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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...

Comment Hint (Score 1) 56

So... would installing a wireless, GMS or even just bluetooth interface on all cars have cost more or less than recalling over 600k vehicles?

OTOH, unless you do it like Tesla, where internet access is part of the sale price, we'd have the same syndrome as with gaming consoles where software is released in a buggy state since it can be patched easily later on. With cars, that would not be a good thing.

Comment Eh... (Score 1) 143

Considering how much the US invested in a fighter plane that's barely usable, how much they invested in fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq... I don't know, seems 6 billion is a sum Obama regularly finds stuck between his couch cushions.

Also, my bicycle is less expensive than a Mercedes... but how the hell do I travel from one coast to the other without dying on the ruddy thing (be it of exhaustion or old age, I'll leave that for you to decide)? Seems to me there is a lot more to feasibility calculations beside initial cost.

Comment The answer is simple: (Score 1) 296

Get certs... they're not time consuming.

Oh, wait... You actually study for those? Most people don't. There's braindumps for that.

Any company who tries to judge my skill by my certs will turn me off the very instant I notice the behavior. Certs are there to get your company partner status. Nothing more.

It may be different in the states, but in my country, there aren't even many companies large enough to warrant even using the technology some of these cert tests are asking about. So that leaves you learning from the books... which are huge. On top of that, in the course they will always tell you about certain functions and that on the test you should answer wrongly, because that's what the manufacturer wants to hear.

Also, in my case I am the storage and virtualization guy. That means I oversee installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of four different SAN environments of two different vendors, at times three different hypervisors with multiple clusters and all the surrounding systems AND thus far two different backup solutions.

Do you think I have the time to study for a silly cert exam? Perhaps my attitude sucks, quite possibly, but I have yet to find an employer loyal enough to me to warrant doing these things in my free time. I am an above average employee as it is.

Also, when you get offered free Q&A sheets along your exam so you'll definitely pass, you know the system's rigged.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (9) Dammit, little-endian systems *are* more consistent!