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

Crash McBang 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->

Crash McBang 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: Hacking and Engineering (Score 5, Interesting) 446 446

Engineering a house:
1. Gather requirements
2. Write a spec
3. Design house to spec
4. Build house to design

Hacking a house:
1. Nail boards together
2. Step back
3. Is it a house yet?
4. No, go to 1

Both methods work, but I'd prefer the former to the latter...

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

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.

I've never been canoeing before, but I imagine there must be just a few simple heuristics you have to remember... Yes, don't fall out, and don't hit rocks.

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