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Comment more justification to cut off salesmen (Score 3, Insightful) 34

Now I get to look forward to co-workers being further tricked into influencing me. As an engineer, I've come to realize that the only mission of a salesman is to manipulate your otherwise objective decision making in their favor. ("Objective" to the extent possible for a human). Where possible, I no longer accept sales calls or meetings with sales. Sometimes, it's hard to let go of the feeling I'm being rude. Companies who don't have a hard-boiled, experienced purchasing person doing most of the talking during major buying efforts are fools. Unfortunately, this is the exception rather than the rule.

Comment productivity? (Score 1) 183

Discussions such as these are based on the false assumption that productivity, employee retention, and cost drive office layout shemes. Instead, the purpose is for executives to be seen as superior to the regular employees, *in particular* the high performance individual contributors. HPE's are to be shown off and bragged about like one's fine art collection but must be perceived as a servant, or better yet, an inanimate object. When an executive is hosting guests, his importance must be perceived to be as high as possible, and this means having an office that's seen to have far more comfort, luxury, and exclusivity than everyone else. If productivity is reduced, so be it, since the executive will have long since collected his bonus and moved on to the next company.

Comment media format diversity (Score 1) 698

Convert your videos to multiple media types so that it's more likely they'll survive for years to come. The more analog, the better. Focus on the audio part first. Video to Super8 or 16mm movie film (might be cost prohibitive) Audio track to mp3 (better yet, record simultaneously using a separate device) Audio track to cassette tape Audio track to vinyl record Printed photograph of you recording the videos Speech-to-text and print on paper. Do this if nothing else. Content advice: Family history Stories from your childhood and life to this point. Include mistakes and regrets. Stories about her from infancy to present Financial, legal, friendship, and relationship advice. Start with optimism but include tough truths about how the world really is, to be viewed or read in high school or college. Encouragement to be your own person. Reflect on the opinions of you, her mother, teachers, pastors, supervisors, etc., but in the end do what you feel is right.

Comment Re:Smart customers can avoid being exploited for d (Score 2) 60

I used to worry about that, but, for books, I realized I just don't care. Only novels are acceptable for me to read on a Kindle. Technical materials must be in paper form or PDF. Once I've finished reading a novel, with very few exceptions, I'll never read it again. If I do, I'll find a hard copy. Life is too short for obsessive hoarding.

Comment Re:Very possible (Score 1) 467

I would like to be married with children but am not. I have chosen to rent and invest the difference. Obviously I have made some "sacrifices". I also receive zero tax credits and writeoffs. My point was to treat savings as a necessary expense on par with food, health care, and basic shelter. If something will cut into your savings rate, such as a larger house, a nicer car, or HBO, YOU CAN'T AFFORD IT. I know I must be prepared for opportunities in tech to be more scarce once I reach age 50. I don't view this as a plan to get rich. This is a plan to avoid being poor.

Comment Very possible (Score 1) 467

This is certainly achievable for a technical professional. I've done it. I'm close to the million dollar threshold at age 40, and have done it while working solely at "competitive pay" (HR-speak), non-management, no-stock-option jobs. The secret? Save 20% or more of my income and start saving on day one out of college. My first job paid $50k but I treated it like $40k. I don't have cable. I don't drive a fancy car. I don't take out loans to buy things. Barring a major life calamity, I can now coast the rest of the way if needed.

Comment be careful (Score 4, Funny) 59

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Comment Don't worry about it. (Score 2) 108

When I hire new graduates, it usually matters little what school you went to, as long as it's a real, accredited program. I look for project involvement like the solar car, co-ops and internships, little side jobs of a technical nature, and so on. Unless you have that, your resume looks just like everyone else's: Name of school, list of classes, GPA. Who cares? Your resume might as well be one line. I know what classes are required for an engineering degree, don't repeat the school catalog to me.

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