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No RIF'd Employees Need Apply For Microsoft External Staff Jobs For 6 Months

Shivantrill It's a legal thing for the external workers. (282 comments)

Legally, if you are continuously working for the same company as a contractor for longer than 2 years then you are considered a regular employee, with all the rights and privileges that go along with that. Washington State may say 18 months, who knows, or Microsoft is being cautious. At any rate. It is more of a legal move than a jerk move. I agree they hire too many H1B visa employees. I also agree that companies such as Microsoft who lay off huge numbers from their workforce only to turn them into contract workers should be illegal. They do it for economic reasons. When a company is run by a bunch of MBA's, this is what you get. Everyone is a number and has an assigned value. You are just a cell on a spreadsheet.

about 2 months ago

HR Chief: Google Sexual, Racial Diversity "Not Where We Want to Be"

Shivantrill Re:Who gives a shit? (593 comments)

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Many of the ads say, must be able to play video games.... blah blah blah, or we have a fully stocked beer refrigerator..... you get the idea. OK the two questions? They asked me if I knew how to write PERL and PHP fluently, yes I do They asked if I was familiar with working in a Linux shell, yes I am. I worked at Hewlett Packard engineering where we used UNIX, Then they said they had quite a few other candidates to get through and they would let me know. Do a search for Jobs in the San Francisco Bay Area and see why it is that maybe, just maybe, women in IT are not getting hired. I had one job that said, extra points if you can write, "Application for Engineering Job" in Klingon in the email subject. I am serious. Unfortunately, there is not a word for Engineer in Klingon so I can't even remember what I put as a substitute. They actually asked me to come in for an interview. And to the asshole who mentioned my shortcomings and grammar... Seriously? When I am being interviewed by w\someone who calls me dude? Get over yourself already.

about 4 months ago

HR Chief: Google Sexual, Racial Diversity "Not Where We Want to Be"

Shivantrill Re:Who gives a shit? (593 comments)

There are plenty of women, incredibly qualified women to fill the IT jobs. However, the "not a good culture fit" applies here too. Even though I could probably kick ass in Call of Duty like any of the guys, these companies are still like grade school. No one wants to play with the "girls". I have an ambiguous name. I get phone interviews. they ask for me. I say this is her. They ask two questions then hang up. Tell me this is not discrimination!

about 4 months ago

Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Shivantrill Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

I agree. Freedom of speech does not mean you have that freedom only if you agree with me.

about 5 months ago

NSA Collect Gamers' Chats and Deploy Real-Life Agents Into WoW and Second Life

Shivantrill This is old news, Congress already investigated (293 comments)

Remember, people testified using their avatar names for Second Life and some of them were made fun of right here on Slashdot? Privacy and anonymity is an illusion anyway.

about 9 months ago

Google Wallet Launches With $10 Credit

Shivantrill Re:If Google were out of the equation, I'd use it. (170 comments)

Google knows everything about you, they insist you use your birth name that no one freaking knows you by on the internet and NOW they want access to my credit cards? No thank you. Google is the company who said they would never be evil, and now they are being much more evil and big brother-ish than any other company. Sigh.... but there are people who would sell their souls for $10. I have more principles than that.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Other People's Email?

Shivantrill I now have 3 facebook accts and am on (619 comments)

People love to think their email address is @ my domain. I reported one guy to facebook and he kept signing up. I got tired of dealing with it and I get invites to all kinds of stuff all written in italian. One guy signed up on, now that has been interesting :P It's annoying and has been for years. Now I usually just delete them. Sometimes I will reply depending on the email. But yeah it would be cool if there was a way to stamp it "return to sender, no one by that name at this address" like you do snail mail.

more than 3 years ago

The Value of BASIC As a First Programming Language

Shivantrill Re:no, Python is not the language to start with (548 comments)

Assembly is not taught as a requirement at our local college. Regular BASIC isn't either. Real Programmers know more than one language and can fairly easily move from one to the other. They also are able to pick up new languages since they understand the basics of programming. Today, someone will throw a PHP web page together and call themselves a programmer. To truly be good at programming you not only need to know the language and it's syntax, but also what that syntax is actually doing in the machine. A mechanic woudl not be a mechanic if all he did was pump your gas and changed your oil, right? He/She needs to understand why you change the oil and what happens to it within the engine.

more than 4 years ago

Southwest Declares Kevin Smith Too Fat To Fly

Shivantrill Re:Kevin Smith is not the problem. (940 comments)

Southwest doesn't have a first class section. From Oakland to Burbank, the route he was taking, is an hour flight. It's like a commuter flight, like taking a bus. He was just in town for the day.

more than 4 years ago

Southwest Declares Kevin Smith Too Fat To Fly

Shivantrill Re:He buys two tickets to not sit next to people (940 comments)

He always buys two tickets so he doesn't have to sit next to someone, not because of his size. He was able to put both armrests down and buckle his seatbelt without an extender. If you listen to his podcast (named Smodcast), you will get the entire story. He was seated and buckling in when they removed him. He had been recognized by several people around him. There was a guy fatter than him a few rows back that they did not remove. Then when he got on the next flight, an overweight woman sat in the aisle seat of his row. He had bought two tickets so he was near the window. They took this woman aside and told her that next time she should consider buying two tickets. That was just rude and unnecessary. Unless they have a clear guideline, "you must be able to fit between these two bars while seated", and they implement it consistently, he has every right to complain. He isn't that big. Yeah he says he is fat. That's his self-image, and he is willing to own that and be responsible for it. The way the situation was handled was more of the issue. Some people really are not in control of their weight. Many diseases can cause you to gain body mass. Also many medications will do that as well. My mother was on steroids for her lung disease and that made her balloon out. Once she went off the steroids she went back to her normal size. I try not to judge people or label them. This world would be a much better place if people were less judgmental and more compassionate.

