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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

To Understand Rising Inequality, Consider the Janitors at Two Top Companies, Then and Now
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ROCHESTER — Gail Evans and Marta Ramos have one thing in common: They have each cleaned offices for one of the most innovative, profitable and all-around successful companies in the United States.

For Ms. Evans, that meant being a janitor in Building 326 at Eastman Kodak’s campus in Rochester in the early 1980s. For Ms. Ramos, that means cleaning at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., in the present day.

In the 35 years between their jobs as janitors, corporations across America have flocked to a new management theory: Focus on core competence and outsource the rest. The approach has made companies more nimble and more productive, and delivered huge profits for shareholders. It has also fueled inequality and helps explain why many working-class Americans are struggling even in an ostensibly healthy economy.

The $16.60 per hour Ms. Ramos earns as a janitor at Apple works out to about the same in inflation-adjusted terms as what Ms. Evans earned 35 years ago. But that’s where the similarities end.

Ms. Evans was a full-time employee of Kodak. She received more than four weeks of paid vacation per year, reimbursement of some tuition costs to go to college part time, and a bonus payment every March. When the facility she cleaned was shut down, the company found another job for her: cutting film.

Ms. Ramos is an employee of a contractor that Apple uses to keep its facilities clean. She hasn’t taken a vacation in years, because she can’t afford the lost wages. Going back to school is similarly out of reach. There are certainly no bonuses, nor even a remote possibility of being transferred to some other role at Apple.

Yet the biggest difference between their two experiences is in the opportunities they created. A manager learned that Ms. Evans was taking computer classes while she was working as a janitor and asked her to teach some other employees how to use spreadsheet software to track inventory. When she eventually finished her college degree in 1987, she was promoted to a professional-track job in information technology.

Less than a decade later, Ms. Evans was chief technology officer of the whole company, and she has had a long career since as a senior executive at other top companies. Ms. Ramos sees the only advancement possibility as becoming a team leader keeping tabs on a few other janitors, which pays an extra 50 cents an hour.

They both spent a lot of time cleaning floors. The difference is, for Ms. Ramos, that work is also a ceiling.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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in a recent announcement of their intent to ship a new addition to HTML, the Google Chrome team cited the mood of the web development community thusly:
Web developers: Positive (AMP team indicated desire to start using the attribute)
If AMP were actually the product of working web developers, this justification would make sense. As it is, we’ve got one team at Google citing the preference of another team at Google but representing it as the will of the people.
This is just one example of AMP’s sneaky marketing where some finely-shaved semantics allows them to appear far more reasonable than they actually are.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I do not think that word means what you think it means.


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What Sen. Rubio should have said to Facebook's General Counsel.

Bonus: the last name of Facebook's General Counsel.
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Artist’s 'sexual' robin redbreast Christmas cards banned by Facebook

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Facebook has blocked the sale of a pack of Christmas cards featuring a robin redbreast because of its “sexual” and “adult” nature.

The artist, Jackie Charley, said she “could not stop laughing” when she discovered the reason the social media company would not approve the product last month.

The bird, with its distinctive red and orange breast, was one of three designs painted by Charley of animals in the snow for the set. The others were a stag and a squirrel.

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OnePlus Left A Backdoor That Allows Root Access Without Unlocking Bootloader

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Just over a month after OnePlus was caught collecting personally identifiable information on its users, the Chinese smartphone company has been found leaving a backdoor on almost all OnePlus handsets.

The application in question is "EngineerMode," a diagnostic testing application made by Qualcomm for device manufacturers to easily test all hardware components of the device.

This APK comes pre-installed (accidentally left behind) on most OnePlus devices, including OnePlus 2, 3, 3T, and the newly-launched OnePlus 5. We can confirm its existence on the OnePlus 2, 3 and 5.

You can also check if this application is installed on your OnePlus device or not. For this, simply go to settings, open apps, enable show system apps from top right corner menu (three dots) and search for EngineerMode.APK in the list.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If not for their spam to improve your queue spot to get a phone, I might have their 2nd model (OnePlus 2 IIRC).
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ugh. Don't have that, but boy were my perceptions off.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hope. It is the only thing stronger than fear. A little hope is effective. A lot of hope is dangerous. A spark is fine, as long as it's contained.

Companies Turn to War Games to Spot Scarce Cybersecurity Talent
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Modern Media Is a DoS Attack on Your Free Will
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Does personal responsibility matter at all?

