aaronbrethorst comments on “When banks abandoned American Samoa, the islands found a solution: public banks”

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced a postal banking bill last month that would offer similar services to everyone in the United States. It is unlikely that it will even make it to the floor for a vote given the current makeup of Congress, but that could change with this year’s midterm elections.




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alkonaut comments on ““Cost of Living” pay for remote workers is BS”

Isn’t this just a market value? SV companies with a global presence surely don’t pay the same in their Bucharest office as they do in their SV office?

So does opening a physical office in a remote location suddenly make the idea of having “local pay” valid again? Why?

And if not: should all global companies pay equally around the world to anyone who provides the same value within the company? That’s a nice thought but it doesn’t feel realistic.

As a European developer for a US firm I’d love to get what US devs are paid. But for that, they could hire two of my neighbors instead of me, so why would they.

Companies arent paying for produced value, they are maximizing produced value and minimizing cost.



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stcredzero comments on “A female engineer’s opinion on why there are fewer women in tech”

I don’t know. Are there?

Popular Music? Fiction writing? Journalism? Creating video content would qualify. (Possibly relevant: YouTube’s audience is mostly male, while Tumblr’s is mostly female. IIRC, the audience for video pornography also tends to skew male, while written erotica skews female.)

The home computing revolution was a weird inflection point.

Basically, it’s the start of when computing went from a tool for accounting/administration/bureaucracy to also broadly encompassing media. Many of the de-profesionalized fields I mention above are associated with media.

Again, part of my claim is: this is not really a surprising or weird argument. It’s pretty obvious from the recent history of the field.

I do think you’re onto something.



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sudosteph comments on “Love the Bus, Save Your City”

Seattle is in a similar situation. Ridership is growing still, but mostly due to driving and parking being very expensive and inconvenient. We also have a program where major employers (including Amazon) will provide cards for unlimited transit use, but not re-imburse or provide for the full cost of parking.

Even so, it’s very common for people to get on the bus without paying and make everyone else uncomfortable. I’ve seen harassers, people vaping and shooting up, obviously unstable people yelling and making a scene. That’s not to say anything of the people who just bring an awful odor or take up a whole row with absolute junk. I’ve never seen feces or urine, but definitely seen vomit. There’s no enforcement against this kind of thing most of the time, and riders are too afraid to speak up on their own.

If I’m given the choice between a 30 minute walk and a 10 minute bus ride, I’ll almost always walk if it’s not just pouring rain. Luckily Seattle sidewalks and pedestrian friendliness in general is pretty great.

It’s a drastically different situation from my hometown, Charlotte NC, where the buses don’t get much use and it really is due to service stinking and general perception of the bus being for poor people only. Also cars are fairly cheap and ubiquitous. I would frequently be the only white person on a crowded bus, but even though I sometimes got weird looks, I was never harassed or made to feel in danger like I’ve experienced in Seattle. It was mostly just working class folks or people and some people with DUIs going to work, city services, or community college (which was my reason for taking it, I just hated driving though). An improvement in service and getting some nicer buses probably would have helped, but now that light rail is a thing (just barely though), I do think they are putting all their resources there instead.



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ironjunkie comments on ““Cost of Living” pay for remote workers is BS”

Paying salaries based on location is purely based on offer//demand.

When you are a full remote worker, the offer and demand for your market is based on the global availability of remote workers. Which means that you are competing with that Ukrainian developer ready to work for 20k$/year.

The best way to hack this situation of course is to live cheaply in a high-wage city.
Some of my friends managed to find a flatshare for less than 1k$/month in the bay area and are literally saving close to 8k$/month.



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dennis_jeeves comments on “A female engineer’s opinion on why there are fewer women in tech”

Here is the politically incorrect view, most people at the high end of the IQ are men. Like it or not nature is not egalitarian. Programming as a profession roughly falls under the IQ spectrum. Ok, now some of you egalitarian nuts reading this _will_ interpret what I wrote as discriminatory, _waits for the backlash_



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