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Comment Re:Stealth Layoff (Score 1) 297

The alternative offered? To "quit" his job and lose severance and other benefits. Why he (and them) complied? Because he's near retirement age and doing anything else would be end-of-life economic suicide.

That's an involuntary termination, not quitting. When companies try it generally it is a legal quagmire. If it is even slightly questionable companies will generally offer a huge settlement package rather than risk a drawn-out lawsuit fighting in the courts; and since they're leaving the state the drawn-out lawsuit would be in a state they no longer are local to, further increasing cost. I'm curious, did you talk with a lawyer before accepting the deal?

My company has something similar happening right now. Here's where it gets tricksy. At least for employees in CA if they're offered a relocation package as part of the deal and they decline they are considered to have left the company voluntarily. In a way. It does have an impact on their unemployment benefits. So talking to a lawyer is a very good idea when presented with this situation.

Comment Re:"Best" (Score 1) 299

If you want to be the hero in the department, clean up other people's messes — the impossible jobs that no one else in the department wants to handle.

This. I've done this. I've mentored people entering the workforce on this. If you do the jobs that no one else wants to do then you're the one they keep. Because shit gets done.

The downside to doing that (besides doing the jobs which sometimes turn out not to be so bad after all) is that you need to continually remind management that these things are getting done BECAUSE you're doing them. Otherwise they get used to not having pain points without realizing that someone has picked them up.

Comment Re:Another perspective... (Score 1) 299

I RTFA and it's not like that. Instead of going through the correct legal channels to request the photographs the police immediately jumped to a warrant to take EVERYTHING the guy had that might have been used to conduct his business. This was the overreaching warrant that was granted.

After he was sufficiently terrified of losing his livelihood they once again asked for the photos. Except now they offered to drop the warrant if he did.

During the hearing he almost wasn't able to even attend. He never got to answer any questions. His solicitor was asked things that couldn't be answered without recourse to him or the NUJ (National Union of Journalists). The NUJ representative wasn't even allowed to observe.

The article has been updated to state that the warrant is no longer in force. Probably. He's justifiably uncertain about that one.

The judge should be severely reprimanded for this one. The police used their position to blackmail him into giving them what they wanted. Pure and simple. They had a proper legal course of action to request the photographs - one that could be challenged - but instead chose to go the jackbooted thug route and the judge upheld it.

Comment Re:What would an AI actually do? (Score 1) 135

I'd estimate maybe 5% or so of the women you'd find on a dating site are legit -- and frankly, maybe 1 out of ten (or less) are anyone you'd want to have anything to do with anyway. Internet dating sites are more or less the last resort for the desperate, and as such not worth anyones' time.

I guess I'm in that 5%. Maybe even the 1 out of ten you cite. Because I'm real, my profile is honest, my pictures are current, and I'm not trying to be anyone but who I am. My main picture is me in a Jayne hat FFS.

I also guess that you're a neckbeard who will only look at the Google scraped model pictures and start your message with some offensive comment about their anatomy. Meant as a compliment of course.

When all you get is declined maybe the problem is closer to home.

Comment Re:Dating culture needs to change first (Score 2) 135

Actually, my reference was to the act of talking to the woman ever, at all. I saw a Q and A session where a group of women were asked if talking to a woman was sexual harassment if she wasn't interested - Most said yes. Because the simple act of talking to a woman is not saying you want to screw her, and women have been taught that any male who isn't gay wants to screw her. Sad when they look at the world obsessed with the thought that everyone wants to screw them. And you needn't worry, unless I have been properly introduced, I will not speak to a woman at all. Even then, it is to say "hello" and no more. I wonder if ignoring women is a form of sexual harassment?

I also find this .. sad. As a woman if someone is talking to me and I'm not interested it's not harassment. It may be annoying but it's not sexual unless the person escalates it beyond expressing interest and won't take no for an answer.

I talk to all kinds of men. I have no idea if any of them want to 'screw me' nor do I care. I've had men compliment me on my clothing, my hair, etc. and I've taken it as a simple compliment and nothing more.

As for Tinder it sounds like they're creating algorithms that match on some key values and spit back results when they're found. Nothing new to see, move along. What direction of swipe would that be?

Comment Re:No shit? (Score 1) 135

...using a washing machine to clean your clothes?

You've piqued my interest. Tell me more!

It's still in the developmental stages so I don't want to reveal too much at this point. But I can say it involves water and a secret ingredient called "soap".

I find your ideas intriguing and would like to subscribe to your newsletter

Comment Re:Doing more with less.. (Score 1) 133

Requiring someone to remember to do an infrequent and short task at a point 1 or 2 years in the future


I could write a PowerShell script in maybe 10 minutes that will list all of the computers in the domain, connect to them, and check for expiring certificates. I can get a reminder in advance---90 days, 30 days, a week, whatever I want. All I have to do is one thing: understand my job.

