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Comment: Re:Presenteeism (Score 1) 629

by Lieutenant_Dan (#45537325) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are We Older Experts Being Retired Too Early?

You are absolutely correct; it's the only way they can measure easily: your attendance. Timelines, deliverables, e-mail replies, etc are the other easier ones. Determine the quality of work, leadership, innovation, efficiency, etc need proper analysis and most managers are not able to do it.

I'm finding more and more job descriptions explicitly stating that they expect the employee to be on site and working the regular schedule.

I currently have a handful of people reporting to me and I have no issues of allowing them to work a day a week from home. I do it myself. Only time when I can get some peace and quiet to get proper work done. Life is too short, commutes are too long, and don't have budget to give people raises.
I do get the occasional comments about my team and I just ignore those.

Comment: Was I the only who noticed ... (Score 1) 961

by Lieutenant_Dan (#45530809) Attached to: Why Scott Adams Wished Death On His Dad

... that the journalist contact Adams a day or so after his father passed away for a story?

As distasteful Adams comments may be about wanting people dead, it's completely inappropriate to hassle someone who just his father pass away? He's mourning and probably not in a good place.

I'm sure Adams had his PR person filter the request, but still, give the guy some time!

Comment: Re:Default ding. (Score 1) 361

by Lieutenant_Dan (#45403215) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Communication Skills For Programmers?

Heh, I was referring to Project Management, as the "new line of work".

You're right though, I have about 8 outlook rules that make it very simple. I only really care about what 4 or 5 people have to say, the rest is just noise or done on a best effort basis.

When dealing with PMs I usually have one rule; one reply every four hours in an eight-hour shift, during one of my three e-mail checking windows.

Some people I reply at the end of the week, setting a delay to send the message at 5pm Friday when I know they have skipped work early.

Comment: Re:Default ding. (Score 1) 361

by Lieutenant_Dan (#45402785) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Communication Skills For Programmers?

If you don't have the skills to route my daily BS update somewhere more appropriate then your inbox maybe you should look for new line of work.

Project Management?

Seriously, one could make the argument that for a comprehensive communication skill-set, knowing who you should be engaging is as important as the actual message.


A Patent Tree Grows In Seattle 37

Posted by samzenpus
from the call-paul-bunyon dept.
theodp writes "Among the featured attractions for the kids at the just-opened $10 million Bezos Center for Innovation in the $60 million Museum of History & Industry in Seattle is a 'Patent Tree'. The museum opening marks the end of a week for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos that saw his personal and managerial life put on display with the release of an excerpt from The Everything Store, a new book by Brad Stone, who reveals how he found Bezos's long-lost biological father."

Comment: Re:I just do not understand the market for this (Score 1) 53

by Lieutenant_Dan (#45081685) Attached to: Arduino Gaming: Not So Retro Any More

Whereas with a PC, Android or iOS system you have plenty of RAM, storage and graphics capability so you can be pretty sloppy in your code and get away with it.

Man, I don't have fond memories of memory/resource management in the old PC and C64 day. Not having to deal 64k blocks for expanded memory is a good thing.

In this day and age, multi-threaded programming is more important than managing memory IMHO. I've done my share of sloppy code, mostly because I had more important things to deal with. Sometimes a nested loop does the job quickly and you can move on to other parts. I have yet gotten a bonus,programming style points and won accolades from my peers by coding beautifully or super-efficiently. It's usually scorn and jealousy. 80% of the code I've worked on, no other soul looks at.

I say use what you have at hand and get the job done. If you got 2 Megs of RAM, use them. If you save the a Meg, you're not going to have some sort of cyber consciousness thank you for using less electricity or cycles. Hell, you may have limited your application by not using all the resources available to you.

If you have the luxury of time, enhance it and make it more bug-free.

Comment: Re:RIP Bell Labs (Score 1) 75

by Lieutenant_Dan (#45072317) Attached to: Alcatel-Lucent To Cut 10,000 Workers, Calls It "Shift Plan"

While many good people lost their job in Nortel, there was a LOT of deadwood at Nortel. Kanata has never been the same since.

We had one upgrade with Nortel telecom equipment, where I had one engineer and five (or six) project managers. You need one or sometimes even two good project managers, but never FIVE, especially when the engineer is doing all the heavy lifting (figuratively and literally). So by charging us $300/hr, we knew we were subsidizing several crappy layers of ineffeciency.

A-L may in a similar boat. There are probably people who did not keep fresh or add very little value, because they were brought in when a VP went on an empire-building spree.

Comment: Re:So users still stuck in *two* walled gardens? (Score 2) 196

by Lieutenant_Dan (#45036901) Attached to: Activists Angry After Apple Axes Anti-Firewall App

Good point.

Apple is setting a terrible precedent. I think I know their motivation (e.g. money, Chinese market, etc).

Let's say Saudi Arabia makes looking at dirty pictures illegal (not just immoral). Are they scrapping browsers?

No, the government needs to ensure that while using their network infrastructure the "dangerous" services and applications are blocked. Don't impose your morality and legality on citizens of other countries.

Apple is weak. They considered the cost/benefit analysis, and figured that the few hundred people who get irate about this won't matter. Chinese citizen will not stop buying an iPhone even with this app gone; they buy it for the "cool" factor not because it allows civil disobedience. Most Chinese are terrified of getting in the sights of their government. Those who have an iPhone will gladly use in the government-approved manner.

Comment: That's nothing (Score 3, Funny) 93

I once experienced an DoS MitM LTE XSS attack that lasted 42 hours and had a steady stream of 105TB/ms using NetBIOS Saturation over AppleTalk techniques that spread over a redundant cluster of MBR using HPFS. Of course the victim wishes to remain in the shadows as sharing the company's identity would either harm their reputation or allow you to verify the plausibility of the incident.

Comment: Re:Episode 3 (Score 0) 150

by Lieutenant_Dan (#45012457) Attached to: <em>Half-Life 3</em> Trademark Filed In Europe

I really liked the series, but them dropping the ball on Episode 3 and forfeiting on their promise to release, really soured the experience for me.

I will certainly not buy when it comes out, whatever they call it. Actually, I haven't bought anything off Steam and certainly from Valve for that reason (I always associated both together, since the only reason I installed Steam was for HL2).

Yes, we will be going to OSI, Mars, and Pluto, but not necessarily in that order. -- Jeffrey Honig