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Comment Shades of Amazon Japan (Score 1) 387

The man had recently put in a request to transfer to a different department, but was placed on an employee improvement plan, a step that can lead to termination if performance isn't improved

This reminds me of similar stories reported at Amazon Japan: http://toyokeizai.net/articles...

With these and that old google++ rant about Amazon/Bezos by Steve Yegge, it is hard to not to draw generalizations about Amazon's work culture. I know people that work there (just acquaintances), and they seem to like it. But shit, all of these combined do not paint a nice picture.

Comment Re:I wouldn't work there. (Score 1) 387

Isn't that every company lately? If it's not that, it's the other extreme, they expect you to work for minimum wage and expect miracles like a 30 year experienced engineer.

No. Not every company, small or large is like that. I speak from experience, as I've worked with good companies and bad ones. In fact, in many cases, it is not even the company but the department you worked on.

Comment Re:No principles. (Score 1) 600

For years up to a week ago: TPP is an abomination love child between Hitler and Satan and needs to die.

Now that Trump doesn't want it: This will ruin the nation and will only benefit China. TPP Must Go Forward!

I'm not a fan of Trump, but I'm not a fan of TPP either. Not so much that I'm against trade agreements, but against some of the legal implications that the TPP carries. What I don't want is the continuing idea that globalization and trade are killing jobs. Automation and recycling have killed 5-6 jobs IIRC for 1 job lost to globalization.

So the idea to pull out of global markets as a solution to our woes is not just the wrong medicine, but fucking stupid. Three million jobs directly depend on trade (more if you count network effect). So in addition to do nothing about jobs lost to automation, we are going to fuck around with steady jobs from international trade?

How the hell does that help us?

We should renegotiate shit when it is beneficial to us. We should not close ourselves like a clam. The world is not what it used to be in the 1950s. Countries and emerging markets are at a point where they can go off by themselves, closing their markets to us and shutting the valves of foreign investment in US assets.

Comment Re:TLDR (Score 1) 186

I agree with you 100%. Unfortunately the rest of the market does not work this way.

Citation: every job interview ever, especially when they demand facebook access.

In 22 years in this gig, I've never found a job interviewer that would ask for such a thing (mind you that FB haven't been around that long obviously.) I've had a couple asking for my salary history (more on that later.)

I've had a couple of assholes interviewing me, which is fine. I cannot control who the hell is on the other side of every new greeting. All I care of is to polish my A-game and see what's the best deal I can get when I interview (all other factors considering such as "shit, I've been unemployed for three months, I need moolah fast.")

Should someone were to ask me that, I'd give them a polite go-screw-yourself and walk of. This is not empty bravado. I've done it with prospective employers asking me for a salary history. Fuck you no, you either think I'm worth the money or not. I accept your offer or I do not. You are willing to pay me what I want, or not.

My past salary history is private and has no bearing on how YOU gauge me for a position.

Granted that I've never been in a situation desperate enough to bend over and comply (though I came close enough back in 2000 right after the dot-com bubble.) But if it ever came a situation like that desperate, I would comply, work, get paid and look for a way to get a better deal as soon as possible, short-notice be damned.

Protect yourself. Take care of your interests because no one is going to do it for you.

Comment Re:Here's a thought (Score 1) 161

My wife and I have a combined income of $170k and have never individually bought a car that cost more than $15k. Primarily because it is a purchase of an object that depreciates faster than any other necessary purchase, so basic logic dictates you minimize the cost. Also, we've done the math on the cost of electric vs. gasoline and figured out that you'll never make back the price premium for a hybrid or an electric car during your ownership. Subsidies or no subsidies, the math is similarly bleak.

The only reason car manufacturers are in business today is an overabundance of credit and stupid people who aren't putting two and two together about this. I say stupid because they are lowering their standard of living by buying huge SUVs or alternatively expensive hybrid or all-electric vehicles.

It all depends on the math since not everything is a zero-sum game. I drive a beat up honda civic 1998. The muffler just fell of and I have in the trunk. I'm pretty much driving that shit until it dies, and probably I will just lease a cheap car since my work commute is relatively small.

OTH, my wife and I pooled money together to get a Prius V, paid in cash. We went around multiple dealers, putting them on the phone against one another until we cut so much off the price tag, we made the dealer shave off 8K.

The car is perfect for the wife and the two kids. And her commute back and forth with activities is substantial enough to make a lease a bad deal. OTH, we fill the gas tank only once every two weeks. For a similarly sized car, my wife would be filling up the gas tank every 4 days (I know, I used to drive one like that.)

In the grand scheme of things we will not recoup the money invested via savings in gas. But with diligence and planning we save 8K for a comfortable family car, one with a low gas consumption that is beneficial for our planned day-to-day cash flow.

Comment Re:TLDR (Score 2) 186

or, if you're a conservative, sharing your thoughts on social media can be a quick invitation to lack of advancement and open scorn from your coworkers.

isn't "right think" wonderful!

I'm not sure what kind of person, conservative or liberal, could possibly due that. I could look down on someone for consistently believing something stupid regardless of political inclination. But I would never use that to openly scorn or impede advancement for a coworker.

1. Can you get shit done? Can you fix shit a lot, but a lot more often than what you break shit (because we all break shit sometimes)?

2. Can you get along enough with other co-workers to get shit done?

That's all that matter. I don't care what political inclinations you have, but if you can't abide by these two constrains when measuring a co-worker, you are an asshole (and most likely the bigger asshole.)

