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Comment Re: Morons are running the USA (Score 3, Interesting) 649

Water will stay clean, air will stay fresh, fewer industries will be crushed by pointless over-regulation

Your view is very short sighted, and quite frankly, contraindicated by reality.

The EPA and regulations like the Clean Water Act didn't just spring forth from some left-wing conspiracy. They were developed in response to real problems. Maybe people forget blankets of smog over major cities, trash lining major roads, rivers catching fire. The things we're talking about here are not luxuries, are not options. Air to breathe and water to drink are basic necessities.

Sometimes solutions outlive the problems they are intended to address and should be removed, but there's no reason to expect that to be true here. We continue to see people make short-sided decisions. I'd say "over-regulation" is a statement of opinion, I'm not going to argue your opinion, but "pointless" is a statement of fact, and you have your facts wrong.

As an analogy, it's easy to think vaccines are unnecessary or not worth their risk because, hey, when's the last time you saw someone with polio or small pox? But it's precisely that vaccines are so effective that you don't see those things.

So sure, we have for the most part air we can breath and water we can drink, but it's because of the EPA. And when the EPA goes away, so will those things.

Comment Can someone tell the folks over at Waze? (Score 1) 359

Their software not only has a preference for left turns, it seems to calculate that saving 1000 feet by directing you to a left onto a busy major road without benefit of a traffic light is quicker than driving those extra feet to an intersection with a traffic light, where you may wait for the light, but at least you're assured of getting in a left turn some time today.

Comment Re:Nondisclosure agreement (Score 1) 435

Obviously, but your salary is categorically not allowed to be covered by NDA

Citation needed.

Because mine has been on several occasions.

Where are you that an NDA covers your salary? In the USA, where many folks involve a third party in preparing tax documents, not sharing your salary is impossible.

Comment Re:Just inflate history (Score 1) 435

The key is to getting a good salary is to know what your work is worth, what people are paying for your skills.

This is Hard to find out. Also, to persuade people in a negotiation you need to be able to get some kind of source to be able to prove your claims.

It also varies between local markets, and near as I can tell, there aren't even companies I can buy this information from....

I agree early in a career this information can be hard to find. But by mid-career (5 to 10 years in), in addition to the resources mentioned in other responses, you should know the market for your industry and profession. If everything else fails, at the very least you have been discussing pay with your peers, right? RIGHT?

McDonalds knows what Burger King charges for a hamburger. (Heck, they also know what they pay their employees.) You should know what the guy or gal in the next office or cube is charging for their hamburgers. As for difference between markets, that's why you're comparing notes with the folks around you. The idea that employees shouldn't share salary is a myth started by EMPLOYERS who don;t want you to have that information.

As for sources or proof...I'm the source. "I'll accept this position for the benefits as outlined and salary of $Z per year." The proof is if they offer less than $Z, I don't take the job.

Comment Re:I think it depends... (Score 1) 435

The lesson is to answer the _real_ question. When a hiring manager, or especially an independent recruiter, asks about your current salary or salary history, what they really want to know is, what are you looking for in _this_ position. And that's how I've always answered.

My most recent job search was coming from a employer known to pay below-market. But rather than complicate things with a response like, "I'm getting $X now but in my next position I'd like $Y," I'd just say "I'm looking for $Y."

But that also presumes I've properly assessed my position and am actually worth $Y on the market.

Comment No innovation? I wish! (Score 1) 342

My local theater has been innovating in recent years, contrary to Hastings' claims. Some of the changes have been good, such as the ease in buying tickets before arriving at the theater and ability to pick out assigned seats when purchasing tickets.

But most of the "innovations" are horrible. I don't mind (and would often partake) in food and drink at the theater. But unfortunately it comes paired with in-seat delivery during the movie. Waitstaff walking around the theater is a great way to ruin a movie. Always-on lighting ensure people can read menus, but they also completely defeat the purpose of having a dark room to show the movie. Why even bother turning the house lights down, if there's going to be a light on at every seat?

In case I've managed to get any enjoyment out of the theater experience up to that point, staff circulate to drop off the check about 10 minutes before final credits. AKA, during the climatic scene of most movies.

I'd be more likely to go to the theater more often if there hadn't been these innovations in recent years. As is it, I went out to see Cap'n America, and I'll likely get out for Dr Strange, and that will make this year an exception. Most recent years I go the movies once, if it at all.

Comment Re:My old phone had a replaceable battery (Score 5, Interesting) 210

People complained about the bulk and weight of having a removable cover and another layer of hard plastic around the battery.

No, they didn't. I've never heard one actual person using a cell phone in the real world make that complaint. It's strictly an issue for the gadget review press. And besides, what are you talking about? Extra plastic? A non-removable battery is still covered by the phone case. There's no extra layer of hard plastic, just the small tabs or whatever mechanism keeps the cover attached.

Not too long ago, people would replace their phone every 18 months.

Again, who are these people? I've never met them. When phones were tied to mobile plan subsidies, most (all?) were tied to 2-year plans. I've never heard of subsidized replacements on a regular 18-month schedule. The hardcore gadget folks paying full price would upgrade more on 12-month rotations. If you've waited 18 months, you might as well wait 6 more and get it subsidized when you renew your contract.

So how about this...get off the thinner, less features treadmill that seems to impress the reviewers, but is being requested by no actual real person who uses a phone as a tool and not a profession. Instead of shaving off every last mm, just give us a bigger battery.

This is important, a battery that's usually kept at a charge between 20% and 80% of its capacity is much healthier -- it's going to the extremes that wears it out at a faster rate. This is important, a battery that's usually kept at a charge between 20% and 80% of its capacity is much healthier - it's going to the extremes that wears it out at a faster rate.

Okay, Jimmy Two-times. Just give us a bigger battery or the ability to easily replace the battery.

Comment Finally! (Score 5, Interesting) 211

Policies that require frequent password changes lead me to:
- pick easy to remember (and therefor easy to guess) passwords
- restrict the character space I use in passwords, e.g. when special characters are required I pick from only 2 special chars.
- Reuse passwords. I have about 20 different password-protected accounts for work, all are changed every 90 days, except the one system where the requirement is 60 days. That's over 80 passwords per year. As a result I use 1 password internal systems and 1 for external, so at any time there are only 2 passwords I need to remember.
- Write down passwords. Sometimes it seems as if just as I'm getting to the point where a password is really ingrained, where I can get it on the first try even before caffeine, it's time to replace it with a new password. So you better believe I write them down.

Frequently changing passwords exclude adherence to most other security good practices.

Comment Re:2 bad choices; Trump may excel (Score 1) 993

In case that comment was too vague, check this out:
http://www.msnbc.com/thomas-ro...

When asked about Putin, he literally said "I have a relationship."

So please tell us how the words are twisted. Or just admit, in at least this one case, Trump has given contradictory statements that can't all be true.

Comment Re:2 bad choices; Trump may excel (Score 1) 993

His claims to both have a relationship with Putin and to not have a relationship with Putin. Which is true, and which the lie?

He claims to be a king of debt and to have almost no debt. Which is true, and which is the lie?

He claimed to have planned the RNC himself, with help with his children. After it turned out to be a disappointment compared to the DNC, he now claims he had nothing to do with planning the RNC and just showed up when told. Which is true, and which the lie?

Calling Trump a liar is easy because he's contradicted himself so many times.

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