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  1. Comment on Firefox usage is down 85% despite Mozilla's top exec pay going up 400% in ~tech

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    My wife doesn't choose to work late and she doesn't get paid extra for it. The work needs doing or the service her job provides the community will suffer. She has more responsibility than the guy...

    My wife doesn't choose to work late and she doesn't get paid extra for it. The work needs doing or the service her job provides the community will suffer. She has more responsibility than the guy cleaning the toilets. People are depending on her getting stuff done and sometimes that means she has to sacrifice time with her family to do that. But nobody is stopping the cleaners working late for no pay if they want to.

    Anybody can learn to be a manager.

    No. They can't. Doesn't stop some people holding management positions, I will admit, although almost every job I've had there's been a few people doing jobs they're not really suitable for, not just in management.

    But every person can't do every thing. Otherwise we'd all be brain surgeons and astronauts. Nobody would pay for higher education because why would you need to? Some people just aren't intellectually (or physically) capable of doing some jobs. That doesn't make them less valuable as human beings because how would you even measure that, but it does make them less valuable financially. The reason you don't pay the cleaners the same as the developers or the managers is why on earth would anyone do a harder job for the same money as an easy one? Cleaning is more physically demanding than sitting at a desk or going to meetings but it's almost zero work brain-wise.

    If everyone is just as valuable, financially, as everyone else, why would anyone pay for a mechanic to fix their car when a teenager flipping burgers could do it just as well for way less money? Why pay civil engineers to design bridges when I'd do it for a fiver on the back of an envelope? Perhaps the reason is that some skills are more valuable than others. If the cleaner fucks up, the bathrooms are a little dirtier than usual, until the next day. If an engineer or a manager fucks up, jobs could be lost, companies could fail or even people could die.

    Again, I don't disagree that the way pay scales with skill, experience and responsibility is wrong, and the way many businesses exploit low-end workers is equally shitty - but the idea that the guy emptying the bins should be paid the same as the person who is ensuring that the company with bins needing to be emptied will still be operating in a month or a year is ridiculous.

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  2. Comment on Firefox usage is down 85% despite Mozilla's top exec pay going up 400% in ~tech

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    Well... I agree with the first part, in a general sense. Although the guy who cleans the shitters never goes home and tells his family he's just got a few hours of work to do after dinner like my...

    Executives don't work any harder or better than anyone else.

    Well... I agree with the first part, in a general sense. Although the guy who cleans the shitters never goes home and tells his family he's just got a few hours of work to do after dinner like my high-level manager wife does. But yeah, generally, everyone works hard. That wasn't really in doubt I don't think?

    But there are reasons people in higher level positions tend to get paid better. Because they have skills lower down people don't.

    You wouldn't disagree that a senior developer should get paid more than an apprentice, because they're simply better at the job. I can get far more done in a day than someone who spends half their time googling shit on StackExchange just because those answers are already at my fingertips. Same with executives. Management and decision making is a skill just like programming or design, and skills are worth money.

    I entirely agree that nobody should get such insane money though. If the company is making millions then everyone should be taking home more, not just the people at the top.

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  3. Comment on Firefox usage is down 85% despite Mozilla's top exec pay going up 400% in ~tech

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    In most democracies the people choose a handful of people to run the country, and while states generally operate very differently to businesses - if you want to make the comparison we essentially...

    In most democracies the people choose a handful of people to run the country, and while states generally operate very differently to businesses - if you want to make the comparison we essentially elect a temporary "board of directors" to run the "company" that is the country.

    A democracy doesn't mean you don't have someone in charge, nor does it mean that people have a say in every decision (or even any decision other than who is put in charge).

    I dread to imagine the shitshow that trying to run a company with 1000 executive directors would be. It's hard enough getting four or five people to make informed decisions when their entire job is making informed decisions.

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  4. Comment on Firefox usage is down 85% despite Mozilla's top exec pay going up 400% in ~tech

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    My apologies to Mitchell Baker for assuming them to be male, although to be fair I've never encountered a woman named 'Mitchell' before.

