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Comment Re:Yaaawn - US College and other educational Costs (Score 2) 123

One flaw with your analysis. The number of people with the ability to get a degree but don't solely because they can't afford tuition who then work minimum wage jobs for the rest of their lives is so incredibly small as to be inconsequential at the macro level. People who are capable of getting a degree are capable of doing work above the minimum wage level, usually much above. Besides, getting a degree doesn't automatically mean you are going to get a decent job. I know developers without degrees that make more money than many people with (non-STEM) degrees. I know trades people in my neighborhood making solidly between $100K and $200K. You should see what my FIL was taking in as a heavy equipment operator. Heck, I know a couple of unskilled laborers making more than double minimum wage. (of course in the US minimum wage is highly variable depending on where you live). We already have enough people camping out in college and using it as an extended vacation away from the real world, as long as they are doing that with their own money, I don't care. You make it so I'm paying for them and I have a problem with it.

Comment Re:Two things (Score 1) 214

I, for one, was glad to see the defined benefit pension go and be replaced with increased employer contributions to the 401K. That is assuming your employer actually did that second part. With a traditional pension there is typically a rapid rise in the value between the ages of 50 and 65. If you work for a company for 20+ years only to get laid off when you hit your mid 40s you can be totally screwed with the pension. Just getting to the knee in the curve and then have to start over. Two pensions worth $1000/mo each after working 35 years is not as good as one pension worth $5000/mo. after working 30 years.

Comment Re:Yaaawn - US College and other educational Costs (Score 1) 123

Sure, I'm in. As long as you limit it to a number that makes sense and make it so that admission is based on ability and continued participation is based on academic performance. You don't make grades you are out. You can try to retake a class only once. Limited to 4 or 5 years max for a bachelor's depending on the particular major. No changing your major after your second year, time limit still applies. I think Germany does something like this.

Comment Re:what purpose does this app serve? (Score 1) 421

1. When I go for a bike ride, I take my phone with me. I don't want to also take a garage door opener.

2. My neighbor calls me up at work and says he wants to borrow my chain saw. I remotely open the garage so he can get it.

To be clear, I don't want this. I wouldn't trust it. But there are legitimate use cases.

Comment Re:How about. . . no. . . (Score 1) 360

I also feel this way. I had this discussion nearly 30 years ago at a theater when I saw this starting. When I brought this up with the manager, that they were wasting my time by showing commercials after the listed start time, I was corrected and told that they weren't "commercials" they were "entertainment shorts." Uh huh. Never went back to that theater.

Comment Re:WTF!!! (Score 1) 513

And no, stuff like this doesn't need to be mentioned during the job interview. (A company wouldn't want to know it, anyways, because it increases the risk of a discrimination lawsuit.)

And chances are, at his position, even though he's probably have to be in the office, he'd very likely not have to work overtime (government contractor and all).

So it's not only a temporary situation, but one that's very unlikely to happen over the two months.

And the supervisor was probably correct - it didn't matter to him and being human was the best thing possible. I've had to tell coworkers to simply go home or to not worry about things when they needed to take care of someone. Granted, I don't have the authority to do so, but I will defend my decision as a decent human being trying to be compassionate. There is no work so important that it cannot wait until the next day that cannot be temporarily handled by someone else that would justify lack of compassion.

Again, all we have here is one side of the story and I do not take it 100% at face value. I did not suggest that he would need to say his wife is sick, but if the job was described as "be here when we need you, which may be after hours from time to time" then that's the job. If he had worked there for a year and this came up, then he would have cause of action under FMLA. But if you accept a new job knowing that you are going to be a couple of months before you can meet all needs, you should be up front about that.

BTW, this may sound worse than I mean it, but saying "...very likely not have to work overtime (government contractor and all)" shows a complete lack of understanding of the industry.

Comment Re:WTF!!! (Score 4, Insightful) 513

I believe that this is the more likely scenario: They are interviewing for a specific job. They tell him the job involves doing work that can't be done at home. They tell him the job will involve working after hours from time to time on things that cannot be done at home. He accepts the job offer and then on the first day of employment says he cannot do the job for which he was hired, rather he would like to do the job for which he would have liked to have been hired. The company says no, he cries to the media.

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