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Comment Re:prediction... more good comments... not (Score 2) 347

Someone, recognizing they've lost the reasoned argument ...

Part of the problem is in the vocabulary we use. To lose implies this is a competition, that an individual can be the victor of a reasoned discussion. The value is in the dialog, the exchange of knowledge, and the changes in individuals that occur. The value is not in being the one happened to start off on the winning side.

Comment Re:prediction... more good comments... not (Score 3, Interesting) 347

Opinions are fine, but facts are better. An informed opinion is supported by facts or logic and therefor has some value.
Opinions without anything to support it can also be valuable in that it can open a dialog, but people have to be willing to change their opinions when presented with overwhelming evidence.

Comment Re:Fossil fuels not anywhere near depleted (Score 4, Insightful) 347

There is so much more coal, natural gas and oil for us to mine. Just because it's there doesn't mean we should mine it. Technology has made us too good at surveying and finding coal and oil fields. If we wait until we run out before we stop, we have perhaps hundreds of years to go. And there are going to be dire consequences, if we try to continue mining and burning coal and oil in large amounts for that long.
Now is the time to wrap up our use of some of these old energy sources and to invest in new energy sources. There are lots of proven options, and the technology around them keeps getting cheaper. It will be engineers and tech companies that are making the big bucks in the energy industry and not mine operators. (coal miners never made big bucks, I would say they got the shaft but that's an insensitive pun)

Comment Re:It's true (Score 1) 251

For some companies, Pixar and many semiconductor ones, allowing unauthorized personnel even in "public" areas is quite a big deal (who knows what they may see or overhear). That they allow children and spouses to hang around is a really big deal - it shows the company cares about the well-being of its workers. Sure they're in a public area, bur even in a private cafeteria often sensitive things get discussed.

Luckily we can hide the vast majority of stuff in the labs. And certain floors of buildings are off limits to outsiders as well. But cafeterias are places we can safely take interview candidates, family members, and other visitors. There is a visitor badging process and it's quite painless. Important areas are badged and tail gating is rarer now they have cracked down on it.

The management here also acknowledges that there is a crunch time and a down time. When I'm working with the architects of the next chip, things are more relaxed, we have time to research new ideas, experiment, clean up old problems, and plan for the new chip. And there is a brief period between tape out and first silicon where we are not super busy as we cannot commit to anything except preparing for the arrival of the silicon.

There a lot of people here who are hitting 10 year and 15 year work anniversaries, something I used to think was impossible in the valley, yet I'm only a few years away to my first big anniversary. You'll find similar stories at our well established competitors. Lots of folks who joined out of college and never left. (hint: we're the current leader in our market)

Comment Re:Cry me a river (Score 2) 251

It's simple, the cars go away when you stop making payments. No more cars and [mostly] no more problems. Some people have 50K in credit card debt, it sucks and if you let it get to you it can ruin your relationships and affect your health. But it horrible debt is a solvable problem, I don't want people to get pushed to the point of suicide over it.

It's amazing how people can get themselves worked up over things that don't matter that much. Worst case is no Tesla and bad credit, but he can still feed his family. Of course stress, anxiety and depression aren't rational things.

Comment Re:It's true (Score 1) 251

You are approaching this from a rational viewpoint. Pretty much by definition, someone who commits suicide isn't doing the same (outside of people in constant untreatable pain and so on).

Sorry, I'm not trying to lay blame here. And my comment about "affected me emotionally" is an understatement because I don't like to discuss it, because during that time I was not very rational.
It is very possible that he had clinical depression, and if there was some way to have gotten him to professional counseling this might have been caught and treated. In a perfect world, depression shouldn't be something you live with until you have so much anxiety that you pop, it should be something that gets treated.
That Uber is a stressful place to work is not unusual for companies here. That doesn't make it right, but I am very skeptical that we can lay the blame at their feet, given my own personal experience with what I believe to be similar companies.

Comment Re:It's true (Score 1) 251

My deadlines can't move either, I work at a fabless silicon company. When we pay a foundry to tool up and manufacture our design, we have millions of dollars invested and have reserved a place in line and cannot miss those deadlines without scrapping that chip and moving to a future generation. When the chip returns, we have to test it and make sure it is correct before we make any last minute changes. So there is a 72 hour bring-up period, most of us work 18 hour shifts and the campus is open around the clock with three meals served a day. Managers and leads (like myself) end up working significantly longer than 18 hours and sometimes have to sleep at work because it would be unsafe to drive home that tired. I've worked the 4th of July, my coworkers (on an alternate chip) have worked Christmas (18-24 hours, so the whole thing).
Many times we see a lot of kids hanging out in the cafeteria during the day playing on tablets and laptops, and a lot of husbands and wives come show up around dinner time so they can see their spouse at least once a day.

I don't think what you describe is unique to Pixar, and we have similar inflexibility in the semiconductor industry.

Comment Re:Cry me a river (Score 1) 251

About the only thing you can spend too much on is rent, at least in the Bay Area. And that's resolved by moving, perhaps very far away (Hayward to San Francisco is not a very nice commute). People don't normally go out and buy lots of expensive cars when they get a new job. But they do often get into an apartment that is beyond their means. As for houses, it's hard to get a loan for a house without having some history at your new salary. The days of easy mortgages has long past.

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