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Comment: Re:wait... what??? (Score 5, Informative) 291

by Lord of the Fries (#40042737) Attached to: HP To Cut 30,000 Jobs

I agree in a non-humane principled sort of way. But my bet is that it's not those 10,000 peoples faults that HP is where it's at today. Which makes me sad. 10,000 poppa's and momma's are going to have to find jobs doing something else in a depressed economy. The well to do management will experience a drop in their earnings, but they won't suffer the same way.

The only way I'd be happy is if the story stated that among the 10,000, every single "product manager" employed by HP was being terminated. In every company I've watched or been part of that has tanked in the last 20 years, it's always been accompanied by a growing role of the "product manager."

Comment: Saddest Part (Score 4, Interesting) 291

by Lord of the Fries (#40042683) Attached to: HP To Cut 30,000 Jobs

"While it has a leading position in the sales of low-margin personal computers."

How ironic and sad that this is HP's claim to fame now days. There was a time when this was simply so not true. There was a time when you bought HP stuff (and you paid top dollars for you), you knew you could throw it against a wall or drive a car over it and it just kept working. Quality was #1, bar no competition. That was back when the engineers still had a bit of say in what went down there.

Comment: Ironic? (Score 2) 62

by Lord of the Fries (#39912267) Attached to: Crowdsourcing and Scientific Truth

Is it just me, or is it quite ironic that at the time of writing this, this will be only the 47th comment on a subject active for 12 hours on slashdot. Apparently metacrowdsourcing (crowdscourcing about crowdsourcing) isn't all that popular.

For reference sake, there have been 7 more articles up (at least by my filters) which have already garnered the following amounts of comments. Notice that the less scientific seems to be where more, er, uh "crowdsourcing" happens. :)

...older...
Is Google the New Microsoft? --> 366
Study Aims To Read Dogs' Thoughts --> 113
Apple Security Blunder Exposes Lion Login Passwords In Clear Text -- >144
Biochemist Creates CO2-Eating Light That Runs On Algae --> 76
Some USAF Pilots Refuse To Fly F-22 Raptor --> 191
Ask Slashdot: What Language Should a Former Coder Dig Into? --> 229
Unblocking The Pirate Bay the Hard Way Is Fun --> 51

Comment: Re:Groping Rand Paul (Score 2, Insightful) 1051

by Lord of the Fries (#39897161) Attached to: Rand Paul Has a Quick Fix For TSA: Pull the Plug

Which is why all of those gun packing Swiss have so many problems like you allude to. :) OTOH, I'm not naive enough to believe that simply legalizing all weapons would create a secure stalemate situation like Switzerland enjoys. The other half of the Swiss system, that never seems to get mentioned that much, is the mandatory conscription of all males. It would be like the NRA supporting not only the right to bear arms, but the obligation to bear arms, doing yearly duty similar to the National Guard.

Comment: Am I the only one then...? (Score 4, Interesting) 239

That read the first book and thought "Really?? This is what all the excitement is about?" I didn't care for Hunger Games at all. It was an engaging read admittedly. I kept turning the pages. But the foreshadowing of where things were headed seemed pretty shallow to me (no, I did not cheat and peek at the ending). My closing thoughts were "well, someone's hoping to cash in on a screenplay here" and a sort of dirty feeling. I felt like one feels when you slow down at the sight of a roadside accident to see if there's anything gory.

I read the next two books just to see if it would get any good.

I have this vague sense of irony about the whole thing. As I listen to people tell me why they just like this book so much, some times I feel like a big part of the reason they liked it was because everyone else seems to as well. It's cool, because if you're read it, you're in the club. And the club says it's good. Given that a major theme of the book is humanity's ability as a collective to ignore stuff that is wrong, this seems hugely ironic to me.

If you enjoyed it, no offense meant. I respect that. To each his own. I liked the Mistborn series and Terry Pratchett novels far better than this among recent reads, and maybe you don't care for those.

Am I the only person that didn't care for Hunger Games at all?

Comment: Terrible Headline (Score 5, Insightful) 137

Slashdot headlines are getting pathetically lame. This kind of twisted deceptive word play is what I expect when I stand in line at the grocery store. Would it have been stooping so low to integrity to post

'IMAX Movie of Body' Allows Stanford Geneticist To See Type 2 Diabetes Progress Like Never Before

?

Comment: Works Best When... (Score 4, Insightful) 230

by Lord of the Fries (#39256159) Attached to: Building a Case For Telecommuting

...you enjoy your job and what you're currently doing. I've telecommuted with a team of 18+ other software engineers for the last 5+ years, and did a stint a while back. When you're engaged in what your doing, and believe in it, working at home is awesome. You focus, you maximize your efficiency by finding the optimal interlacing with the rest of your life. But when the company is jerking you around, or dumps crap work on you, working at home is really hard.

So my word to employers is if you believe in your product and your people, then this really is the best arrangement for you. Otherwise, get our the whips and put 'em in them thar cubies.

I don't have any use for bodyguards, but I do have a specific use for two highly trained certified public accountants. -- Elvis Presley

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