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Comment Re:Management doesn't know what it wants (Score 2) 158

I just don't know how many occupations there are that the normal job state is being in one place the entire day. Sounds horrifying.

Those that are quite horrifying. I'm thinking call center jobs or any such service level position. Ones where you are not measured by how well you resolve the customer's issue but how many calls you get through and how quickly you do it.

These are jobs which devalue and degrade you fast if you don't buy into their antisocial focus. There are reasons these jobs have been packaged up and forced into contracted companies. It changes their nature. Your job is no longer to assist the people calling, as they aren't your customers. Your customer is the company paying you to get through as many calls as possible. That's messed up.

Comment Management doesn't know what it wants (Score 4, Insightful) 158

Proponents claim the goal is efficiency

Yes, but what kind of efficiency? You're making a ton of assumptions that being at a desk, in a meeting room, or elsewhere leads to work being done, which leads eventually to profit. Work rarely is so attached to anything of the like that attempting to measure an individual's output for anything other than CO2 production is a waste of time, money, and thought.

Work, as we all know it, has been as industrialized as it possibly can be. And not everything that could be put into some sort of process needs it. Part of work is knowing where things can lead, it's following your instincts since you're supposed to be familiar with what you're doing.

And then there's the whole being valued by what work you do. That whole thing where your personal worth and wealth is directly tied to how "good" you're viewed as. Wealth as a virtue signaling! How sickening is that? How messed up as a society to you have to become to think that way?

Fight this sort of bullshit. Fight it hard.

Comment It's a pain because recovery has to be an option (Score 4, Insightful) 216

People forget things all the time. At some point you are going to forget where or what the key is for your encrypted email, so what to do? Recovery of that key is going to be necessary. Which leads to an entire host of other problems, many of which are security related.

So yeah, until memory becomes infallible we're stuck with encrypted emails having a certain amount of pain that comes along with them.

Comment This seems like Hunter S. Thompson territory (Score 2) 333

When the going gets weird, the weird turns pro.

Along those lines, I think it may be time to return to the grotesque, detailed art that came from Zap Comixs, R. Crumb, and the other underground creators. Those are going to be the people closest to the metal (so to speak) in what the crowds are feeling. Hopefully the shocking expressions will be enough to get people unsettled enough to keep up the protests and calling their congress critters.

It does make a difference.

Comment Re:Please don't go groveling to him (Score 1) 437

Because trade isn't solely about making the rich richer.

It's also about creating ties at the human level. The level where people matter and count. See? Immigration is the best way to safeguard a nation against attack. Who wants to attack their own? Those nations that restrict their immigration don't have that protection, they don't have the reasons to not do stupid things and wage war against their neighbors.

By having this program, we get some pretty smart people to come here and start families. We get them used to the idea of how nice we have it and either they find a way to stick around or they take those ideas back home with them. If they stick around? That's beautiful. It helps us. Them becoming a citizen or green card holder only makes all that better. And if they return? Where do you think ideas for the student protest at Tiananmen square came from? Or the urge for the Arab spring? It came from having a taste from a work or student visa.

War sucks. War is bad. We want to avoid war, any war, at just about any cost.

And so does under-employment. I know because I've been there. So does seeing someone you know doing better because of seeming random chance.

But war sucks more. Cutting off routes for immigration starts us down that road as a nation. Fewer people will come here. Fewer people will have a reason to avoid thinking poorly of us. Which are just further steps down that road towards war.

Immigration pays for itself many times over. Not just economically but in very real, very social ways.

Comment Please don't go groveling to him (Score 5, Insightful) 437

That's what he wants. It's what he needs to feel important and the more you give into it, the more he's going to keep doing these stupid, stupid things.

This isn't about getting more Americans employed. It's about punishing people who wouldn't kowtow to him and his corrupt cronies. It's about hurting those he thinks need to be hurt.

He doesn't understand the world or how it works. He couldn't care less about you or I or how well we are employed. Neither can anyone else in his administration. Don't fool yourself into thinking that is a good thing. It's not. It's only going to hurt us more and more each day it goes on. It's going to hurt the prestige of the nation. It's going to hurt the economic prospects going forward. It's going to affect each and everyone of us in subtle and not so subtle ways. It already has.

Comment Yeah, well, that's the point (Score 2) 196

It's supposed to demoralize the front-line people. It's supposed to make them hate every second with the customers. This isn't a big revelation. It's applied psychology being used for anti-social ends.

The ends which state that time is money.

For every second you're not selling, you're costing someone money. For every second you're not adding value to that sale, you're costing someone money. For every second you're spending getting to know that other human, you're wasting someone else's money. That's how retail works now. How's it's been working for the past 15 years or so when those got first introduced. It was never about getting someone to better themselves. It was always about manipulation.

Comment Why is it so hard (Score 1) 122

to have a mainstream browser just be a browser?

I'm going to sound like an old man but there was a time when all Chrome was aiming for was to be fast and lean. And it was able to be that. Something changed and now Google wants to use it for more than that. Which is when these sorts of things always go to shit. We saw it with IE, which was always shit but it got even more shit to everyone's surprise. Firefox keeps going through cycles of shittiness. Ug.

Comment It wasn't the battery's fault the space (Score 4, Insightful) 84

it was supposed to be slotted into was too small.

It wasn't a engineering problem that was at fault, it was an aesthetic one. Trying to make things too thin and too fragile all in the name of keeping up with Apple. Samsung over-engineered the housing where any imperfection in the battery used could cause trouble. And imperfections did cause trouble. Imperfections, if reports are to be believed, that should have been well tolerated.

So maybe it's time to back off the thinness race and, you know, work on creating a unique look and feel.

Comment Re:Threshold (Score 2) 409

What do you define as a "job".

Where does creative work like writing, illustrating, singing, etc go on that spectrum?

In a world where even our food is largely automated, how do you compensate people and configure a fiat currency that doesn't crash every other year b/c of market greed?

I'm not disagreeing with the second portion of your statement. Most stable work like that has gone by the wayside and only existed for a short time in the US. But by not having a social safety net for everyone, this kind of thing looks like it might ruin the US. Now is the time to plan for the worst and hope for the best.

Comment Apple takes the legal position that best suits the (Score 1) 121


Because it wasn't that long ago that Apple was fending off a suit from a patent troll and was saying the opposite. That it was Apple who was selling through their app store and only they needed a licence (which they had) to do that, not the devs.

So call me a bit surprised that the original judge went along with this argument.

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