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Comment: Re:Circular logic (Score 1) 331

by Augmento (#43965859) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Prove an IT Manager Is Incompetent?
i suppose it sounded that way. what i really meant is that a lot of decisions are based on the CFOs figures. Accurate or not, that is all that would be required to sack him/her. Bringing a consultant in is just a way to not be the person to make the recommendation, i.e. not be the bad guy.

Comment: Re:Circular logic (Score 1) 331

by Augmento (#43960625) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Prove an IT Manager Is Incompetent?
I agree. if the CFO says they the IT department is operating at twice budget for a company their size that pretty much cut and dry for replacing the head of IT. 2nd choice if the guy can't be fired. I see this a lot. Instead of quitting. I would go with 1. plan to train that person, something like obtaining a PMP or other appropriate training or personal development goal that would get him the tools he needs to be an effective manager. 2. Reorganize so that he less negative impact. Pull out a reorganization plan. maybe, split out overhead often IT services(support for the functional areas) from the IT as an R&D/ profit center. that kind of thing. 3. Create a new positon for him where he has no real authority. You see this at a lot of companies. These people have titles like "Subject Matter Expert", "Cyber Visionary", "IT advisor", "Futurist", etc... Maybe suggest hiring an enterprise architect so that all IT projects must meet the constraints of the Enterprise. create a process improvement, 6sigma or whatever group that must sign off on the requirement for an IT solution to the process improvement effort. etc...

Comment: sharp (Score 1) 117

by Augmento (#39914589) Attached to: South Korea Plans Hashtag-Inspired Skyscraper

in korea, they call this the sharp symbol. so, sharp just sounds like a cool name for apartment complexes. there are several complexes all over the country built by posco (i think) with the # symbol on them.

further, many complexes, like the daewoo trump complex i lived in had an elevated playground and fitness center. so, while this is a kind of neat variation. it is hardly news.

Comment: that used to be us (Score 1) 990

by Augmento (#37834808) Attached to: The Real Job Threat
friedman and forgothisname suggested in their book that there are basically 4 classes work creative creators, routine creators, routine servers, and creative servers routines will be automated so if your job is one of those categories then you need to be more creative there was a sci-fi story where you place in society was based on your ability to wear out the stuff that robots made, the protaganist found a way to turn his robots into consumers, been so long that i forgot author and title another comment is that according to some singularity proponents we don't have to figure it out we just have to task the robots and super computers to figure it out. let's just remember to include paramaters like exterminating humans is bad, using us as a power source while trapping us in the 90s is also bad
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Sharks Seen Swimming Down Australian Streets 210

Posted by samzenpus
from the we're-going-to-need-a-bigger-sidewalk dept.
As if the flood waters weren't bad enough for the people of Queensland, it now appears that there are sharks swimming in the streets. Two bull sharks were spotted swimming past a McDonald’s in the city of Goodna, Butcher Steve Bateman saw another making its way past his shop on Williams street. Ipswich councillor for the Goodna region Paul Tully said: "It would have swam several kilometres in from the river, across Evan Marginson Park and the motorway. It’s definitely a first for Goodna, to have a shark in the main street."
Games

How To Make a Good Gaming Sequel 150

Posted by Soulskill
from the forward-to-square-enix dept.
Kantor48 writes "In today's world of unimproved gaming sequels and saturated franchises, Arthur Kabrick looks at the best and worst sequels in recent history, and compares the changes they've made to the formulae of their franchises. By doing this, he comes up with a list of lessons that any game developer creating a sequel should follow, if at all possible, to ensure that the new game is a step up, rather than a step sideways or, as in some cases, a step down. The criteria include ensuring the game does not spend too much time in development, updating technology, and trying not to change the development team, as well as being wary of changing the basic formula so much that fans of the franchise are alienated."

Comment: worked for 2 companies that did this... (Score 1) 1055

by Augmento (#26451803) Attached to: How Does a 9/80 Work Schedule Work Out?
1. Generally, your managers always try to convince you to move your personal appointments to the off friday and start enforcing leave/sick leave/PTO if you don't. 2. IT workers usually have to do all their disruptive stuff on the off friday in return for future comp time that never materializes or ends up looking more like 5x8 anyway. Despite that, the occasional long weekend where you can get away to someplace on a friday that is usually way crowded on the weekends makes it worth it.
Censorship

Journal: Colombian blogs under political attacks

Journal by darojasp

In an amazing move of political intolerance some hacker, possibly using social engineering, have shutdown a lot of colombian blogs (the full list in spanish here) using the name of a recognized right wing blog. The victims of the attacks are primary political blogs which doesn't support the national government. But other arguments

Slashdot.org

+ - Chevrolet Volt Electric Car

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J Davis writes "There is a dedicated site for news and information related to the new Chevrolet Volt Electric car which is due to be mass produced by the year 2010. This car is a true watershed in the history of automobiles and truly represents the beginning of a new era for automobiles. This car and its kin is our hope to avert Global Warming and Peak Oil. Go to the site at http://www.gm-volt.com/ read, join, and enter the discussion."
Biotech

Sport Is Unrelated To Obesity In Children 594

Posted by kdawson
from the who-you-callin-fat dept.
xiox writes "The UK government is planning to stop funding a study to understand obesity in children. The study fits children with accelerometers to measure how much energy each child uses in a day by moving. The results are surprising. Those children who do sports at school do not burn more calories than those who don't. Furthermore there is no correlation between body mass index and the number of calories used! The results are very interesting, suggesting that genetics and diet are the main reasons for childhood obesity, not sport. The UK government is trying to increase the amount of sport in schools."

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