?
- Have they started arriving late and leaving early?
- Do they skip meetings more often?
- Have they hinted about a payrise in the last assessment?
- Has their work quality gone off a cliff and they spend most of the day on social media or youtube?

If YES is the answer to 2 or more of those then yes, probably they're looking to leave.

Yeah, that's pretty much how it goes. I don't normally wear jeans to work though.

Comment: Re:Suck it Millenials (Score 1) 407

by neurovish (#49353893) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US

Makes me glad I'm one of the leading edge Millennials, one of the ones that grew up with Windows 95/DOS and all the associated bugginess and user-unfriendliness of the applications of that era. We actually had to learn how our computers worked and how to really get in and fix things. These later edge Millennials that got iPhones in middle school and high school have utterly no idea how any of this stuff works.

For reasons I don't understand, the media continues to refer to the trailing edge Millennials as technology whiz kids who have grown up with technology and are "technologically savvy", but to my way of thinking they really know nothing about technology at all. It takes absolutely no skill to use some Apple store approved iPhone app with a super simple, refined UI. It did take skill to try to install and run old DOS games and get all those crazy, primitive drivers to install, work, and not have conflicts with each other. Those issues led to a curiosity about computers, which led to me learning programming, which led to a computer engineer degree and ultimately a good career in IT, but had I grown up with an iPhone I wonder if it would ever have happened.

Oh, and let's not forget leading edge Millennials are phenomenal typers too, because we grew up with Instant Messaging clients, not texting with our thumbs. Not a bad skill to have in IT.

-Born in late 1983.

Screw X and Millenials, we need a new label for the DOS generation that needed a few custom boot menu options to play our video games and knows how to wrangle TSRs, himem, and emm386.

Comment: Re:Excel spreadsheets? (Score 1) 113

Excel spreadsheets are what "The Business" uses when "you IT folks" can't make a "reasonable" system that retains all data forever fast enough.

Is it too late to eradicate The Business from workspeak? It's gone too far where I spend most of my days, and now we have a guy who will refer to a single person as The Business and invoke The Business when asking for anything he doesn't want us to question. In one email exchange with him going back and forth talking about The Business, I deduced that The Business really did not know what it wanted and was making nonsensical requests. In trying to get a representative for The Business that I could talk to directly, he told me that The Business was just one of our BSAs with a tenuous grasp of technology.

Comment: Oooooold Tech (Score 1) 112

by neurovish (#49327071) Attached to: Bring On the Boring Robots

This sounds very much no more complex than the robot CMU had wandering around the halls in one of the buildings in the mid 90s (forget the name). You could tell it to go to some room and take a picture or deliver a message. It was fairly large, and could probably hold 10 lbs. The main difference seems to be an attached ipad for ratings.

Comment: Re:I have to agree, it is cultural (Score 1) 233

This sounds similar to my experiences in an engineering program at a state school, just replace "Indians" with "Chinese", and instead of the TA either being in collusion or just didn't care, it was the professor that didn't care. Same sort of project, except the program was run during class on the screen during project evaluation day where we could see what everybody came up with. There was a project from a previous semester that got an A which every group had passed around. Of the 10 or so teams, probably 3 delivered what looked to be original projects, a few more looked like they had changed the UI a bit, some took the UI and and just changed the font/color, and the 3 teams of Chinese students all turned in the same project unaltered in any way. The project was 80% of our final grade, and they got As.

Comment: Re:eReaders are functionally bad (Score 1) 261

by neurovish (#49127417) Attached to: The Case Against E-readers -- Why Digital Natives Prefer Reading On Paper

Try a real e-reader, not that Sony piece of crap. I would have thrown that Sony against the wall the first time it took an hour to do anything. Try a bottom-end Kindle. It's way better than what you describe.

The first e-reader I had was a Sony touch. It worked really well for me, but I'm also just reading fiction on it and not scientific journals. It never took an hour to start up for me. I tried using it with the europe lonely planet ebook on a road trip once, and it was a bit useless since the maps and any images took forever to load. That sort of thing is not really what it was designed for though. For just reading normal books, it was great. I liked it better than the Nook and Kindle offerings at the time.

Comment: Re:Even with the new outbreaks (Score 1) 580

by neurovish (#49047837) Attached to: Low Vaccination Rates At Silicon Valley Daycare Facilities

Children have a greater chance of getting stuck by lightning than catching measles.

Kinda makes sense that people who commonly do risk assessment would choose not to vaccinate.

Especially when the majority of polio cases in the united states are caused by vaccinations than any other sources combined.

PS:Iâ(TM)ve had both vaccinations.

The risk of getting struck by lightning is pretty low, but I'm still not going to stand in an open field with a metal rod during a thunderstorm.

Comment: Re:And SV is even less surprising (Score 2) 580

by neurovish (#49047721) Attached to: Low Vaccination Rates At Silicon Valley Daycare Facilities

As many people on Slashdot have probably noticed, there are more than a few geeks who are infected with Smartest Motherfucker in the Universe syndrome. Since they've gone through their lives generally being a good deal more intelligent than their peers, but with poor social skills, it can lead to an arrogance that they are smarter than basically anyone else, and that their knowledge is supreme not just in their field, but in all fields.

Well that then is ripe for anti-scientific shit like anti-vaxxer crap. They believe they are in on a secret that normal people are just too stupid to see, that they are smarter and better than those sheep doctors and so on and so forth. It feeds their ego on their intellect to believe they know better than the medical establishment.

So this surprises me not at all. SV has all the right elements to be a hotbed of this kind of shit.

I am really glad I went to a "smart" high school program because of this. Once I got into a crowd of other Smartest Motherfuckers, I realized that I really wasn't, and amongst the Smartest Motherfuckers, I was only about average. Then I graduated and went to college and was like "wait, where are all the other Smartest Motherfuckers?". Then I went and got a real job at Some Company that's nothing special, and I've largely forgotten what I learned in high school.

...though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"