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Comment: Re:2 weeks notice? Fuggedabouit (Score 1) 271

There is no (usually in the USA) law that says when you give notice, the employer cannot fire you immediately without paying.

Of course, when that happens, you can contact the new employer and ask to start immediately. I worked with someone who was called into the office when he was about to give notice. They laid him off and gave him 6 months severance. You could always apply for unemployment for the time you are fired, though generally there is a 1 week waiting period.

Comment: Re:If he's sufficiently important... (Score 2) 271

Yeah right. If you were giving notice and you were planning on stealing or sabotaging, would you have not done it already?

I was once laid off. After I was told, I went back to my desk, had some coffee, checked in the code I was working on.

Once I was illegally fired, the company's network had some back doors (not put in by me). If I wanted, I could have wiped every machine in the company, or encrypted the entire hard drive, left them running until all the backups were corrupted, then take them down.

It all depends on the person you hire. If you hire someone who is technically good, if they want they will find a way to burn you. It all depends on the moral fiber of the person.

Comment: Re:too bad.... but... (Score 1) 660

by gmack (#49356751) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

Sorry but you are projecting. By all accounts Clarkson was the one spewing verbal abuse. Clarkson knew he was out of line after the indecent and tried to apologize . Here it is from the BBC report "It was not disputed by Jeremy Clarkson or any witness that Oisin Tymon was the victim of an unprovoked physical and verbal attack"

I love Jeremy Clarkson's work on Top Gear but he was really out of line and I really don't see what other option the BBC had but to let him go.

Comment: Re:too bad.... but... (Score 2) 660

by gmack (#49345895) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear

Right, so you wouldn't punch a guy who called your mom, or someone close to you, a whore? We have to know exactly all those things that provoked Jeremy to punch this guy instead of rushing to a quick and inaccurate judgement.

I really wouldn't. Or at least not now that I'm an adult and have gotten over my teenage anger issues. I may very well tell someone off for name calling or have someone fired but I would not intervene physically unless they either started with physical violence or were doing something to make someone I cared about feel physically in danger (for instance got right in their face/backed them into a corner).

Even if the guy intentionally put his food in the refrigerator, it would not justify flipping out and yelling for 20 minutes

The refrigerator thing would definitely deserve being yelled at, don't you think? Employees have been fired for lesser offences.

It still wouldn't justify a 20 minute screaming tantrum that disrupted the entire hotel. A proportionate response would be to demand the food be heated or file a complaint. A proportionate response could even be to have someone fired (if it were negligent or malicious)

Comment: Re:im skeptical... (Score 2) 179

by gmack (#49323105) Attached to: Modern PHP: New Features and Good Practices

Someone who hates everything else even more?

It has the advantage that it does backwards compatibility well with advance notice when a feature is about to disappear This means that if I need to upgrade my PHP application, I am sure to have a version that supports both the new interfaces and the old deprecated interfaces and more importantly it means that if I have a number of different apps that I need installed, I am not likely to need to move them each into their own VM. Python as an example of everything I hate doesn't even try. Their "fix" is to install a local copy of python with the app which is great until something needs a security update and now someone must upgrade each app's environment individually.

Comment: Re:I choose MS SQL Server (Score 1) 320

by gmack (#49300173) Attached to: Why I Choose PostgreSQL Over MySQL/MariaDB

It also, quite amusingly doesn't come pre tuned to handle Oracle databases. Last month a burst of traffic crashed two Oracle instances on Oracle Linux machines I don't maintain. When they called me in to debug it, the problem turned out that the SHM limits were too small.

One thing I absolutely love about PostgreSQL is that it sanity checks the system limits on startup and throws an error if something is off.

Comment: Re:All it means is (Score 3, Insightful) 292

by gmack (#49216791) Attached to: Do Tech Companies Ask For Way Too Much From Job Candidates?

Not always, sometimes it's that they want perfection. I had one case where the requirements were pretty much the existing guy's exact experience but they forgot that they didn't hire him in that condition he grew into it as their needs expanded. In the end they found no one and put the decision off for later. In the meantime I wish them the best of luck finding a Linux server admin, storage admin and Mac deployment expert in a single person.

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.