Comment Re:never gave them credit card number (Score 1) 236

And this is why I won't buy anything via Google Play (or the Apple App Store) and most of the apps on my phone come from F-Droid. I won't buy anything that comes with a built-in revocation mechanism for my purchase over which the seller has total control. Would you buy a phone with a contract that said that at any point the seller could require you to give it back (but they keep the money) without providing any justification and at their sole discretion? Of course not, yet people are quite happy to do the same thing with software.

I really do not get this. I've never given google my credit card number. Anything I buy (if I ever) is charged to my phone provider. And in two cases where I saw something suspicious I called AT&T once (and Verizon, my current provider), and all was fixed.

Comment Re:never gave them credit card number (Score 1) 236

> apparently they didn't like the change in my IP address.

This did not happen.

This happens a lot. Specially if you are traveling. Now, I cannot understand why an IP change would cause an account lockdown. Because I'm sure my IP has changed when traveling from South Florida to Boston, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Mexico and Tokyo, and I've never been locked out.

Comment Re:Moving to another star? (Score 1) 522

Well, who knows? 1000 years ago we didn't think we could move a single person across the ocean... It's hard enough to predict anything about tomorrow, let alone what mankind might be able to achieve in 1000 years.

Uhhhh, Phoenicians, Greeks? Viking Expansion? Polynesian expansion. Peopling of Papua New Guinea, Australia, the South East Asian archipielagos? The Carib and Arawak expansion into the Caribbean Islands. The peopling of Crete, Cyprus, Malta and in particular the Canary Islands.

I mean, if Australian colonization occurred by sea, we are talking crossing the seas around 45K BC. And the earliest signs of human habitation in Crete go back to 130K BC. So we are talking a possible sea crossing by pre-Homo Sapiens.

Ancient people were far more sophisticated in what they could do than what we give them credit for.

Comment Re: "Civic Society" not a very impressive euphem (Score 1) 805

This is really what some of us are talking about. Immigrants used to come to America and assimilate into the culture (my ancestors included). What we have in many cases today are people coming here and not assimilating, simply continuing to live as they did in their native countries creating these pockets of culture that are in many cases incompatible with American culture. Slow the influx of people, vet for people who want to be a productive part of our society, and help them assimilate.

That is absolute bullshit. We have Chinese, Romanians, Russians, Indians, Hispanics, and American "natives" living alongside in pretty much every metropolitan area. Yeah, there are frictions, just like there are frictions when you put millions of people together. But guess what? The live, they work, they live they work, day after day.

There are no riots or shit. People mind their own business and do their own shit.

The whole "not assimilating" thing is just bullshit spouted by people who simply can't stand seeing people who pray different or look different or just happened to have a different accent.

And the ability for all those people, all that new Babel, just working and moving forward like normal people would, that's just a big fucking existential threat to whatever it is that they pass as their identity.

Stop spouting that shit. Get some counseling.

Comment Re: "Civic Society" not a very impressive euphemis (Score 1) 805

>A country is more than an economy. We're a civic society.

It means exactly that. There's more to a country than money and business. There's a culture that should be respected and protected. Sitting back quietly while a major national industry is overtaken by people from different cultures who only came to America to go to school and get rich and may or may not have any intention of assimilating is hardly protecting our culture.

Well, maybe that "culture" should do more and step up to the plate. Secondly, you are making a pretty stupid assumption that these different cultures may or may not want to assimilate. Based on what do you spout such shit? They came, they worked, got rich and founded companies. I'd say they assimilated pretty fucking well. Or does assimilation means do nothing and wait for jobs to come back from China?

That's not racism or "white nationalism", it's the whole fucking point of having a country and has been for 3000 years.

And countries change. Empires and nations have for ages imported the best artisans and engineers they could find and afford. That is part of nation building. Nation building never stops. Again, if people have a problem because Ling and Kumar burn the midnight oil and get rich and build shit from scratch, maybe they should shut the fuck out, do the same and show the world how this shit is supposed to be done.

Comment Re:"Civic Society" not a very impressive euphemism (Score 1) 805

So according to Steven Bannon we can't have a "civic society" in America if there are areas whose population aren't a majority of whites. I expected a more sophisticated racist euphemism from a Harvard-educated man.

You expect too much. Some people can go all the way to an Ivy League education without ever learning a bit about very important things, like humility and equality.

Comment Re:I"m a liberal socialist (Score 1) 805

but it always seemed to me he was reaching out to rural areas that are more hurt by Mexican's

I have a hard time seeing someone up in Coal Country/Rust Belt where Hispanic presence is almost nil to be hurt significantly by Jose and Pepe picking up produce 2000 miles east in California. The reality is that many of the areas that voted Trump the most had very little impact from illegal immigration. It was just smoke and mirrors of the George Wallace kind.

Not that there aren't problems with illegal immigration, but the whole thing is bullshit. Illegal population is at 3% of the nation... and decreasing. Trying to peg all self-inflicted socio-economic problems (some of these problems going back all the way to the 1930's) on a dwindling, almost statistically irrelevant group, that's just bullshit from people who need a boogeyman to point fingers at.

Comment Re:Steve Bannon, not a racist? (Score 2) 805

I'm OK with him saying too many people from a specific region. Anyway, I would totally clamp down on immigration from all places where terrorists come from. I don't care if anyone thinks I'm a racist for that.

Let's start from the South then, where Dylann Roof is from.

I'm being facetious obviously. As for whether we have too many people from a specific region, it depends. We have a lot of people from India and China not only inventing things, but investing enormous wealth into this country.

How could that be too much of something? Specially when people born in this country aren't stepping up to the plate? There is a reason why these people are here doing a killing and creating wealth. They have agency, they have discipline, they have diligence and work ethics.

If that kind of people is too much for you, then go ahead, replace them, do what they do, and show us how it's done.

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