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Comment Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 47

After Uber's CEO was caught berating one of his own cab drivers because the driver dared to say he wasn't being paid enough and couldn't earn enough....

I once worked at a company where most people complained about being poorly compensated. When I eventually left for a better job, I got into a friendly argument with several former colleagues. They accused me of "leaving for the money". I told them that if they were unhappy with the pay, they should just find another job. And that applying for jobs is easy once you get your resume in order, and even if you don't accept the offer, it gives you an idea what you're worth to other companies or in other industries. But everyone seemed to have 1000 excuses. The consensus seemed to be the "company owes us and we're not leaving till we get paid." As far as I know they're all still working there and waiting to get more fairly compensated.

Most of us live in a capitalist economy where management are constantly looking for ways to reduce costs. The only way to to deal with management on equal terms is to be respectful and loyal, but also to be willing to leave when you find a better opportunities. It took me several years to figure this out, but my life improved dramatically once I did.

Comment Re:Arbys? (Score 1) 49

I'm just impressed that there are 355,000 people who eat at Arby's

It's probably a money laundering scheme. I used to be sort of a regular at an Italian restaurant that never seemed to have many customers. The food wasn't bad at all and the staff actually spoke Italian. It was kind of fun to think that syndicate bosses were meeting behind the kitchen, but that would have probably been too much of a cliche, even for the mob. They probably run an Arby's instead.

Comment Re:His future looks good (Score 3, Insightful) 232

No. He lacks a crucial qualification....He does not have the ability to avoid getting caught....

FTA, he got caught and is now running another company that is buying and selling the IP rights from his former company and he's on a world vacation. It just goes to show the weaknesses in our system. We put a cashier in jail who stole change from the cash register at Walmart, but commit white collar fraud and breaking all kinds of corporate laws, no big deal. What vexes my mind is he still can apparently find investors to keep giving him money.

Comment Re:As a tech worker with kids... (Score 1) 386

I took a job in an area where you could own land, have a large house, and a nice quality of life. The problem was my employer was the only game in town and as a result, management had a "my way or the highway" philosophy. Eventually I got frustrated and quit. Everything comes with plusses and negatives. A good area to live and have a family is like a triangle; balancing employment opportunities, quality of life, and cost of living. My last job was in one corner of the triangle, San Francisco is in a different corner. I am seeking the middle.

Comment Re: Bought from Alibaba listing (Score 4, Funny) 113

Is this for a new unit or re-conditioned ?

Someday the Chinese John Glenn will say, “I guess the question I'm asked the most often is: 'When you were sitting in that capsule listening to the count-down, how did you feel?' Well, the answer to that one is easy. I felt exactly how you would feel if you were getting ready to launch and knew you were sitting on top of two million new and re-conditioned parts -- all built by the lowest bidder on a Chinese government contract out-sourced via Alibaba.”

Comment Re:'squatch (Score 1) 88

That could be it. The whole idea of electric planes seems silly, hauling along that load of batteries with much lower energy density than fuel.....

It makes a lot of sense for a self-launching sailplane. The battery only needs enough energy to get the sailplane up to a sufficient altitude where it can catch thermals and remain aloft. The battery may weigh more than a small fuel supply, but you save weight on the electric motor vs. a more complex gasoline engine. It takes training, experience and ideal weather conditions to be able to operate a sailplane over long distances. So it's definitely not as simple to operate as a "flying car".

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