    My apologies to Mitchell Baker for assuming them to be male, although to be fair I've never encountered a woman named 'Mitchell' before.

    7 votes
  5. Comment on Firefox usage is down 85% despite Mozilla's top exec pay going up 400% in ~tech

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    Oh, I don't disagree with @vord's suggestion either. I'm entirely in favour of all organisations being owned by their employees. If that makes me a syndicalist then sure, call me that. I do think...

    Oh, I don't disagree with @vord's suggestion either. I'm entirely in favour of all organisations being owned by their employees. If that makes me a syndicalist then sure, call me that.

    I do think that has to be tempered with actual real-world business sense and sometimes that means paying a shitload of money to hire someone who has skills, experience, networks and so on that can't be got elsewhere. The top execs at the biggest co-ops in the UK are all approaching £1m in salary.

    Mozilla appear to have completely fumbled things on multiple levels, including hiring this guy for far more than he appears to be worth.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Firefox usage is down 85% despite Mozilla's top exec pay going up 400% in ~tech

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    I don't disagree with you at all. I'm all for performance related pay, I'm all for execs having to earn their ludicrous paycheques. Personally I'd like to see a world where nobody gets paid...

    I don't disagree with you at all. I'm all for performance related pay, I'm all for execs having to earn their ludicrous paycheques. Personally I'd like to see a world where nobody gets paid "inter-generational wealth" money at all.

    In this case I have no idea if he brought in the money or not. My point was more that you can't just look at someone with a very high salary and say "that's a waste of money, spend that money on more engineers." More engineers might be far more of a waste of money, and I say that as someone who actually was a software person for many years.

    8 votes
  7. Comment on Firefox usage is down 85% despite Mozilla's top exec pay going up 400% in ~tech

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    If the guy is paid $2.4m but he brings in $5m worth of revenue or funding, then he's worth it. 10 software developers are useful, sure - but ensuring the project can remain funded and operating...

    If the guy is paid $2.4m but he brings in $5m worth of revenue or funding, then he's worth it. 10 software developers are useful, sure - but ensuring the project can remain funded and operating for the future is more important. All of which I admit doesn't seem to apply in this specific case as Mozilla is an absolute shitshow right now and could probably do with pretty much taking apart and rebuilding from scratch, starting with Baker and his ridiculous salery.

    Having the business run as a co-op doesn't mean you don't pay the higher level people more. Plenty of co-ops pay their executives big salaries, although not quite that big. Because to some extent having skilled and experience execs is important in keeping things going, and skilled and experienced execs cost money. Plenty of companies fail because of crappy leadership.

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  8. Comment on An open invitation to discuss r/AskBibleScholars extending its reach to Tildes in ~tildes

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    If a public sub on one of the most popular sites on the English-speaking internet is an 'ivory tower' then I'm not sure what you think tildes is... :D

    If a public sub on one of the most popular sites on the English-speaking internet is an 'ivory tower' then I'm not sure what you think tildes is... :D

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  9. Comment on No news 'til November in ~life

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    It's more than two years between elections where I live. There are only two things I get to vote for, local council and national parliament. Both those elections are entirely foregone conclusions...

    It's more than two years between elections where I live. There are only two things I get to vote for, local council and national parliament. Both those elections are entirely foregone conclusions so me turning up or not makes no difference. I still turn up, but it's only for the look of the thing.

    The only "choice" I get is vote for the guy who is on team utter fucking arseholes (aka "The Honourable Member for Norfolk South"), or I vote tactically against him. It doesn't even matter what the alternative option is or what they stand for, just that they stand even a fart's chance in a hurricane of defeating him. They never do. I've voted every single time I've had the chance since age 18 and my vote has counted precisely twice in all that time (in referendums) and I'm probably old enough to be your dad.

    So I would argue that informing myself about current events doesn't achieve anything except making me sad. A couple of hours of extra stress and worry a week will just kill me quicker than spending that time reading comics.

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  10. Comment on No news 'til November in ~life

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    I don't entirely disagree with the sentiment of what you're saying but I don't think that you have to regularly read much in the way of news to be informed. Elections happen rarely and it's fairly...

