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Comment: 2 pay cuts in 2 years (Score 2) 263

by yorgo (#46336813) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?

In the past 2 years, I've been at 5 companies and taken 2 pay cuts. All voluntary.

My “compensation pie” is made up of many pieces. Only one of them is salary. The piece of the pie that was sorely missing was "satisfaction" ("happiness", "contentment").

After 2 years, I finally found a company that *wants* me (my skills and what I have to offer), and actually allows me to contribute. This helps fill my "satisfaction" piece of my "compensation pie”.

You need to figure out your own pie pieces, and the size/importance of each.

Meanwhile, I'm confident enough in my abilities that I'm not too worried about future salaries.

Comment: Write it for someone else (Score 1) 205

by yorgo (#44249795) Attached to: How Do You Get Better Bug Reports From Users?
I just held a meeting yesterday with my entire team to discuss this very topic. Generally, I explained that the onus of successful communication lies with the giver (not the receiver). That is, if I want you to understand me, I must communicate in such a way that is understandable by you. (If I speak gibberish, I can't get upset if/when you don't understand me) I explained that submitting a bug report is simply a form of communication, and the the bug report submitter is the "giver" of the communication. Thus, if they want to be understood, they must ensure that their communication is understandable by the receiver. And, since they don't know who the receiver might be, they must make is understandable to the "lowest common denominator" receiver. I said, "If you write a bug report that your grandmother can understand, there is less possibility that it will be misunderstood". I explained that, "if you write a bug report...with the intent that is will be read and used by SOMEONE ELSE...there is a good chance you will write a good bug report." That said, I also implemented a very simple, auto-populate "bug report template" that helps guide and remind users what to enter (ex: "Description of bug, What I did to cause the bug, What I thought was supposed to happen, What actually happened, etc.).

+ - Ask Slashdot: Nobody Puts Baby Monitor in a Corner

Submitted by yorgo
yorgo (595005) writes "Baby 1 is nearly 2, and baby 2 is nearly due. Unfortunately, our baby monitor has monitored its last baby. We had a Best View by Summer Infant that we received as a baby-shower gift. Now we’d like to upgrade. The primary feature we’d like to get is WiFi remote viewing. Therefore, we’ve also expanded our search to include webcams not specifically designed/sold as “baby monitors”. Hopefully, we can use the solution as a nanny and home-security cam in the future. I’ve seen a lot of cool features, but not all together in one product that meets my requirements. The new monitor must have WiFi remote viewing that is accessible (for free!) via smartphones and tablet devices, at least 1-way audio, night-vision, and pan/tilt/zoom. It would also be nice to have alternate connectivity options (such as Bluetooth — for local viewing in case our WiFi connection goes down), 2-way audio, temperature/humidity monitoring, and the ability to view multiple cameras/feeds. I’m not too concerned with lag, video recording, or the ability to play lullabies. Thus far, I’ve researched about 15 different options, but wanted to ask the Slashdotters for their opinion, as well. Any thoughts on baby monitors?"

Comment: How did the PRS find out? (Score 1) 645

by yorgo (#29834271) Attached to: Singer In Grocery Store Ordered To Pay Royalties
There had to be some human involvement. Which means a *person* (from the PRS?) must have shopped in her store, and heard the radio (or her singing), and thought, "Hmmm...This is outrageous! I'll have to do something about this! I'll report her!" So, initially, this began with a single idiot. I can only assume that this idiot brought back his report, and more *people* at the PRS thought, "This is outrageous! We'll have to do something about this!". It was then escalated, which resulted in the initial order. So, subsequently, this was perpetuated by more idiots. Somehow, the phrase, "A person is smart. People are stupid.", doesn't seem to apply here.

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