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Comment Some methods I use (Score 5, Interesting) 228

Here are some methods I use to determine if they are doing a good job.

1. Defect rate - If they are constantly fixing bugs or you are required to have other developers go over their code and are constant finding basic problems, the developer isn't doing a good job.

2. Taking more time than expected/estimated to do a job. Obviously there's cases where requirements change or unknown issues pop up in the project. But if it's a constant issue, then there is either a problem with management/planning, or the developer isn't making good use of their time.

3. They constantly say "I'm (almost) done, just need to test". A good developer will test as they go along. Once the coding is done there should be very little additional testing that needs to be done. You reasonably certain that everything will work by the time coding is completed.

4. Constant needing to have stuff explained to them. If you constantly need to explain how something is supposed to be done, or have to explain the project 3 or 4 times, then the developer may have a problem. It may also be the case that you aren't explaining the project properly, however, a good developer will ask for clarification up-front instead of nodding yes, and coming back 3 days later with a bunch of questions, no code to show for the passage of time, or maybe even worse, a bunch of code that doesn't do what it's supposed to.

5. Finally, sleeping on the job, constantly late, or going home early or a combination of the above. You wouldn't think that sleeping on the job would be a big thing, but I've seen it happen more often than not. The causes of this could be anything from just bad time management to other things that are more understandable like a personal illness or a sick child/spouse or other personal problem. But the reason doesn't change the fact that the person is going to have performance problems. The employer should identify the problem and work with the employee to resolve the issue.

Finally. It's all about taking metrics in terms of defect rates and whether or not projects are completed on schedule. If they are doing well in these areas, they are probably doing a good job. The other stuff like showing up late or sleeping on the job really shouldn't matter that much as long as the person is getting their work done. But I haven't met a whole lot of people who can sleep/slack off at work while still getting the job done.

Comment Re:What a load of crock (Score 1) 115

The MP3 file didn't create the phenomenon of sharing music. There were other competing formats at the time. MP3 just happened to be the one that everyone latched on to. I remember downloading music in many other formats including RealAudio, TwinVQ, MP2, OGG, and WMA. The home internet connection itself let to the explosive growth of music sharing online. The format didn't really matter all that much, and without MP3, another of the available formats would have easily taken its place.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 537

Not sure what state you live in, but based on these numbers the highest cost state is New Hampshire with a rate of $15K for each year at a 4 years institution. The US average was $9650. So if you saved $73K based on the median family income of $50K, you would easily have education paid for. For those who don't make as much, you could do your first two years at a community college to save money and then transfer your courses to a 4 year university. I hear this is a great way to save on the costs of education.

Comment Re:One word: Cowardice (Score 1) 146

I have Bluetooth headphones and although I don't use them when I really want audio fidelity, they are quite useful for certain situations. I mostly listen to podcasts and find that my enjoyment of the podcast is completely unaffected by whether or not I'm using Bluetooth. The other situation where I use them is when working out. In this case, I just don't want my headphones tethered to my phone. I guess the audio quality is a bit worse, but I'm really not too worried about it as I just need something to fill in the background noise and provide a beat to keep me on rhythm. Most of the time audio quality doesn't matter at all, and if it did, I wouldn't be playing the audio off of my phone. I would never buy a phone without a headphone jack, but similarly, I'd never be willing to give up Bluetooth either.

Comment Re:One word: Cowardice (Score 1) 146

It would be acceptable if they had a phone with a big enough battery that people didn't have to charge it throughout the day. If you could get 2-3 full days out of your phone, I bet people wouldn't care that you couldn't charge and use the phone at the same time. The problem is that people feel the need to charge their phone multiple times throughout the day just so the battery doesn't die.

Comment Re:Why is it so hard (Score 1) 122

Microsoft has already started doing this with Edge. Mind you they are only doing it on the Enterprise version of Windows, but I could definitely see this happening on the consumer versions in the near future. It definitely makes sense considering all the stuff the browser is doing to make sure that it doesn't interfere with the security of the system.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 537

If you put away 5% of your money from the time the kids are born until they go to college, you are well on your way to covering tuition anyway. Even if you only make $25,000 a year, 5% is $1250 a year, or $22,500 by the time they are 18. That's without even calculating interest on the investment over time. You could save over $35,000 if you invest it at 5% interest which is reasonable to assume if you find a good index fund. Assuming you make $50,000 a year, and invest 5%, with interest your savings are up at $73,000

Comment Re:I don't even like Uber but (Score 1) 726

No, that's why it's important to make training people something that is provided by the government. The solution isn't to make businesses pay somebody more than the value they bring to the company. We should be using tax dollars to provide better training to citizens. If that requires collecting more tax dollars from businesses and well off individuals, then that's fine. But forcing high wages definitely won't fix the problem because the cost of the items they are producing will go up, or the jobs will become non-existent entirely.

Comment Re:I don't even like Uber but (Score 3, Insightful) 726

I'm sorry, but there are certain jobs in society that really aren't meant for a person to fully support themselves. Even moreso when the person is trying to support themselves and their family. Delivering the local newspaper was great job when I was 12 and I wanted to buy some hockey cards and music CDs. It's not a job that really requires any skills, and even if you are doing it full time, I couldn't see it being a job that's likely to pay a living wage.

Same with the job I had flipping burgers at McDonald's. I was making minimum wage and even if I was working full time, there's no way that I really deserved to make a living wage in that job. Again, it required very little skill and they didn't really expect much from me other than to show up and make some hamburgers. But that's fine because I was in highschool and just wanted some money for CDs, computer games, and going out to the movies.

Theses were great jobs to get me used to working, and if they weren't allowed to pay me such low wages, I wouldn't have had the opportunity to work at all. Especially in the year 2016. They will just get a robot to do your job if it becomes too expensive for a person to do it.

If you want to make a living wage, be prepared to get some real skills. You don't deserve money for doing nothing, or for doing a job that requires almost no skills.

Comment Re:Wireless headphones are idiotic (Score 1) 79

Sometimes quality doesn't matter. I use my Bluetooth when I'm on the bus. Going back and forth to work. I'm mostly listening to voice podcasts, do I really couldn't care about audio quality. Music is usually streamed from Spotify, so the quality isn't amazing, and with all the background noise on the bus, the sound quality isn't going to be good. I got a Bluetooth dongle that can hook up to any pair of headphones. That way I only have to buy a single set of headphones, and I can plug them in if I want to, Sure, the headphones still have a cable coming from them, but for me the advantage is mostly about having the phone cable-free and not having to take it out of my pocket to answer calls.

Comment Re:Misleading? (Score 1) 214

To be fair, the new iPhone comes with standard bluetooth so you can use whichever wireless headphones you want. There's a lot of wireless headphones that are a lot cheaper and better sounding than the AirPods. Also, you could use ear buds that were included in the box. And last but not least, you could buy the dongle and use whatever wired headphones you want with the iPhone. There are a lot of other alternatives for people who don't want to shell out $160 for the AirPods.

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