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Comment Re:Is this really as typical as it seems? (Score 1) 107

"The purpose of the system is to keep you from being robbed."

Wrong. The purpose of he system is to make money.

"Until burglars learn that a sticker like "security by X" is a joke, they'll move on to a house with no sticker. So there's probably still some value for now."

Oh, you meant the purpose... of the customer. Well, a friend of mine did exactly that: he put a sticker of a reputed security company on his door and done with it. Same security level at a lower cost.

Comment Re: Resume the lunar program (Score 1) 99

If it's Trump then I predict a change to a program to send people to Venus. It's a lot closer, is similarly sized to earth, and has a real atmosphere.

Please tell me you're joking, right? Sorry if I missed the sarcasm. I don't consider 500 degree sulfuric acid at 90 atmospheres to be much of an advantage. Anyway everyone knows Trump would be more interested in building a casino on the moon.

Comment Re:Sputnik? (Score 4, Insightful) 99

Sputnik was never intended as a "slap in the face to anyone". Self centered people tend to think that others do things especially for their own benefit. Sputnik was a mere step forward in technology. It would have been difficult to create an orbital satellite that did NOT fly over the United States at some point or other. That America decided to take it as a personal insult from "those commie bastards" is another thing entirely.

Comment Re:Punishing people who get degrees we need the mo (Score 1) 217

"It's completely irresponsible to go into debt without any plan on how you're going to pay it back"

Maybe you are right but then, what would you call the one that lends money to somebody without a pay back plan?

Specially considering that most probably the lender knows to the petty detail what are the chances and income distributions for somebody majoring in hellenic studies while the 18 y.o. potential borrower does not.

Comment Re:Pro or Anti union (Score 1) 122

"on one hand i agree that you cannot DENY anybody right to group up and self organize,
but unions are opposite of that, first they FORCE workers to "self organize" (be members) otherwise they cant work for that specific company,
also they FORCE company to employ one of people on their "approved list" even though company might found someone willing to do better work and/or for less money"

In other words, you are in need of European-style unions.

Comment Re:Avoidance (Score 1) 82

"All it shows is that people are influenced more by the people around them than by people far away."

No, it isn't. The between-the-lines message is that bosses somehow tend to be more sociopathic than average and you can "catch" his sociopathy by being near him. But then, it tends to be more minions than bosses so the expected conclusion of your premise would be that bosses tend to behave more ethically the nearer to their people they are instead of the other way around.

So, if anything, it shows that people are more influenced by *perceived higher authority* the nearer the authority figure is which, again, is a platitude since authority can basically be defined as the ability to shape others' behaviour to start with.

Comment Re:News for Facebook employees (Score 1) 128

Facebook isn't really like "Corporate America". Facebook can afford to give expensive benefits to employees because Facebook's business is hugely profitable and growing fast. Most companies have neither Facebook's growth nor Facebook's profit potential. If you expect other companies to be like Facebook, you will be disappointed.

Comment Re:Avoidance (Score 4, Insightful) 82

"It also has the reverse effect"

Of course it is. The article's conclusion is naive at best and stupid at worst since the real conclusion is "being near the boss facilitates being at boss' reach" which, of course, is a platitude.

You, as a hire are in one of two situations: you either are happy with your position or you are not.

If the former you don't want to be too near to the boss to avoid the chance of being a pawn on his intrigues (if you are OK chances if you move is to the worse), but not so far away that he forgets why is he paying you.

If the later, you are either trying to climb the ladder, in which case you definitely want to be near your boss you maximize your chances of promotion (at a higher chance of screwing up, either really or in his perception) or you are trying to get out of the company, in which case you, yes, want to be as far from your boss as possible to maximize the chances he forgets about you.

Now, you don't need a study to probe the obvious but, if any, to disprove this "common sense" approach.

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