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+ - What to do when your boss is ineffective

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I have recently starting working for a company in the last year and my boss was newly promoted to his position. We all work remote except for the few days we try and meet in the office. It's becoming more and more noticeable that he's more concerned about deadlines and timelines than actually putting out functional designs and servers. He would rather put in a half working server cluster that meets a timeline he sets than actually making sure it's done right and working properly. And then when it comes back that the stuff isn't working properly, he puts it on us as if we didn't do our job.This has caused numerous people in our department to quit within the last few months leaving the only real working staff in it as me. I'd like to stay working here because the pay is decent and the advancement opportunities are good, but the 24x7 work days are killing me. I rarely spend time with my kids anymore. I have tried both the vocal approach and the subtle approach with him to no avail. Sometimes he actually just flat out doesn't respond to questions or ideas. What do I do? Mark it up as life as an admin and find a new position? Or try and convince the company and him that there's a better way to work?"

Comment: Re:Wrong platform (Score 5, Insightful) 953

by PhreakinPenguin (#43519299) Attached to: Some Windows XP Users Can't Afford To Upgrade
Sounds like someone has never had to use medical software. As much as the "zealots" would like to think, not everything is best run on OpenSource. It's not a troll, it's based on 15 years working with medical offices and doctors that don't have time to figure out how to get things to work. And yes, a lot of doctors offices don't have any support on staff or contract other than the EMR or EPM company they are dealing with.

Comment: Ironic isn't it? (Score 2) 92

by PhreakinPenguin (#43007381) Attached to: Microsoft Admits To Being Hacked Too
Kind of ironic that at a time when the federal government is wanting a bigger part of Fortune 500 technology departments, that some of the top companies in the world who've recently met at the White House, are now claiming they were hacked. With all these companies being hacked, our only hope is federal goverment stepping in and securing everything.

Comment: Bad move for any company (Score 1) 226

by PhreakinPenguin (#41974413) Attached to: AMD Hires Bank To Explore Sale Options
I can't see anyone touching them with a ten foot pole unless the price is REALLY beneficial. AMD was done for when they bought ATI. You knew they were desperate then and even more so now. I know a lot of geeks love AMD, but they will never beat Intel because of Intel's brand recognition and DEEP DEEP pockets. And besides, Intel is in bed so bad with companies like Microsoft and Dell then AMD stands no chance of gaining anything there either. I could see Microsoft buying them as a last ditch attempt at catching Apple but if they did, it would be the end of Ballmer and many executives at MS. If they thought the investor fallout has been bad from the Surface debacle, this will be a hundred fold.

Dad Delivers Baby Using Wiki 249 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the 9cm-edited dept.
sonamchauhan writes "A Londoner helped his wife deliver their baby by Googling 'how to deliver a baby' on his mobile phone. From the article: 'Today proud Mr Smith said: "The midwife had checked Emma earlier in the day but contractions started up again at about 8pm so we called the midwife to come back. But then everything happened so quickly I realized Emma was going to give birth. I wasn't sure what I was going to do so I just looked up the instructions on the internet using my BlackBerry."'"

Cooling Challenges an Issue In Rackspace Outage 294

Posted by Zonk
from the getting-a-touch-warm-in-here dept.
miller60 writes "If your data center's cooling system fails, how long do you have before your servers overheat? The shrinking window for recovery from a grid power outage appears to have been an issue in Monday night's downtime for some customers of Rackspace, which has historically been among the most reliable hosting providers. The company's Dallas data center lost power when a traffic accident damaged a nearby power transformer. There were difficulties getting the chillers fully back online (it's not clear if this was equipment issues or subsequent power bumps) and temperatures rose in the data center, forcing Rackspace to take customer servers offline to protect the equipment. A recent study found that a data center running at 5 kilowatts per server cabinet may experience a thermal shutdown in as little as three minutes during a power outage. The short recovery window from cooling outages has been a hot topic in discussions of data center energy efficiency. One strategy being actively debated is raising the temperature set point in the data center, which trims power bills but may create a less forgiving environment in a cooling outage."

Genetically Engineered Mouse is Not Scared of Cats 286

Posted by Zonk
from the good-for-the-cat-not-so-much-the-mouse dept.
Gary writes "A team from the University of Tokyo has genetically engineered a mouse that does not fear cats. By tweaking genes to disable certain functions of the olfactory bulb (the area of the brain that receives information about smells directly from olfactory receptors in the nose) the researchers were able to create a 'fearless' mouse that does not try to flee when it smells cats, foxes and other predators. 'The research suggests that the mechanism by which mammals determine whether or not to fear another animal they smell -- and whether or not to flee -- is not a higher-order cerebral function. Instead, that decision is made based on a lower-order function that is hardwired into the neural circuitry of the olfactory bulb.'"

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