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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

ohnocitizen Re:Are you kidding (696 comments)

If you are letting your religious views drive your politics, you have more in common with the religious right than with liberals. It's very hard to be "further left than the democrats" and not support a woman's right to choose because your personal religion believes it is wrong.

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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

ohnocitizen Re:Are you kidding (696 comments)

This is *before* those limits were lifted. As a citizen, I'm looking forward to seeing the power of the wealthy further cemented in this country, and so exquisitely draped in the pretense of democracy that my fellow citizens believe themselves empowered. It's gonna get better! (For the wealthy). How exciting for those of us who imagine ourselves upwardly mobile within the American caste system.

yesterday
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Inside the Stolen Smartphone Black Market In London

ohnocitizen Portobello Road! (108 comments)

Why it's no secret where these traders and shops operate. The place where anything and everything you want is sold! I'm speaking of course about Portobello Road!

2 days ago
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Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

ohnocitizen Re:Back up your vote with your wallet (195 comments)

Exactly, it's near impossible. And these companies are lobbying hard to remove options that allow consumers to vote with their wallets. We need more than just individual economic pressure to have any realistic impact on companies this big.

about a week ago
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Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

ohnocitizen Money is a Valid Reason (161 comments)

A group owning different devices to the design elite is not a valid reason to neglect their needs.

A group spending less money on your app is a valid reason to prioritize other groups first, or exclusively (depending on the cost of development and potential money on the table).

about two weeks ago
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Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

ohnocitizen Re:Unserious and Dumb (710 comments)

Hopefully you aren't in charge of people at whatever job you work at, as it would be liable for sexual harassment lawsuits. A spurned love interest deleting your work in the way he did is - alone - serious. A non employee trying to exercise power over employees and intimidating one when it doesn't go as planned is serious. If I worked at a company and the spouse of a higher up pulled that on me, that would feel like a hostile work environment.

about a month ago
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Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

ohnocitizen Re:Serious and Worth Reading (710 comments)

If you have a group of female programmers exercising at work, and a bunch of male co-workers lined up to watch them, it reinforces the idea that "you are here to be pretty objects for the men to look at". In combination with everything else, I can see why that would be the straw that broke the camels back.

A spurned colleague taking revenge for being spurned is textbook sexual harassment, actually.

about a month ago
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Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

ohnocitizen Re:One side of the story (710 comments)

Not true. If they are upfront and transparent and in the right they can easily win back the day. The question is are they in the right. Did a single creepy and jilted co-worker (who aggressively professed his love) remove her code? Is there a data trail to prove this one way or the other? Does the founder's wife act like an employee? If so, I bet other employees have similar stories. When someone acts that unhinged at a company it generates a lot of eye witnesses.

If I was a C-level guy at github, I'd come right out with as much info as I could to counter the claims, or to address them seriously and productively, as soon as possible.

about a month ago
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Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

ohnocitizen Serious and Worth Reading (710 comments)

The article details some serious allegations, and is worth reading in it's entirety. I'm eager to read github's side of the story as well. Some of the claims ought to give users pause about trusting their private data with github. That's hugely problematic. Other claims show an unprofessional and hostile environment, and a company whose HR department (if they have one) is screwing up very badly. I hope they are able to resolve all of this, as I am a very big fan of git, and of github. But at the moment the claims sound plausible and distressing.

about a month ago
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Comcast Turning Chicago Homes Into Xfinity Hotspots

ohnocitizen Time Warner (253 comments)

Yes there are ways around this for tech savvy users. That's not the point. The point is Comcast pulling something like this at all - and the way they have gone about it - all say "we can't be trusted with the power we already have". What's to stop them from mandating customers use their equipment? Especially if they are the only show in town.

I hope this provides further fuel for efforts to stop Comcast's merger with Time Warner.

about a month and a half ago
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RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores

ohnocitizen Re:It Comes Down to Price and Convenience (423 comments)

Depends on your definition of convenience. For some customers, ordering an item online knowing you'll get it the next day delivered to your door is easier than heading to a store to pick something up.

about a month and a half ago
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RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores

ohnocitizen It Comes Down to Price and Convenience (423 comments)

It's hard for a brick and mortar store to compete on price and convenience, and those are both pretty important to potential customers. Adding in a human element of expertise is a hard sell when more and more people can turn to google to get the answers they want.

That being said - stocking last minute items could provide a niche. Sometimes you need a new keyboard, battery, or PSU stat, and even next day shipping isn't an option. The question is - is that a frequent enough occurrence to sustain a store?

