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Thursday, June 18. 2020
You imagine no doubt, gentlemen, that I want to amuse you. You are mistaken in that, too. I am by no means such a mirthful person as you imagine, or as you may imagine; however, irritated by all this babble (and I feel that you are irritated) you think fit to ask me who I am--then my answer is, I'm Roger Bosso.
On to today's carefully curated random drivel:
It's almost like the security services didn't want any oversight. I wonder what they were doing. On second thought, no I don't.
Lore has since left a one-star review of the food served at the Philly police lockup on Yelp.
Everybody calm down. The cleaning crew probably just removed one of the Post-It notes from Karen's screen, and she can't remember where she put the two billion without it. She'll remember eventually.
Never mind my data. Can someone help me refold this Rand McNally map? I've been trying since 1987, and I still can't get it back in the glove box.
As is usual with modern news stories, this one doesn't have a list of the offending extensions, or a link to find one. You know, information you could use.
Suicide: The permanent solution to your temporary problems.
Hey, it's not up to me how fast I get fired.
That's funny. Normal people call "direct financial incentives" wages. We call "output-based monitoring" work. We call "esprit de corps" bullsh*t. You'll get used to it, poindexters.
I guess this means that Tesla is finally a real car company, because that sounds just like a Chevy to me.
Cool. Will sharks with fricken laser beams attached to their heads go into production soon?
Well, there's today raft of nonsense. I hope you all enjoy a Thursday filled with cheap happiness or lofty suffering, whichever you prefer.
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Aunt Jemima logo dropped, Uncle Ben's under review as brands confront racial stereotypes
PepsiCo Inc will change the name and brand image of its Aunt Jemima pancake mix and syrup, it said on Wednesday, dropping a mascot criticized for a racist history.
But here's the thing . . . changing the logo and name will cost a percentage of the their business. It always does.
One wonders what kind of snazzy, inclusive, politically benign name they will come up with to replace. 'Aunt Jemima'?
Worse is that they are canceling a real ex-slave who was a success and was had a lifetime contract with Quaker Oats as a spokesperson.
Yeah. Rush had a capsule bio about Nancy Green on his show yesterday, but I am given to understand that it is the name. 'Aunt Jemima' that has everyone's hair in a twist.
Apparently 'Aunt Jemima' was a common character in minstrel shows and we all know how 'hateful' those shows were.
It's the character, not the spokeswoman that people have a problem with.
Just goes to show...
If the Left finds something offense, it doesn't matter that it's no longer done, it doesn't matter how long ago it happened - it's ALWAYS happening RIGHT NOW AND MUST BE STOPPED.
And they're ALWAYS looking for something fresh to be offended by.
Chef Boyardee is in hiding in an unknown location.
Can we even have "cultural" foods or names or implications? I can live without Indian food but can't give up Italian food or my occasional Irish stew.
Funny, I have never had a derogatory thought about the cooks featured as the spokespeople for those major brands. Since I was a child I have always associated Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben with good things to eat. I will admit that I didn't like when they updated and modernized the appearance of Aunt Jemima as she seems to be so happy and loving and I certainly didn't like when they did the same to Betty Crocker and by the way she is portrayed as a white woman. Also pretty bad to get rid of the Native American girl on the Land O' Lakes packages. The people pushing for the changes are the ones with the real racist problems.
Re: Big Tech Won’t Be the Same If Everyone Works From Home
It might be harder to find conservatives and fire them.
Jeez, management won't have to provide employee lounges with bowls of free snacks, beanbag chairs, and room for skateboardings. Those heartless bastards!
Hi, twenty-something in Big Tech here--
Re: short stints in the tech industry
This is absolutely a problem, and one that I am currently guilty of (but I'm trying to stay at my current company long enough to no longer be guilty of it).
Developing the depth of expertise required to really be a contributing employee of the requires months if not years of time spent learning their tech stacks, and that involves a lot of one-on-one mentorship. Additionally, many of the bigger companies have had or currently have enough tech talent to develop their own proprietary technology tools, which means those skills are not transferrable from other work experiences (or to future employers).
A big factor in job hopping: worker dissatisfaction. Generally speaking, software engineering jobs fall into one of four categories: development, site-reliability, dev operations, & quality assurance. Of those four, only the first is fun, creative problem-solving work. The others are basically putting out fires, deploying the damn things (a huge headache), and making sure developers haven't broken the entire product with one bug fix-- much less fun, and in the case of QA, much less pay. The true innovative powerhouse employees get bored very easily and if they're not feeling fulfilled at work, they will look elsewhere, and probably at one of what I call the Tech Big Four: Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook.
