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Jul 18 Simply Me commented on In Addition to Those 14,000 Layoffs, Microsoft Is Tightening the Screws on Its Vendors.
@13 maybe you're right, but it isn't a winning strategy. The good ones are already gravetating to boutique and start up firms -- or even better starting their own company. I know it is a privledged position, but if I can help it I will never lend my life to an employer who doesn't treat me fairly. My talent and time is worth more than that. So is yours.
Jul 18 Simply Me commented on In Addition to Those 14,000 Layoffs, Microsoft Is Tightening the Screws on Its Vendors.
@8 I think you are right. I hope this change forces managers to fight for the people they need and they are empowered to offer full time employment. It will make Microsoft so much better in the long run.
Jul 18 Simply Me commented on In Addition to Those 14,000 Layoffs, Microsoft Is Tightening the Screws on Its Vendors.
@7 in most european countries it is required by law that workers get a minimum of at least 3 weeks of vacation. Not giving vacation time is a violation of human rights.
Jul 18 Simply Me commented on In Addition to Those 14,000 Layoffs, Microsoft Is Tightening the Screws on Its Vendors.
I am glad to see this program go. As a former contractor I always felt abused by the system. While FTE's enjoyed basics like vacation, healthcare, and somewhat decent job stability, we were left feeling like others. We had desks, but didn't really move in. We never knew if we would be re-upped in 6 months and were never really fully brought into the conversation. As a consquence I never felt ownership of my work the way I do when I am fully employed. I also never felt loyal. Nor should I.

Nevertheless they put me in charge of work that was full time and needed a full time expert. More than 5 years later contractors are still doing what I did and I promise you that work will still be happening well after the layoffs. It was a mission critical job they never took seriously -- marketing and PR. That's why Apple is winning.
Jul 1 Simply Me commented on Recording Allegedly Shows a Signature Gatherer for the Repeal-$15 Effort Giving Out False Information.
Signature gatherers did this shit during the marriage campaign too. They told people they were signing to legalize same-sex marriage. Be an informed voter -- and signer.

Jun 11 Simply Me commented on Sean Parker Tries to Fix Political Bullshit By Adding a Bunch of Silicon Valley Bullshit.
It is like Change.org. A for profit data collection enterprise. You'd be best to just get involved in the process.
May 20 Simply Me commented on The New York Times Weighs In on the Kudzu-Like Spread of Trigger Warnings.
Whenever I read "trigger warning" I am honestly triggered to remember my trauma. I'm not even joking. I think, "God I wonder if I'm going to think about that horrible thing I lived through." And then, suddenly I'm thinking about it. It is like saying, "don't think about a pink elephant."

I would much rather process my trauma by experiencing life, art, books, film, etc without being babied. Fuck, I lived through THAT horrible thing -- I can read a damn book and be just fine.
May 17 Simply Me commented on Jess Spear Running Against House Speaker Frank Chopp.
Remener that time when voters were asked to pass an income tax for only the wealthiest citizens and nearly 60% of you said no? Yeah that's the dems fault. Blame everyone but yourselves.

And you know what @20, you're not alone.
Jan 6 Simply Me commented on Mayor Ed Murray: "Government Can Function Again, and Seattle Can Lead the Way.
God is this what happens when all the trolls are left alone in the Slog comments when the grownups are out celebrating for the night?
 
 

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