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?

ohnocitizen Re:I just went through this... (263 comments)

This. Be brutally honest with yourself. Especially if a new company is trying to get you for less than you are worth. This raises important questions:

1. Why can't they afford you? Lack of revenue, or is it a decision to try and muscle in people at lower rates? Both come with their own set of problems.
2. If they can't afford to pay you what you are worth - what will the rest of the team look like? How will that impact the success of the company (and your own success in the job?)
3. High expectations in combination with a pay cut suggests a mindset geared towards exploitation and manipulation. That's a giant red flag - others are a company that touts a culture that has high demands of it's employees. Some companies use stress and challenge as a way to keep employees (and their salaries) in check. Avoid like the plague.
4. Check working hours. Some smaller companies (especially those that either can't afford to pay or choose not to) tend to attract more junior/less competent people. Chances are they are planning on you working more than 40 hours a week (which reduces your effective wages even more).

about 2 months ago
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Oklahoma Schools Required To Teach Students Personal Finance

ohnocitizen Re:No need for hyperbole (304 comments)

It would be interesting to see a study looking at how people construe economic issues depending on their personal-finance literacy. As far as I know, there isn't a connection.

about 2 months ago
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Oklahoma Schools Required To Teach Students Personal Finance

ohnocitizen No need for hyperbole (304 comments)

I cannot think of anything that we teach that is more relevant

Of course you can. The ability to communicate, math, the ability to think for yourself... All relevant to students in general - and in many cases pre-requisites for a lot of the personal finance curriculum. That being said, glad to see this is being taught - it's a great addition!

about 2 months ago
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"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

ohnocitizen Re:Disingenuous to point of Safari swap (742 comments)

Bingo. He's talking about mobile. Even more egregious - would you have accepted "but you CAN swap out the version of IE you use, so it's all good" as an argument that MS wasn't forcing their browser on users? No? Then why use it to defend Apple?

about 2 months ago
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All In All, Kids Just Another Brick In the Data Wall

ohnocitizen Re:Old concept (110 comments)

This shouldn't be rated informative. There is a difference between posting tests scores for a single test, and having a daily reminder of absences and discipline problems. Coming in the day after a test and seeing a 60 next to your name is one thing. Then the test was removed. Contrast that with coming in every day and seeing that you have been sent to the office, and missed 4 days of school from when you got really sick, and no achievements next to your name. Every day.

In other words, it's not the same thing, and pretending it is misses the point.

Also there's no need to poke fun at the critics by trivializing it with language like "crime against humanity".

The point is - humiliation (especially long term daily humiliation) is not an effective motivator. Quite the opposite - it reinforces negative attitudes towards school and low self esteem.

There is no reason to support a system that makes teachers feel effective when that system is hurting rather than helping students. That's the only thing that matters - are we actually helping kids.

about 2 months ago
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Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor

ohnocitizen Re:Your Boss (717 comments)

Maybe I meant exactly. Maybe I meant excatly. Maybe you can really only understand business decisions when you've been a cat.

about 2 months ago

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Mark Shuttleworth: Desktop is no Longer the Focus so Expect Bugs

ohnocitizen ohnocitizen writes  |  about 9 months ago

ohnocitizen (1951674) writes "

I do wish we could maintain full focus on both desktop and mobile, but I've asked the team instead to concentrate on touch, so more stuff is slipping through raw from upstream without going through the same level of integration/smoothing that we normally do. Crashes etc are still being addressed, but I agree there's more divergence in core apps than normal in 13.04.

Can you imagine if someone from Apple or Microsoft had said this?"
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Copyright Troll's Silent Victory

ohnocitizen ohnocitizen writes  |  1 year,30 days

ohnocitizen (1951674) writes "I thought slashdot readers would find this interesting. From the looks of things, a photographer who is also a lawyer skipped notification and went straight to filing a lawsuit. More than 70 defendants were targeted, with a 1500 optional settlement to avoid trial. Sound familiar? P-Mag notes that "suits like this are pretty stacked against the little guys.". Is there anything we can do to really help?"
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Gates Foundation and For Profit Education Reform

ohnocitizen ohnocitizen writes  |  about a year and a half ago

ohnocitizen (1951674) writes "The Gates Foundation comes up a lot on Slashdot, often in a well deserved positive light. Their work on education reform, however, shows another side to the organization. I'm curious to hear the slashdot community's opinions on the matter."
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