I don’t think personal responsibility is unimportant. I think it’s untenable as a solution to this problem. Even people who write about these issues day to day, even me—and I worked at Google for 10 years—need to remember the sheer volume and scale of resources that are going into getting us to look at one thing over another, click on one thing over another. This industry employs some of the smartest people, thousands of Ph.D. designers, statisticians, engineers. They go to work every day to get us to do this one thing, to undermine our willpower. It’s not realistic to say you need to have more willpower. That’s the very thing being undermined!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Our phones are the operating system for our life.


Really?

Count me out.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

flysideways wrote:
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Our phones are the operating system for our life.


Really?

Count me out.
It seems to be true for a lot of people.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://betanews.com/2017/11/22/intel-management-engine-vulnerability/

LOL @ putting an operating system in a CPU.

Fuckin' idiots. Follow the fundamentals (solve things in the right place) and shit like this won't happen.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mercedes' Parent Company Daimler Dismantled A Rented Tesla Model X For Research

https://jalopnik.com/mercedes-parent-company-daimler-dismantled-a-rented-tes-1820961392

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During the rental period, the car was apparently disassembled and screwed together again. In addition, it was tested under extreme conditions - including heat, on a vibrating track and a traction track.

In the original lease [agreement] with Sixt, however, both the disassembly and use on test tracks were not disclosed. At the end of the rental period, the vehicle was returned with damages in five-digit [figures, in Euros].

why the fsck didn't they just buy one if they wanted to know what makes it tick...
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can't just buy a Tesla.

1. Wait time.
2. Directly sells to customers. (Amway of auto industry).
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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You can't just buy a Tesla.

1. Wait time.
2. Directly sells to customers. (Amway of auto industry).


So do it right. Destroying another's car for industrial espionage is a total dick move.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nope.

I'm sure given the choice, corps will choose the cheapest way to do things.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tesla: #MeToo #BoycottDaimler #BoycottMercedes-Benz #BoycottSmartAutomobile
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Tesla: #MeToo #BoycottDaimler #BoycottMercedes-Benz #BoycottSmartAutomobile


:lol: :lol: :lol:
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The Empress Has No Clothes: The Dark Underbelly of Women Who Code and Google Women Techmakers

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In a letter from 1796, George Washington, First President of the United States, stated that “to speak evil of any one, unless there is unequivocal proofs of their deserving it, is an injury for which there is no adequate reparation.”

I often reflect on these words, because for months, I’ve been the target of a malicious smear campaign, and while I doubt that there would ever be adequate reparation for the amount of damage that the defamation of my character has caused, I’ve finally decided to share my story publicly.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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pjp wrote:
Tesla: #MeToo #BoycottDaimler #BoycottMercedes-Benz #BoycottSmartAutomobile


:lol: :lol: :lol:
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A drone that hovers over Japanese employees and blares out music to force them to go home has been created by an office security and cleaning firm.

The 'T-Frend' buzzes over those trying to work late, blasting out the notes of 'Auld Lang Syne', a Scottish tune used in Japan to announce that a store is closing.

The bizarre machine is an offshoot of the country's efforts to reduce its notoriously long work hours.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5159723/Japanese-drone-plays-music-employees-make-leave.html
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A drone that hovers over Japanese employees and blares out music to force them to go home has been created by an office security and cleaning firm.

The 'T-Frend' buzzes over those trying to work late, blasting out the notes of 'Auld Lang Syne', a Scottish tune used in Japan to announce that a store is closing.

The bizarre machine is an offshoot of the country's efforts to reduce its notoriously long work hours.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5159723/Japanese-drone-plays-music-employees-make-leave.html


:lol:

Speaking from experience, what the Japanese currently have is v-0.001 of something that will be an industry standard in 5 years.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Speaking from experience, what the Japanese currently have is v-0.001 of something that will be an industry standard in 5 years.
US companies find ways to make employees /want/ to stay longer: Free food, gym, dry cleaning, day care, bring your pets, etc.
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pjp wrote:
Muso wrote:
Speaking from experience, what the Japanese currently have is v-0.001 of something that will be an industry standard in 5 years.
US companies find ways to make employees /want/ to stay longer: Free food, gym, dry cleaning, day care, bring your pets, etc.


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And their true manufacturers get suicide nets outside of their daycare centers they head to after final period of middle school.
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Paul Rusesabagina: I am glad that you have shot this footage and that the world will see it. It is the only way we have a chance that people might intervene.
Jack: Yeah and if no one intervenes, is it still a good thing to show?
Paul Rusesabagina: How can they not intervene when they witness such atrocities?
Jack: I think if people see this footage they'll say, "oh my God that's horrible," and then go on eating their dinners.
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Jack: What the hell do I know?

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