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Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

eclectro Re:That seems fair (364 comments)

If you are a good engineer, you have something that no business person will ever have (except at the very top maybe): You are really hard to replace. Use that!

And this is the reason that Cisco and IBM can lay off thousands of engineers, so they can replace them with either contract workers or cheap oversees engineering?

Being a "good" engineer is hardly a defense anymore, which in part is what this article alludes to.

2 days ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

eclectro Re:Courage... (206 comments)

but it really rubbed me the wrong way to see him refer to layoffs as an act of courage.

Real courage would have been to retrain those fired workers for what they needed. But he much rather pull in H1B workers who really do not have the skills either, but are a whole lot cheaper.

This really does set off the BS flag.

5 days ago
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"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

eclectro Re:ROI for drug development (390 comments)

where was the incentive for the drug company to create this drug?

Their unique (if not stellar) accomplishment will quickly bring more capital into their company which will enable them to develop other more profitable medications - perhaps using the same or similar technology behind this serum.

And it should not be forgotten that this is the kind of thing Nobel prizes are made out of.

about two weeks ago
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Google, Linaro Develop Custom Android Edition For Project Ara

eclectro EPMs (46 comments)

I heard the phrase "We are making a supply chain for EPMs" near the end of the video (5:33)

What he meant was Electro-Permanent Magnets described here. Which could have been the reason why the phone had problems booting in the video.

about three weeks ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

eclectro Cornea has a 'fog' (550 comments)

My cornea has what the doctor says is a 'fog', an unknown disorder which makes me a very poor candidate. Sister has it as well.

about a month ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

eclectro And you aren't going to find anyone either Sherlok (401 comments)

I've been trying to hire developers for multiple high-compensation positions in NYC

At an average wage of $70K for a STEM candidate (or are you offering less?), it will be impossible to find someone for your position - even an H1B candidate. Because apartments are starting at $2500/month for barely a closet space (if you can find one) in NYC. And most people want better than that. Even the people you want to drag in from overseas will need to find a place to live

You don't have a STEM problem, you have a housing problem.

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon Fighting FTC Over In-App Purchases Fine

eclectro Re:Irresponsible parents are part of the problem h (137 comments)

I don't want a nanny state. Stop forcing it on me

We need to have the "nanny state" for those adult programmers who can't tell right from wrong and engineer there games in a deceptive and unfair way.

Sorry that it might interrupt your revenue stream, but the the games really should have a twenty for hour "refund" window, where there is an unconditional refund given to in-app purchases.

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon Fighting FTC Over In-App Purchases Fine

eclectro Re:It's not just the refund (137 comments)

What benefit is there to allowing it?

Because he is a developer on Slashdot who likes the way things are presently done.

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon Fighting FTC Over In-App Purchases Fine

eclectro Re:The Amazon AppStore Auto-consent (137 comments)

They know about it. It isn't a bug, it is a feature that enables profits.

The games are purposefully engineered to be faulty so that you are *required* to make an in app purchase. And with the 'one click' nature of the in app purchases, it is easy for the game to make a purchase for you - either by mistake or by design!

about a month and a half ago
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Trio of Big Black Holes Spotted In Galaxy Smashup

eclectro Alternatively (74 comments)

may help scientists hunting for ripples in spacetime known as gravitational waves

Or more accurately, black holes waving.

about 2 months ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

eclectro Re:One disturbing bit: (484 comments)

...and he's certain of that - how?

Transistors keep getting smaller and technology will get better as time goes on. Even if it is not the form Aereo envisioned here.

about 2 months ago
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Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

eclectro Companies should release employee age data (370 comments)

Recently Google and Yahoo released their employee demographics. I found it quite interesting that they left out what the average ages were inside their companies. I can't help but wonder if it was left out by design.

about 2 months ago
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Robotics Engineers: "We Don't Want To Replace Humans. We Want To Enhance Humans.

eclectro Not really (124 comments)

This is a nice sentiment from someone in the industry. However this particularly engineer will have no control over how the technology develops generally. Bean counters will always want to replace the human to save costs and generate a better profit. As such, middle class jobs have been and will continue to evaporate.

about 2 months ago
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HR Chief: Google Sexual, Racial Diversity "Not Where We Want to Be"

eclectro The big elephant in the room (593 comments)

Sorry for being cynical, but they may be trying to take the eyes off an even worse number.

The major thing they left out of their diversity statistics is how many people are over the age of 40. It's pretty clear that ageism is pervasive in the tech sector - and the internet. Last time I mentioned this, there was a serious sneer response to my post saying that "old people" (i.e. people over 40) should be discriminated against, "because they have issues."

There you have it slashdot. You had better be looking over your shoulder! You aren't getting any younger!

about 3 months ago
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Comcast-Time Warner Deal May Hinge On Low-Cost Internet Plan

eclectro Actually there is a name for this behavior (114 comments)

It's called empty promises. The primary purpose of this merger is not nor will it ever be to take care of the poor. It merely serves to unhook the approval process that would create an internet oligarchy.

Cheap internet for anybody is the last thing that these guys want.

about 3 months ago
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I Want a Kindle Killer

eclectro Missed the obvious (321 comments)

I would like to *easily* print pages from a kindle ebook.

about 3 months ago

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The Earth barely missed solar storm equal to the Carrington event

eclectro eclectro writes  |  about a month ago

eclectro (227083) writes "NASA is reporting that in July 2012 that a huge solar storm crossed the path that the Earth takes, with Earth missing it by a week. If the storm had occurred a week earlier it would have at least equaled the 1859 Carrington event. It would have sent civilization back to the 18th century costing the world economy 2 Trillion dollars. A scientist has calculated that the odds of this happening in the next ten years is 12%."

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