So true. I've been in the position a couple of times that if I did not provide a written summary I was being committed to something I knew nothing about. This isn't about malice, it's just how humans work (badly).
Yeah, and understand that when the PM says "well, if we all work 24x7 we'll be ontime" then PM is an idiot and should be told that.
Right idea, wrong tactic.
Instead of going head to head, it's a great place to be passive aggressive and start asking how you will be compensated for the extra hours and how they would like you to handle time off for job interviews.
Related to the first one:
Learn that when you disagree with someone it might be because you don't understand yet, you can change reactions you get from people if you say
"I don't understand." instead of "I disagree."
Similarly, instead of "That's stupid." try "That doesn't sound right to me, can you explain?"
I have no objection to organizations like KA patenting this kind of thing so long as they also then license that patent back to the general public at zero cost.
We need a law for this; mention a crusty 20 year old technology that still gets the job done and a avid user will manifest.
eg, vi, emacs,
> Java desktop applications are uncommon. Both these things are true,
Unless you actually are involved in software development.
Well now that you bring it up...
Despite Java being my bread and butter for a decade this is hard to disagree with, I've met lots of professional java "programmers" who don't understand the JVM at all. (And don't even get me started on system administrators for enterprise systems... Seriously you're admin of a linux box and you don't know what top is and you're uncomfortable at the command line? Really?)
Even worse is the student world, just dip into the Java question stream on StackOverflow. 50% of the questions any first-year student C.S. would laugh at.
And then, they try to fire up Microsoft Visual Studio, and they wait even more, and they realize that their perception bubble isn't reality.
Indeed, I've been using Eclipse as a daily driver for a decade. Current startup time for a new workspace is on the order of 10 seconds, VisualStudio is almost identical.
I had the same reaction.
I weep for my unborn grandchildren's generation.
It would be amusing to hook the angry robot up to one of those online automatic assistants.
You want Skynet? Because that's how you get Skynet!
After reading that summary I feel like a juggalo. "...F*cking magnonics, how do they work?.."
Same... but I'm sure if the operation of a CPU was explained at that level of detail it would be equally opaque.
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." -- Arthur C. Clarke
As another Canadian, my response is "know thy enemy".