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Comment Re: It has its uses (Score 1) 417

Java (like Flash) was always designed as a plug-in, running side by side with the browser, not an integrated part of the browser. T

Uh, what?

Just because Sun developed a Java plug-in doesn't mean that Sun's vision was ever that Java was primarily supposed to be used that way. Java has always meant to be used as a standalone programming language, and the percentage of Java development targeted at the plugin is absolutely tiny. Most of it is focused on back-end applications, websites, and the occasional desktop app.

I'm not sure where this "Java = applets" thing comes from, and it's especially hard to understand why software developers would think this given it's pretty hard to work in this industry for more than a few years without being given a Tomcat/etc application hosted in a JBoss environment to fix up.

Comment Re:No, the reason is laws. (Score 4, Interesting) 119

Meanwhile the illegals can't complain about working conditions - and will work for less than minimum wage in (those occupations where it applies.)

Well, pickers are often paid by the amount they pick, rather than simply an hourly wage. The reason your average young American can't make decent money is because these are SKILLED LABOR positions. It often takes a few years of picking a particular item of produce before you get enough experience to do it most efficiently. Many pickers specialize in certain fruits or vegetables; hence why many of them are "migrant," since they follow the harvest of what they're good at.

The problem isn't that one can't earn more than minimum wage doing picking -- it's that most Americans view picking as a temporary job or summer thing that they'll do until they find something better. But you have to do it for quite some time before it becomes profitable.

You might read up on what happened in some southern states that passed laws to make it more difficult to hire illegals. They still had migrant legal workers who were pros and could make money, but most of the Americans they'd try to train would quit in a week... It's hard work, and unskilled workers can't keep up enough to make decent money.

Comment Re:Americans no longer want to pick fruit. (Score 2) 119

My wife worked the peach packing shed for several years as a teenager to make money to buy school clothes during the summer. Lots of teachers worked there to supplement their salary while out during the summer. People once had to work because there was no other option if you wanted something. I worked like a dog bucking hay and stringing fence for a little money and was glad to get it. I didn't know any better, it never occurred to me that I didn't have to.

Comment They're still people (Score 2) 386

The expectation is that the salaried position is a 40 hr/wk position.

If you treat your employees only as a measurable commodity, entering into no acknowledgment of their worth, individuality, and personal potential, while attempting to mine every second of their time like a greedy, annoying crow, or worse, if you attempt to sit on those things and repress who they are, then your employees will not be loyal. This is inevitable.

When the first even nominally better opportunity (which might not even be better on grounds of pay, since everything else at your place sucks so bad) and they'll be gone. Because you made them hate you.

Which you deserved.

Sane employment is pleasant, goal seeking and reward-rich. For everyone. Not based on counting drops of sweat and screaming when the count is short. Balance liberty against compassion in tension as you encourage your employees to chase your goals and their goals. Otherwise you run the risk of just turning out to be considered another reviled prick.

I've run several very successful businesses. I'm not guessing here. Happy people do better work. Period.

Comment Absolutely not (Score 2) 386

It should be positively encouraged. I also believe offices should be furnished with beds, so we can take a nap when we want. And we should all have an additional computer with an up to date graphics card and 4K monitor that we can install Steam on.

This seems reasonable to me. What say you, fellow programmers?

Comment Re:Who is going to pay for it? (Score 1) 296

doesn't belong to the government

No. But in a way, the Internet belongs to the government. They designed it and built it, based on leased lines from the telcos. They wrote the rule book (sadly, only enforced by gentlemen's agreements between service providers). Domain names and IP addresses were initially handed out by the government (first, by the DoD, then under the US Dept of Commerce).

Sadly, because the government didn't consider the ramifications of the handover to private business without more than these 'gentlement's agreements', they left the system's rules difficult to enforce in court or by regulators. Perhaps it's time to change that. You don't like our rules, you can give back your IP addresses, unplug your routers and go build your own network. You could call it Compuserve.

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