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Comment Re:Negotiating salaries is for the birds. (Score 1) 428 428

I was only referring to the interview/recruiting process - not for existing employees.

The big problem with exposing individual salaries is that most people overestimate their own worth (except, interestingly, some of the most productive people). It's similar to the phenomena that well over 1/2 the drivers think they are better drivers than the median skill driver -- which of course is impossible.

I suppose open salaries could help in one way if managers are bad at giving feedback and taking action. Those employees who think they are better than another employee who, in fact, is much more productive than they are may eventually quit just because they are angry that they are not making as much money as the other employee. However, I've never had a big problem with housecleaning though so likely I got rid of them already in a convenient layoff or other personnel action.

Of course in an environment with little salary diversity based on merit, there's less reason not to disclose salaries.

I do believe in exposing salary grades (low, mid, high for example) but not individual salaries and title:grade relationships if those formally exist.

Comment Re:Negotiating salaries is for the birds. (Score 2) 428 428

And the inverse. I've wasted time talking to a few companies who were very interested but didn't ever ask what I was currently making -- until they casually asked the question after a couple of hours, and you could feel the oxygen leave the room and their interest plummet. I was talking to VPs of development at small growing companies and by looking at my resume I assumed they knew what I was probably making, but they seemed to be hoping that I was underpaid and that I would happily remain so. I just wish they had asked the question on the phone if they were going to play that game so I wouldn't waste my time. Lesson learned.

However, salaries and roles at small companies are often fluid -- you have a need and you have a candidate, the candidate is very strong and perhaps more than you need right now, but you'll have a hard time doing better when you DO need that person. I've always tried to hire opportunistically in those situations and sometimes end up pushing the "grade" of the position up a notch. This is harder to do at large companies -- esp. if you can't find some other manager in your department who has had a hard time hiring for their position at that level in which case chatting with a VP can sometimes get reqs swapped on the "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" grounds. Thus, being totally "open" about what a position pays up front may be a mistake and result in a lost opportunity for all.

Comment Re:Victory for common sense! (Score 1) 91 91

I'm a current customer of Comcast and am have/use this very service - both on my Comcast router and other customers Comcast routers.

Where did I claim the activity wasn't tied to the MAC address of the device? It is also easily tied to the Comcast subscriber that authenticated the device to Comcast's network and it's inconceivable to me that they don't keep this info - esp. since they claim that data caps on a subscriber's account include their usage from devices using the xfinitywifi hotspots (I've not validated empirically that this is true however).

Comment Re:Victory for common sense! (Score 1) 91 91

But their activity is NOT tied to "YOUR" IP address. It is tied to a completely different IP address that xfinity/Comcast has assigned after validating the the user is a Comcast subscriber. Really, Comcast sucks, but they know a lot more about networks than the average AC on /.

Comment Re:Good for greece (Score 2) 1307 1307

The Greeks will never accept an exit from the Euro.

If the ECB et al don't prop up the Greek banks w/more Euros, there will be a defacto exit from the Euro. The Greek government will have to take over the banks, but they can't pay depositors in Euros that the banks and government don't have, so it seems they will have little choice but to issue IOUs (for the sake of convenience, let's call these "Drachmas") on some vague hope that the Government/Banks will some day be able to convert these to Euros. However, until and if that day comes, the "Drachma" will become the primary currency that Greeks use for internal trade and a primary form of payment to pensioners and government employees. How much a "Drachma" is worth is anyone's guess, but a market will develop and currency (excuse me, IOU) traders will establish a value.

It won't be anywhere near as smooth as California's issuance of IOUs was some years back though.

Comment Re:Hmm that sounds familiar (Score 1) 123 123

So, no routers? How does the second ISP enter the business when the cable/fiber is already connected to the first ISP? Does the utility run 1000 cables/fiber strands in case 1000 ISPs join (and who pays for the other 999 if only one ISP joins the program or for tearing up the streets when the 1001st joins)?

