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Comment: Wait... (Score 1) 211

I thought 'Rising to the level of your incompetence' meant the more the opposite. Dumb-as-a-post employees either get fired or they possess, "soft skills valued in management" and get promoted. The more 'soft skills' (ability to bullshit, take credit for others' work, brown-nose, etc) the higher you rise. This article seem to imply that promotions are based on technical skill and that you get promoted until your skill matches your employment level. In my experience, that is almost never the case.

Comment: Re:Good news (Score 1) 422

by DontBlameCanada (#48887539) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts
While I agree from a story perspective that the pod-racer stuff was fluff, I still pull that scene out to show off what a properly tuned home theatre surround sound system can do. Other movies might more effectively use the multi-channel audio, but aliens racing vehicles trumps mass splatter-fests when you have a mixed-age audience.

Comment: Re:Kinda torn on this one (Score 1) 258

The treatment is purely supportive. As with all virii, the body needs to clear it out on its own. It will do so, if the organs don't fail before the immune system builds the necessary antibodies. The 'cures' being worked are anti-retrovirals that inhibit the viral replication, so the body can get the upper hand more quickly.

Comment: Re:So start organizing (Score 2) 108

by DontBlameCanada (#47606995) Attached to: LinkedIn Busted In Wage Theft Investigation
The problem with modern unions is that they don't self-police the rubbers who inevitably get in. If Willy is a caught watching kiddie porn on the corp's equipment, the company shouldn't have to fight the union to get him axed. Modern unions for the most part will defend their members regardless of the infraction, including a criminal offense like this... If Steve is slacking and not getting his work done, Steve's coworkers should actively work with him to get him productive and if he isn't, give him da boot. Negative contributors drag everyone down.

Comment: Don't blame them (Score 2) 306

Good salary base, but every day I fight with ding-dong execs to ensure my team doesn't get completely overloaded. The constant pressure to work 16hr days 365 days/year while not being compensated for OT is draining and makes life hell at times.

I won't suggest my kids go into high-tech, unless they can get a sweet-sweet senior mgmt position.

Comment: The sad part here... (Score 2) 272

by DontBlameCanada (#46771569) Attached to: Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago
... is that the vast majority of senior executives won't learn from these mistakes. They'll all listen to some talking head consultant (that they paid way too much for) consult some sort of magic crystal ball and claim "it won't fly!" What should've been the indication that it might catch on is the quote, "The team got devices for themselves."

If the engineers think it's cool enough that they want one for personal use, it's probably a product that has a use that could be expanded from the tech-geek segment into something profitable.

Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming. -- J. P. McEvoy

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