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Comment: Re:"Free" exercise (Score 1) 226

by tompaulco (#49144219) Attached to: I ride a bike ...
It would be much faster for me to ride a bike than to take the bus to my last place of work. Going by the bus schedule, I literally would have to spend 7+ hours a day either on the bus or walking to or from the bus stop. The closest stop to my house is about 2 miles and the closest to work is also about 2 miles, but the route does not go direct and I would have to transfer downtown and wait for an outgoing bus. In order to get to work by 9, I would have to take the earliest possible bus, which would necessitate leaving my house at 5:30 am. In order to take the last bus, which would get me home by 7:30 pm, I would have to leave work no later than 4:45 pm. Obviously, this would be unacceptable to my (now former) employer, as that would leave less than 8 hours for working and they expect us to put in at least 10-12 hours per day.
Biking the 18 miles, on the other hand would take maybe 1.5 hours in either direction, so it would be more than twice as fast as the bus. The disadvantage being that it would be dark for at least part of the trip most of the year. It is also mostly highway, so by bike I would have to find an alternate route. By car, it is about 20 minutes, so about 5 times faster than the bike, and about 10 times faster than the bus.

Comment: Re: Crazy at the helm (Score 1) 294

by tompaulco (#49137405) Attached to: Reddit Imposes Ban On Sexual Content Posted Without Permission
First of all, the comment you quoted was not mine. Second, the percentage of female CEOs has doubled in the last 10 years. This is not a small change. My question is whether this is due to somebody finally recognizing the merit of certain women, or whether some companies are just trying to create the illusion of being socially progressive and hiring women over men for the position.

Comment: Re:Crazy at the helm (Score 4, Insightful) 294

by tompaulco (#49134519) Attached to: Reddit Imposes Ban On Sexual Content Posted Without Permission
I wouldn't say doing it once (at least the suit, have no idea or evidence about the affairs) represents a "history". If she sues Reddit next, then I would call it a history. Also, the information I see says that it was not a harassment suit, but a gender discrimination suit. Hard to claim gender discrimination when they make her a CEO. Although I would suspect a guy could probably make a good claim (that would be thrown out because discriminating against males is okay) that Reddit is just hopping on the bandwagon of female CEOs and are thus illegally discriminating based on gender.
Now, if she is really getting involved in affairs with employees, I might go get me a job at Reddit. She's one hot CEO. I'll get my wife's permission first, or course.

Comment: Re:do you want exodus? (Score 1) 145

by tompaulco (#49119451) Attached to: Attention, Rockstar Developers: Get a Talent Agent

we already have a huge problem with recruiting. I cleared 37 voicemail messages from recuiting mills that dont even source their call centers in the US. most of this was for 3 month contract or 6 month contract work, shit that is beneath anyone but that corporations feel like theyre fucking entitled to. I routinely roll out of bed for calls from these shitlords at 2 AM because someone didnt set the callcenter ntp server in india properly.

Well, I don't seem to have a problem with recruiters calling me. I might get one or two a month. What I get from the Indian companies is spammed with lists of available contractors.
I did used to get a lot of calls from the Indian companies looking to recruit, but the moment they find out you are 1.) not Indian and 2.) not on an H1b, then they lose interest and don't call you anymore.

Comment: Re:Turns out agencies don't really work like that (Score 1) 145

by tompaulco (#49119389) Attached to: Attention, Rockstar Developers: Get a Talent Agent
Developers are still capable of making horrible decisions. They can get all excited about some new open source whizbang thing that is still full of bugs and then start preaching it up to management. I mean, it's fun to work with new technology, right? So why not put it into your company's product so you can put it on your resume?
I had this happen at my previous company. I won't say what the open source project was that the other development team drummed up, but it was definitely something we could have finished the product without. They talked big about how it was going to be put into all of our products and make the company more efficient. It ended up only being used in one product, and the product, although in place at customers, has a very severe bug that the development team cannot figure out. Due to this open source project that they insisted on integrating, the company has to use Java 6, even though Java 6 was EOLed two years ago. Even though only that one open source project ties them to Java 6, all of the company's other products are also developed in Java 6, and the company makes customers use Java 6. Java 6 is no longer even available from Oracle without logging in. Java 7 is EOL in two months.

Comment: Re:Copyright issue? (Score 1) 284

by tompaulco (#49119129) Attached to: Google Knocks Explicit Adult Content On Blogger From Public View
While that may be true, what would be the harm in saying they were taking them down over copyright issues, as opposed to taking them down in direct contrast to their previous statement? What is so bad about the truth?
This is like when the hotels put up signs that say "In order to protect the environment, we will only trade out the linens every other day", instead of saying "In order to make more money for our stockholders, we will only trade out the linens every other day."

Comment: Re:How does this compare to radio? (Score 1) 303

by tompaulco (#49115995) Attached to: Pandora Pays Artists $0.001 Per Stream, Thinks This Is "Very Fair"
Now that you mention it, I can't remember when I last heard an ad on Pandora. Maybe they are doing the visual ads, but once I start it running I only go back to the tab when it shuts down.
I would prefer they do the visual ads. That way I don't have to look at them and can ignore them as I do with all advertisements. Unfortunately, audio advertisements waste my time while I ignore them while the visual ones can just be occurring while i am doing something else and still listening to music.

Comment: Re:The biggest challenge? (Score 1) 185

by tompaulco (#49115945) Attached to: Google Teams Up With 3 Wireless Carriers To Combat Apple Pay
Every clearinghouse in the country also supports the idea of a Token that is not your card number. That doesn't mean the vendors will, either on the current system or on the proposed system.
Phone companies are not regulated as Credit Card companies, and until they are, they should not be allowed to facilitate these transactions. They are enjoying the benefit of processing these transactions without any of the added extra cost of enforcing consumer protection. Instead, if you say you didn't buy something, then they say "tough. If you don't pay it, we are going to report you to the credit agencies,"

Comment: Re:You haven't really looked (Score 1) 210

by tompaulco (#49111449) Attached to: 800,000 Using Were Sent Incorrect Tax Data
That's probably the difference then. I had an individual plan prior to Obamacare because coverage through the company was too expensive. I paid about 1/3 of what I would have paid through my company insurance for my family. People used to complain that you couldn't get affordable insurance except through a company, but I think that was a rumor spread by the corporations to keep people from leaving them.
Unfortunately, when Obamacare came along, my previously affordable insurance went about by a factor of 4 or 5. It was still cheaper than my company's insurance plan, which also went up by about 50%, so I stayed with my individual plan, but I had to switch to a different individual plan to get it down to only 3 times the previous year's plan.

Comment: Re:Not well informed (Score 1) 669

by tompaulco (#49108801) Attached to: Bill Nye Disses "Regular" Software Writers' Science Knowledge
Not to mention that it shows that he is a hypocrite. While everybody in every other field gets an F because they are not an expert in his chosen field, he obviously knows nothing about the software development profession. Why does everybody have to be an expert, while not everybody has to be an expert in software development, banking, law, medicine, etc.?

You can not win the game, and you are not allowed to stop playing. -- The Third Law Of Thermodynamics