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Comment Freelancers ARE entrpreneurs (Score 1) 228

A freelancer is hardly a true entrepreneur. A freelancer is effectively an employee without benefits.

A distinction without a difference. A freelancer is merely a form of consultant and they definitely are entrepreneurs. They are selling their time and expertise. A freelancer IS an entrepreneur whether or not they acknowledge this fact. Your notion that freelancers are somehow something fundamentally different somehow simply isn't true. In fact if a freelancer doesn't think of themselves as a small business owner and entrepreneur then they are probably going to do very poorly financially. You think entrepreneurs enjoy benefits? Ha!

Freelancers are capped by the market rates for staff plus the cost of providing them benefits.

That's true for any business, particularly consulting businesses.

This is quite different than truly being an entrepreneur making the value of what he is producing.

See that's where you are wrong. The freelancer IS producing something (services) and they are getting the market value of what they are producing. Per your own argument freelancers get the market rates for the services they provide. I run a manufacturing company in my day job. Do you think I can charge whatever the heck I want? Doesn't work that way. When I sell engineering services (and I do) I can charge market rates for that. There is NO difference.

Comment False sense of security (Score 3, Insightful) 228

It means you have absolutely no security.

You can have plenty of job security as a freelancer just so long as you do something valuable. If what you are doing isn't very valuable then you won't have any job security no matter where you are working.

No benefits, no paid time off, etc. None of this is conducive to a proper work/life balance.

Welcome to being an entrepreneur. You want time off? You earn enough to take some time. You want work/life balance? You earn it. Sometimes getting there requires working pretty hard for a while. You talk about work/life balance as if it is something you are entitled to have rather than something you earn. There's nothing wrong with working for someone else but very few people can earn a substantial income without a lot of time, effort and risk.

This is fine when you are single and have a safety net to fall back on. But that doesn't work when hard times hit and you have no net and/or you have a family.

Working for a company won't protect you when hard times hit. In fact it tends to create a false sense of security. It's up to you to build a safety net. And having a family does not preclude starting a company or working for yourself. I've experienced all those things at various times.

Comment Working more than one job (Score 1) 228

I worked more than 1 job before. IT SUCKS??!

When I was in college I worked two jobs, competed in Division 1 sports and got an engineering degree, all simultaneously. After grad school I started a consulting company and had multiple active clients at any given time. Right now I work a full time job, coach two youth sports teams during the winter and am very active on the board of a non-profit. My wife currently works as a MD at up to 3 different hospitals/labs in a given week. My mother worked a full time job, often a second part time job, got her college degree and put my sister and I through private school. Frankly the notion that it is impossible to do more than one job is absurd unless you take a job you physically cannot handle.

I never felt so humiliated and a slave and my body shutdown. My blood vessels were bursting at the soles of my feet and heels.

What the hell were you doing?

Comment Be more valuable than just a warm body (Score 1) 228

As a freelancer you will likely be bidding on jobs with other freelancers from impoverished countries willing to "do the needful" for pennies. Welcome to Hell.

Only if you are an idiot with no marketable skills. You have to be a weapons grade idiot to seek work that can be outsourced so easily and where the only condition in the negotiation is price.

Comment Change is inevitable (Score 5, Insightful) 228

And at what point can we reevaluate this and say "six jobs at one time is not a job, it's being taken advantage of".

It's not being taken advantage of. It's called being a freelancer. There is lots of work in the world that does not require being in a single place for 40+ hours each week. Just because it is different doesn't mean it is worse or that you are being taken advantage of. I've held as many as 3-4 "jobs" at a given time. It's normal if you are a freelancer.

I don't pretend to know what the future will look like but the one thing I'm certain of is that it won't look like today. The job market your parents had isn't the one you will have and the one your kids will have will be different still. Get used to it.

Comment Degree of malfeasance (Score 1) 173

Ah, that's exactly what GM did. They hid a problem they knew was killing people.

They hid (and/or didn't recognize) a problem once the data was brought to their attention. The engineers were incompetent but probably not criminal. The management was quite possibly criminal in addition to incompetent but the cover up was of a mistake, not an intentionally engineered fraud. With VW both the engineers and the management were criminial. Both companies have blood on their hands (literally) but most people are more willing to forgive what GM did that what VW did. It speaks to VW being more corrupt from top to bottom which compared with GM is kind of saying something.

Comment Incompetent engineering vs criminal (Score 1) 173

Read into it a little before responding defending them if you want to have a reasoned discussion.

I've read into it plenty and I work in the industry. I'm not defending GM, I'm explaining why people are able to forgive their actions slightly more easily than those of VW. GM made a technical error and then management decided it wasn't worth correcting. In hindsight this was clearly wrong but there is at least plausible deniability that it was an error instead of a fraud. My company makes products that go into GM cars and I'm VERY familiar with how GM operates. I'm very willing to believe the problem was mostly a matter of incompetence because that would be entirely consistent with my direct dealings with GM engineering and management. I can very easily believe they thought it wasn't significant enough to justify a recall even though that decision was clearly epically stupid in hindsight. Furthermore the engineers at GM didn't commit the fraud, GM's management did. The worst you can really say about GMs engineers is that they weren't competent.

