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+ - How Does Your Organization handle Slackers and Jerks?-> 1

Submitted by Crash McBang
Crash McBang (551190) writes "A growing body of research suggests that having just a few nasty, lazy or incompetent characters around can ruin the performance of a team or an entire organization—no matter how stellar the other employees. In one experiment, having just one slacker or jerk in a group brought down performance by 30% to 40%. How do you or your organization handle such people?"
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+ - Encyclopedia Britannica to stop printing books->

Submitted by Crash McBang
Crash McBang (551190) writes "After 244 years, Encyclopedia Britannica will cease production of its iconic multi-volume book sets. They represent less than 1% of the company's total sales. The online version of the encyclopedia, which was first published in 1994, represents only 15% of Britannica's revenue. The other 85% is sales of education products: online learning tools, curriculum products and more. "Google's algorithm doesn't know what's fact or what's fiction," Britannica president Jorge Cauz concedes. "So Wikipedia is often the No. 1 or No. 2 result on search. But I'd bet a lot of money that most people would rather use Britannica than Wikipedia."

When was the last time you cracked open a fresh volume of Britannica, Slashdotters?"

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Comment: This probably dates me but (Score 2) 108

by Crash McBang (#38024532) Attached to: How Is Technology Changing the Brain?
after I got an HP-35 and quit using my slide rule, I found that I had less of a feel for numbers. Hard to put into words, it kind of felt like I couldn't do math as well, but I could process numbers faster, as long as I had my calculator. Take the calculator away, and it seemed to take forever to do things.

Somebody ought to cross ball point pens with coat hangers so that the pens will multiply instead of disappear.

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