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Comment Huh (Score 1) 23

I'm not quite sure I can feel as upbeat about a man who is at least partially responsible for landing MySQL in the hands of Oracle. You know that same company that tries to slip you the Yahoo whenever you install Java.

Not to mension the milking of customers that they do whenever they change their licensing racket.

Comment Re: Introduction (Score 1) 207

I think you and a lot of others are missing the point. They are not doing this to fix all model S cars out there. They are doing this to find out, whether other cars even have a problem there and to finally find out what it might be.

Tesla doesn't even know yet whether there is a problem worthy of a recall and yet they are not willing to wait for another belt to come undone, which might never even happen. They don't jeopardize their customers life and proactively do a recall.

That's what's special about this situation. If I recall, GM had to be dragged by the ear to fix a problem they knew about when they delivered their cars and even after loss of life.

I'm not saying Tesla is praiseworthy for doing the right thing. However just by following minimal standards of ethics, they managed to set themselves apart. This news casts shame on a lot of their competition...

Comment Re:Smart man (Score 3, Interesting) 378

And this is different on earth? You never know what situation you'll find if you have to flee a place. On the contrary, there is evidence that humans can be better at living together despite differences when there is no alternative.

Offspring can always find a reason to blame the parents if something goes wrong.

Comment Is it just me? (Score 1) 92

Keeping people alive you know are faulty is kinda senseless unless you have ways to fix the problems.

I know this attitude is harsh and frankly, I myself probably wouldn't have made the cut either... but seeing as we're 8 billion getting more feeble with every generation... I don't know... this just doesn't seem like a very good trend.

Comment The problem lies in numbers (Score 3, Interesting) 152

As others have mentioned, whether a manager is technically inclined or not doesn't have all that much impact on whether he's good.

As a German psychologist and management trainer once said, most people either have people skills or organizational/technical skills. A good manager/boss needs both. And guess what, only about 10% of the population have an affinity for both.

This basically means that for every nine employees, you can have only one manager! And since you usually have more than one layer of management, you need beyond nine people per lowest management body to make that cut. I don't know about the US but in Switzerland, we sometimes designate a teamleader to a two man team.

There are just not enough competent people in existence to fill that many management roles. Simple as that. Simplify management structures. Use only those managers who actually can manage and weed out the donkey droppings. But seeing as, obviously, 50% of people are below average and some of those suck massively, that's going to be hard.

Comment Re: Finally, we've arrived! (Score 1) 569

If you're trying to be sarcastic... don't. A lot of people that could potentially have died are saved by hospitals, that is true enough, but also a lot of people pick up a few minor side-effects (death among them) in hospitals.

Hospitals are like a Grand Central Station for germs and doctors are human and make mistakes... Especially when they've been working for 24 hours straight...

Leveraging always beats prototyping.