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Comment: Re:get rid of salary pay / make it have a high lev (Score 1) 477

by royallthefourth (#46714479) Attached to: New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

Sorry, that was 1996. I don't think it "forced" anyone to become salaried on its own, but it did give employers the right to deny overtime.

Between equal rights, force decides; unorganized workers have basically no force compared to the company.

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Comment: Re:get rid of salary pay / make it have a high lev (Score 4, Insightful) 477

by royallthefourth (#46714307) Attached to: New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

See what that gets you after a few years when your salary has effectively dropped 5% due to raises failing to keep pace with inflation. Where do you turn when all the jobs in town are shit and your pay is stagnating? There's not always an individual option available.

At that point, the only option left will be collective action against the company. The only question remaining is how long it will take for tech workers to pull their heads out of their asses and realize that half of them will never afford retirement at the current pace of things.

Comment: Re:get rid of salary pay / make it have a high lev (Score 4, Interesting) 477

by royallthefourth (#46713907) Attached to: New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

In the 1980's, IBM (among others) invested lots of money to have legislation passed that makes programmers, engineers, and sysadmins into "salaried professionals" so that they wouldn't have to pay overtime.

The only way that could possibly be reversed is a group larger and more powerful than the owners of tech companies fighting to reverse it; that is to say, the organized tech workers will have fight for our own standard of living. We won't be able to do that until we are actually organized, though. Perhaps the sporadically striking fast food workers who were previously thought to be powerless can set an example for us.

Comment: Pizza place (Score 3, Interesting) 322

by royallthefourth (#46219254) Attached to: What Are the Weirdest Places You've Spotted Linux?

Like many others, I had several shitty jobs during college. One of those jobs was delivering pizzas for Papa John's. Running in the office of our store was a desktop computer with some really locked-down Linux on it that was limited to running some awful console program and a PDF viewer.

Comment: Re:Stop with JavaScript (Score 3, Informative) 197

by royallthefourth (#45484799) Attached to: Microsoft Adds Node.js Support To Visual Studio

it's so great that it'll allow you to just decide to use some member variable somewhere without declaring it

Undeclared variables are implicitly global. A code inspector will warn you about mistakes like that!

there's no way to know the type of a variable

It should be clear from the way it's used or by the documentation (if it exists). This is true of not only Javascript, but every dynamic language. If that's not good enough, use one of the readily-available and straightforward debuggers. Another quick approach is to just console.log(var)

Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more unreliable. Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable. -- Gilb

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