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Comment Re:Can't stop it (Score 1) 428 428

Yup. Same law that says you can unionize says they can't stop you from sharing pay and benefits information.

The law says they cannot; However, most employers feel the law is unfair to the employer and may very well intentionally disobey the law in a subtle manner.

If they find you shared your salary, then your company might find another reason to fire you and terminate you for that other reason. In an at-will state it's easier..... "According to the latest performance review, you're just not a good fit for our company, so we have to let you go."

Google could technically do the same for everyone on that spreadsheet. Sharing their own salary info would not be mentioned on the official papers as reason for termination, But their accessing/showing the spreadsheet could be grounds for termination upon suspicion of gaining unauthorized access to HR systems.

Companies need to make the money, and employment costs going up would be a huge negative for the shareholders and managers' bonuses.

I've seen this happen in companies that I have worked for in the past. There was one employee who was actively trying to convince the technical operations department (in a CATV company) to unionize. A Senior VP (known for his anti-union stance) came for a visit and spoke to the department strongly encouraging them to not follow a vocal minority. Within a few months everyone known to be involved had been fired for violations of company policies. I had a supervisor who actually told us in a team meeting that if he heard that we were sharing our pay information he would do everything in his power to fire us for cause. When someone on our team went to his manager he denied the statement and explained it away. His nose was brown enough the manager bought it and ignored it. Not long after that he started picking off team members one by one for various reasons, starting with the guy who went to his manager. It took him nearly a year but got around to me as I wouldn't play by his rules. I didn't care what anyone else made, I just knew my supervisor was ineffective and made that clear, although not directly. I was told that after me he went after another senior tech, the supervisor was shown the door rather quickly, that tech had friends in high places.

Comment The recruiters consistently fail (Score 1) 634 634

I have a friend who was recently let go by our employer as part of a "restructuring" (read hire a new team lead internally for less money). He was given a small severance and walked to the door. So after filing for unemployment, he immediately updated his resume online. Within 2 days he got calls from 4 different recruiting companies recruiting him for the job he had just been let go from. It was obvious none of the recruiters took the time to read his resume, they only searched for keywords and his name popped up. He said he was sorely tempted to take the phone interview just to see how long it took these idiots to realize he had held the job previously. He simply told them not interested and they went away. It could be this woman fit the keywords, and since the phone interview is almost a waste of time with most recruiters (in my experience they are "technical" recruiters but are clueless about technology) she very easily was called for an in-person interview. I have to wonder if she actually had the same interviewer in any of her 4 interviews?

Comment Re: Like the nazi used to say (Score 1) 431 431

When I was in the Army, I had an ambulance driver who would get bored and break open a mercury thermometer play with the mercury then toss it into the trash. I used to get pissed but not for any of the reasons you might suspect. First he always would get a thermometer from our ER not from the patient care areas, and second it took forever to get replacement thermometers as our particular facility was low on the list of places that got supplies. The "hazards" of mercury and poor disposal were not even close to being on my radar. Fortunately I was able to send him back to his home unit before he broke all the thermometers...

Comment Quit living in fantasyland (Score 1) 251 251

It's obvious 95% of the posters here have never worked on a real service desk. I spent 3.5 years working as a Security Account Admin and sent every password in cleartext and here's why. End users & their managers are remarkably computer illiterate. If I salted or hashed the passwords as so many have suggested, I would get a reply within 5 minutes saying "my password didn't work." As it was I still had about a 50% success rate with end users actually getting their passwords to work. Another issue I faced was a language barrier. Our work spanned 6 continents and roughly 18 time zones. as a result we provided 24 hour service and to a warehouse worker in Shanghai, my e-mails probably looked like they were written by an alien; which is why their managers were always copied on the e-mails. As a rule to ensure some security, all e-mails were sent encrypted and never sent to a third party address which angered the UPS & FedEx shippers in Asia. I also often copied the regional service desk person, as it was likely they spoke the language of the end user or someone on the service desk spoke it.