The other, bigger factor in tech job hopping: increased pay. Demand is so high for tech talent that even a tiny bit of experience coming out of bootcamp or your CS degree can boost your pay as much as 25% (in my case) or even 100% (a friend's case who went to Amazon from her first tech job, including her sign-on bonus). Tech (in general, but big tech in particular) is so cash-flush that poaching talent away from competitors (so, literally anyone if you're Google because they're so vertically and horizontally integrated as far as B2B and B2C offerings go), so the promise of higher pay is very alluring. In order for companies to retain talent, they use long-term incentive programs (LTIPs) or vested stock options as a pair golden-handcuffed defense against talent attrition.
I have nothing to back this up other than conversations with other people in tech, but I am also under the impression that candidates from traditionally marginalized groups (including women in tech) are also more desirable hires and therefore more poachable. Diversity metrics? More like de-virtue-signaly metrics.
re: big tech won't be the same if everyone works from home
This is my current mode of work and probably will be so until the end of the year. At first I had major problems with it, but with the severe uptick in corporate self-flagellation in response to all things even tangentially #OrangeManBad, I may stay home until at least after the election, regardless of its outcome. I have trouble keeping my opinions to myself, so less exposure to woke-drunk peers means I'm more likely to keep my job from being #cancelled.
The tech industry is one of the leading forces in workplace experience innovation, as you can see from any tech company's "a peek inside their office" article on LinkedIn or OfficeLove. Cross-functional teams and open-office floor plans have long been credited for the cross-pollination of talent and ideas that leads to innovative, creative solutions and gives a product its competitive edge. My prediction: the WFH thing will only last so long as COVID-19 continues to be an issue, but I suspect many workers will have grown accustomed to permanent WFH and offices will be less popular for a few years. But then they'll make a resurgence as people realize they don't want to be around their kids all day long during the summer, or as free food becomes another expectation for high profile tech companies, or when people realize it's nice to socialize, even for the introverts who dominate the personality makeup of IT departments.
TL;DR-- yes, the first is definitely a problem. The second will be a short-ish term problem, but once things calm down, people will magically rediscover the positive side of office life, and the net difference will be more flexible work location options.
RE: the latest Supreme Court Decision on DACA. It almost seems that Justice Roberts is a never Trumper or was always a "sleeper". I'm not sure the constitution or "law" will matter in the future, it will all be decided by judges based on what they want or who they like/dislike. I understand that Justice Roberts had to see his chiropractor after the contortions he went through to rule the way he did on DACA. Really this was a simple case: President Obama made a presidential decision and it was and is within the power of the next president to overturn without regard to his reasons or methods. Justice Roberts changed that but the question is while he do the same when the next president is elected?
I'm a long ways from a legal professional, but it seems to me that a lot of these Supreme Court decisions are kicking problems back to the Powers that are supposed to be dealing with them. Am I wrong? Was the Affordable Care Act treated by them as a tax (which is exactly what it was), to which the S.C. said "Hey Congress, don't you guys handle taxation? Here's one for you[/]!"
And the DACA Act, which was an executive order in a similar illegal & illiberate way, from the same bad actor, is being treated by handing it over to the people who write legislation. "Hey Congress, don't you guys handle legislation? Here's one for [i]you[/]!"
All that has to happen is for Congress to DO THEIR DAMN JOB.
Maybe I'm just misguided. Maybe the Kenta-Cloth-Kaffee-Klatsch [i]is their real job. November will be informative.
I guess this means that Tesla is finally a real car company, because that sounds just like a Chevy to me.
Yeah. Sounds just like my '77 Vega.
All the pay I've received since 1999 has been from what you might call gig work: telecommuting on an hourly pay basis. If my output didn't seem to justify my bill, there was no need for a firm or my clients to keep employing me. It sure beat showing the flag in the office, dressing the part, or hanging around in cocktail parties. It also turned out that there was far less need for meetings or travel than everyone had previously assumed.
How To Protect Your Data When Renting a Car: This is one reason why I don't hav a "smart" phone.
Big Tech Won’t Be the Same If Everyone Works From Home: Only your family will know you're working naked. Or are a total slob.
Un-huh. Until you forget and stand up in the middle of an online meeting to get that folder on the shelf behind you.