    I don't entirely disagree with the sentiment of what you're saying but I don't think that you have to regularly read much in the way of news to be informed. Elections happen rarely and it's fairly easy to get up to speed in advance of them. A couple of hours reading every couple of years would be plenty.

    In an ideal world before elections I would go and look at the candidates voting records, occasionally their speaking records as well - and compare that to their advertised platforms. In the real world I just vote for the candidate most likely to defeat the Tory because that's the only thing which matters in First Past The Post voting. But it's entirely possible to inform myself without reading any news - looking at people's records and the outcomes of those votes provides higher quality information that news stories do. That said, all I need to know right now is that my country is run by a load of corrupt, incompetent liars (and to be honest I know that from the name of the ruling party alone). The details don't actually matter and only cause me stress to read about.

    I refuse to make myself angry and upset for some nebulous goal of "being informed" when doing so achieves nothing positive whatsoever.

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  11. Comment on An open invitation to discuss r/AskBibleScholars extending its reach to Tildes in ~tildes

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    OK, you say that, but when I looked just now, the vast majority of the questions currently on the sub do seem to be about the bible or at at least bible-studies-related. Which isn't surprising, it...

    OK, you say that, but when I looked just now, the vast majority of the questions currently on the sub do seem to be about the bible or at at least bible-studies-related. Which isn't surprising, it is called AskBibleScholars, of course. That is not a group of people who would be my first call with, say, history or linguistics questions.

    What do you think you can do here that you're not already achieving on reddit?

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  12. Comment on An open invitation to discuss r/AskBibleScholars extending its reach to Tildes in ~tildes

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    Additional to what @Qis says, it seems like you're an already relatively niche sub and if interest here is proportional to the interest you get on reddit, you might find your traction here...

    Additional to what @Qis says, it seems like you're an already relatively niche sub and if interest here is proportional to the interest you get on reddit, you might find your traction here somewhat limited.

    Personally, while I will admit to some general and fairly vague interest in the topic, it's probably limited to what could be covered by a single survey thread. I do not have ongoing questions about the Christian bible such as might require a group here. Obviously other people's mileage may vary on that front.

    I must admit I'm finding it hard to summon a great deal of interest in joining a Teams space to talk about something which could be just as easily discussed here. On this discussion board... Unless I've missed some reason you don't want the conversation here?

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  13. Comment on No news 'til November in ~life

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    I used to be a news nerd. First thing I loaded up in the morning was various news sites, I'd have Radio 4 (BBC news/current affairs channel) on all day, that kind of thing. It was terrible....

    I used to be a news nerd. First thing I loaded up in the morning was various news sites, I'd have Radio 4 (BBC news/current affairs channel) on all day, that kind of thing. It was terrible. Stopped doing it years ago and my life is much better.

    The thing is, there's no point in me knowing most news. I can't do anything about most of it, even if it does affect me - which most of it does not. I need to know about hyper-local stuff like upcoming roadworks on my street or changes to how the busses run or something. But my local council website provides all of that. The only thing most news actually changes in my world is cause me extra stress and worry.

    I don't get zero news now, I still get what surfaces here and to some extent on reddit and Facebook (my FB friends list is carefully curated to be quality people so things arriving there are easily as trustworthy as here and certainly better quality than reddit). I've unsubbed/filtered some bits but not much. I occasionally seek out tech news via places like ArsTechnica just for interest, but I don't recall having made a decision to load the Guardian or the BBC or whatever other homepage for many years now. I don't graze on news, I do sometimes still read the occasional article.

    Now when I'm having my morning tea I read a folder full of webcomics and Atlas Obscura and it's a much nicer way to start the day. I'm less anxious, less stressed, less angry - and the world goes on exactly as it did before regardless.

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  14. Comment on FiveThirtyEight Senate forecast in ~misc

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    I'm not American so am not entirely up on the details but aren't the Republicans fairly blatantly using the SC (and lower courts) as a political instrument already? Obviously Republicans doing one...

