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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

jbolden Re:Capital and Investment (374 comments)

Except that the company reneges or loopholes you on the back end, like millions of people getting canned just before being able to retire.

Reneges is breach of contract. We have pretty good laws against that. Canned before being able to retire is a poor contract. We have systems to avoid that.

How about the company pays 3 months salary for the first two weeks of work as a contract and if you both like what you got you stick around.

That's like paying for training. I was suggesting the reverse where the employee takes the risk but the company sinks in money. Your system is not a compromise just better for employees completely. Which I'd be in favor of but that would require law.

37 minutes ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

jbolden Re:The real question is... (374 comments)

Which raises the cost of college thus ending up in a wash for the most part.

How does reducing interest rates on debt increase college costs?

As for food safety: http://www.cnn.com/2011/POLITI...

As for smoking I disagree with you. Testing I don't know what you mean about so far it doesn't look good, major improvement. Why wouldn't Obama get credit for gulf oil compensation? Etc... I don't think you are scoring fairly here. My point being yes they do stuff for the middle class.

2 hours ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

jbolden Re:Well Duh (374 comments)

Tell me how a flat tax of 10% on *everyone's* income starting at the first dime is manipulation.

  You are taxing income but not capital gains. Which means you are creating a massive incentive for people to create situations where they take short term loses but build capital in their investment thereby offset their income. So for example it becomes highly profitable to sell my house to a 3rd party before doing extensive home repairs then buy it back while he charges me huge rent fees (i.e. negative income). It becomes the norm for companies to not pay dividends but do stock buybacks. It distorts the market by favoring equity over debt: in investors directly leverage up rather than companies leveraging up.

The other thing is of course you are taxing income but not property. So you are encouraging property to stay underutilized. Japan has traditionally had this problem where very valuable real estate doesn't go to its rational (i.e. highest disposition).

The third thing is you are forcing more direct government intervention. The government right now is able to shift societal resources by offering tax incentives. By getting rid of those you force the government to directly buy things and pass them out which is likely to increase cronyism.

Fourth, the tax you propose isn't very progressive. 10% isn't going to cover the current size of government, it would likely have to be more in the 30-40% range. That's going to hit the lower middle -upper middle class very hard.

4 hours ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

jbolden Re:The real question is... (374 comments)

Just in the last 6:

Allowed middle class children to stay on their parent's insurance (Obamacare)
Student debt interest decreases via. kicking the banks out...
Rescued the auto industry and thus saved about 1m middle class jobs
Repealed don't ask don't tell (many was an issue for officers so I'm calling that middle class)
Credit card reform
Food safety (a major middle class concern)
Kept up the pressure on smoking (both poor and middle class mainly benefit)
Developed next generation school testing
Gulf Oil spill compensation (many many small businesses)
Huge expansion of broadband to rural America
and I could easily keep going.

5 hours ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

jbolden Re:Systemd Is Inevitable (558 comments)

Let's be clear. Systemd's logs have way way more information. They will not be as easy to use by just reading the stream. 100x as much data will obscure what you are looking for. Your way of working has to change.

Also remember systemd does export to text, you want text you can have text. That's an option. The option isn't being taken away from you.

As for the murphy and ... stuff goes wrong with software. This is heavily used software. I'm not going to defend against silly hypotheticals that are just FUD like weird bugs that appear for no reason.

Virtual machines do figure because most of what you want is inside the VM's systemd not on the hardware's systemd. So hardware failure isn't going to be a problem you boot the image on new hardware.

It isn't just me that's furious. I, at least can appreciate the more useful parts of systemd. I'm not rejecting for the sake of rejection. But take away functions I use every day and replace them with a second-rate black-box substitute and I'll definitely howl.

Lots of functions you use everyday are going to be replaced with stuff that is more full featured but quite different. This is the first of many you'll notice. I'll disagree with you on worse but not o this is a change.

The journalctl mess is essentially an Apple approach. You'll take what we give you and you'll LIKE it. And that's not what people are expecting in Linux.

People have taken the disadvantages of text logs for decades. The other side had to live with it.

As for there not being choice there is choice. There are distributions that use systemd there are ones that don't. That is the difference between Linux and Apple. It stil exists. Systemd is just too low level for it to be easy right now for their to be distributions which are and are not effectually systemd.

6 hours ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

jbolden Re:The real question is... (374 comments)

The Democrats have done quite a lot for the middle classes. You can look at things like wage growth under Democratic administrations vs. Republican. Honestly the Republicans aren't even that good for the rich anymore. The .01% are having to pull from the top 5% now and the Republicans are helping that. It is basically

Republicans = pro-plutocracy
Democrats = pro-middle class society

7 hours ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

jbolden Re:Well Duh (374 comments)

Any given tax system is a manipulation. That's a non argument. The question is only which manipulation.

7 hours ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

jbolden Re:Well Duh (374 comments)

You can combine the two. Raise taxes in other areas and still advantage domestic labor.

7 hours ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

jbolden Re:Well Duh (374 comments)

You do something like this.