more than 4 years ago

Man Tracked Down and Arrested Via WoW

Shivantrill Re:conundrum (464 comments)

The only thing that makes them our "employees" is that they get paid by our tax money. Many things that are illegal in this country was not decided upon by the general public. The majority doesn't even vote. A good example of this is Tylenol with Codeine (300/30) commonly known as 3s, these are 300 mg of tylenol (acetaminophen) to 30 mg of codeine. Now Codiene is classified as an opiate though unlike true opiates, it does not pass the blood/brain barrier. it is metabolized in the body. In the small dosage of 30mg, the buzz you may get is similar to that of Nyquil or a shot of alcohol, both perfectly legal. In the United States this so-called drug is classified as a Schedule III narcotic and heavily regulated. My doctor is not allowed to set it to have refills, I have to get approval from her each time to have it refilled. But I can go to Canada or Mexico and this same drug is sold over the counter. Australia and New Zealand too. In the UK it is also available over the counter. Here in the United States they now regulate the active ingredient in Sudafed since it has been used to cut methamphetamine with. I have to ask for it from the pharmacist and show my driver's license. It is then recorded in a book that I have purchased it. I would prefer to not have to feel like some kind of drug addict because I have a stuffy nose and sudafed is all that works. Or because I have menstrual cramps and codeine is the only thing that will bring me relief.

more than 4 years ago

Music While Programming?

Shivantrill Re:Programming without music? (1019 comments)

I worked in an office environment where I was the only programmer and the rest of our side of the building were customer support/help desk types of people. Combine this with them all being 20 somethings and it was so distracting to work. I couldn't concentrate. Not that I care who is winning on American Idol but conversations are harder to tune out than background music. I like the Talking Heads. Nice and loud!!

more than 4 years ago

Second Life To Remove Free Content From Web Search

Shivantrill Re:Bad business model (187 comments)

They are merchants. Definition of a merchant: a trader, especially wholesale, in goods of a particular kind Even the people who provide the free and cheaper items are merchants. Now you could have an argument about whether or not they are a valid business, However, many of them have impressive incomes from their Second Lives. It is estimated that from the listing fees alone (10 linden per item which is approximately 4 cents US) Linden Lab will pull in over $20K USD a month. Thats a good chunk of change for doing...ummm... nothing but hosting a website. They bought out an existing site and did very little to improve or change it. In fact they made the color scheme rather unpleasant. It isn;t about the free stuff, it's about making more money and getting into bed with their "elite merchants" who are the top 5% sellers. Let me ask you this, are you required to report and pay taxes on your earnings from posting here? Or from any other "liesure" internet activity? Yeah I thought not!

more than 4 years ago

HP Contract Workers Sue For Recognition

Shivantrill Yawn... Not again (603 comments)

You are a contract employee. What about the word contract confuses these people? A third party company hired you, they are responsible for your benefits and vacations, etc. They offer them. When I was a contractor working at HP, they were always very careful to make the distinction. We were not expected to attend meetings unless it directly affected our jobs. We made all our vacation requests through our company representative who then cleared it with the supervisor of the area we worked in to make sure it did not impact them adversely. Our evaluations and raises were administered through the contracting company. Our paychecks came from the contracting company. So this woman they talked to, she worked at HP and took the fatty severence. Now she's back as a contract employee and the harsh reality of having to build up things like vacation is hitting her. Wahhh... sob sob. So many of the HP employees I have met over the years are spoiled and unworldly when it comes to employment. This isn't the first time they've been sued. I think they settled out of court while I was a contract employee and then adopted the 18 month rule. You couldn't be assigned to HP longer than 18 months. So I had to leave and be unemployed for 3 months then come back. BTW, I had all the benefits that HP employees had except for profit sharing. Albeit, they weren't as good. Medical was more expensive. Even when they had their picnic, we had our own. Not as flashy but hey... they tried.

more than 9 years ago



Do Bullies ever grow up? Do they ever get their come uppance?

Shivantrill Shivantrill writes  |  about 3 months ago

Shivantrill (654978) writes "I am a 53 year old woman.
You can imagine the wonders and horrors I have seen and experienced. Nothing is more personal than being bullied.
I was bullied in school. My bullies grew up to be the titans of industry. Back then, they were considered mean, now they are good business people, assertive, go-getters, captains of industry. They never grew up. Their tactivs change. They are careful not to be too offensive. If I am hurt by something they have said, I am the wussy. I am at fault. HR does nothing. Management does nothing.As long as they do not call me an old hag, the labor dept does nothing.

Have you been bullied. Are you a bully? What does one do? Buck up? Get over it? This is what HR tells me. Management says its time to move on.

I say NO. Bulliying is not right under any circumstamces. I don't care oif you made a million dollar sale, you broke and ruined a person in the process.A good person. A perspn with a family and frinds and dreams and a future.I am not a violent person and I would love to kick your smug little ass to the ground and watch you cry. I don't think you cry.I don't think you feel.

Will karma ever det you? Or will yo always win and i will alwys lose.

Cimmenxe the dicussion. by the way judging from past discussions the bully will be sided with. I am prepared. I am a broken person. If it makes you feel good, break me more. Bullies love that."

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The McAfee Guide to Uninstalling McAfee Software

Shivantrill Shivantrill writes  |  about a year ago

Shivantrill (654978) writes "John McAfee has released a video guide to uninstalling the software that bears his name. In every comment section for every article about John McAfee at least one person asks "how do I uninstall this crappy software". John McAfee has heard your cries and has produced a very NSFW video guide. Whatever you may personally think of Mr. McAfee, we all can agree that he has a sense of humor and is not above making fun of himself. This isn't a home made video either, it is production quality"
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