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Comment Re:GE is not the enemy (Score 2) 258

In a company as large as GE you are going to have a bell curve distribution of skill levels. That's just a fact. When you hire replacements, you'll have another bell curve to add in. It's an iterative process of weeding out the weakest. A company can't stay competitive if it's giving away money to people who don't pull their weight. So your argument that the firings are arbitrary is a straw man.

Comment GE is not the enemy (Score 0, Troll) 258

Firing the bottom 20% of your work force every year is no different than YOU, as a consumer, not purchasing another good or service again because it didn't give you what you paid for. It is assigning value via your wallet.

In the real world people are not equal performers at every task. In fact, some are really bad. Even what some would consider a "net negative" for the team (does more harm than good). Some of those that suck at their current job may not suck doing something else. While it involves some hurtful emotions and short term pain, a job loss can often times be beneficial in the long run.

The issue of not having an annual raise is interesting though. In the US we have gone through a decade of very low inflation. Also prices on many goods has dropped or stayed steady. Companies are not naturally making extra money via inflation to pass on to their workers. The additional money has to come through growth, which is limited in our stagnant economy. So not getting a raise each year might not be such a bad thing in a low inflation economy if it is compensated for elsewhere.

Ultimately the free market will decide though. And my guess is that GE will make sure their top 20% is really well compensated so they stay and keep being productive making money for the company, while everyone else takes what is given to them. While this doesn't sound great if you're in the 80%, it's really is a fair system.

Comment AOL progs (Score 1) 515

Learned by dissecting programs to phish AOL accounts when i was in 8th grade. I was always into the darker side of computers, but i learned a lot. Also had unlimited dial-up since dumbasses would give up their passwords all the time. Now i put those skills towards a positive. I program automation so people don't have to work anymore. They can just sit at home and collect unemployment.

Comment Re:Hillary vs Trump (Score 0) 879

Kasich and Bernie may both come across as level headed and pragmatic, but i completely rebuke your comment that both sides tolerate them.

Bernie is so far to the left he makes Hillary look like a Republican. He's not even tolerable to a centrist. The man literally wants to double-triple-quadruple taxes on everyone from the lower middle class and up to pay for massive government expansion. We're talking about tax increases that will actually cause almost everyone in the country to not be able to afford their house payment. That type of politics has never been overwhelmingly popular in America, except during the great depression, and still in academia.

Kasich has shown to be fairly moderate, but i highly doubt any self described Democrat would side with him over Hillary or Bernie.

Comment ecalp sdrawkcab (Score 0) 766

I lived in NC for 8 years. I've lived all over the US. NC is BY FAR the most backwards, outdated, close minded place I've ever been. Mentally, it is easily a century behind the rest of the country (the deep dirty south perhaps being on par though). Strange place... Everyone is engaged in an unspoken contest with each other to be the most 'simple'. Religion is serious business there. Social circles are confined to who you go to church with. Frequently members of one denomination won't talk with members of the same denomination who go to a different church "because they don't practice right". What? Can't tell you how many times I heard that one. And my favorite, one evangelical group referring to another evangelical group as "too crazy". All of you believe some wild crap, even by religious standards.

Comment easy (Score 1) 101

money. more than anyone else is offering, plus at least 10%. sure you might be able to pick up someone on the cheap, but once they know how under paid they are (and they will find out), they'll be out the door. if you can't pony up the cash, equity needs to be on the table. environment is important too. needs to be comfortable and accommodating. quiet spaces, collaborative spaces, open spaces. perks. snacks, free lunches onsite, occasional splurges offsite. company picks up the tab. free coffee, energy drinks, etc. pretend to care about people. appreciation goes a long way.

Comment Worst law in the history of the United States. (Score 5, Insightful) 739

My family insurance rates went from ~$400/mo for a PPO plan in 2012, to ~$750/mo in 2013, and now just under $1000/mo in 2014, all with declining levels of coverage. Thank you 'Affordable' Care Act. Even a modest 6-figure household income can't realistically afford $1000/mo for health insurance so we dropped it. It doesn't end there either. After $12k in premiums, i have exposure for another $6000 per year. So now we have a bare bones plan and contribute less to the system overall. Worst law in the history of the United States.

Comment Re:Kids (Score 1) 570

This is what's wrong with the world. No personal responsibility.

Kids are a CHOICE. Their clothes are cheap. Their food is cheap. Toys are a CHOICE. I sure didn't have many toys when I was a kid... didn't have an i{Pad,Pod,Phone} for sure.

Fixing an infected tooth is a TOUGH CHOICE, but still a CHOICE. Plan ahead for the unexpected and you'll have the money ready when life happens.

A kidney stone is a TOUGH CHOICE, but still a CHOICE. Plan ahead for the unexpected and you'll have the money ready when life happens.

Life is all about choices. Make good choices early on and life is easier in the long haul. Make bad choices and then you whine about how much is wrong with the world.

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