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Comment Re:Your post doesn't smell right... (Score 1) 292

I didn't even know what ORMs and URMs were, had to look it up.
He is a white male, and he still works there. So I am about 99.99867% sure you were exaggerating when you said "all".

I work with plenty of minorities, always have for 23 years at large and small companies. I have never ever seen preferential treatment towards or against minorities. I have always seen where we hire the best people we can given the constraints. Sometimes that was hiring a contract team instead of full-time employees, and sometimes they were offshore/nearshore, everyone from the US to Ukraine to Mexico to India. But the bottom line was that those teams were always temporary, and employees were protected when cuts were required.

That is the thing about technology, we always want the best people we can get to do the work - I really don't care where they are from or what they look like.

Comment Re:Walmart WAS a tech leader ... (Score 1) 62

You are confusing "technology" with "IT Sector". Those are two completely different things. Wal-Mart was innovating with technology a long time ago, increasing efficiency and automating a lot of information flow - for their own purposes. I thought all that was widely known. I think that they weren't quite as prepared for the web presence, and although they were in it early, they don't dominate like other players. I remember reading about how they deployed RFID to their warehouses to track trucks, and how they optimized shipping routes, etc. All high-tech, but not necessarily consumer facing.

Having said that, I don't shop there unless I absolutely need something quickly that nobody else around has... maybe 2 or 3 times a year. IT people or managers might be paid well, but my brother used to work for them and he absolutely hated it. As soon as he could find something else he left. They kept him at a certain number of hours to avoid having to offer insurance. If there is one thing I haven't heard about Wal-Mart, it's that they treat their employees well.

Comment Your post doesn't smell right... (Score 4, Informative) 292

I have a friend who is celebrating his 21st year at Intel. He has considered leaving a few times, but just couldn't because they take such good care of him. He gets stock options that come out to about 1/3 of my salary, he makes very good money, usually gets double-digit raises and bonuses that are about 1/4 to 1/3 my salary.

Every seven years, he gets a paid 3-month sabbatical, in addition to vacation. This year will be his 3rd one. He had to move once for the company, and when he did they pretty much covered every expense.

Quite honestly, I have known a couple of other people who have worked there, and none of them complained about it.
What I was told about Intel was that they take care of their employees, and during hard times (like during the economic downturn) they take better care of them. It's how they keep good people. I always respected them for that. I can't say as much for any software or financial company that I have worked for in the last 24 years.

Comment My wish... (Score 1) 76

I've worked at several places with restaurants. The thing is, they tend to be whoever *paid* the most for the privilege to be there to get a big captive audience.

So the on-campus food tends to be overpriced, low quality, so people tend to go off campus.

Would be great to actually make the campus space available to outside businesses and customers, to save employees the drive to go somewhere.

Comment Re:And mostly AD isn't needed (Score 1) 117

I was mostly thinking about the NIS replacement side of it, less about the whole roaming profile stuff. My business device with Windows has no roaming profile, for example.

Incidentally, the nfs /home and similar can be frustrating with devices that communicate over WAN a lot, and replication and cached credentials are valuable. Though using something like nextcloud or seafile is generally a better experience than either remote 'home' or trying to be transparent replication (when replication takes a long time, better to have it out of the way of login and such).

Comment Re:The best one... (Score 1) 141

The thing that frustrates those of us who can do VR without issue is people loudly shouting that it makes everyone sick and no one should even try it and scare off people from at least trying it themselves. The chilling effect on the market lessens the chance of the market having good content.

AR without motion sickness would preclude a great deal of experiences (vehicle simulators, any scenario requiring exploring an area bigger than you physically have to explore). If you enable any of these experiences, VR and AR are in the same boat.

AR may have some applications that are interesting, but probably more productivity oriented than entertainment, due to the physical limitations of having a 1:1 mapping of the AR world and the physical world.

Comment Re:The best one... (Score 1) 141

Well one, it *can* be solved, and in fact for experiences that do not move the user at all, almost no one gets sick.

Those that place the user in a cockpit, and move the player around relative to the outside, but not the cockpit, sickness correlates closely with rate of motion sickness in cars and boats and such.

Even those that move around like crazy, sure more people get sick, but in my personal experience, I'm not even sure it's a majority.

The short of it is, if you are interested *demo* it for yourself. Don't just assume you will or will not get sick, because it's your own vestibular system and there's a great deal of variety.

Microsoft is also not really going straight for AR, they did do Hololense, but Windows Holographic is intended to support both VR and AR, and the affordable hardware is going to be VR first. AR still has a big problem of some technology that allows seeing the outside world and seeing the overlay. Problems with how ghosty the content is, and/or more critically ability to project over a wide field of view. In VR, they distort the hell out of the screen to get wide field of view, but in AR that can't be done because it will distort the real world. Also AR can't provide the same total immersion as VR if that's the goal (well it can, but by covering up the whole world, in which case it's really VR).

Comment Re:I suspect something different (Score 1) 97

I'm not that invested either way in her, but Netflix has thrown her in my face a lot. I have better things to do than do whatever Netflix tells me to, so I haven't bothered, but the fact that I know about her netflix at all says something...

