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Ask Slashdot: How Often Should You Change Jobs?

ohnocitizen Re:We can thank corporate America (282 comments)

This is entirely accurate. Full time jobs have in many cases given way to contracts. Then there are layoffs. It is a pretty cynical thing for a company to then turn around and judge people for being at a job for less than 5 years when a year or less is becoming far more common.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

ohnocitizen Re:A win for freedom (1330 comments)

Same applies to blood transfusions and vaccines. Hell, private business pays for it by even paying you! So really, fuck you for giving a private corporation that much power over the lives of it's employees.

about a month ago
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Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job

ohnocitizen Re:Administrators (538 comments)

You need to shift your perspective. Nothing but contempt? Colleges are turning into trade factories, and that's a problem. There are HUGE societal benefits to the intellectual exploration that comes with college. We need to expand who has access to that! Universal college is a laudable goal.

In saying "6-figure debt makes it the point", you've made a mistake. Debt is a problem, and we need to address it. But the fact that college is too expensive doesn't mean you need to turn college into merely a stepping stone to a job. That's misguided.

about a month ago
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Google's Nest Buys Home Monitoring Camera Company Dropcam

ohnocitizen Product Challenges? (82 comments)

Clarity please. Does the submitter mean competition? Legal challenges to the product? Logistical challenges with the products?

about a month ago
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Facebook Refuses To Share Employee Race and Gender Data

ohnocitizen Re:Ugg the diversity brigade strikes again (250 comments)

While there are a few reasons for not hiring Americans in general, and black Americans in particular -- is racism among them, considering they scour South Asia for candidates?

Sure. Someone could be racist towards a very specific group of people, vs racist in general.

about 2 months ago
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Facebook Refuses To Share Employee Race and Gender Data

ohnocitizen Re:Ugg the diversity brigade strikes again (250 comments)

That's a fascinating answer. I wonder if that data from the IRS is shared so that action could be taken? I imagine it isn't made public (imagine the uproar if it was) - so any sort of social pressure on companies for hiring practices wouldn't have data to go on.

No company is so big that it's a significant portion of the economy... at least in America.

- A big company hiring specialists in a field could constitute a significant portion of the market in a given city.

about 2 months ago
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Facebook Refuses To Share Employee Race and Gender Data

ohnocitizen Re:Ugg the diversity brigade strikes again (250 comments)

It's not as if it's a good-ole boy's club over at the googleplex.

Source for that statement? What if it turns out it is? Is that "none of the government's business"? Is it up to brave consumers to decide if we care or not, and apply market pressure on google by not buying their products?

If google and facebook could find qualified black (or American employees in general) employees, wouldn't they do that rather than importing people from India/Pakistan/$wherever?

No. That's part of the problem. There are plenty of qualified employees here. When you import people, you get two very nice things from a corporate perspective: 1. Lower cost. 2. More control.

Fear of getting their visa revoked makes these workers easier to bully and manipulate. And they will work for less. That is the reason big tech wants to look overseas, not a lack of talent stateside.

Which brings us back to the original point - if a company is systematically passing over people because they are (black, female, the wrong kind of christian, etc) - it's hard to do anything about it if they never release those stats. For a company as big as google or facebook, that kind of thing could really put a damper in a qualified person's ability to find a job and feed their family. So we need to decide as a society - does that bother us? If not, then business as usual. But if it does, then we need larger companies (at the very least) to report who they hire, so we can try our best to identify potential trouble.

about 2 months ago
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Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car

ohnocitizen Something Doesn't Smell Right (462 comments)

How much did it cost to setup their infrastructure to produce these cars? It seems like it would be a loss if they don't sell any at all. Why wouldn't they raise the price? This sounds like it's more about politics than sound business decisions. That makes me question Sergio Marchionne's ability to run the company effectively.

about 2 months ago
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In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

ohnocitizen Re:No, That's incorrect... (311 comments)

I live here. $300 won't even get you a shared room unless you are very far from the city. Rent is crazy expensive, even in previously less expensive areas in Brooklyn and Queens. Plus there is little connection between what we pay in rent and the "social safety net", unless you want to stretch the impact of low rent housing on surrounding rents. No wonder the original post was as AC.

about 3 months ago
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In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

ohnocitizen Re:No, That's incorrect... (311 comments)

What amazes me is that anyone considers it ethical to impose restrictions upon the poor the wealthy do not have to deal with. Want society's support? You better be willing to uproot yourself and move or you are out of luck. Surely we can do better.

"Most humans will be lazy if you let them be." Citation Needed.

"In NYC the average person pays $300 plus a month in rent just to cover the social safety net" - I don't believe you. Source?

about 3 months ago
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GitHub Founder Resigns Following Harassment Investigation

ohnocitizen Re:Good. (182 comments)

We DO have an idea what happened. Read rabtech's insightful comment: http://slashdot.org/comments.p...

Harassment claims are not always he said/she said things - that is a pretty gross generalization. In this case there were plenty of witnesses, as well as admissions (direct and tacit) from the company itself!

about 3 months ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

ohnocitizen Re:Are you kidding (818 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.

about 3 months ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

ohnocitizen Re:Are you kidding (818 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.

about 3 months ago
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Inside the Stolen Smartphone Black Market In London

ohnocitizen Portobello Road! (109 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!

about 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months ago

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

ohnocitizen ohnocitizen writes  |  1 year,5 days

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  |  about a year ago

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 2 years 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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