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Comment Re:then go somewhere else (Score 1) 467

At the end of the day these companies facilitate the connection between a producer and consume and then take a cut ( albeit a large one ) for the connection. I just don't see how these companies owe more than the contract specifies.

It implies capital controls - you can't send big piles of money abroad, but you can spend freely domestically. You can't hire foreign labor and if you want to import good that have a large foreign laybor component well there are going to have to be tariffs, tariffs high enough that you will decide to make things domestically instead. In other words the tariffs are not designed to increase tax revenues for government re-distribution, they are designed to restrict trade by being high enough few would choose the pay them, but still allow goods and services into the country that cannot be sourced locally at least not in the short term.

It requires tight restrictions on immigration, because communities will need to absorb and integrate new members. A solution like a large immigration tax would probably be in order. Want to stay in the US more than few weeks $50K! Want to be on the citizenship/green card tack $80K!

I think what you're talking about is the effects of globalization on the cost of labor. From that perspective Fiverr is different in that it is a global "gig economy" company and the buyer gets to choose between everyone on earth and not just their local neighborhood. In that way I would agree elected leaders could have an affect and, I would say, are obligated to protect their constituents. However, globalization is a very different discussion and has impacts far beyond just the gig economy in the US.

Comment Re:then go somewhere else (Score 1) 467

There is some external pressure and its almost certainly in the form under employment, unemployment, under paid and without negotiating leverage, trade competition and similar. The capital owner element of the gig economy is keenly aware of this, its the reason they have a labor pool to hire. I am not saying its exploitative, people should be free to make whatever contract, work whatever job they wish. I just don't have any illusion that this is a bunch of people out there looking to make a little mad money. There are major structural factors at work here and the market is simply responding. I am also of the belief that its response isn't unaffected by governmental policy. They people we voted for are doing this to us.

At the end of the day these companies facilitate the connection between a producer and consume and then take a cut ( albeit a large one ) for the connection. I just don't see how these companies owe more than the contract specifies. Let's say i'm a graphic designer and I hire a leads company to generate leads for me and I pay them a percentage of a completed project originated from their lead. Does the leads company owe me full employment and benefits?

Also, how does our elected leaders even factor in here? What could they possibly do? Should the government require Uber to pay drivers a living wage ( assuming "living wage" can be defined )? Go back to my analogy with the leads company, now they too should pay me a living wage.

It's hard for to me to understand how anyone can seriously think these things.

Comment then go somewhere else (Score 0, Flamebait) 467

If fiverr, or the others, don't work for you then go somewhere else. Further, things like fiverr, lyft, and Uber aren't meant to be a primary source of income. The gig economy is just gigs for some cash not full time employment. If you want to be an independent full time then you need to setup your own legal entity and charge your own rates and build your own brand.

Comment Re: I use it every time i travel (Score 1) 61

"The reason cabbies don't use GPS is that it'd be too obvious when they take you on the scenic route, or get you stuck in traffic intentionally."

smart phones have fixed this but it has happened to me quite a bit in my hometown Dallas TX before maps/gps were common on phones. Get a cab at an airport and they assume you're not from there and so start down the wrong route. Once you correct the driver and they realize you know the town the route magically changes to the shortest one.

Comment I use it every time i travel (Score 2) 61

When at a hotel getting an uber is a 10min wait max so I can request one when settling up at breakfast and by the time i get to the door it's there. One of the airports i frequent doesn't allow Uber so i have to take a cab which means a paper receipt which is a pain when it comes to expense reporting. Plus, for some reason the cabs do not have a GPS so I have to give the driver directions which isn't a big deal but after using Uber just doesn't make sense to me.

For the emailed receipts I wish the date and amount was in the file name, that makes it easier for expense reporting in my case.

Comment Re:Trello + Jira = Awesome (Score 2) 90

JIRA has a kanban board and it's pretty awesome. It's been a little while since i've used it but I remember the columns had to be defined by issue filters instead of just an arbitrary name like in Trello and having to use filters to define columns was a bit of a PITA. If you take the time to really master JIRA it's an incredible tool where Trello lets you get all the advantages of kanban with the least amount of effort. I suspect you'll be able to create issues in JIRA and have them show up in Trello pretty soon (if not already) long term I see Trello as a stepping stone to JIRA. I describe them to non-technical folks as Trello when you need a good pickup truck and JIRA when you need an 18 wheeler.

Comment A-10 supported indefinately (Score 2) 325

If the B-52 is still in use surely the A-10 can be kept around too. Both planes are very good at what they do and seem to be pretty easy to keep in the air and ready to fight. It's still amazing to me when I go to air shows and there's an old, but upgraded, B-52 sitting there right next to the shiny F-35 and F-22's. I think the B-52 predates color TV.

Comment question about your first internship (Score -1, Redundant) 410

per wikipedia you were given an internship at Cramer, Berkowitz, and Company at the age of 17 in order to receive a high school diploma after dropping out. My assumption is this internship was pretty boring only existing to get credits for graduation. However, it appears this internship is what kick started your career in trading. Did you drop out in order to get the internship as a shortcut to a career on Wall St. knowing a diploma would follow with it?

Comment Salesforce is an Oracle customer (Score 2) 32

Salesforce's backend is Oracle, I wonder how that relationship works out. I bet Salesforce is one of their larger accounts, it must be awkward at times "thanks for all the license fees but, yeah, we're going to compete with you in the CRM and PAAS space". Salesforce is very very wide and deep, they've grown so far beyond where they started, I'd say they're more of an ERM and process automation tool than a sales tool these days.

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