Alternatively, some tools (like Nessus, which is FOSS) have audits which automatically check for expiring certificates. They can be configured to email a report, and you can notified every day/week/month if you have expiring certs.

This is a stupid, incompetent failure. You can build or buy a tool to avoid this problem very easily. Compared to using passwords, the only reasonable complaint is that you require decent sys admins.

You forgot the part where you were part of a RIF 18 months ago and now your script points to an email address that no longer works. Good on you for automating it but it still takes coordination and adequate staffing to make it happen.

Instead of bragging about how great you are maybe you could look at the challenges of managing a huge infrastructure and see how some things - important things - can be overlooked because someone 'just made it happen', didn't document it, tied it to their personal account, and then is no longer there.

Comment Re:Won't work in America (Score 1) 147

I tried that in America right after graduation. I changed jobs about once a year (after boredom set in) and after four years, it caught up with me - suddenly nobody would talk to me because I was a "job-hopper".

Back in the day...

Actually I wasn't making an old-timer joke. Maybe 15 years ago it was a red flag to see a series of 18 month jobs on a resume since the expectation was that you would be in a job for at least 5 years in order for us to recoup our investment. Those skips looked like someone stayed just long enough to gain some experience and then moved on to fresh pastures.

Not so much these days. Given how easily companies toss their people to the curb having a number of jobs in a short time isn't necessarily something that will send your resume to the circular file. Mind you I'm speaking about the IT industry so YMMV.

A job or two, followed by some consulting, another job, some more consulting. It's all work. And given the economy it's pretty typical of what happens to technical folks.

Back on topic for this thread. People are getting married later (if at all) and birth rates are in decline. There's nothing wrong with the concept of spending your youth doing a variety of jobs and gaining a wide range of experience. Stocking shelves may not sound glamorous but it shows that you're willing to do the work that's in front of you. After a certain point it will lose its allure and they'll find longer term jobs. Or not. The options are there for now.

Comment Re: I hate euphemisms.... (Score 2) 147

The problem is that once the "gig" path becomes commonplace, companies will expect it and we will gradually shift to a mostly gig economy. Those of us with real jobs paying actual salaries with real benefits stand to lose because of your shortsightedness.

Don't think this won't happen. The city where I grew up had a very large auto manufacturing plant. At the height it was running 3 shifts a day, 7 days a week. But it was bought out and downsized.

All those sweet union jobs got slashed and suddenly people were scrambling for any work they could get. Employers soon realized they could hire 2 part time people without benefits for far less than 1 full time person with benefits. Since people were taking ANY job this became the model for most businesses that could support it.

It took at least a decade for things to settle out into a more 'normal' situation where full time jobs were prevalent or at least more common.

Comment Re:What is it about having money... (Score 2) 284

Ironically, the bigger assholes here are Zuckerberg's attorneys, and they're being assholes to Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg doesn't need to sue anyone, nor does he need to track down the owners, nor does he need any fucking attorneys to acquire ownership of that land, and he doesn't even need to buy it.. All he needs to do is pay the back taxes on it, continue paying the taxes on it, and live there 20 years while improving the property, and ownership of the land passes to him via Hawaiian adverse possession laws. [] Mr. Zuckerberg, your attorneys are fucking you. I hope you can enjoy it as much as everyone else is.

So his attorneys are being assholes for doing due diligence and working to track down the lawful owners of property they may not even know they had. Then MZ is being an asshole for offering to purchase the land that probably is not livable and would put some money in their pockets. While I might add creating a clear deed to who does own it.

Had he said and done nothing then most likely nothing would have happened. Instead they're working to let people know about their property then working through the legal system to get a resolution.

How is this being an asshole?

Comment Re: Positive feedback? (Score 3, Insightful) 314

Overly complicated explanation. Poor people can't afford top colleges.

Not true. Top schools have huge endowments, and way more alumni donations, so they can offer more aid for poor students. Most do not consider ability to pay during the admissions process. If you are talented but poor, a top school is likely more affordable than a second tier school because of the more generous financial aid offered.

You missed the part where they may have the money but they don't increase the number of seats. So even though they set up programs to help low income students they don't necessarily have the space. When the kids applying have the same last name as some of those grants and a building on campus you know which one is going to get preference.

Comment Sounds about right (Score 1) 70

They're preventing third party messaging apps from running on company devices. It's no different than not allowing someone to run Google Hangouts on their work computer. It's a non-story.

They more than likely have an in-house IM product which is compliant. So company communication is done using company tools.

This whole BYOD craze still has me shaking my head. Why would I want to be connected to work 24/7/365.25? When I leave work I leave work. My cell phone number is on my public contact card if people need to reach me after hours.

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