Tech firms conspire to drive down wages

From How Silicon Valley’s most celebrated CEOs conspired to drive down 100,000 tech engineers’ wages:

In early 2005, as demand for Silicon Valley engineers began booming, Apple’s Steve Jobs sealed a secret and illegal pact with Google’s Eric Schmidt to artificially push their workers wages lower by agreeing not to recruit each other’s employees, sharing wage scale information, and punishing violators.

The secret wage-theft agreements between Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, Intuit, and Pixar (now owned by Disney) are described in court papers obtained by PandoDaily as “an overarching conspiracy” in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act and the Clayton Antitrust Act, and at times it reads like something lifted straight out of the robber baron era that produced those laws.

And don’t forget how H1B visa’s essentially limit immigrants ability to change jobs for a better salary and drive down non-immigrant wages with a lower salary employees.


Solar System

Here is a table if you wanted to make a scale version of the solar system. It’s based on making the Earth a 1in sphere and then gives how far from the Sun each planet should be and how big of a ball to use for each planet.
This is from frink a programming language based on accurate representation of units. If you are into really nerding-out take a look at the unit data which describes lots of possible unit conversions.

Name Distance from Sun Diameter
Sun 9 feet, 1.3 in
Mercury 378 feet, 8.8 in 0.383 in
Venus 707 feet, 7.6 in 0.95 in
Earth 978 feet, 4.5 in 1.0 in
Mars 1490 feet, 8.8 in 0.533 in
Jupiter 5090 feet, 3.7 in 11.221 in
Saturn 1 miles, 4068 feet 9.46 in
Uranus 3 miles, 2936 feet 4.012 in
Neptune 5 miles, 3011 feet 3.887 in
Pluto 7 miles, 1715 feet 0.178 in

Scaled speed of light: 1.337 mph