> Too bad it is most assuredly dead now.
hmm... well, that would be a good test of this Evolution theory thing.
correct. That was my point. An employee can't Quit Early when they know they are about to be let go. This allows the employer "make" them stay and train their replacements. If they want unemployment they must stay until officially let-go.
....his kettle will produce coffee tomorrow morning.
These workers are going to be unemployed - but they aren't yet. They are being paid. If they could all quit now! and pickup unemployment while looking for a new job --- that would be a finger in the eye of their employer. However - I'm sure employers know this and it is what makes the equation work.
If there was a way for them to band together and all quit now - the equation wouldn't work. There is no incentive to remain - go find a job now! Regardless of what carrot the HR dept is hanging in front of you - your life career starts tomorrow, don't delay it. And for those who can quit now... do it.
But let's face it. Automation & Robots are coming and will fill some of these jobs in the near future. Farming used to have lots of labor - but now machines have replaced the laborer. Which is fine because most don't want this kind of hard work - certainly not for the pay.
I think some of these IT jobs are going the same way. Train thy self and move up to a job that can't be so easily replaced. And keep in mind - management is being automated too. These jobs will most likely disappear from the workforce in "10 years."
the iTunes cards should be a dead give-away of fraud. BUT --- I heard an interview with a woman who received TWO telephone calls at the same time - both working together (she had two phones, cell & landline). This scam was rather sophisticated.
The first caller was the normal "IRS calling - you owe us money" The second caller (caller id was "911") "This is FBI coming to get you now - stay where you are" First caller - "pay us now and I will cancel the FBI agent." She went to Western Union to make the payment as requested - and Western Union blocked her payment realizing it was fraud (they have a dept monitoring this). WU customer service handed her their phone over the desk "WU special agent wants to talk to you" The WU agent on this second line took 30 minutes to talk the woman down from repeatedly trying to make the payment ("no 'mam - this is a scam. no really.") She had the "FBI Agent" still on her cell phone - and WU agent on the store phone. FBI agent demanding "do it now or go to jail" and second person saying "no - it's a scam"
Her backstory was that she owned a small business and had somebody else doing her taxes - so she didn't fully know what was up. The call was semi-plausible coupled with the high pressure tactic.
Critical thought was not obvious.
I should also say that I screwed with the Treasury guy by asking
"You sure? Since when has the IRS been part of the Treasury? I don't believe you."
That ended with an unsatisfying [click]
Yeah the calls to my house began to accelerate last week - then suddenly stopped. It changed over the previous month from weekly recorded messages ("call us back") to daily real humans talking to me. One was an Australian bloke pretending to be an agent with the US Treasury dept.
But my favorite conversation I told the guy "Look, you've been trying to pin this on me for years. You Can't Prove Anything - your evidence is weak. Come Get me.. Every heard of the 4th Amendment? I'm loading my shotgun right now... come get me. You got nothing on me!"
To which a broken english reply came: "you kiss my ass"
Absolutely - he has *Evolved* to use Phase shifting to hide from us humans - knowing that this wavelength of light is just beyond our visible range. Thus remains hidden and safe from us predators
Watch out for 'dem killer clowns too!!!
Do not simplify the design of a program if a way can be found to make it complex and wonderful.