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bio website zkwarl.blogspot.com
location Burbank, CA
age 35
visits member for 3 years, 9 months
seen May 17 '11 at 0:14

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comment Are you a member of a trade union?
@bit-twiddler No, I work on an salary basis here. I don't get extra protection on overtime.
Mar
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comment Are you a member of a trade union?
@bit-twiddler It sounds like you've been burned by some bad workplaces. My experience is quite the opposite. Experience is valued and senior programmers do get paid more.
Mar
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comment Are you a member of a trade union?
It is very true that it's easy for programmers to move around. I think this is especially true for senior-level programmers with tons of experience. It can be near impossible to find top-tier programmers with 20+ years experience and many companies will pay top dollar to get them.
Mar
11
comment Are you a member of a trade union?
I'm not claiming carpal tunnel is not serious, but it isn't something so severe and endemic that it would require the disruptive intervention of a union to deal with. The simple action of asking nicely for a new keyboard and chair often works quite well. Employers do care about these things: it's not about paying lip service to OSHA. You seem to have a very dim view of the software industry. Maybe you've worked at a bad company. In general, my experience is the exact opposite, employers want to keep employees healthy: it saves them money in the long run.
Mar
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comment Are you a member of a trade union?
There is a big difference between professional organizations like the AMA and the ABA and unions. Those originations provide certifications, whereas a union provides a barrier between employees and employers.
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comment Are you a member of a trade union?
Firstly, it's hard to equate carpel-tunnel with the chronic lung diseases that took 30 to 40 years off factory workers' lifespans. Secondly, have you taken up your concerns about your cubicle with your manager? If you ask, you actually get a proper chair and keyboard. I doubt you'll need to go on strike to get an ergonomically well-adjusted cubicle.
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answered Are you a member of a trade union?
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answered How much effort should you put into a junior developer?
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answered What are the best ways to professionally increase your online presence?
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answered What to do when blocked
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comment Do dynamic typed languages deserve all the criticism?
Nice summary. I'll tack on that well-constructed types convey semantic meaning (I can look at a type and understand what it does, how it can be used) and can be used to enforce correctness (I can build a type that only accepts constrained inpus), and I do not get dumb errors from typos (I hate auto-variable declaration)
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answered What obligations do highly public developers have to their users? (Or, _why the lucky stiff's tale)
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comment Should managers prohibit programmers from using IM in office?
We do the same, and also have chat rooms set up for each of the teams. The overarching mentality is to have easy communication at every convenient level.
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answered How to report a bug to developers? A programmers quest to educated on bug reporting