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+ - How to deal with conusultants 3

Submitted by Baseclass
Baseclass (785652) writes "My company is bringing in consultants to "streamline" our business.
Obviously this means eliminating redundancy. My dilemma is how exactly to deal with them.
I know how to deal with external auditors in that I tell them exactly what they need to know and nothing more but I'm not quite sure how to deal with this situation.
Do I make every little task I'm responsible for appear to be a business critical function? Do I highlight my abilities regardless of how applicable they are to my duties? Or do I let them know exactly how it is including weaknesses in our current model?"

+ - Corporations win class-action lawsuit case->

Submitted by Baseclass
Baseclass (785652) writes "Companies can block customers' class-action lawsuits, Supreme Court rules

Consumers have been able to band together to sue corporations, but the Supreme Court rules in a Southern California case that firms can force customers to arbitrate their complaints individually. The ruling is seen as a major victory for corporations.

I for one, do NOT welcome our new corporate overlords."
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+ - Looking for advice

Submitted by Baseclass
Baseclass (785652) writes "I have a programming degree, I'm fluent in at least a dozen languages, I've worked in information security, been a UNIX/Linux admin, and a programmer which is the post I currently hold.
I've been working in corporate America for ~13 years but I just can't deal with red tape and politics any longer.

Now don't get me wrong, I absolutely love kicking out code and having my way with UNIX boxes, that is how I spend my free time after all.
It's just that the structured corporate environment has grown tiresome.

Here's an example: We recently had a misbehaving program in production. After about 15 seconds of troubleshooting I tracked the problem down to a missing semi-colon. Simple right? Wrong! I can't just log on to a production box and change code, I had to submit the changes to Harvest, deploy it to the test environment, test it, get the approval of the environment owner, 2 levels of management, and write of a 10 page report detailing my changes and test results before promoting it through 6 more environments. It literally took me 2 weeks to apply a change that should have taken less than 1 minute.

Sometimes I just want to leave it all behind and become a folk singer or a park ranger or something but I've got bills to pay. Starting my own business is far too risky, I have a family to support.

I guess I'm wondering how life is working for a small tech company compared to a fortune 100."
Government

+ - Our constitutional rights are being violated

Submitted by Baseclass
Baseclass (785652) writes "Article V of the Constitution of the United States provides that "on the application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, [Congress] shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments...". The Founding Fathers of our nation recognized the importance of providing this means by which the citizens of our country could initiate amendments to change and/or clarify the Constitution; the fundamental document which they intended to be not only the blueprint for our federal system but also "the supreme Law of the Land". Despite the fact that ALL 50 state legislatures have submitted 567 applications (far in excess of the two-thirds requirement) requesting a convention call, Congress has ignored its constitutionally mandated duty."
United States

+ - Article V is being denied to US citizens

Submitted by Baseclass
Baseclass (785652) writes "Article V of the Constitution of the United States provides that "on the application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, [Congress] shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments...". The Founding Fathers of our nation recognized the importance of providing this means by which the citizens of our country could initiate amendments to change and/or clarify the Constitution; the fundamental document which they intended to be not only the blueprint for our federal system but also "the supreme Law of the Land".

Despite the fact that ALL 50 state legislatures have submitted 567 applications (far in excess of the two-thirds requirement) requesting a convention call, Congress has ignored its constitutionally mandated duty.

Why are the majority of American citizens willing to bend over and take their corporate sponsored suppositories while the government pisses all over our constitution."

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