Get rid of corporate tax.
VAT tax is 25% on all goods.
Domestic labor costs are 125% deductible from VAT duties.

7 hours ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

jbolden Re:At least there's an implied admission... (374 comments)

I'm horrified by what's happening to our code over time. The lack of institutional knowledge at all levels in American companies is simply breathtaking. One of the reasons the shadow IT movement grew was that IT systems couldn't be expanded because no one knows how they work. The problem is of course that our investors are now funds trading equities not long term stakeholders who plan to hold the stock for decades.

I don't know what to do because our finance system does work well, but at dreadful cost.

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Bidding In Government Auction of Airwaves Reaches $34 Billion

jbolden Re:what about air? (81 comments)

Well yes... In theory the big players could wipe the MVNOs out by so advantaging their own retail division. In practice that doesn't happen. The retail divisions have branding and focus concerns. The wholesale divisions are competing for the MVNO's business. And for some players (like Sprint) the MVNO business is more important than their retail division. So I'd say it is a non problem for now though it could become one.

7 hours ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

jbolden Re:Two words: Trade Unions (374 comments)

Completely agree with you. Though I think a guild / professional association (like the AMA or Bar association) would be a better fit than a union.

12 hours ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

jbolden Re:eh (374 comments)

We ran this experiment in the 1990s. Tech salaries went up by about 50% and the field exploded in size. Yes it was enough.

12 hours ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

jbolden Re:Capital and Investment (374 comments)

The way to solve the training problem is an employment contract. Both worker and company agree to a contract with salary increases and training. Workers accept less in the beginning and possibly have to pay an early termination penalty equal to some percentage of the cost of training. Employers have to pay a lot on the tail end and pay a penalty for early termination.

Works well. It would be nice to bring this back to America for non executives.

12 hours ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

jbolden Re:The real question is... (374 comments)

Bribery doesn't explain it. The American people aren't in most places voting for pro-labor politicians when they have the chance. In 2008: Joe Biden, Dennis Kucinich nor Bill Richardson won the primary. Republicans who are anti labor win many many elections against Democrats who are better. Neither party is perfect but the American people aren't voting their interests.

12 hours ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

jbolden Re:The Same Game (374 comments)

There might have to be changes in terms. I guarantee you if they were paying $2k a day they would find plenty of labor. The question now is what's the right price between $20 / day and $2000 / day.

12 hours ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

jbolden Re:Number of interviews... (374 comments)

I sort decks of cards all the time using a hash / insertion sort. First I split up the suits (i.e. a 4 way partition based on clubs-diamonds-hearts-spades) then I do an insertion sort on the 13 cards. Done.

12 hours ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

jbolden Re:Number of interviews... (374 comments)

Actually something like quicksort / insertion sort which is what a computer would do works well for people as well.

12 hours ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

jbolden Re:Well Duh (374 comments)

We don't need full on product protectionism. What could work well is a tax system that rewards domestic wages.

12 hours ago
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Bidding In Government Auction of Airwaves Reaches $34 Billion

jbolden Re:what about air? (81 comments)

They aren't leasing. What they are doing is buying blocks of minutes wholesales and reselling them retail:
A units of 100k minutes M-F 8-6
B units of 100k minutes nights
C units of 100k minutes weekends
D units of 1m SMS
E units of 2t data
F DIDs

Then they break this up an sell it retail. I don't know that they actually have much of an advantage over the in-house providers. Sprint for example does most of its business on the wholesale side. AT&T does a lot of wholesale. Verizon doesn't like the wholesale side but PagePlus still has millions of subscribers.

As for separate and competing infrastructure. That's a different problem though some of the MVNOs allow you pass between infrastructure. For example they might use T-mobile where it is available (cheap) and AT&T where they can't get T-mobile.

12 hours ago

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Screen shots and light review of Microsoft Office 15 early beta

jbolden jbolden writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jbolden writes "Winsupersite has recently published a light review of the upcoming version of Microsoft Office Microsoft Office 15 Preview. The new Office a new Metro look and feel with more traditional elements showing the transition towards the Windows 8 paradigm. There is a button which resizes screen elements to make the interface touch acceptable. The mechanics of the ribbon interface have changed, though some of the menus are still too small to be usable with finger / touch. Skydrive is fully integrated into the save menu."
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Time for another round of Fink vs. Macports

jbolden jbolden writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jbolden (176878) writes "Its been a while since /. has had a discussion of Fink vs. Macports vs. other alternatives like Homebrew. I wanted to just have an open discussion on people's thoughts."
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FCC considering free internet for USA

jbolden jbolden writes  |  more than 5 years ago

jbolden (176878) writes "According to the Wall Street Journal the FCC is considering a plan to provide free wireless internet. The plan would involve some level of filtering but might allow adults to opt out. CTIA has argued that this business model has traditionally failed (see Slate magazine analysis as to why). Hearing are coming up soon, so /. seems like a good place to start a conversation on where the tech community is on this issue."

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