Comment Re:Base Stickers??? (Score 1) 843 843

Didn't need your ID because he was your "sponsor" with a military ID. If no one is active, reserve or retired military, everybody has to hand over an ID. That stopped my fiance (no US issued ID yet) from entering a military post, had to call my nephew who is active duty to escort us in.

Comment Re:Drone It (Score 1) 843 843

Armored Dragon, you are really trying to make friends in Hardin County aren't you? LOL I live close enough to hear tank fire (well used to, Fort Benning is awfully far away) I can't totally disagree with you, but you are correct US Hwy 31W cuts through the post and several state roads go through there as well. It is finally a closed post though, went to show my fiance the post and had to show IDs to get on post.

Comment OK I'm confused (Score 1) 268 268

So maybe someone can clear this up for me... The drone I guess was spotted by radar? or visual? or ESP? So rather than "jettison their load" why didn't the planes climb a hundred feet and dump it's load over the drone? As for the idiot that was dumb enough to fly the drone I dare you to file a claim against the US Forest Service for damage, I suspect he will be ignorant enough to cross a fire line to save his precious drone, like he jackass that flew his over an active fire scene. Unfortunately the firefighters simply damaged it and didn't bring it down. For the record, you fly your drone over my fence, I will take it down and keep it, I'll see you in court for aerial trespassing. If you want to see what's in my backyard, pull up Google maps and look.

Comment Re:I hate and despise - but they should still be s (Score 1) 818 818

Define offensive. I am offended by Nazism, ISIS, and extremists on all edges of the racial spectrum, yet these same companies carry products for these groups. Some of these groups have probably killed, maimed and horrifically destroyed more lives than the racists who are too overweight to waddle off their porch to get their mail, much less commit a crime against those with a different skin tone. Yes a disturbed man killed 9 people praying in a church, but the last time I looked one megalomaniac took the advice of a psychopathic crony and killed 6 million people because of their religion, ethnicity, race, or sexual preference, yet I can still find books he wrote, flags & clothing depicting the symbols he used and even find groups who still revere him. That offends me more than a historical flag that was co-opted into a racist movement that has devolved into a joke. Racism, sexism, religious bigotry all still exist worldwide and I will do what I can to smash those groups, but a company refusing to sell or make certain items will simply raise the price for the existing items and make them more desirable (Hmm this sounds like the war on drugs that we are winning so well in the US...) If ebay & Amazon won't sell these items and if flag companies refuse to silkscreen them, someone somewhere is about to make a lot of money on "banned" items.

Comment Re:Can one do a civil war game ? (Score 1) 818 818

I find this rush by all these companies to nearly try to out-do each other on ridding their product lines of merchandise with the confederate flag, once again not just the rectangular flag of racism but all flags used will be swept up in their rush to "erase the past" is almost laughable. Go to ebay or Amazon and search for ISIS flags, Mein Kampf and the Anarchist's Cookbook, and I'm sure if I researched further plenty of white supremacist literature plus an assortment of books written encouraging those with African heritage to rise against the oppression of those with European heritage, not to mention translations and studies of the Koran stating that the extremist views are correct. All of these things, which in some cases have directions on how to start your own brand of terrorism, are still for sale but not those evil flags. I suppose I'll go shopping and wear my Nazi uniform while flying my ISIS flag extolling to my neighbors the virtues of rising up against "The Evil White Man"

Comment Re:Try it for yourself! (Score 1) 818 818

There is little reason to believe that Americans, when exposed to nazi propaganda, will suddenly start goose stepping,
Really? So all the neo-nazi organizations that hoard authentic nazi relics and proudly wear swastikas and SS logo on clothing and as tattoos are all figments of my imagination?
Germans who see the battle flag of the Confederacy decide to wage war against the United States.
And the Red Brigade, although not very active in Germany anymore wasn't for the overthrow of the US government?
I used to have what I called a confederate battle flag, then I woke up, read a little history and realized the rectangular flag was pure and simple a product of the anti-civil rights racists and tossed it. If I ever decided to buy another flag, I would buy either of the two versions the Confederate States actually flew over their government buildings, probably the version with the square battle flag in the corner and the red stripe on the fly, it's the one flying over the Confederate cemetery in the next county over, but I prefer my US & Dutch flags.

