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Comment No thought required (Score 5, Interesting) 135

I find in most business cultures I've had contact with that actually spending time to think about a problem is actively discouraged. Problems get bounced from one person to the next, and the actual work performed by any one person on something is so limited that often no-one understands the full problem. The always connected culture described in the article is part of the problem, but more fundamentally it is that there is such the constant stream of email with so little thought put into it

Comment Re:Leaked by codenomicon (Score 5, Interesting) 582

I had to dig for direct connections between Codenomicon and Microsoft, but the chairman of the board seems a fairly strong link. The way Codenomicon have behaved in this has seemed reckless, I've never seen a bug so heavily marketed. The stats floating around initially seem to be way off the mark - to begin with quotes were of 66% of web servers being affected, later revised to 17% running affected versions. Both these numbers look too round to be anything other than made up.

Comment Have you asked? (Score 1) 252

If you have 14 years experience, and are in a reasonably strong job market, you should know what you want in a position and what you have to offer. Just because you are asked questions about leadership skills doesn't mean they are a requirement for the position, but companies want to know what they are getting when they take someone on. If you have a valuable skill they need they will probably want to build a role around you, and while you may want to be hands one providing technical leadership but not supervising a team, someone else with the same skills may want to delegate much of their less challenging tasks.The interview should be a two way conversation - if you dont like a particular line of questions ask if they are core to the role.

If you are looking for a senior position though you will need to be a leader in some way, this may be thought leadership or more direct,


A Hyper-Velocity Impact In the Asteroid Belt? 114

astroengine writes "Astronomers have spotted something rather odd in the asteroid belt. It looks like a comet, but it's got a circular orbit, similar to an asteroid. Whether it's an asteroid or a comet, it has a long, comet-like tail, suggesting something is being vented into space. Some experts think it could be a very rare comet/asteroid hybrid being heated by the sun, but there's an even more exciting possibility: It could be the first ever observation of two asteroids colliding in the asteroid belt."

Comment Dioxins (Score 1) 467

Based on the fuss there was in Ireland when the wrong type of oil was used when milling animal feed http://www.rte.ie/news/2008/1207/pork.html, I can't imagine this is a good idea. Combustion is exactly the process that generates dioxins, and they build up in animals that cosume them, so if these crops end up used for plant feed, or the process becomes more widespread, eventully even traces of dioxins in the fumes would cause problems.

The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time.