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Comment: rockstars get asked to do more (Score 1) 356

by Tex Bravado (#44825033) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are 'Rock Star' Developers a Necessity?

In several companies I've seen several developers go from awesomely capable, really nice people, to frustrated crabs with no time to do good work.
It's easy to resent them when they get to the latter state. You know they're good, but they don't have time for you.

Also, we all think we're better than average. We can't all be right.

Comment: Re:Layoff... (Score 1) 892

by Tex Bravado (#44578145) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When Is It OK To Not Give Notice?

There can indeed be a difference between being walked out on the spot, just as you've been notified; and actually being no longer employed.
It can be hard to tell the difference emotionally as you carry your box of stuff out to your car, though.
I was walked out.
In a previous job, two positions were consolidated into one, and I got it. The previous occupant of the other stayed to help me come up to speed, and clearly hated every day of it. Now *that* is what I call professional courtesy. When I later left that company, I gave 2 weeks notice, and worked to the last day, past the last hour, and missed my 'going away' lunch, too boot. Now *that* is what I call silly.

Comment: Re:Only interested if it helps me. (Score 1) 244

by Tex Bravado (#40367759) Attached to: My thoughts on getting my own DNA tested:

I picked 'every 3 months...', not because I'd do it that often, but because it might be interesting to see if/how the results evolved over time. It would also be interesting to see how the results vary across vendors.
I expect most of the 'actions I can take' are things like diet and/or behavior modifications. My first thought is 'good luck with that', but I guess now 'there's an app for that', so perhaps there could be some value.

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth. -- Nero Wolfe