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Comment Time does not matter (Score 1) 384

It does not matter what your Software Engineer does at any particular time. Software Engineer is a professional job exempt from overtime rules for a reason: the thing that matters is whether he produces an appropriate amount of quality work.

Do you have any idea whether his work gets done? It doesn't read like you do. That's the question you should ask as you decide whether to keep or fire him.

If you want this IRS exempt employee to work for you by the hour rather than by the task or by the mission, you have that option. It's called "consultant" and you'll pay twice as much or more -per hour-.

Comment Re:Abolish NASA, and deregulate aerospace. (Score 1) 157

not quite the average toddler's level of understanding.

Project much?

Spoken like one with no clue at all of NASA's decades of hostility to private enterprise in space. Google for "OTRAG" for one example of a potential competitor that they pulled out all the stops to kill off.


Comment How it goes wrong:Commodore, A Company on the EdgE (Score 3, Interesting) 86

This one is a great book about the early days of getting computer companies established. The significance of Commodore is often overlooked these days, but at the time they were trouncing the likes of Apple.

Unfortunately, Jack Tramiel never really evolved into a big company player and kept small practices like starving suppliers etc. going. The later nepotism didn't help much either. This is a fascinating book of how a company that should have become what Apple is today, with tech way ahead of its time, fell into ruin. Well worth the read.

Comment Re:America's Banking System Sucks (Score 2) 48

Ah, is this why all these things keep popping up? I keep thinking "but I can already do that and have been able to for years". Decades in fact (and at this point, for almost a decade on mobile as well).

Genuine point of education for me if people don't mind please - can you not just use your own banking app, or a national standard similar to PAYM? Is it that people are charged for doing that in the US?

Comment Re:Like and unlike before (Score 1) 198

2) Unlike before, there is such a huge quantity of material available for viewing, most people could spend their entire lives watching things they've never seen before running out. The only hit will be current pop culture, and trust me: Most people would be happier without it.

That's my situation. I have a bleepload of stuff on Netflix that I haven't gotten to yet, and another pile on Hulu. And that's just the stuff that's on my list.

Comment Re:Most *people* don't have a realistic view. (Score 1) 544

That's exactly my problem. I've saved, and I'm probably in better shape for retirement than the vast majority. But is it enough?

I'll probably live to be over 100, partly because of family history, mostly because that's the worst case financially. I'll probably get whatever disease is most expensive, and the nation's leaders will bankrupt all the services. :(

Comment Re:It's true (Score 2) 286

Pixar was unique in Silicon Valley companies in that we had deadlines that could not move. The film had to be in theaters before Christmas, etc. I'd see employees families come to Pixar to have dinner with them. I took the technical director training but decided to stay in studio tools, first because Pixar needed better software more than they needed another TD, and second because of the crazy hours.

Comment Re:Don't knock DSL just because it's DSL. (Score 1) 166

I agree about reliability. Way back around 2003, I was having serious trouble with Time Warner internet. They claimed to be faster than DSL. They probably were, but for me, they went down at the drop of a hat. Any hat. Anywhere in the world.

DSL might have been slower, but it was much more reliable.

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