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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

ksheff Re:Or don't be... (557 comments)

That's easy. Start recruiting at the engineering colleges in México and offer them TN visas for open positions.

about a week ago
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Getting IT Talent In Government Will Take Culture Change, Says Google Engineer

ksheff Re:Need to cut down on contractors and subcontract (165 comments)

Well, in many cases if you got rid of contractors, all that would be left would be managers and interns. Depending on the location, the pay may not be great as a contractor, but it's probably a little better than the equivalent position if you were a govt employee. On the other hand, it's easier for the contract company/govt managers to fire you than it would if the person was a govt employee.

about a week ago
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Getting IT Talent In Government Will Take Culture Change, Says Google Engineer

ksheff Re:It's more than the tie (165 comments)

and in some cases it's the salary. I had a .gov job during and after college. The pay was much lower than private sector jobs available at the time. However, they had interesting problems, I got to use real Unix workstations at a time when Linux hadn't reached a 1.0 release yet, and it was close to home.

Also, it is worth noting that the bulk of the employees at this and other civilian govt installations are contractors. The actual government employees were usually managers or interns. When the contracts for the facility were awarded to a different company, the workers were let go by the old contractor and then hired by the new contractor. Same job, usually the same pay, just a different company name on the check and different benefits package. Usually only the main contractor management changed. It wasn't hard to find someone who had worked at the place 15+ years who also had been employed by 3-4 different contractors over that time span.

The attitude towards work can be different too. Ever hear the phrase "it's good enough for Government work"? A good friend and mentor at the facility had once mentioned to me: "We both grew up on farms, so we know that this is a slack job....any office job with A/C is when you think about it...but we work our asses off compared to those in Reston". I would not be out of the ordinary for me to work late into the night or on weekends to find bugs, experiment with new things, wrap of projects, etc.....the sort of things that most software developers do, especially if they're not married. I would have gotten in trouble if I did that at the offices in VA.

The dress code wasn't too bad really. It was just the "business casual" standard that lots of places. The only times I remember having to wear a tie was when the bigwigs and/or some Congress-critters from DC was going to visit or when on travel. However, that was a stark difference between what passed as "ok" in Silicon Valley. In 1990 or so, another guy and I had to visit Pixar's offices in San Rafael to discuss some software of theirs that we were using. The lead engineer was to meet us at the office and we stood around in the parking lot for a while waiting for him (the building lobby wasn't open yet). We saw what appeared to be a homeless guy walking around in the parking lot in a daze. He stopped, looked at us, and asked who we were waiting for. We said the engineer's name and he replied..."oh, that's me...come on inside". There was only one or two developers per office and they had beaded curtains for doorways. Very different than our 70's era govt office decor. :D

about a week ago
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Man-Made "Dead Zone" In Gulf of Mexico the Size of Connecticut

ksheff Re:Farm Subsidies (184 comments)

You have it backwards. They pay people to take land out of production to reduce supply and drive prices up. It is usually reseeded with a mixture of different grasses and that helps build up the organic matter in the soil.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla's Already Shopping For More Office Space

ksheff Re:Such a large office needs ... (100 comments)

Are they using all of the space in Fremont? If not, why not move some of these functions to that location?

about two weeks ago
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Horseshoe Crabs Are Bled Alive To Create an Unparalleled Biomedical Technology

ksheff Re: Horse Shoe crabs have been fish bait for years (159 comments)

Then it would make sense for the pharma companies to set up horseshoe crab farms where the crabs are raised specifically for their blood. That would also allow them to know exactly when blood was last collected from a batch of crabs.

about 6 months ago
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Will Peggy the Programmer Be the New Rosie the Riveter?

ksheff Re:Get Over it FFS (333 comments)

Most men don't like to code either and there usually aren't huge lines of people fighting to get into CS departments. Do the high schools still have kids take the ASVAB tests? Are they using those results to encourage kids who have the necessary skills to go into CS? Have they ever surveyed those people later to find out why they did or didn't choose a CS education?

about 6 months ago
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Consumer Reports Says Tesla Model S Is Best Overall Vehicle

ksheff Re:The Tesla is not a Green Car (318 comments)

Does the 25% gross margin include the zero emission vehicle credits that they sell to other manufacturers or is that just gravy?

about 6 months ago
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Consumer Reports Says Tesla Model S Is Best Overall Vehicle

ksheff Re:"Green" (318 comments)

Not to mention that Tesla is "green" by making money selling zero emission vehicle credits to other manufacturers. http://beta.fool.com/dcawrey/2...

about 6 months ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

ksheff Re:Reason The Law Was Proposed (917 comments)

I don't see why they just didn't refer the customer to another business or quote them a price significantly higher than any of their competitors and then subcontract it out to one of them.

about 6 months ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

ksheff Re:Not pro-business? (917 comments)

Yes, there have been some cases in the US where Somali cab drivers refused customers who were carrying alcohol or other items that they deemed to be forbidden by their religion. That's supposedly to be accepted under the guise of multiculturalism, but this isn't?

about 6 months ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

ksheff Re:First blacks, (917 comments)

Marriage is irrespective of religion. You can have marriages that never come into contact with any religion. Marriages are fucking contracts. Contract law is certainly part of Federal law.

But the reason that people get so worked up over it is due to it traditionally being a religious ceremony & institution. Make the government only recognize civil unions which is what it is completely free to define and be done with it (which is what México does). I'm surprised this sort of thing where you have secular govt benefits tied to a religious ceremony hasn't resulted in a "separation of church & state" lawsuit.

about 6 months ago
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Apple Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation

ksheff Re:First blacks, (917 comments)

So you have secular government benefits or protections tied to what has historically been a religious institution/ceremony. This seems to me to be a case where the "separation of church and state" principle should be applied. The US should change its laws to be like México: only recognize civil unions and leave marriage to the religions.

about 6 months ago
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'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

ksheff Re:Ain't no body got time for that (606 comments)

they would increase commute times so people would actually use buses, subways, and other options that are readily available.

They would have to actually have those options first and have them operate on a reasonable schedule. At least the people on the Google buses don't have to worry too much about an 'Epic Beard Man' type situation happening on their trip home.

about 6 months ago
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Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

ksheff Re: It's a status thing (717 comments)

Further, you eliminate the underclass who now have more disposable income to spend.

and their expenses have gone up because everyone else has raised their prices too so . The "but minimum wage in Australia is $15" argument ignores that everything in AU is bloody expensive. That's ok if you're in the mining industry and get a six figure income for a job that can't be exported, but not so good if you're in a manufacturing company trying to compete with other places. Ford, Holden, & Toyota have announced that they're all going to be shutting down plants in the near future because it's just too expensive to operate there.

about 6 months ago
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Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

ksheff Re:It's a status thing (717 comments)

Or they have to cut employees which raises unemployment for the segments of society that aren't skilled enough yet to get anything other than a minimum wage job. Many of these jobs are helpful in getting job experience, so if they can't get any experience, they can often be stuck until they find someone willing to give them a chance.

about 6 months ago
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Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

ksheff Re:It's a status thing (717 comments)

Again, bull. There's never going to be a lack of demand for food-servers and store clerks. And those are jobs that don't export easily. What we're already seeing happen is the opposite - employers pushing for "temporary foreign workers", importing folks who *will* work for those cheap-ass rates and can be deported at the first sign of trouble.

There will also be a lot more automation. Chili's has already put an automated system in 1000 of its locations, other chains are looking into similar systems. The typical fast food place has very standardized procedures and processes, so it's not too far fetched to think that they will have machines doing those jobs in a few years. I know of a totally automated convenience store too.

about 6 months ago

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