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Comment Re:Time to update California laws (Score 1) 172

Red Sox cannot poach Cardinals' pitchers during the World Series because there are collective bargaining clauses between the league and players associations to bar that from happening. But Red Sox can sign any free agent from Cardinals when they are available.

There are no such collective bargaining agreements between employees and employers in Silicon Valley. You are working with "at will" agreements which can be broken at any time. There is nothing stopping anyone from poaching other company's employees, sans collusion.

Comment Re:Sounds ominous, but... (Score 3, Insightful) 437

Hmmm... not sure about that. When I fly, I have to get to the airport at least 90 min before (that is pretty common, many arrive 2 hours before), add 30 min for travel from my house to the airport, add another hour from landing to getting a rental car, and another hour or so to get the destination, you are looking at 6 to 7 hours total for that 1.5 hour in the air. 8 to 10 hour drive is a distance I normally drive.

Comment Re:Being a Saudi (Score 2) 537

Deuteronomy, chapter 22

13If any man take a wife, and go in unto her, and hate her,

14And give occasions of speech against her, and bring up an evil name upon her, and say, I took this woman, and when I came to her, I found her not a maid:

15Then shall the father of the damsel, and her mother, take and bring forth the tokens of the damsel’s virginity unto the elders of the city in the gate. . .

20But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel:

21 Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father’s house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you.

Comment Re:A deal at twice the price (Score 5, Informative) 497

In early 2000's, I was involved in a loan processing project that cost the bank more than $500 million (if inflation adjusted, it would be more than $600 million) that never came on-line because it never really worked. It had similar requirements as the health care site (gather a lot of info from the customer, figure out the best loan option for them), and had much less user load requirements. It also employed one of the three top consulting house to develop it. The government is not the only ones who can screw up a tech project.

Comment Re:Ballmer (Score 4, Interesting) 278

To be fair, it worked at Microsoft for a long time as well. This system works well as long as there is certain upward mobility for all involved, specifically the stock price. When the Microsoft stock was doubling every few years, this reward system really did not ruffle much feathers as everyone still took part in the stock price rising. Sure, you may have not gotten as much stock as the "top performer", but you got enough that you really didn't think about it much.

This all changed once Microsoft stock started stagnating. This took all these safety nets away. Now, your performance review/rating took even GREATER effect as you were not getting rewarded for "free" with stock price rising. Now, you had to fight hand and tooth against your co-workers to make sure that you got yours.

THIS is why MS started tanking. The infighting that happened because rewards were true zero-sum game. If you win, someone else loses. It took all motivation to cooperate and build something together.

Comment Re:Wrong party (Score 1) 688

Yes, because we all know how the liability lawsuits in the 70's stopped corporations from polluting air and water... oh, wait, that NEVER happened! I think you have been watching too much Erin Brockavich. It is VERY DIFFICULT to pinpoint where your cancer came from. Your chances of proving definitely that specific source of pollution caused your cancer is almost nil, especially if pollution is common place.

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