Suppose, there ARE routers on a cable based system allowing multiple ISPs to share access to the same cable -- how do you deal with the case where one ISP's customers swamp the network? Who controls the the cable modems (I assume the utility would have to in order to control the shared cable resource) and, if there were no charge or caps for bandwidth, why wouldn't every ISP request the max possible speed and highest QoS config for each of their customers?

What am I missing here?

Comment Re:Hmm that sounds familiar (Score 1) 123 123

It seems the public utility would need to charge for the bandwidth somehow. They could charge the ISP who could decide to pass it directly to customers based on usage or to amortize it across all customers. Alternatively, the public utility could either bill the customer directly or, more likely, require that the ISP collect it from each customer based on usage as a distinct named line item. Ultimately, the number of routers and other equipment the 'public utility' part of the system needs is somewhat dependent on how much data is flowing.

If there was no such charge from the public utility to someone, ISPs would spring up with very high "fixed charges" and only charge for data that egress and ingress the public utility portion (i.e., traffic the ISP actually had to accept or route outside the ISP). CDNs, NetFlix, et al would establish mini-data centers using these plans in every public utility area freeloading and putting an enormous asymmetric load that would be hard to plan for and would hurt service for all if not planned for.

Now, these charges could be pretty small and at cost for low bandwidth users but perhaps for very high bandwidth users the cost would be much higher (because such users are the ones most likely to require accelerating upgrades of hardware). If one likes progressive taxation, just think of it as an additional tax on the 1%.

Comment Re:Prime Scalia - "Words no longer having meaning" (Score 1) 591 591

If presented with a question, the lower courts must address it (even the Supreme Court must as well -- but they can simply, without additional comment, deny a cert petition so, in effect, they only have to address it in the most pedantic meaning of the word).

Sometimes addressing the question may consist of granting a summary judgement which precludes a trial, but the summary judgement includes a rational (sometimes little more than a rubber stamped copy of the movants' petition) for the decision and that decision will almost always involve interpreting the law (including case law). Obviously some of these interpretations are no-brainers (as in the example I gave), but they are interpretations nonetheless.

No (we hope) courts don't "arbitrarily" (re)interpret the law, but many cases do require subtle interpretations of the law and how it should apply even to facts that are not disputed by either party.

Comment Re:what is interesting is not that it won (Score 1) 591 591

You should read the cert petition (a copy of which can be found here). Then you would know that out of tens of thousands of pages of legislation and regulations related to the PPACA (some that have counted assert that there are over 11,000,000 words of regulations related to the PPACA and a little less than 400,000 words in the statute), only one regulation was being questioned and that was based on just a few words in the PPACA itself. The petitioners NEVER asked in this case that the PPACA be discarded.

Since you seem not to have yet mastered simple Google searches, the question presented in the cert petition was:


        Section 36B of the Internal Revenue Code, which was enacted as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), authorizes federal tax credit subsidies for health insurance coverage that is purchased through an “Exchange established by the State under section 1311” of the ACA.

        The question presented is whether the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) may permissibly promulgate regulations to extend tax-credit subsidies to coverage purchased through Exchanges established by the federal government under section 1321 of the ACA.

Comment Re:A small part of me (Score 1) 591 591

Is there ANYTHING then that you think the Federal government isn't allowed to do under the Constitution (except, of course, those things they are specifically prohibited from doing in the Bill of Rights for example).

Does the Constitution allow the Federal government to force you to buy and wear an Apple Watch because the general welfare will benefit both from increasing commerce and avoiding the loss of productive time pulling out one's cell phone to check the time? What if they just tax every human in the US the exact amount of an iPhone6 and a mid-range Apple Watch every two years and then purchase and give each such human an iPhone6 and a mid-range Apple Watch every two years?

There must be SOME limit or would you be good with just getting rid of all state and local governments and bodies such as local school boards and running it all from Washington?

Any program which runs right is obsolete.