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Comment Re:Help them leave (Score 1) 172

You'll fuck over the poor, you'll fuck over the future. You poor deluded fuck.

Wow, you're really the deluded one here. In case you haven't noticed, Trump and the GOP are working very hard to fuck over the poor, such as by repealing the Medicaid expansion and by repealing Obamacare without replacing it with anything that actually works for lower-income people. Then they want to lower taxes for ultra-rich people. You talk about "fucking over the poor", while simultaneously defending the people who have that as their explicit party platform. Sad.

Comment Re: All my friends in NSA are looking (Score 1) 172

I disagree entirely. Walking away is *always* the best course of action, unless you're in a position of power (and even that's questionable, because if you're the NSA director and refuse to "do your job" you'll probably be sacked).

Decisions and policy always come from the top. If you're a low-level peon (as any engineer is; face it, this is not a prestigious profession with any real power), then you either do what your superiors tell you, or you resign, or you get fired. There is no "stay and try to fix the problem"; you do not have that power.

Comment Re: All my friends in NSA are looking (Score 1) 172

Everyone has a different bar; obviously, Snowden's and your standards are different from this unnamed guy's. It's not black and white.

What's remarkable about this article is how apparently bad the morale is at the NSA now. So obviously, a lot of NSA insiders were at least somewhat OK with things post-Snowden (or with the things Snowden revealed), but now they're *not* OK with how things are going now with Trump in office.

It's kinda like the Mafia: even they have their limits. They'll happily do "protection" rackets, prostitution, etc., but do something that victimizes young children and suddenly they're morally opposed. (A lot of hardened criminals are like this, which is why child predators have to be kept separate from them in prison.) This isn't to say NSA employees are like the Mafia or other hardened criminals, I'm just pointing out the parallel: everyone has different standards, and at some point can be pushed too far, or asked to do something that's beyond their morals, and that appears to be what we're seeing here.

Comment Re: Poor on $100k? Sure (Score 1) 790

It's generally middle management's decision whether to hire people who will work remotely

Marissa Meyer's edict at Yahoo contradicts this claim.

Not only that, but in any job involving working with computers, the IT department has to be set up to allow remote work. If they're not, remote employees have no way of getting work done. Middle managers have zero control over IT.

Comment Re:Poor on $100k? Sure (Score 1) 790

There isn't any work in many of those cities for people in certain professions (i.e. tech). So you're looking at going back to school and starting all over in a new career field.

Honestly, I frequently wish I had gone into the medical field somewhere instead of engineering/programming. The pay might not be as good (I'm not talking about being a surgeon), but the job stability is much better, and you can work almost anywhere (depends on your exact specialty of course but if it isn't something obscure it'll be needed everywhere).

Comment Re:Hello? Is this thing on? (Score 1) 211

You need to take some of his requirements with a grain of salt, and assume he's exaggerating. The battery-life requirement is one of those. I think it's entirely possible to get a significantly longer lifetime than current phones, with normal usage (not CPU bouncing off the thermal limiter...); all they need to do is double the battery size. Considering how everyone and his brother has some kind of case on his phone, a little extra thickness shouldn't be a big problem.

We don't need 20 pound cellphones, and it's true that such a thing would not sell very well. But there is room to expand the battery some and add many of these features back in, which used to be common: user-replaceable batteries, headphone jack, SDcard slot, etc., while not ending up with an overly-large phone.

Comment Re: Let's take a second and think about this. (Score 1) 305

I've seen more experienced people get a matter through the hard part and then hand it over to a more junior person. I've also seen people fired because they earned too much and then more junior people hired to replace them and yet they do the same work.

Plenty of explanations that aren't sexism. Have to wait and see what evidence is offered to support the claim.

Comment Re: Poor on $100k? Sure (Score 1) 790

It's increasingly hard for middle management to justify to senior management why they're not doing that.

What are you talking about? It's not middle management's decision about where to base their company and operations; that comes straight from senior management.

That said, the bay area situation is great for consultants living in places with a sane cost of living. When I was doing that, my contracting rate was lower than a salaried employee in the bay area, yet I was able to cover my cost of living and pay off my mortgage quickly if I worked two days a month.

How so? If you're an on-site consultant, you have to pay the living costs in that area, unless you're living in your car or something. If you're talking about being a remote consultant, then sure that works out great but how many people are able to get a gig like that? This whole thread is about management not wanting remote workers.

Comment Re: Poor on $100k? Sure (Score 1) 790

Yeah, they're getting all that, and they don't care, or they refuse to believe it's because of their shitty policies. It doesn't really affect them personally anyway; they get to walk away with giant golden parachutes, while blaming the failure of their company on "market conditions". Just look at shitty executives like Carly Fiorina, Bob Nardelli, Jack Welch, and countless others: they're not hurting. Carly ran HP straight into the ground (and helped destroy Lucent before that), and she's quite wealthy and even made a (somewhat lame) run for the Presidency. So obviously, having to pay higher salaries and having poor retention isn't hurting these executives any; it's probably hurting the shareholders and investors, but that's not the executives' problem.

Comment Re:Poor on $100k? Sure (Score 2) 790

So then the lone tech worker is stuck in an apartment forever effectively, without pairing up with someone else's income, and how do you fit kids into that picture, if both have to work, etc.

You don't fit kids into that picture. Kids are infeasible in today's society unless you're on welfare or extremely wealthy. Just leave raising the next generation to them.

Comment Re: Poor on $100k? Sure (Score 4, Insightful) 790

Wrong.

I'm sure plenty of software engineers realize this, and have realized this for a very long time now.

The problem is that it's not up to them. It's up to managers and executives, who don't like remote workers. From what I've seen, telecommuting is becoming more and more rare; it was more common 10 years ago. Now the managers all want everyone on-site, and they want them working in noisy open-plan offices, sitting at open tables with no partitions whatsoever.

Comment Re:Easy to do with an iPhone (Score 1) 296

oh, fuck it. just stay home. it's better. really.

No, you don't need to go to that extreme. If you're a non-American, it's simple: there's dozens of civilized, developed nations that you can travel to without worrying about Nazi-like interrogations at the airport. Just go to any of those for your vacation.

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