    I'm not American so am not entirely up on the details but aren't the Republicans fairly blatantly using the SC (and lower courts) as a political instrument already?

    Obviously Republicans doing one thing while clutching their pearls and accusing the other side of doing the exact same thing appears to be entirely par for the course, but still.

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  15. Comment on What did you do this week? in ~talk

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    My kid's second birthday on wednesday. A birthday party of five people was a little sad but we video called a load of friends and relatives, he had a good time and now he has a balance bike which...

    My kid's second birthday on wednesday. A birthday party of five people was a little sad but we video called a load of friends and relatives, he had a good time and now he has a balance bike which he is very proud of. I baked him a massive cake with blueberries on (blueberries are his favourite)

    My new laptop arrived so I spent a decent amount of time fiddling about with that. Got Debian going, realised nvidia/xwayland is still a shitshow but I don't really need 3D in linux so it's not a huge issue for now - although I do need to figure out how I can use cuda for video rendering and I'd like to tinker with some ML stuff too. I am very enjoying the 4K screen and have realised how slow my old machine had become now I've got some new hardware.

    Actually had some paid jewellery work for the first time in ages. One engagement ring and one wedding ring. The pandemic has not been kind to someone whose majority summer sales are wedding-related.

    Rode my bike. It's been a month or so but it felt good, even if I did only manage 40km or so.

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  16. Comment on A 433% 450-key keyboard in ~hobbies

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    (a) that is awesome and (b) I love the design on your bio page

    (a) that is awesome and (b) I love the design on your bio page

  17. Comment on Rangefinder lens on a DSLR camera = macro ? in ~creative

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    Additional to this, rangerfinder-like designs didn't completely go away. Leica and a few others never stopped making them and Fujifilm have been doing rangefinder-y things in their very popular...

    Additional to this, rangerfinder-like designs didn't completely go away. Leica and a few others never stopped making them and Fujifilm have been doing rangefinder-y things in their very popular XPro, X100 and XE series digital cameras. I personally think it's a much nicer form factor than SLR and have been shooting an XE for quite a few years now. I know a couple of professionals who carry an X100 as a candid/street camera over the much bigger and louder SLR options (half my wedding was shot on an X100 for that very reason)

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  18. Comment on Rangefinder lens on a DSLR camera = macro ? in ~creative

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    I've never had much of a problem with extension tubes and the image darkening, although you do tend to need a bit more light for macro anyway. Personally I love my extension tubes. I think they're...

    I've never had much of a problem with extension tubes and the image darkening, although you do tend to need a bit more light for macro anyway.

    Personally I love my extension tubes. I think they're less hassle than any other technique except a dedicated macro lens. You just attach the tubes to your lens and slap it on. Less bother than reversing a lens and a bit easier (imo) than magnifying filters (plus you don't need different filters for different lenses - one set of tubes works with everything). The non-brand Chinese ones are generally fine if you're using older/manual lenses, but can be wobbly with more advanced functions - my £20-from-ebay tubes are fine in manual mode but do struggle a bit controlling my AF lenses. But AF in macro can be awkward even at the best of times, and I often end up manually tweaking the focus anyway.

    As an aside, those Russian primes are bloody gorgeous. They're pretty cheap to buy, even now and because they're mostly M42 you can get adaptors for just about every lens mount going. Although I currently a Jupiter-8 f2 stuck on my X-mount adaptor. Which isn't the worst situation tbh.

  19. Comment on What's the deal with gemini? in ~comp

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    That's fairly insulting to web developers. That was my job for a decade and none of it was "marketing"

    Webdev is marketing, not development.

    That's fairly insulting to web developers. That was my job for a decade and none of it was "marketing"

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  20. Comment on Music theory and white supremacy in ~music

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    15 Shocking Facts About European Tonal Composition That Will Blow Your Mind I think in this case it's a fairly fine line and I can see arguments for clickbait and not clickbait. We come down on...

    15 Shocking Facts About European Tonal Composition That Will Blow Your Mind

    I think in this case it's a fairly fine line and I can see arguments for clickbait and not clickbait. We come down on different sides but that's OK.

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