Comment Re:Don't worry, they'll try again (Score 1) 229 229

IIRC that is one reason why "WKRP in Cincinnati" hasn't been released on DVD, during the run of the show they used short clips from current hits in the studio with all the blackmail (um copyright) money paid for the airing on TV, now they would have to go back and renegotiate all over again for the rights to play them on DVD, or over dub all those with music they could get the rights too.

Comment VM has been dying, you just noticed? (Score 1) 395 395

I haven't had VM since I was hired by my employer 5 years ago. All the teams I'm on have group numbers that are manned 24/7. I do have a personal number, but the only people who get that are businesses that ask for a "work number" the ringer for that line has always been turned off and no vm so they get ring after ring without an answer. I don't even know if anyone has ever called it. Any calls that I might care about will come to our group line, usually from clients that have no access to our system and need us to assist them; or more commonly "Hey customer service gave me this number, can you guys do X?"; and my favorite "I forgot my badge, can someone let me in?"

Comment Re:DHS was never about Homeland Security (Score 1) 357 357

It was a lot of things to a lot of opportunists, but the main driver in the creation of the TSA was the fear after 9/11. This was an irrational response, since airport security did not "break down" and allow 9/11 to occur - box cutters were allowed on planes because it never occurred to anyone that someone would be able to hijack an airplane with a razor blade.

On the bright side we have another example of how expensive and incompetent the government is at doing a straightforward task. I'm not saying that the private sector would be more competent, but they sure would be cheaper.

Really? Then why did have to explain my multi-tool every time I went through security? The private security my local airport used understood what it was and ignored that there was a small knife blade inside, they would see the pliers and not ask too much about the blade inside. I had a few occasions that I did have to put my multi-tool in my checked bag, or ask someone to take it home for me, but those were much more the exception than the rule.

Comment Re:other people's money (Score 0) 413 413

You haven't this plan in action. It's full of fraud & abuse. I used to manage an apartment complex and at the urging of the landlord to have a full building to help his bottom line & costs; we allowed a family to move in that I had misgivings about, the elderly lady that filled out the application looked great on paper but a wheelchair bound 82 year old woman moving into an apartment with her daughter & granddaughter didn't quite fit. As time went on it unraveled, the daughter didn't work and hadn't for years, the granddaughter was mentally challenged. Between them they had at least 8 different cell phones, at that point I quit trying to keep track of numbers, it seems each agency they visited for benefits (welfare, food stamps, government clinics, etc.) handed them a cell phone and a certain number of minutes each month, apparently there was no check & balance to combine minutes on a single phone or if they already were receiving Lifeline service. They finally had a cell phone turned into a landline, about a month before they couldn't keep up the rent payment and moved elsewhere, that was also about the time I got out of the managing business after I starting seeing the landlord's standards drop to "Have they got money?" to keep the building full. I still go to the barber shop and several apartments are now empty and next to the for rent sign is a for sale sign. I know a gentleman who has a Lifeline phone, he refers to it as "Line 2" and uses his smart phone as his Line 1. He is working full time and owns the house he lives in outright, but still has a Lifeline phone, I have no idea how he did that. Adding broadband to this program can only bring about more waste, fraud & abuse. I could possibly see where it might be useful for families that have children under 18, but I'm certain that my 2 examples above would be happy to take the service, I wonder if the gentleman will have a second broadband service routed to his home?

Syntactic sugar causes cancer of the semicolon. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982