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Comment Re:Stop spying on everyone (Score 1) 482

Perhaps if it were made a clear and easily-changable option to the user. Example:

1. 30 day trial, no snooping
2. Snooping version, free after 30 days
3. Purchase non-snooping version

And it should let you know when your 30 days are up rather than automatically go into snoop mode without confirmation.

Clear and friendly choices can bring in more customers and more dollars.

Comment Re:Standardized settings management (Score 1) 482

You are thinking of OS or bundled "system" apps, aren't you? An independent app would invent an independent way of managing features.

And even though those devices might have a standard GUI for finding and editing them, each vendor either has a different way of importing/exporting them, or provide no easy way, period.

Plus, if they were standardized in an open way, you could install a different "settings browser" with fancier search, find, compare, query, report, alarm, etc. features.

Comment Re:This! (Score 1) 162

Offshoring and automation have essentially cheapened the value of much of human labor. However, all this automation and outsourcing has also made stuff cheaper. Ideally their slide rate would both match more or less, or even provide a net benefit for regular folks.

However, salaries overall seem to be slipping backward*. So, why are they not balancing out? Because the owners of capital and corporations rigged the rewards of cheaper labor/automation to go them THEM instead of us, and lobby heavy to keep it that way.

* Wages for existing jobs are stagnant, but if you lose your job, often you end up going back to work at another org for less. Thus, on average salaries are sliding backward when inflation is factored in.

Comment Re:most things are older than previously thought. (Score 5, Interesting) 74

The Greeks were amazing thinkers. They also used complex wrapping of rope around poles, pulleys, and pegs to program automated plays--mechanical TV's essentially.

Too bad they never leveraged it, probably due to the abundance of slaves.

William Wilberforce, a UK abolitionist, may have sparked the industrial revolution more than the steam engine and technology.

A steam engine was invented by the ancient Greeks. However, because slaves were so common then (usually captured enemies), they didn't think much about labor saving devices. Their gizmos were mostly considered show pieces, and thus there was little incentive to improve on their efficiency or utility.

William Wilberforce's pressure on UK politics reduced slave usage, making machines a more attractive alternative, thus propelling advances in manufacturing machinery.

Comment Re:Institutional Knowledge (Score 1) 162

True, but the "Darwinism" of the market place will filter out the biggest dummies. I'm generally talking about a trend, not a revolution. Companies and managers that find a way to leverage fungible staff by having relatively clean work processes will expand and/or survive recessions better than those run by pure PHB's.

Comment Re:Pay peanuts (Score 1) 191

Those who make the decisions often focus on superficial things. I don't know a fix for that.

I've seen people take sloppy shortcuts to put something visually snazzy up quick, and the clueless people who evaluate it think they are a Web-God.

If one points out potential security, ADA, performance, maintenance, device-dependent problems, they are painted as jealous nay-sayers. It's happened to me many times.

And those making the decisions expect to get promoted or hired away fairly soon; the long-term is not their concern.

Chimps are drawn to shiny objects, not smart objects. That's just the way it is. It's not a technology problem, it's a people problem.

Who knows, maybe I'm making similar mistakes with things I know little about like plumbing, car repairs, bank accounts, etc. Maybe civilization is just growing too complex to manage well. We cannot all be subject experts in everything because the subjects keep growing.

Comment The IRS keeps its hooks in US citizens who leave. (Score 2) 340

I'd also move my operation to Ireland if I could.

What's stopping you?

The US tax code. The US keeps its hooks in its citizens and companies, for decades, if they try to leave, even if they move out and renounce their citizenship.

The US does this to a far greater extent than other countries who generally don't tax their citizens if they're out of the country for more than half a year. (This is where "The Jet Set" came from: Citizens of various non-US countries who had found a way to earn a living that let them split their time among three or more countries every year and avoid enough income tax to live high-on-the-hog, even on an income that otherwise might be middle-class.)

Only really big companies, with armies of lawyers, can find loopholes that let them effectively move out of the US to a lower-taxing alternative. You'll note that TFA is a lament about how one managed to escape, and how the US might "close THIS loophole" to prevent others from using it.

Comment Re:Simple Fix for H1B Visa Problem (Score 1) 55

Simply require that H-1B visa holders must be paid at least the 90th percentile (or 95th if you like) wage for their field.

Plus any amount that the employer would have to pay into a government entitlement program for a US employee that he doesn't need to pay into said program for a foreigner on H1B (or other work visa systems).

It's even fair. If the program is, say, a retirement program that the visiting worker can't benefit from, shouldn't he have the money to buy a replacement for it elsewhere?

Comment Re:Institutional Knowledge (Score 1) 162

You are constantly explaining and re-explaining how your business works, and bugs are repeatedly entering codebases because the developer hasn't spent years understanding the business and its workflows.

Based on experience I generally agree. Domain knowledge is very useful and seems undervalued by the industry.

However, perhaps the changing economy will weed out companies with convoluted work processes, favoring those that keep their business rules, data, and work-flows clean and logical.

It could push co's toward pre-packaged infrastructure systems such as ERP suites and off-the-shelf HR software. That way one can hire an expert on the given infrastructure product and they won't walk in clueless to your operations.

Things are not changing for just workers. If you want the advantages of standardized plugs, you have to also have standardized ports.

Comment Personal experience, rough on families (Score 3, Interesting) 162

I used to "gig around" a lot, and found it difficult to co-raise a family under. If you are single and can hop all over the country and/or globe, that's great! But it's hard on families.

During good times you may be able to stay mostly local, but good times rarely last. The boom/bust "business cycle" of capitalism has been going on long before the USA existed, and has yet to be solved.

If gigs paid very well, then perhaps one could live with more gaps by saving up. But I have not seen a significant lasting pay advantage, especially during recessions.

Maybe a few "elite" workers with speedy eyes and eidetic memories can pull it off and come out ahead of traditional salaries, but by definition, most of us are not elite.

I've got a bad feeling about this.