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Comment: Re:That is okay (Score 1) 301

If unions were just collective bargaining groups nobody would oppose them. The problem are the laws that give them extra rights and the fact they typically resort to violence to get their way.

Workers should absolutely have the right to bargain as a collective. But the employer should also have the right not to negotiate and to fire all of those employees and hire replacements. The reason people don't like unions is they will resort to violence to prevent willing people from taking the jobs they abandoned.

Comment: Use it as a weapon (Score 1) 347

by trout007 (#49142511) Attached to: The Programmers Who Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates

Use your estimate precision as a bargaining chip for things your need. Typically what impacts my estimate is requirement uncertainty. So give an estimate with an error +200/-10% error. If we could just finalize these particular requirements my estimate would improve. This way a manager will focus on getting the requirements fixed.

I was once given a "project" and I asked for the requirements document. They said there are no requirements so I happily said great I'm done designing!

Comment: Re:Another reason contracts should not be enforcea (Score 1) 196

by trout007 (#49099993) Attached to: A123 Sues Apple For Poaching Employees

There are much easier solutions that already exist like credit card companies. My Amex has buyer protection. If a vendor screws me over (which happens from time to time) I call Amex up and the investigate and refund the charges. The cost is what they charge to the merchants. So both the merchant and I are voluntarily paying a fee. The merchant gets a larger customer base by taking Amex and I get buyer protection.

The only people that benefit from the current system are the crooks. The whole system exists to unload the cost of doing business with shady companies to the tax payers.

Comment: Re:Reality Flip Switch (Score 1) 252

by trout007 (#49099915) Attached to: No Tech Bubble Here, Says CNN: "This Time It's Different."

Normal deflation isn't a big deal. The computer industry has operated under price deflation since day 1. My first computer was an Apple II GS. That thing was over $2k in the early 90's.

Also the whole industrial revolution occurred under deflation.

Now I assume you are talking about deflation right now. Yes after years of easy money a tightening will cause a bad depression. But that is the cute not the disease.

Comment: Re:Another reason contracts should not be enforcea (Score 1) 196

by trout007 (#49097749) Attached to: A123 Sues Apple For Poaching Employees

Or people would actually do some research into a person they are about to sign a deal with. As it stands now people really don't bother because if the deal falls through they can use other peoples money (taxes) to hire goons (police) to make the other person pay.

Let's say you get three bids for a contract. You go with the low bidder because you always can go to court to get them to adhere to the contract. If you actually took the risk yourself you would either have to go through a third party (like e-bay or credit card companies that have buyer protection) or actually take the risk yourself. Either way is superior in my opinion.

All the evidence concerning the universe has not yet been collected, so there's still hope.