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Comment: In terms of business (Score 1) 902

by MrNougat (#28277967) Attached to: How Do IT Guys Get Respect and Not Become BOFHs?

You need to look at things, and explain things, in terms of business operations. IT exists to serve the needs of the business, not as an end in itself.

Explain what liberal policies you have in terms of how they control cost and mitigate risk. When someone insists that a request be completed immediately, explain that - as in any business - rush processing carries a cost.

People think that all IT does is spend money without returning anything to the business, and so they think that they can demand anything they like from IT on any schedule. After all, shouldn't IT be giving back to the business for all the money it spends?

Explain to management the ways that investment in technology saves money in some places (compared to not using technology at all), insures against expense in others, and provides services that allow the business to function at a higher rate of productivity. Explain to sales staff that they would not have as much time to firm up sales (or go golfing) if their sales flow weren't recorded in an easily accessible electronic medium.

When none of that works at all, change all the passwords for everything and have all the computers go on strike for a week.

Comment: Turn the tables (Score 1) 681

by MrNougat (#27062589) Attached to: Should Job Seekers Tell Employers To Quit Snooping?

Do your own snooping on company management. Find out what the executive committee does on and off hours. Any of them been troubled by financial scandal, large or small? Certainly, there are plenty of executives who have been caught up in some money game along the way somewhere, and one might think that the current economic climate might put people off working for the company if they were fully aware of the facts.

Comment: Re:How is this suddenly different? (Score 1) 638

by MrNougat (#26674507) Attached to: If Windows 7 Fails, Citrix (Not Linux) Wins

I understand the Core2Duo Typing Machine phenomenon, I think.

My first 32-bit Windows machine, in 1996, had a 1GB hard drive. One. 1024MB. Surely, hardware manufacturers could still make a standard 1GB hard drive with platters, but good luck finding one for sale. Today, it costs just about as much to make a 1GB hard drive as it does to make a 60GB or an 80GB hard drive. Who's going to buy a 1GB hard drive when they could buy an 80GB for pretty much the same price? (That's leaving the $5 1GB flash memory completely out of the equation.) Nobody. And so nobody is going to manufacture them, either.

Comment: Re:We need investigations (Score 4, Interesting) 271

by MrNougat (#26656207) Attached to: More Claims From NSA Whistleblower Russell Tice

The problem isn't this particular executive or that individual board member being corrupt. The problem is much, much larger than that. The larger any corporation is, the more wealth it controls, and the more power it has over its customers, the people it employs, and the government it lobbies, the more corruption there will be. Period. It's just human nature.

You can pass all the laws against corruption you like, try to implement all the oversight you possibly could, but as long as the corporation keeps growing in size and scope, controlling ever more areas of people's lives and controlling ever more vast sums of wealth, the problems will persist and get worse.

Every time another corporate venture is started, new department created, new tax shelter set forth, corporate corruption *will* grow along with it. It's as unavoidable as entropy.

Every time the public demands that corporations assume a new responsibility or provide a new product or service it also increases the power and wealth it controls and along with it the opportunities and incentives for corruption. The founders of our country envisioned/intended a small, relatively weak federal government with barely enough revenue & powers to accomplish only the bare necessities of a central government. Unfortunately, this allows supercorporations to run amok.

At this point in our history, corporate America has grown so large and corrupt that I believe that it is in a feedback-loop that will only be halted when the whole country collapses from the weight of the "executive class" and devolves into chaos. It won't be pleasant, likely very, very bloody with staggering numbers of deaths, and makes me glad I'm rather old as I'll hopefully be dead before the collapse happens. Although it may well be closer than I or anyone else suspects.

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