VW's actions on the other hand were clearly not a mistake or incompetence. They set out to intentionally and deliberately deceive customers and regulators. They intentionally and knowingly engaged in what is basically toxic waste dumping. VW engineering AND management were complicit in this fraud.

The issue was a design mistake, but the process of covering it up and not acting to fix a life threatening issue wasn't;

I believe that is exactly what I said.

Comment Fraud versus negligence (Score 0) 173

GM kills over a hundred people with a known fault and nobody in the US seems to give a shit

The flaw in the GM cars was obviously an accident. Nobody thinks GM was designing their cars to hurt people or violate the law even if they later covered up or ignored the problem. VW clearly and deliberately ordered their engineers to design the car to pollute more than allowed. One is some combination of negligence/incompetence and the other is deliberate fraud.

We can forgive a company that makes a mistake, even one that in hindsight is really dumb and obvious. Harder to forgive a company that intentionally and with malice aforethought tried to defraud customers and regulators. Pollution hurts people and the environment and there are very good reasons why we care about what comes out of vehicle tailpipes. We have reasonable estimates of the number of people killed each year directly and indirectly by pollution. Don't think for a moment that VWs actions didn't have any effect on the lives of others.

Comment Re:News for Facebook employees (Score 1) 129

It makes a nice change hearing something like this from the US, especially after that whole thing with Marissa Mayer. She did new parents no favours whatsoever. Americans generally have a shit deal when it comes to things like this, and it's a little funny saying that this is a global company policy for this reason.

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 1) 129

From the Government source you linked to:

The statutory weekly rate of Paternity Pay and Additional Paternity Pay is £139.58, or 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is lower).

This a pittance, especially for those of us who live in London. We couldn't afford to live off this if I wanted to take off more than the two weeks that I'd get at full pay. This whole 52 weeks paid leave is BS as far as I can tell, but made some good publicity for the last government.

Comment Unitasking cables are dumb design (Score 2) 290

We no longer need ANY CABLE for data.

What universe are you living in? I run a company that manufactures wire harnesses. If we didn't need data cables I wouldn't have a job anymore. If you are one of these deluded people who thinks we can do everything through wireless then you couldn't be more wrong. The need for data cables will be around long after you and I are gone. What we don't need is unnecessary, redundant, uni-tasking cables. Single function power cords cannot die soon enough for mobile devices.

It's only where POWER and DATA go over the same cable that we end up with horrible proprietary crap!

Come again? USB isn't "horrible proprietary crap" and it has power and data. Basically none of the cables we are talking about are proprietary EXCEPT for stupid vendor supplied power connectors. Perhaps you aren't old enough to remember every frickin' cell phone vendor shipping their own unique power cable. Now you basically have either micro-USB or if you are using Apple, lighting. Prior to USB-C so did every laptop vendor. HUGELY wasteful with no commensurate performance benefit.

Laptops have had that forever... Their simple barrel connectors can pull 200W+, no trouble at all.

Who gives a shit? What mobile device are you using that needs to pull 200W? My desktop computer doesn't even use that much power. Single function cables are idiotic, wasteful and unnecessary in the vast majority of cases. Particularly ones that only one vendor uses. The barrel connectors used on many laptops are particularly annoying. Having to carry a special quasi-unique power cord around everywhere is idiotic design.

And no USB connector will ever be 1/100th as durable as a tough, simple, basic barrel connector.

Demonstrably not true and completely missing the point. Barrel connectors have their uses but powering a laptop, tablet, cellphone or other mobile device should not be one of them. It is wasteful, unnecessary, and provides no meaningful performance benefit. The ONLY time a unitasking cable should be used with a mobile device is if there is a undeniable performance benefit, it will never be unplugged, and there is no multi-function substitute available.

Comment Proprietary charging cables are devil's work (Score 2) 290

The only reason this even remotely sounds good is because everybody has forgotten how fast proprietary chargers are.

As if that even remotely overcomes the deficiencies of proprietary charging cables. The fewer cable types we have to deal with the better. Power and data can and should go over the same cables. USB is imperfect but it's a huge improvement over what we used to do. Proprietary charging cables are wasteful, annoying, redundant, and unnecessary unitaskers. They are thinly veiled attempts at vendor lock in. I don't care how well they might work for the actual act of charging, they fail in every other way.

Now USB just needs to settle on a single un-keyed connector that can carry enough power to run a laptop and has enough speed to run a display. We're just about there.

The solution of this problem is trivial and is left as an exercise for the reader.