Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Gateway error 504 on a Wordpress site when trying to add a post: explanation



Here’s a small technical tip for hosted Wordpress.

If you use Wordpress as installed on a site hosted in a conventional way (like by Bluehost) and use it on more than one browser or more than one laptop, make sure you get out of the dashboard when you shut down a laptop or browser.

Otherwise, it will let you log in on another browser but it seems you get a Gateway Error 504 if you try to add or edit a post on a blog where you left the dashboard open.
  
By way of comparison,  Blogger doesn’t seem to care as much. It sometimes tells you if you logged on to the same blog in another session.  But often it seems to accept the most recent panel opened as current even if others are open.

Friday, November 09, 2018

More on whether to do internships; Census is starting to hire for 2020



“Economic Invincibility” advises “Never do unpaid internships” (Jan. 2017).


There’s been controversy over this, as to whether “working for free” is “paying your dues.”  It makes especially little sense when conservative organizations do that.

This is especially bad considering student loan debt.

Many unpaid internships are for political or issue advocacy – do you want to wear someone else’s uniform in public?  Beg for money in public?

Yet EI's vlog post reminds me of Bob Weinstein's 1994 book "I'll Work for Free" (for "longtime payoff"), which might be less applicable today. 

Also, in my condo building in northern Virginia, I saw a popup announcement for temporary Census Bureau jobs as interviewers for the American Housing Survey.  I could not confirm this online.  If I find the ads again, I’ll pass the info along.

Census is starting to hire for the 2020 diennial.  There has been some controversy about LGBT-related questions.  NPR has the details here.

I worked for the 2010 diennial, and then for the Current Population Survey in 2011. 
There may be less need for people for special surveys now because respondents can answer survyes online.  I answered an American Community Survey questionnaire online in 2013 and did not have a Census visit.

Monday, November 05, 2018

Apple fires an engineer after his daughter films illegally on campus and releases a trade secret



An Apple engineer was fired when his daughter came onto campus, made a video of  new phone, and posted it online, violating the company’s trade secret rules.


Normally Apple doesn’t allow cameras on campus (except in public areas like the “museum”).  I was there in September (the new Apple Park at the southern end of Cupertino). 
  
It’s like unwelcome filming of someone in a disco.

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Google protests seem to call for "equity" demands for quotas among intersectional groups





Tim Pool reports on the demands from Google protesters:


Some of this is about the overpayment of an executive severance after sexual harassment allegations.

This sounds like a “strike” in a non-union tech company. That would have been unthinkable when I was working.

But there were “equity” demands that counters meritocracy. They want goals for “women of color” etc, with compensation by groups (and intersectionality). 

Here is an account of the demands at “The Cut”. 
   
Pool explains the difference between “equality” (as HRC defines it) and “equity”.  Does "equity" mean "quotas" and "affirmative action"? 
   
Pool notes that the ideological demands seem to come from campus and are not normal workplace compensation issues or even legitimate HR issues. Pool calls it “protest culture”. 
  
The lawsuit by an African-American employee in 1996 when I was working for an insurance company seemed more an equity issue than equality.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Why does Microsoft do a Creators Update to Windows 10 at least twice a year?




Peter Bright has a valuable article at ArsTechnica on how Microsoft developed Windows 10 as its “last ever OS” for the PC.


But that means that major rewrites – the Creators Update – happen twice a year.  Other vendors, like Apple for the MacBook, update only once a year.
  
I have not received the Oct 2018 Creator’s Update yet.  Knock on wood.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

"EI" describes hard labor life in a retail store



“Economic Invincibility” describes his own experience working in retail in a big box store.


It’s all pretty proletarian and humiliating.
  
My own father was fired from his first retail job in Chicago for not making quota – back in the 1920s.

Monday, October 01, 2018

WSJ op-ed proposes making paternity leave for fathers mandatory!



An op-ed in the Wall Street Journal (of all places), by Joanne Lipman, “Want Equality? Make Dads Stay Home” is certainly getting attention this Monday morning.  You heard right.  Companies should force fathers to use paternity leave benefits when they offer it.  Obviously the proposal can be tweaked, if states finally get around to passing mandatory family leave laws.


The byline for the article is telling. “Mandatory paternity leave would close the wage gap and strengthen family bonds.”  That could apply in Europe, too, where according to the article often men don’t take it.

The mandatory part is to keep men from lowballing the system.
  
But as in yesterday’s blog post, what about the childless?  Do they pay for all this?

Update: Oct 2

The Cato Institute takes the libertarian view in a paper by Vanessa Brown Calder, link