Alleged worker shortages said to be created by employers’ own policies

Unlike in the recent past, today’s employers want to hire only those who have already done the job somewhere else – employers do not want to invest anything in training: It’s Not a Skills Gap: U.S. Workers Are Overqualified, Undertrained – Businessweek.

I have seen this personally where an employer rejected numerous highly qualified candidates (all with PhDs in the subject) because the hiring manager wanted someone who had already done the specific job. After 9 months, the job was still unfilled. It would have been far less costly to the company let any of these potential new hires have a few weeks to self study. Instead, the company lost 9 months of potential work output and numerous staff days devoted to hiring interviews.

This is particularly true in high tech were new tech means today’s required skills did not exist last year, and very few candidates already have that specific experience. The result is tech employers claiming shortages of workers – the classic is the job ad that seeks 5 years experience in a technology that was only invented the previous year (I have seen job ads like this!).

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Microsoft’s Aug 12 “Patch Tuesday” update kills Windows PCs

See “Known issue 3″: MS14-045: Description of the security update for kernel-mode drivers: August 12, 2014.

A ComputerWorld story provides more background.

This is why I have Windows Update set to “manual” and not “automatic”. You should make that change to your system too.

Microsoft is not the only company that sends out bad software updates. My original iPod died after an Apple software update. Fortunately the iPod was under warranty and Apple replaced it free of charge; others were not so lucky and ended up with an iPod paperweight. Android, as commented about on this blog, has a number of recent updates that have harmed battery life.

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Another Android – Nexus 5 battery drain problem and how to fix it

This link describes the problem: Chrome: sandboxed processes are killing my b… | Nexus 5 | XDA Forum.


Periodically, Chrome launches something that shows up in Settings | Battery as “…“. This task consumes significant amounts of power, all by itself, even when the phone is not in use. In fact, the phone is quite warm to the touch.


Some think this is related to having multiple tabbed windows open in Chrome and/or one or more of the web pages using Flash content that seems to never be shut off. Who knows?


The solution is to stop using Chrome on Android and install one of the many free browsers

Dolphin Browser

Dolphin Browser (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

available in the Google Play market. I installed the Dolphin browser, restarted my phone and charged up the battery – and the result is good battery life and the phone is no longer running hot.


There have been many battery power consumption problems with recent releases of Android, depending on your phone model and perhaps other features such as which apps are running.



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Over educated and under employed – another example of inflation

A side effect of the academic industrial complex and the push to have everyone have ever more higher education:

There’s a word for someone who has a job that does not require the degree they hold: “underemployed.” In 2008, over 35% of college graduates were underemployed; by June of last year, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported that a whopping 44% of graduates were underemployed. And it’s not just because of the recession: the number’s been rising since 2001.

And more education doesn’t’ exactly help; in fact going to graduate school can make things worse. In 2008 22% of people with PhDs or professional degrees and jobs were underemployed. That number rises all the way to 59% for people with master’s degrees.

via Overqualified and Underemployed: The Job Market Waiting for Graduates.

Colleges are producing graduates at much faster rates than market demand is increasing, particularly with regards to the Master’s degree.

In the mid-1970s, about 12% of adults had a 4 year degree or higher.  Today, in the under 30 age bracket, about 1 in 3 have a 4 year degree and almost 30% of all adults have a 4 year degree. 10% have a Master’s degree.

Roughly, today’s Master’s degree is what a 4-year degree was worth in the 1970s, and today’s community college 2-year degree is what a high school diploma was worth in the market in the 1970s.

This is another way that inflation eats away at wages, as the costs of entry rise while wages fail to keep pace with the Fed’s intentional (2% per year target) devaluation of the purchasing power of the dollar.

This chart highlights that a large number of college degrees, in terms of marketplace valuation, are a bad investment in time and money:



The Federal Reserve (remember, this is a privately owned bank and not a Federal agency) writes:

“the broader V-shaped pattern in the underemployment rate over the past two decades is also consistent with new research arguing that there has been a reversal in the demand for cognitive skills since 2000.4 According to this research, businesses ramped up their hiring of college-educated workers in an effort to adapt to the technological changes occurring during the 1980s and 1990s. However, as the information technology revolution reached maturity, demand for cognitive skill fell accordingly. As a result, during the first decade of the 2000s, many college graduates were forced to move down the occupational hierarchy to take jobs typically performed by lower-skilled workers.”

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Shortwave Radio Broadcasting fading away

Shortwave Broadcasting “of Marginal and Continuously Declining Impact,” Committee Concludes.

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PC, Mac Year-over-year shipment trends and profits

Apple’s total profits on tablet and Mac sales exceeds the combined profits of the other major PC manufacturers, combined (see chart 3): Mac v. PC in 3 charts.

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Intel’s 14nm Broadwell architecture

Delivering more with much lower power consumption: Intel_14nm_New_uArch.pdf.

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Judge says compelling evidence Steve Jobs was central to wage price fixing conspiracy

Tech companies previously agreed to settle a class action lawsuit for $324.5 million over allegations they engaged in a broad wage price fixing conspiracy by agreeing to refuse to hire each others’ employees. The Judge has rejected the proposed settlement saying it is inadequate in light of the compelling evidence:

there is “substantial and compelling evidence that” Jobs, in particular, “was a, if not the, central figure in the alleged conspiracy,”

via Judge rejects $324.5M wage-fixing settlement struck by Apple, Google, others as too low – CNET.

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Google to give search result priority to web sites that use encryption

Google using its clout to widen use of encryption.

I will have to think very carefully about if I switch to https, and the how and when to do it. Its slightly complex to make the change on this server.

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