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Comment Re:also in the news ... (Score 5, Insightful) 419

You're a fool. The neighborhood kid isn't working in the gig economy - they're just trying to make a few bucks living at home, with parent(s). So, nice straw man argument there.

The point of the study is that the "gig" economy is "you can work as little or as much as you want" is a way around labor laws, things like 40 hr weeks, paid time off, overtime. The "gig economy" is nothing more than a return to the 19th Century, where you're disposable labor, and if you make any noise other than "yessireeboss", you're out.

This is *exactly* why people created unions. But you don't care... what, you have no life outside work? The rest of us *do* have a life....

Comment The industry is stupid (Score 1) 198

It's an old saying that a producer's IQ was equal to his belt size. It's also an old, old aphorism that to get the IQ of a committee, you add up their belts, and divide by the number of them.

Year before last, we went to see Interstellar, in IMAX. TWENTY FREAKING DOLLARS each for the three of us. And popcorn and drinks? Another $15 or more. To go to a bloody movie.

Hell, half the population can't afford that. And it's the refreshments that pay the staff. Back in the day, the studios owned theaters, and paid the staff. Now, they don't. It's all how much more can the CEO and friends get as a "salary" and "bonus".

You want to massively increase attendance? Cut the prices in half.

When I was growing up, before most of you were born, I got that under capitalism, if sales went down, you lowered prices until they came up. Since the eighties, the game is played that if sales go down, raise prices to "keep a steady cash flow".

Comment And? (Score 1) 297

I mean, every libertarian I've ever seen online or spoken with, 100% of the time, says "if you don't like the company, or you can't find a job where you live, move."

So everyone on the right should be cheering this....

Actually, I'm surprised WFH ever got this far. I read, in the late eighties? early nineties? that companies with a lot of experience in telecommuting wanted their people in at least one or two days a week, not just for face-to-face meetings... but for the water cooler conversations that turn out to be critically important.

Me... I do *not* want to work from home. When I'm at work, I'm at work; when I'm not, I'm not working. My current job, if I get contacted at home more than 2-3 times a year, it's unusual. And if I was at a job where they thought that they *OWNED* me, and could bother me when I wasn't at work any time they wanted, I'd have them paying time and a half or double or triple time, depending on day and time.

I work to live. I do NOT live to work. And indentured servitude is forbidden in the US Constitution.

Comment CarbonBlack is a perfect example (Score 1) 256

We were required to install it on our Linux servers - we run CentOS (same as RH). Every few days, the stupid monitor is suddenly eating 99%-100% of the CPUs... for *hours*. Overnight.

I attached strace to it, and it's in some insanely tight loop, looking at its own threads.

Maybe if I prove that it's doing it on multiple servers (it is, but I have to catch it - nothing's reporting this, unless it runs the system so hard it throws heat-based machine checks), and put a ticket in, and *maybe* the team that forced it on us will *maybe* talk to CarbonBlack....

I have *zero* doubt that there's a ton of other COTS products with issues like this.

Comment Re:Just because government cuts science funding (Score 1) 648

You're an ignorant idiot.

First, as a datapoint, there was just a report last year, when two huge drug companies merged, that they would then spend *less* than what the two companies had spent on research.
Second, most companies DO NOT DO basic research. There's *zero* payout for that in the next quarter or two.
Third: and this is still on drug companies - a lot of money is funnelled into projects that have no use, other than keeping up the revenue stream. Case in point: a couple years ago, India refused a patent on a drug, saying that it was *not* any more effective than the existing drug they were selling... which was about to run out of patent, and would be picked up by the generic manufacturers for far, far less.

Huge amounts of basic research is either done by, or funded by the government.

And you don't even seem to understand what "basic research" means. What it means is the stuff that may pay out huge... but not for 10 or 20 or more years. Y'know, like the Human Genome Project.

And you don't even seem to understand what "basic research" means. What it means is the stuff that may pay out huge... but not for 10 or 20 or more years. Y'know, like the Human Genome Project.

The research done at the NIH is 87% waste? Really. THAT IS, CATEGORICALLY, A LIE. It's not even alternate facts, it's a LIE. I KNOW people there, and what they do.

By the way - you don't like the State Dept? You*are* serving in the military, right, to support gunboat diplomacy? The "diplomacy" of the GOP invading Iraq? How many tours have you served there...or are you just a chickenhawk, "someone's gotta go over there, but that someone isn't me"?

Comment Here's three (Score 1) 299

I had a manager, back in the eighties, who accused me of plagerism, then got rid of me... after I proposed and built a d/b system that they couldn't buy... but having made major changes in the specs, when I was nearly done resulted in it taking twice as long to complete.

Oh, and did I mention that they had it all done in compiled basica?

Ah, yes, then there was Ameritech, the former, now swallowed Baby Bell. I worked for them '95-'97, in a startup division that was going to be their entry in the long distance sweepstakes. First, halfway through, in ''96, Dick Notebeart, CEO, sent down notices to all of us who weren't union that we were to write letters to our Congresscritter and Senator to support deregulation. AND HE DEMANDED copies of the letters. No, no, he's not threatening our jobs if we don't, no, no... BULLSHIT. And then there were the insane hours (my late wife started semi-joking threatening to sue them for alienation of affection), the demands by the idiot architecture team that none of the other 26 projects had any say in, but had to meet, and they provided *nothing* to support us.... and then, after two years, and about three quarters of a BILLION dollars, they shut the project down, it was too hard, as Barbie said....

And my last: the manager from the City of Chicago, who, after the project was working well, started arranging to get rid of the VAR who built it, so that he was the only one who knew it.... He did get criminally charged, about 6 years later.

Comment Combination... (Score 1) 513

If it's in software, *why* is it in software?

1. HR departments, who *still* don't know shit about the company, and refuse to learn., and
2. Upper management, who tells them to hire younger, because they're cheaper.

When I was looking, and in my resume, I dropped the first 10 years of work experience. If I were looking again, I'd drop the first 15, at least.

Come the Revolution, we're going to lead HR depts in to the parking lot, toss asphalt on them, and PAVE THEM INTO THE ROADWAY, so that they provide *some* social utility.

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