If someone is polarizing, *and* something like netflix promotes it and throws it in everyone's face, they shouldn't be surprised that overwhelming negative reviews come at them. Doesn't need to be a conspiracy. This is the problem with a lot of netflix original content, they are pushing it all so hard that it's hard to avoid. Even when the content runs against my general preferences, if it's a 'netflix original', somehow it dominants space in my 'recommended' viewing.

Comment have a few, but easy call for me.... (Score 1) 299

At a small company in 2005 I was hired as the QA manager, I moved across the country for this small startup that had been around for 6 or 7 years. I was told I would get to hire my team of 7 and build the QA team and processes. For 8 months I was the only QA person and was told I couldn't hire anyone. Then suddenly I was asked why I hadn't hired my team yet. So I started interviewing... requirements were 3-5 yrs experience. Interviewed, made offers, nobody was accepting. As the hiring manager, my boss wouldn't let me in on how much the position paid. When I finally found out, I know why nobody was accepting - $30k. I finally convinced him to increase the salary, and I was able to hire two people. Not 7.

When I joined the company, my wife was pregnant with our first child. I talked to my boss, and asked if I could take some vacation days / sick days when the baby came. He said of course, that he had kids, and he totally understood. He was genuinely nice about it and I felt better. My wife had the baby, we had to do an emergency c-section, and everything was fine. That was on a Saturday, and I had planned to take the week after off. On Tuesday, the 2nd day I was off, I got a call from a co-worker saying my boss was flipping out, asking where the hell I was, saying I had to be in the office immediately. I said I couldn't and that my wife needed me as we had no family there. I went in on Thursday, and my boss was a total asshole to me. There was nothing urgent going on at all either, he just wanted me there.

After about a year of putting some kind of QA process with my 2 person team in place at this small company, I was told "You need to automate all of our testing". Then I was told that I could have no budget, couldn't hire any automation people, and had to do it in my spare time without any impacts to other schedules. I explained that it was possible to do, but not with those constraints. I even made some suggestions about how to approach it given those constraints. That wasn't good enough, so I set about busting my ass trying to do it. I was working 60+ hours a week, and making some headway. Two months later a new product manager was hired, and I was told to train him on our product as well. I came in the Monday after a long July4th weekend, and I couldn't log in. Then I was called into the conference room and was fired. I had a bad attitude, and when I was told to do something I should just say "yes". I calmly explained that what they asked me to do wasn't possible, and that's when I found out that the "product manager" I trained was my replacement, and he was going to take my position and do that automation. I said "I guarantee you that he won't".

I kept in touch with friends there. Three months later, the new QA manager was fired. They promoted the first person I hired to manager. She wasn't happy about it. She was fired after a month, followed by the rest of the QA team. Within a year the entire company folded. The promised IPO never happened, the multi-millionaire president-and-founder slunk back to his mansion, and the executives [my boss included] went on to other shady ventures.

I learned a lot there, but it was all mostly how NOT to be a manager.

Comment You are talking about sequels... (Score 1) 542

I can think of a couple of sequels, or movies in a series, that I liked just as much or maybe more than previous movies.

Toy Story 3 is my favorite in that series.
Logan is my favorite of the X-Men franchise.
I think that these two did need the previous movies to give them the full context though.

Batman Begins dwarfs all previous attempts to tell that story, and The Dark Knight was fantastic.

Rise of and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes were great and much less corny than the original, although they were prequels.

Comment Catherine the Great's Mathematician? (Score 3, Insightful) 133

Do we really need to invoke Catherine the Great's name to help explain who Leonhard "one-of-the-greatest-mathematician's-of-all-time" Euler was? For me it would be more like "Catherine the Great, a sponsor of the legendary Euler, also happened to do some notable things while leading Russia".

Comment This is just business... and Linux sucks at it (Score 1) 203

And that is how it should be.
Because businesses will come and go (even Microsoft), but the truly innovative and useful things are sustainable.

It is like the monk walking with his teacher, and they see a rabbit being chased by a fox.
The student says "That poor rabbit will get eaten".
The teacher asks "Why do you think so?"
"Because the fox is much faster, stronger, and more cunning".
The teacher says "But the rabbit will elude him".
"Why is that teacher?"
"Because the fox is running for his dinner, but the rabbit is running for his life"

Comment Re:Microsoft, can you fix Linux? (Score 3, Interesting) 159

You do realize that most of the complaints you have are basically moving a Linux desktop more toward what MS has done with Windows desktop. PulseAudio bears no small resemblence to Windows Vista+ audio stack (in terms of architecture). systemd similarly resembles the way microsoft services work, journald resembles event viewer design, networkmanager is pretty much the same way Windows does network management, dconf acts a lot like the registry.

If anything, I'd say MS is worse at many of these. As much as I object to journald, event viewer is worse. systemd does make some things more complex, but not nearly so much as the way microsoft handles services. dconf is at least more straightforward and more powerful than windows registry.

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